Expulsion from the Seminary for Distributing Imam Khomeini Treatise

From the beginning, I could not be a good child; the same child that the high school principal wanted me to be. The same child that the principal of Tavalyat School expected of me. The same manager who fired me if he found out what I was doing. However, I was fired once because I did not know how to live like a child. If I wanted to live the way others wanted me to, ...

Efforts to Preserve Evin Prison Documents

It was the morning of the 23rd of Bahman (12th of February) that the radio reported that the grounds of Evin prison had been mined. I wanted to go to Evin. Colonel Perraki and Akhavi and I went to the university, which was the main center of the struggle. I wanted a car to go to Evin. They said that a mine had been planted, and I said that I was a miner, we should go;

Memoirs of Hojjatoleslam Valmoslemin Seyed Mohammad Javad Pishvaee

Remembering the Bloody Hajj in 1366 (1987)

The Hajj rituals in 1987 known as the Bloody Hajj of Holy Mecca, was the glorious ceremony for disavowal of the infidels, which was announced after the speech of the representative of the Imam and the annual slogan that the caravans move to the Masjid al-Haram (the Great Mosque of Mecca). Like every year, they started moving near the evening and wherever they reached in the evening, they performed the Maghrib (evening) ...

Memoirs of Mr. Iran Torabi about the Establishment of Constructive Jihad

By the order of the Imam [Khomeini], Constructive Jihad [organization] was established to develop the country and provide facilities for deprived areas. Academic Jihad and a medical committee were also formed in the universities. I became acquainted with the constructive Jihad during the associations meetings through Dr. Eliassy and Dr. Hassani and joined the medical Jihad team, which was formed under the leadership of Dr. Eliassy. The Jihad provided us with medicine and a car.

Summoned to SAVAK

My campaign against the program of praying for the Shah led to a letter reaching the school one day. In that letter, I had been asked to introduce myself to the office of the security organization - located on Helal-e Ahmar Street in Shahr-e Rey -at 9 oclock tomorrow morning. As soon as I saw the letter, anxiety overwhelmed my whole being. If I go there, because I have a bad conduct, they will check and find ...

Methods of Torture in Prison

The reason for my arrest was opposing against the 2500-year celebrations about which I talked in my tribunes and speeches. My other crime was the circulation of the Imams Resalah (treatise) which was distributed in Tehran (Javadieh, Naziabad, Rahahan). The sources for providing the treatise were misters Mohammad Montazeri, Doaee and Rahimian. On the issue of the 2500-year celebrations, I had contacts with Ayatollah Seyed Sadegh Rouhani who was a defender of the Imam.

A Cut from Daily Notes of Ashraf al-Sadat Sistani

Friday, 6th of Khordad 1363 (May 27, 1984)

I have a brother who lives in Austria. He originally resides in Austria and his family is also there. He came to Iran last summer. His way of thinking is different from mine. He told me, "I will send a letter of invitation. Send your children one by one to me and deliver doctors and engineers." I thanked him and said, " I do not change the logo on the chest of "Mahdi" with any title.

Radio Abadan and the Sad Story of Khorramshahr

The comrades from the Khorramshahr Revolutionary Guards were very brave people. When Khorramshahr was occupied by the enemy, they sometimes went beyond the sight of the enemy to gather information and reconnaissance, and reached the farthest alleys and occupied neighborhoods. The information thus obtained from the situation of the invading forces and how they were stationed in the homes of the people of Khorramshahr and the equipment and communication of the occupying mercenaries ...

Arrests Begin

Translated by M. B. Khoshnevisan

Following the martyrdom of Haj Mustafa Khomeini, we published and distributed open leaflets, which were suspected and persecuted by SAVAK for signing, printing and distributing them. In fact, not long after the martyrdom of Haj Mustafa and the holding of ceremonies for commemorating him, the SAVAK (Shahs secret police) began the arrests. Those who had signed the anti-government leaflet were either imprisoned or sent to exile one after another. One of the signatures of ...

The Situation of Tehran on the Night of 22nd Bahman (11th February of 1979)

These few days when we were in Tehran, Fakhrieh Mosque was our hangout. The same mosque where I first came when I escaped in 1975, and we went to the house of Ayatollah Lankarani with Haj Abolhassan Ebrahimi. Haj Abolhassan Mr. Sajjadi was with us as well. All the bread and food were gathered in the mosque and distributed among the people. Now and then we would go to the Imams office and hear about the orders.

Significance and Function of Oral History in Documenting Organizational Knowledge and History – 2

Dr. Abolfazl Hasanabadi, Dr. Habibollah Esmaeeli and Dr. Mehdi Abolhasani participated in the fifth meeting out of the series of meetings on oral history in Iran hosted by Mrs. Mosafa. In the meeting set up in the History Hallway of the Clubhouse, they talked about “the significance and function of oral history in documenting organizational knowledge and history”. In continuation of the show, the host invited Dr. Hasanabadi to continue talks about ...

Book review: “Line of Blacksmiths”

Autobiographical memoirs of a young man from Dezful during the imposed war The "Line of Blacksmiths" uses a beautiful front cover which enjoys elegance and taste in its design; as the selected text on the back cover is proof of the authenticity and belief that shows the Iranian combatant proud and the real winner of the imposed war: "I went to get my gun. They were looking at me. Their crying and begging increased.

Excerpts from Memoirs of Abdullah Salehi

On the 28th of September 1980, in the back alleys of the Taleghani [Khorramshahr] neighborhood, we clashed with Iraqi artillery. Speed of action was important. If we reacted late, the rackets would hit us. Sometimes I lurked behind the alleys so that I could surprise the Iraqis. In one of these ambushes, I turned off the car so that they would not hear his voice. I was waiting for the head of the truck to be found across the street.

A Review of the Book "Ismail Nazr-Aftab"

Memoirs of a captive named Ismail Karimian Shaddel
When our gaze passes through the cheerful and smiling face of Ishmael among the white bouquet on a light blue background and stops on the back cover of the book, we empathize with him through these few sentences of the narrator in his journey: "I knew from the way the tires were moving that the car was moving on the asphalt road. I lost consciousness again. I woke up to vague sounds like the voices of women and children.