Memoirs of Marzieh Hadidchi (Part 16)


Memoirs of Marzieh Hadidchi (Dabbagh)

Edited by: Mohsen Kazemi

Tehran, Sooreh Mehr Publications Company

‎2002 (Persian Version)‎

Translated by: Zahra Hosseinian

At 7 am, they came and wrapped Rezvaneh’s lifeless body up in a blanket. The thought of her death made me to blow up, as if a mountain was in front of me it would collapse. I grabbed everything and knocked on the door, and yelled: "Take me too! I want to be with my kid! What did you do with her, killers! Criminals!! And..." Meanwhile, I heard a beautiful recitation of the Qur'an: "seek (Allah's) help with patient perseverance and prayer: It is indeed hard, except to those who are humble"[1]. It was as if cold water was poured over these flames. The Qur'an was recited so beautiful that it seemed to me that God addressed me and asked me to be patient and to perform prayer. I sat down on the ground and just recovered my sense and found out what happened from last night. It was the voice of Ayatollah Rabbani Shirazi[2], which consoled me very plaintive. Like me, he also had not slept last night; and was busy praying and reciting Quran until dawn; but his voice lost among all those screams and yells, and I have not heard his voice until this moment. The late Rabbani Shirazi’s cell was near mine and he had seen everything I had. And also, he had heard all screams of me and Rezvaneh. I was sure that he was the only one who heard our cries and cried his heart out because of this crime. The presence of this revered clergyman in that barren desert was like water for my dried roots. I came to life, got up, reached my hands toward the sky, and entrusted everything to the hands of Almighty God and asked Him to save my daughter's life.

In fact, nothing could help me to recover my senses and to calm down more than that verse. I didn’t hear anything about Rezvaneh, and I thrashed about in the sea of ​​fear and hope, and the movement of clock-hands increased my worries. About ten days later, the miracle I expected was occurred suddenly; they brought back Rezvaneh, but she was faded, withered, and wounded. Her wrists were severely injured and bloody. I inquired. It turned out that she had been taken to the police hospital, as she was in coma that night. In hospital her hands had been chained to the bed, and an armed soldier watched out for her. Her hands were unchained only once in a day for going to the bathroom.

I hugged my fourteen-years-old daughter and comforted her. I asked her about that lost night in the time. Tears were in her eyes, there was a lump in her throat, she fell into my arms and sobbed loudly. On that ill-fated night a few mercenary malicious SAVAK agents, like a wild fierce beast, took her scarf, circled her, and began to harass and torment...!

For a girl, like Rezvaneh, who had always gone to school with a black chador and veil, this brutal torture and dirty attempt was very painful and agonizing. Still, thinking of those moments, when the dirty hands of those criminals had touched my daughter's body and made her to faint, is painful and shocking to me, and I ask God to punish those dirty beasts.


To be continued…


[1]. Al-Baqarah, verse 45. 

[2].  Ayatollah Abdul Rahim Rabbani Shirazi was born in 1922 in Shiraz. He began his education from old-style school and studied Islamic sciences at twelve, and at that time he was busy working on the bazaar. He entered the seminary school of Shiraz when he was seventeen, and while studying religious sciences, turned to political activities and tried to reject Babism, Bahá'í Faith and Sufism along with other groups, called "religion". In 1941, he started fighting with Tudeh party, as its propaganda was spreading everywhere. In 1948, he went to the Qom Seminary School and attended in the discussion meetings of Ayatollah Boroujerdi and Ayatollah Mohaghegh Da’amad. Ayatollah Rabbani asked ayatollah Sheikh Mohammad Kazem Shirazi, Seyyed Abdullah Beladi, and ayatollah Tehrani permission to perform Ijtihad. After the death of Ayatollah Boroujerdi, he dealt with introducing and propagandizing Imam Khomeini's religious authority. In 1960s and 1970s, he was one of the most prominent clergyman who fought against the Shah's regime, and was always in contact with Imam Khomeini during his fifteen years of exile, and was repeatedly arrested and imprisoned. He was in jail for about 10 years and was in exile in various cities, such as Kashmar, Jiroft, Firouzabad and Sardasht. After the victory of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Rabbani Shirazi traveled to Kurdistan and Azerbaijan to resolve a rebellion which had been occurred in those regions, according to Imam’s order. With the beginning of a rebellion in Fars province, Imam Khomeini commissioned him to investigate and resolve the problems of the mentioned regions. He then went to the Assembly of Experts as a representative of the Fars people. Then, he joined the Guardian Council with Imam’s order. On March 28th 1981, He was assassinated on the way back from the construction Jihad by Ferghane group, but it was failed and he was only injured seriously and hospitalized. After recovering, he continued to do his revolutionary and Islamic efforts with more motivation. Finally, on March 8th 1982, Ayatollah Rabbani Shirazi passed away due to overturning of his car in Delijan-Mahallat road, when he was driving from Shiraz to Tehran. He has left many works behind, including the correction of eight volumes of Wasā'il al-Shīʿa and summarizing their content to avoid unnecessary repetition; correction of forty volumes of Baharalanvar and summarizing their content to avoid unnecessary repetition; compilation of Qaza al-Haq; compilation of  Natural Motion from two perspectives, as well as other scattered articles and writings.


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