Martyr Seyed Ghasem Hosseini

Seyed Ghasem Hosseini was born on August 27, 1954, in Doughabad Village in Khorasan Province. His father was a farmer and his mother a housewife and a helping hand in her husband’s agricultural affairs. Seyed Ghasem and his brother moved to a rented house in Tehran to further their studies in the capital.

They were working hard in a factory during the day and studied at a night school. He was a firm believer in defending the rights of the oppressed and repeatedly stood up against the injustice of the manager against the workers. And this led him get the axe.

Later he was employed in another factory. At this time the anti-Pahlavi movements led by Imam Khomeini began and he actively joined the movements. Accordingly, he and a number of factory workers took down the pictures of Shah and openly started their fight against the injustice of the ruling dictatorship.

He was married in 1975 and fathered two children. Soon he moved to Mashhad and resided next to the holy shrine of Imam Reza(A.S.). There he was employed in National factory.

After the victory of Islamic Revolution, he formed a group for pursuing the demands of the workers. He also followed his organized revolutionary activities in this way.

Ghasem never gave up his religious activities and attended the religious scholars’ sermons regularly. Having grown up in poverty, he tried to help the underprivileged. He launched a fund in the factory to help the workers with their financial problems.

Although a simple worker, Qasem had an insight in political and religious issues and was a pillar of society among the workers. This made him loathed by the MKO terrorist group.

On September 15, 1981, Seyed Ghasem Hosseini left for work and bid farewell to his wife. He was shot dead in front of his home. Having heard the sound of the guns firing, his wife hurried outside and faced with the lifeless body of her husband covered in blood. He was martyred on the spot.