Life of Martyr Kazem Amloo Narrated

Baneh Dream

Mahya Hafezi
Translated by M. B. Khoshnevisan


The book "Baneh Dream" narrates the life of martyr Kazem Amloo. It has been authored by Alireza Kalami and released by Marz-o Boom Publications. The book starts with the publisher's preface and the author's introduction; then, 75 memories have been narrated from the language of the martyr's family, friends and comrades.

Kazem Amloo was born in 1344 (1965) in the city of Semnan. He was sent to the town of Baneh in 1362 (1983) as a member of the Basij force. After returning, he then for the second time went to kurdestan as a conscript and spent his conscription period in Special Brigade of Shohada. He was martyred on 17th of Esfand 1366 (March 7, 1988) in the Iraqi region of Mavoot and his body was buried in Smenan's Imamzadeh Yahya.

The book's cover like some other books of Marz-o Boom Publications, has three layers with different kinds like crafts. In the first layer, the narrator's image is printed on the craft cardboard with a black pen technique. At the top of the second layer is the title of the book on the green background.

What has been mentioned in the book is the observations of Ameli's friends and comrades from his special situations that happened in Baneh. Memoirs are written in a short form and the process of their arrival is based on the time course of time that happened. The initial memories of the book are related to the personal feature and moral characteristics of the martyr and are narrated by his family and friends.

From memory number 15, how Amloo was sent to Baneh is described by Mohammad Hassan Hamzeh. In his later memoirs, his mystical states, which his friends named as "Khalseh" or ecstasy, are mentioned. It has been mentioned in the book that sometimes while resting, Amloo experienced unique states and said mystical words that he did not say normally. It is mentioned in the memories of his friends that he was neither awake nor asleep; he was aware of his surroundings and knew what was happening in the room.

One of his friends was in charge of writing the words of Amloo in this state. At the same time, his words were recorded on a cassette with a tape recorder. Amloo later destroyed all these tapes and left only one tape at the insistence of his friends. The text of a part of this tape has been brought at the end of the book, after the last memory, and it is related to the ecstasy of the year1362 (1983), four years before his martyrdom.

The narrators of these memories have other claims about the spiritual connections of this martyr. It even seems that the news of this martyr's spiritual state has been spread orally in a way that the protection department of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) intervened and a caretaker had been appointed for him. Of course, his friends were careful not to make the matter too public.

Considering the special subject of this work, the publisher and the author have tried to prepare the reader's mind to accept the narrators' memories in the 30-page preface and introduction. Of course, the author has admitted in the introduction that he only listened to a cassette tape from the martyr and did not succeed in obtaining the consent of the martyr's friends to view the text of the several hundred-page notebook of the martyr's dreams and ecstasies.

The publisher also stated in the preface that although he does not seek to verify the authenticity of the narrators' statements and confirm or reject them, he considers the book to be an entry "for the expression of honest dreams, revelations, observations, findings and realizations of the people of the front and the war".

The album of images, one of the handwritten wills of the martyr and the declaration list are the final part of the book. This work was published in 1401(2022) in 1000 copies in 200 pages.

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