Memoirs of Marzieh Hadidchi (Part 12)


Memoirs of Marzieh Hadidchi (Dabbagh)

Edited by: Mohsen Kazemi

Tehran, Sooreh Mehr Publications Company

‎2002 (Persian Version)‎

Translated by: Zahra Hosseinian


Continue to study

I should continue my studying. After Ayatollah Saeedi's martyrdom, I looked for a scholar to begin my studying. The debate meetings were held at scholar's house. After a few sessions, I felt that he taught me reluctantly. One day, I went to his house according to the usual schedule at 10 am. "He said no much longer he can teach you." when I knocked, his wife opened the door and told me. I protested, ‘why? He should tell me why he can’t. I was not a dull and confused student who was not able to understand the material and to bother him. I did the most of studying and he only answered my questions and cleared my doubts. If I failed, he should let me know, and if he himself don’t have enough time, should express frankly and introduce another scholar as an alternative. I can’t stop my studying.’

I discussed so much until he came by door. "Sir, if I had made a mistake, you should ask me to correct it." I told him. He said, "No, to be honest, since you’ve come here to be taught, my wife insists that she also wants to study, while I don’t like it. It’s better she is busy doing housework and raising the children. She doesn’t need to study... "

It was enough for me to avoid being his student and seek another scholar due to reveal such a fossilized and reactionary attitude. After that, I participated in discussion meetings of Shahid Seyyed Mojtaba Salehi Khansari.


Communication with academic centers

In addition to these activities, with the help of my husband’s nephews, Araqchees, Gheytanees, and Sajjadees, who were students of one of Tehran universities[1], I could make relationships with fighting students of University of Science and Industry, Aria Mehr (Sharif University of Technology) and National University (Shahid Beheshti); and we held joint meetings. Also, with the help of these students, we duplicated and distributed a lot of leaflets in universities, as well as establishing some bases and centers and organizing activities in the north (Tonekabon), south (Aghajari) and west (Hamedan). We took measures to stop these centers to be reconnoitered. One of these measures was that the members of the organizational group related to these bases, and everyone only had relationship with their superior in ranking, and knew him under code and pseudonym. The members of a same base, of course, knew each other, but had no connection with the other group; and only one of them could relate with other groups.

Due to the plurality and volume of activities, a number of members were arrested. Part of that was because of SAVAK agent’s intelligence, which did not harm the other groups because of implementing of these measures.


A short trip to England

My only son, Muhammad, had heart and respiratory disease those years. Doctors were uncertain about his treatment in Iran and recommended traveling to Europe and being treated outside of the country.

Nothing was as important as Mohammed's treatment then, and we should take him abroad. But as we had financial problems, it seemed impossible to us. We shared our problem with our friends in bazaar branch of organization and asked them for consultation and help. As soon as they were informed, collected an amount of money and gave it us without any conditions. After negotiating, my husband and I agreed that I accompany Mohammad.

The preparations for traveling was provided very simply and easily. Necessary arrangements for determining the hospital and residency in England even had been done by our friends in bazaar branch. Reaching England, we went to the hospital. Doctors and the hospital staff quickly began Mohammad’s treatment. I also regularly prayed and asked God to heal my son. The treatments were successfully completed, thanks to God.

While Mohammed was in hospital, I was able to get information about the situation and get acquainted with the Islamic Associations Union of students in Europe and USA. My information and evaluations had their uses in not too distant future.

Anyway, I returned to Iran after the treatment of Muhammad.


SAVAK agents’ rush to our house

In 1972, we decided to increase the number of bases and safe houses in the group, and recruited more people. For this, we had to examine many ways. One of the best ways was to acquaint a Muslim boy with a Muslim girl and encourage them to marry. After each marriage, a house was provided for fighters as a base. Two of my daughters married with the same policy at the age of thirteen or fourteen.  We had a legal prohibition, of course, for the marriage of my two daughters, because they were very young; therefore, we got marriage permit from court under different excuses. In these situations, in fact, we provided financial assistance and facilities.

In 1973, the wedding ceremony of one them, Sadegh Sajadee, who was my husband's nephew, was held in our house one night. The next day, as usual, I went at the front door to put garbage-can out. Somebody stepped on door frame, as I opened the door. "What?!" I said. He asked me if such man is there. I replied: "suppose he is here, what it has to do with you?" He said, "You’ll get it later, open the door and let us to go in!" I realized that he was not alone and I guessed that they should be SAVAK agents. First I panicked, but quickly controlled myself and pretended that I know nothing and cried out, "My daughters are in the bedroom and wear no hijab. So, you can’t get in. Who are you? What the hell are you doing?" They scared lest my load voice made others to notice them. While they had become a little embarrassed and looked at the ajar windows and doors in the alley, said: "ok, don’t kick up a racket. Where have you put your girls to sleep? Go and cover their head." Wishing they didn’t follow me, I said," The girls have slept downstairs; you can go upstairs." Then they came into our house after me and it seemed some of them stayed out.

I quickly went to the downstairs room and gathered and hid all existed documents in our house. I put some of Imam’s leaflets on the back of drawers of our closet and concealed several volumes of Velayat-e Faqih inside a pillow. I had an old-sister-in-law, whom I looked after in our home. I placed the pillow under her head. I carried a few papers and tapes into bathroom and put them between our dirty clothes which looked unpleasant. Then I topped an inverted basin with them.

As I had made a loud noise by door, expected my husband’s nephews, who were in the upstairs room, to hide or escape. But, unfortunately, they had neglected and two of them were arrested by agents. Therefore, the situation of our house became complicated. The agents radioed that the two prey have been trapped, when they took them out of house blindfolded.

Meanwhile, the agents overlooked the young brother of bridegroom. I took advantage of their negligence and gave him a chador and sat him down among my girls. Moments later, the agents began to search and ransack our things. They messed up everywhere. My sister-in-law talked steadily and cried out: "arrest me!" And they said, "Sleep old woman! Sleep!" I made sure the books were safe.

I was very anxious and worried about the leaflets when they were pulling out the drawers of closet and threw out children's clothes. They did not find anything in drawers. They did not look even the back of it, so I was a load off my mind about the leaflets too.

In the kitchen, they made a mess and as a result, sugar and salt, peas and beans, and all the spices and legumes mixed together. I knew there was nothing there, but when they entered bathroom, my heart throbbed fast. An agent showed the basket of dirty clothes and said: "Take the basin!" I said: "There is nothing here. They are only dirty clothes." his curiosity arose and he took the basin when saw my protest. I said: "You are man! Your honor isn’t harmed! These are just my daughters’ clothes." Hearing this and seeing the sight of dirty clothes, they came out and I breathed a sigh of relief.



To be continued…


[1]. Araqchees: one of them was electronic engineering student and the other one was civil engineering student at the University of Science and Technology. Gheytanees: one of them was civil engineering student and another one was electrical engineering. And Sajjadees: one of them was student and the other one was economist student.

Number of Visits: 28


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