Refusing to Continue Studying at the University; a Response to SAVAK Proposal

When I met Mr. Beheshti in Tehran (after his release from prison) [October/November 1972/1351], based on previous information he had about my studies at Mashhad University, he asked during one of our conversations: “by the way! What do you want to do with your academic education? Are not you going to continue?” I said: “I have decided not to continue my studies at the university anymore. It causes trouble and may be useless.”

Memories of Hojjat al-Islam Seyyed Hadi Khamenei

Memories from Prison about MKO

Regardless of all the issues, training in prison challenged me and some of my friends, and its main factor was the same cabals, especially Mojahedin-e Khalgh Organization (MKO); it runs in the name of a religious prison and intended to manage the cells openly and secretly, and anyone who wanted to enter this cycle, had to accept the whole organization and its establishment. They even recruited some low-level clerics to achieve their goals.

The Difference between Joint Committee Prison in 1978 and Early 1970s

We had not yet left Tehran [to Qom in September 1978]. I think we had just reached Qiyam Square or Shush Square, the street was very busy and we were driving slowly. Some cars honked repeatedly. There were days when martial law was established and they did not allow several people to gather together. Our account was completely separate, with four people in one car and all wearing turbans!

Holding the Ceremony for the 40th Day of Martyrdom of Tabriz people and the Martyrdom of Masoumeh Zareian

On the 40th day of martyrdom of Qum people, we could not do anything. Anyway, it passed and the 40th day of martyrdom of Tabriz people arrived. Ayatollah Seyed Hossein Ayatollahi called me and said: "Get up and come." I went to his house without delay. He said: "No matter what happens, the ceremony of the 40th day of martyrdom of Tabriz people should be held in Jahrom." Then we went together to the house of Ayatollah Haqshanas.

Opening of the first high school on the waterfront

Memoirs of Hojjat-ul-Islam Gholam Ali Mehraban Jahormi

After I managed to get the opinion of the Fajr army commander to open a school on the front, I talked to the logistics of the front and said: "We need some tents to form a high school. They said: "We cannot give even a single tent to anyone except the combat forces." Because I was the general director of nomadic education and familiar with the nomadic property, I came to Shiraz and ...

From the First Memories of the Marching Ceremony to Karbala

One of the very interest and heartwarming memories I have from my stay in Najaf was participating in the marching ceremony from Najaf to Karbala. In addition to professors, scholars, and students, usually, the authority on matters of religion also participated in this ceremony. Walking on occasions like Ashura, and Arbaeen, the presence of the late Grand Ayatollah Shahroudi was more noticeable and remarkable. They left Najaf on foot and headed towards Karbala, the others joined them.

The Success of Arbaeen Pilgrimage

Hussein Faqih, an Art Director, 39 Years Old from Neishabur

I think our life is divided into two parts: before going to the Arbaeen pilgrimage and after attending the Arbaeen pilgrimage; that is where you know if you have spent your life the right way or not. I grew up in a religious family. I have been involved in cultural and artistic work since the old days. In an art group, I was writing as well as television and directing. It had been many ...

Memories of Ayatollah Jami from Destruction of Abadan

It is Friday. In the last day, they bombarded the city heavily by Katyusha. Especially the hospital was under fire and the pharmacy of the hospital was set on fire, the drugs were all around and behind the hospital. It’s clear that there is some worry for holding prayer; But what should you do when there is no safe place in all of Abadan that is safe from cannon balls and mortars. Either one should leave the prayer altogether or ...

A Piece of the War Diary; Ayatollah Jami

After crossing the bridge of Station 12, we went a few kilometers in the groves, which are all near to Bahmanshir River. We saw a huge mud bridge that connects the two sides of the river; it also became clear that it was built by brothers in Isfahan Jihad during the war. And how strong and good it had been built that the car can pass easily. By observing these scenes, ...

Narrative of Mulla Saleh Qari, Translator of Iranian Captives

Real Beginning of Captivity, Saleh’s Torture

As I found out later, their work routine was such that every forty days, as soon as new captives arrived, a group from the Farsi section of Iraqi Radio and Television came and interviewed them. It was as if forty days had passed and the six of us, who were new arrivals, had to prepare for the interview. It was the morning of the second day. Worried about what might happen to us, ...
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The Anniversary of Takeover of the U.S. Embassy

A Genuine Question

I do not forget the time when the young people had taken over the spy nest and there was a tumult — maybe less than a month had passed — and we had just come from Hajj. Mr. Hashemi, another person and I — whose I do not want to mention his name — went from Tehran to Qom to ask Imam they have finally been caught, what should we do with them now? Should they be kept, not keeping, what should we do?

A Part of Memoirs of a Soldier

The embankment where we were stationed led to the Khorramshahr asphalt road. For this reason, the Iraqis tried hard to recapture it. And finally, near at noon, they were able to settle in the embankment next to the asphalt road and shoot diagonally towards us from there. We had no choice but to retreat. Captain Barati, the battalion commander, ordered two kilometers behind to build an embankment for us to settle there.

Your Problem is Different / You Hinted Not to Hit More

One day, they came to me and said: “We want to take you to the prosecutors office so that the investigator will interrogate you.” We had been famous for the meetings we organized as the Anti-Baha’i Association. At that time, there were many people in Jahrom that worked in different jobs; Among other things, there was a sergeant major in Shahrbani (law enforcement force), who stood guard duty instead of the guard ...

Privacy and Its Niceties in Oral History

Privacy in the process of recording and publishing memories is an issue that has attracted attention of activists in this field and those interested in legal issues in recent years with the expansion of activities of memoirist individuals and groups. Oral history interviews include close and personal relationships between interviewers, narrators and their organizational sponsors. This relationship is important for all groups. Interviewers feel an obligation to the people who have allowed ...