Ahmad Ahmad Memoirs (12)

Ahmad Ahmad Memoirs (12)Edited by Mohsen KazemiSoureh Mehr Publishing Company(Original Text in Persian, 2000)Translated by Mohammad Karimi New ArenasA familiar Invite, but Secretly After meeting with Imam Khomeini and knowing his point of view about the activities of Hojjatiyyeh Society, I stopped my activities there. However, I got acquainted with people such as Seyyed Mir Mohammad Sadeghi, JavadMansouri, Hussein Sadeghi, Hadi Shams Ha’eri and … Each of them later became a protest activist. Some of them were noble, genius, devoted and good believer people.Among them, I had special and deep friendship with Seyyed Mir Mohammad Sadeghi.(1) Most of our discussions were about the social injustice, the Pahlavi regime tyranny, rise of June 5th 1963, fighting know-how, ….In the middle of winter of 1965,...

Ahmad Ahmad Memoirs (11)

Ahmad Ahmad Memoirs (11)Edited by Mohsen KazemiSoureh Mehr Publishing Company(Original Text in Persian, 2000)Translated by Mohammad Karimi  Female Pioneers of FightWhen the families of Coalition members or the free ones became aware of the prisoner members situation, their first priority was to free their comrades or at least make a better condition for them in the prison.A month after the martyrdom of the ones who killed Masour (Bukharai, Amani, Saffar Harandi& Niknezhad) while the worries of prisoners families were growing the other members of Coalition began thinking on a strategy to put pressure on the regime to create a better condition for the prisoners. After long and clear consultations, the wives and family members of prisoners were advised to take the flag of fight in their own hand....

Ahmad Ahmad Memoirs (10)

Ahmad Ahmad Memoirs (10)Edited by Mohsen KazemiSoureh Mehr Publishing Company(Original Text in Persian, 2000)Translated by Mohammad Karimi Cortege of Sheikh Javad FoomaniThe late Ayatullah Sheikh Jadad Foomani was one of famous southern Tehran clergy and pioneer in political protesting movements. He had a sharp and expressive tongue and had no fear to talk about the regimes corruption. He had been arrested for several times and called to the police intelligence administration.He was so popular among the poor and Tehran public for his uncompromising attitudes. The regime was so careful about and fully aware of this popular clergy activity.Finally he passed away on 23rd of Ramadan 1384 L.H. (Jan 26th 1965), Shab-e Qadr (Night of Destiny).(1) People were sad of hearing his death news. His cortege changed to...

Ahmad Ahmad Memoirs (9)

Ahmad Ahmad Memoirs (9)Edited by Mohsen KazemiSoureh Mehr Publishing Company(Original Text in Persian, 2000)Translated by Mohammad Karimi For some seconds it was calm. I went fast to that boy and lifted him. Some others also came to help me. I took his left arm and one his right hand and the other two took his legs and we moved him together. While we were passing across the street, the colonel ordered the soldiers to fire again. The one who was in front of me and was holding the boys leg was shot and fell down. The one who was in my right side was also shot in back and fell. The other two and I ran away. I took shelter behind the walls of the bank. I found my hands and clothes bloody. I was shocked and looking around dazzled and confused. I could not move or do anything and full of scare. Then I heard...

Ahmad Ahmad Memoirs (8)

Ahmad Ahmad Memoirs (8)Edited by Mohsen KazemiSoureh Mehr Publishing Company(Original Text in Persian, 2000)Translated by Mohammad Karimi The Everlasting RiseOn March 22nd 1963 Grand Ayatollah Golpaygani held mourning ceremony for Imam Sadeqs martyrdom anniversary. The regimes commandos and agents attacked this ceremony. Some students were killed or injured. Most of Iranian people particularly the clergy became sad for this catastrophe. The clergy, grand ayatollahs, bazaar shopkeepers, guilds, Islamic communities and groups, condemned this attack and supported Qum seminary school by issuing a number of statements.Among all these statements, the Imam Khomeinis was more revealing, braver, and more incisive. His holiness had asked preachers and speakers to reveal the Pahlavi regime genocide in the last...

Ahmad Ahmad Memoirs (7)

Ahmad Ahmad Memoirs (7)Edited by Mohsen KazemiSoureh Mehr Publishing Company(Original Text in Persian, 2000)Translated by Mohammad Karimi Meeting with Imam KhomeiniThe rise in opposition with "Provincial Councils" bill made an opportunity for me to have a visit with Imam Khomeini. From that day I became devotee follower of this knowledgeable old man. My brother did much better than me in this field. He had became member of "Islamic Coalition Party" and was completely under the obedience of revolution's leader and could have visited his holiness several times and hear his words.The idea of sending "Neday Haq" to the addresses of "The Saint Mary's Path" subscribers and its postal costs made us to really think about finding money and a solution.The day that I talked to my brother about this matter, he said:...

Ahmad Ahmad Memoirs (6)

Ahmad Ahmad Memoirs (6)Edited by Mohsen KazemiSoureh Mehr Publishing Company(Original Text in Persian, 2000)Translated by Mohammad Karimi Avoiding BoycottHojjatiyyeh Society’s goal was fighting against Baha’ism and for this purpose would use its own methods. The society would impede its members from being politicized and would try not to make the government unsatisfied. On those days, Baha’ism was expanding its corrupting ideas so fast and the fight against it was a necessity; but it was all the matter because the regime was the provenance of support and the growth of Baha’ism and as long as they had the government support, their growth was not stoppable. What the society was doing was fighting against the effect not the cause. As a result their degree of success to achieve their goal was...

Ahmad Ahmad Memoirs (5)

Ahmad Ahmad Memoirs (5)Edited by Mohsen KazemiSoureh Mehr Publishing Company(Original Text in Persian, 2000)Translated by Mohammad Karimi Unburdened SorrowsFollowing Imam Khomeini BeginsWhen Grand Ayatollah Boroujerdi passed away, the Shah’s regime tried hard to show that Ayatollah Hakim in Iraq was officially the most high-ranking Shia clergy in order to transfer Shia power core out of Iran; however, presence of Ayatollah Khomeini and subsequent events showed these attempts were useless.In 1962 when Asadollah Alam government ratified the bill of “Provincial Councils”.(1) The Clergy and activist groups including Islamic Coalition Party (Hey’at-haye Mo’talefeh Eslami) shaped a movement and many announcements were issued in opposition with this bill.The announcements and telegrams of Grand...

Ahmad Ahmad Memoirs (4)

Ahmad Ahmad Memoirs (4)Edited by Mohsen KazemiSoureh Mehr Publishing Company(Original Text in Persian, 2000)Translated by Mohammad Karimi Teachers' Strike and Dr. Abolhassan Khan'ali MurderIn 1960 I was in 6th grade of high school for the second time. In May 1961 a cultural protest was made by the leadership of Mohammad Derakhshesh. In the continuation of this protest, teachers gathered in protest in Baharestan Square for their low salaries and bad economic situation and went on strike.The protest trend speed up and there were clashes between the teachers and the military. They started to shoot and a teacher, Dr. Abolhassani Khan'ali(1), who was a teacher of Jami High School was shot dead. Two others were wounded. Many protestors were also injured among the crowd when running away while being scared from...

Ahmad Ahmad Memoirs (3)

Ahmad Ahmad Memoirs (3)Edited by Mohsen KazemiSoureh Mehr Publishing Company(Original Text in Persian, 2000)Translated by Mohammad Karimi The First Prison Experience Pass mark for 1st to 5th grade of high school was 7 and for 6th grade 10. In 1960 I was in 6th grade that I witnessed there was a protest among the students that changed to a guild protest.Education Ministry had announced that pass mark for 5th grade and the lower grades would higher than 10.  The students did not like that. So they reacted so fast. I was in 6th grade of high school and this new regulation had no effect on my educational destiny. However, since I saw that matter unjust, I participated in their protest. The students of Marvi High School had a big in this protest. I observed the silence was broken with these students and...
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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 ...