Memoirs of Marzieh Hadidchi (Part 11)


Memoirs of Marzieh Hadidchi (Dabbagh)

Edited by: Mohsen Kazemi

Tehran, Sooreh Mehr Publications Company

‎2002 (Persian Version)‎

Translated by: Zahra Hosseinian

Oh Shahid[1], Your Way Continues

After the martyrdom of Ayatollah Saeedi, there was dispersion in our group and plans. I had to pursue both my fighting and studying, no matter how. Eventually, I participated in debate meetings of Seyyed Mojtaba Salehi Khansari[2] and another scholar to keep up my studying in Sharhe Lomee and Makasib courses.

To continue fighting, I visited those who related to Shahid Saeedi in Qom, including Sheikh Mohammad Montazeri and Ayatollah Rabbani Shirazi. Therefore, another part of my political life began. Shahid Montazeri assigned me various tasks and missions, including political propaganda trips to some cities for delivering leaflets, books, and tapes, as well as delivering a speech and identifying the believers and revolutionaries.

During this period, my husband had changed his job and was working as an accountant in a construction and civil engineering company. Hence, he often traveled to distant cities and towns, such as Dezful and Abadan, and came home less. A few days in month he came home and then returned. In his travels, he met Mr. Ahmadi, one of Air Force non-commissioned officers in Dezful. Then, the officer invited me to deliver a lecture for women at the Dezful tactical base. I accepted his invitation and headed to Dezful as an engineer. For about fifteen days, I went to the house of loyal and dedicated non-commissioned officers and spoke with their wives and unmasked the face of the oppressive regime. Naturally, such activities and ladies’ comings and goings in that limited and controlled place couldn’t be unbeknown to the agents. The information and security department of the base noticed the action. "Lady, I was behind the door of the command room when I heard they want to arrest you," one day at 10 o'clock, a worried soldier came to me and said, "and I don’t want they arrest you, because I’m interested in your remarks  I’ve come to inform you." I picked up my bag immediately and without saying goodbye, went out of the base very silently and entered in the city. I walked around Dezful and performed my noon prayers in a mosque; then I went to Andimeshk and traveled to Tehran by train.

The attempt of that loyal soldier was very reflective and showed that ordinary people love the movement of Imam Khomeini and the rule of Islam on their hearts. Later on, I was informed that they had taken action for arresting me at the same day, but they had failed after searching all houses one by one. Mr. Ahmadi[3] was arrested and imprisoned for inviting and cooperating with us.

By Ayatollah Montazeri’s order, I went to Ardestan for propaganda and distributing leaflets.  In Ardestan, in addition to giving speeches to women, I distributed a large number of Imam’s Resalah (the Islamic Laws according to Verdicts of Imam Khomeini) among people in another cover and title, so that many people cities and villages became Muqallid (Imitator) of Imam Khomeini. I worked there for about eight days, until SAVAK noticed my activities. Again, I was warned on time and I left the city. I went to Qom and reported all the accused events and after one day returned to Tehran.

In Tehran, I found out that SAVAK has come to our house and looked for me. I was gladdened I have been away for some time, until things to be quieted down. However, I changed my mind to stay in Tehran. I again took my stuffs and called my sister, "Take care of my kids I have to travel and to be away for a while."

I headed to Hamedan from one of the garages[4] in Tehran.

Returning to my birthplace, where I was born and had spent my childhood and adolescence was very memorable. Being in this city was an opportunity to identify and recruit new ones for fighting, and making new connections among fighters. But, unfortunately, the time was so limited. In Hamedan, I was more focused on using geographical location and on new evaluations of the region. Returning to Tehran, I established a family camp with the help of those I cooperated with in Shahid Saeedi’s group, and we planned and implemented various plans.

We first rented a villa in the suburb of Tehran and invited a number of male and female fighters from different cities. When we all gathered together along with our families, a very interesting and beautiful atmosphere arose. Children had found new friends and were busy playing games and childish naughtiness, and made loud noises. Women also had found a safe circle and therefore poured out their heart to each other. And men completed their lives and activities plan. If someone came to villa during daytime, they never realized that it is a political camp. When the sun was setting and it was twilight, the main programs, training, lectures, group discussions, etc. began with evening prayers.

In Hamedan, we also invited the scholars, clerics, and those who fought, including ayatollah Meshkini[5] and Ayatollah Rabbani Shirazi. When Mr. Meshkini had come to Heydareh village and Moradbeik valley in Hamadan for outing, we invited him to speak in our community. He visited our gathering two times, and each time we performed our prayers with his leading.

Meetings of political discussion and explanation also were held and followed, and people’s questions were replied; and each suggestion was put to the vote. In short, after the end of the camp, nobody returned empty-handed. These discussion meetings and camps were very important for the coherence and unity of the group and the organization; and especially improved our level of awareness.


To be continued…


[1]. It originates from the Quranic Arabic word meaning "witness" and is also used to denote a martyr. It is used as an honorific for Muslims who have died fulfilling a religious commandment, especially those who die waging jihad, or historically in the military expansion of Islam.

[2]. Shahid Seyyed Mojtaba Salehi Khansari, born in 1944 in Khansar, was in business for himself, and then became clergyman with the help of Shahid Saeedi; and during the struggles, he accompanied Shahid Saeedi. On February 18th 1984, he was martyred by the Komala group, while had gone to Javanrood area for delivering clothing and food.

Shahid Ayatollah Seyyed Mohammad Reza Saeedi, Imam's helpers according to SAVAK documents

[3]. Mr. Ahmadi was in jail until the victory of the revolution. ‘After the Revolution,’ Mrs. Dabbagh says, ‘one day I wanted to deliver my weapons to the Nojeh airbase in Hamedan and to board the plane. An officer asked, "Which Dabbagh you are?" I answered, "I am Marzieh Hadidchi Dabbagh." He gladdened and said, "The one who spoke in wahdati base of Dezful?" I said: "Yes! How come?!" he said, "I'm Ahmadi, remember me?! After you escaped, I was arrested. My hair has turned grey in prison. If the revolution did not gain victory, it was unclear how long I was in jail." I was very pleased with his visit and prayed for him.

[4]. In those years, terminals were not like present form and transportation was carried out through special garages. As in the garage centers, such as one in Khorasan and Razi (Gomrok) squares, the streets and alleys were named by the name of target cities, like Isfahan Alley, Khorasan Street, Qazvin Street and... .

[5]. Ayatollah Sheikh Mirza Ali Feiz Meshkini was born in 1922 in Meshkinshahr village, and in a clerical family and finished elementary school in Meshkinshahr. After his father's death, he came to Qom to study Islamic sciences in the seminary school and enjoyed the company of scholars, such as Imam Khomeini, ayatollah Borujerdi, and ayatollah Khansari, and other scholars. Ayatollah Meshkini was among the companion of Imam and spent part of his life in prison and exile after the uprising of June 5, 1962. After the victory of the Islamic Revolution, he had been the religious judge of the revolutionary courts, the leader of the Friday prayer in Tabriz (after the martyrdom of Ayatollah Madani), the leader of Friday prayer in Qom, the chairman and member of Assembly of Experts, and the chairman of the Constitutional Review Council. He is now one of teachers of ethics and author of books such as: Al-Nafa-al-a’ama, Estelaha’at-al-osul, Hashei-al-orvah, al-Rasael-al-jadid, al-Mesba’ah-al-menbar, Alfeq-al-ma’asour, advices, marriage in Islam, Taqlid, Enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong, Islamic Republic , Land and... .

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