Martyr Morteza Javidi was the commander of the Fajr Battalion of the Al-Mahdi Brigade in Shiraz. Two obvious points in the life of this great martyr are important. The first point of his self-sacrifice was the release of Sardar Shahid Qassem Soleimani from the siege in Operation Karbala 5, and the second point is the kiss that Imam Khomeini (ra) kissed Morteza on the forehead during a meeting and created a lasting memory for Morteza and his comrades.
According to ISNA, the “Javan” newspaper further wrote: In an interview we had with Akbar Sahraei, the author of the book “Eternal Hills and the Secret of Ashlo”, we tried to get to know more about this great martyr.
You are one of the holy warriors. Where did you start writing?
I started writing unprofessionally during the war and continued professionally after the war. During the war, the propaganda staff gave warriors notebooks to write their memoirs. A small number of children wrote in those war situations, and I was one of those fighters who started recording the memories of friends, comrades, veterans and martyrs. When the war ended, I thought to myself, I can continue writing about the children of war. I started my collaboration with the weekly “Kaman” under the editorship of Morteza Sarhangi and the managing director of Hedayatullah Behboodi. I came to my senses and saw that I had sent more than 40 memoirs, stories and topics related to the Holy Defense to the two weekly magazines Kaman, which at that time was the only specialized war magazine that had been published. Subsequently, my writings became stories and novels, and thank God, many works have been published by me to this day. I have also won awards in various categories. One of my books is “Eternal Hills and the Secret of Ashlo” which is a narration from the life to the martyrdom of Morteza Javidi, one of the martyrs of the holy defense. He was martyred after rescuing Hajj Qasim from the siege in Karbala V.
Why did you choose the life of this martyr to write?
The reason for choosing Martyr Morteza Javidi and writing his book is because he is an outstanding martyr. Morteza was born on July 13, 1958 in the village of Jalian Fasa in a poor and religious family and worked in animal husbandry and agriculture while studying with his father. He grew up in a rural family and finally received his diploma in experimental field in 1977. After the victory of the Revolution, he joined the IRGC and with the beginning of the imposed war, he put on a military uniform and kept it on until the moment of his martyrdom.
What responsibilities did he have on the front?
Morteza Azami was a member of the Al-Mahdi Brigade of the Revolutionary Guards in Fars Province. This brigade was present in most of the major operations of the Holy Defense and the turning point of this brigade was the Fajr Battalion under the command of Martyr Morteza Javidi. Morteza first left as a sniper and showed his management and command at the very beginning. From the command of the brigade and company, Martyr Javidi had various responsibilities and finally until the time of his martyrdom, in 1365, he was the commander of the Fajr Battalion of the 33rd Brigade of the IRGC. The Fajr Battalion was present in most of the operations, and this caused the name of this battalion and Morteza to be heard many times on Iraqi radio. So much so that he was nicknamed the “Commander of the Strait of Uhud” and the Imam kissed his forehead. His troops in the Fajr Battalion had signed a charter that they would persevere as long as they lived. The people who joined the battalion were the ones who had to be selected.
Why was he given the title of commander of the Strait of Uhud?
The Fajr Battalion acted as a line breaker in Operation Valfajr 2. The battalion was able to enter the field in Aqaba, closing the Iraqi forces behind the Iraqis so that the Iranian forces could strike in the middle of the field, but the Iranian forces did not succeed in the first phase. There was only one way to retreat. It was an hour after the fifth day that the commanders of the operational area, including Martyr Sayad Shirazi, Dr. Mohsen Rezaei, and a group of other operational commanders, wanted Morteza Javidi to retreat, but Morteza replied that he would not allow any more to be repeated. He stands up and his forces are martyred. Out of Morteza’s 200 friends, only 18 remain. Morteza himself is injured, but he keeps his word and does not leave the area. Until our forces enter the field again and reach Morteza. The unparalleled resistance of Morteza and his allies will make the operation a success. Mohsen Rezaei, Maj. Gen. Shahid Sayad Shirazi, and a number of other commanders will serve Morteza and 18 other members of the Fajr Battalion after the victory. Mohsen Rezaei narrates the story of the endurance of Morteza and his forces before the Imam. The Imam kisses Morteza on the forehead and Morteza puts his hand on the Imam’s neck and kisses their forehead. Conversations are also exchanged between him and the Imam.
It seems that in Operation Karbala, 5 immortal martyrs freed Haj Qasim from the siege.
It can be boldly said that wherever the IRGC got into trouble, it used the help of the Fajr Battalion. There was no operation in which this battalion was not involved. The same was true of Operation Karbala V. The Al-Mahdi Brigade and the Fajr Battalion were among the forces operating in the operation, which advanced deep into Iraqi territory. At one point in the operation, Sardar Soleimani and his forces were besieged and asked Sardar Asadi, commander of the Al-Mahdi Brigade, to send troops to help them. Sardar Asadi also wants Morteza Javidi, whose battalion was with the children of Kerman, to take action. Morteza and the Fajr Battalion intervene and remove Hajj Qasim and his forces from the siege, but a few days later, at the height of the conflict in southern Basra, Morteza Javidi is martyred in Operation Karbala. In one of their interviews in Syria, Sardar Soleimani spoke about the martyr Morteza Javidi and his courageous action. Morteza was a brave fighter who was known not only in his province but also in the country. It can be said that Morteza was one of those who are similar to Qassem Soleimani. Everything you know and have heard from Sardar Soleimani, you can visualize in the presence of Martyr Morteza Javidi. Martyr Javidi writes in his will on the separation and martyrdom of his friends: “… I do not know what I have done that I will not become a martyr. Maybe my heart is black. God bless Haj Mahmoud Sotoudeh, when we talked to each other, we said what should we do if the war is over and we are alive? “It is really impossible to live and look at the families of the martyrs … and this is where we and the survivors of the caravan of light must say, ‘Blessed are those who went with martyrdom …'”
What is the title of the book “Eternal Hills and the Secret of Ashlo”?
Every morning in the area, Morteza stood 70 to 80 meters from the Iraqis on the embankment, wrapped his arms around his mouth and spoke to the Iraqis. He began his speech as follows: “Ashlonak or Akhi. Good morning! (I mean, what about Rang and Ruth? How are you now?) He invited them not to fight and to join their own front. Morteza was not a manipulator. In front of the eyes of the Iraqis, he would go to the embankment and give an ideological class to the enemy. Sometimes he recites Surah Al-Waqi’ah from behind a loudspeaker, but the Iraqis’ answer was a cannon and a gun. That is why Morteza became known as “Ashlo”. I adapted the name of this book from this title.
In your speeches, you said that Martyr Javidi was very similar to Haj Qasem Soleimani. What are the characteristics that make this letter?
As the author of his book, I must say that the martyr Morteza Javidi during the war is Haj Qasem Soleimani of the Resistance Fronts. Morteza was like Soleimani and had a strange connection with his forces. He was a sacrifice of his forces. He was like a big brother and father to the children. His close contact with the forces on the front turned into a family connection behind the front. He was very friendly with his forces. Honestly, he was Soleimani in the days of Valfajr, Karbala 4, Karbala 5 and many other operations that came to an end and with the help of sincere children, our forces won.
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