Martyrs Never Die: General Qassem Soleimani’s Massive Funeral Procession
In early January 2020, hundreds of thousands of weeping Iranians poured into Ahvaz, Tehran, Qom, and Mashhad’s streets to mourn the martyrdom of General Haj Qassem Soleimani and convey a strong message to Iran’s enemies. The thronging crowds of grief-stricken Iranian citizens numbered into the millions, who came from all walks of life manifested a united and resolute society that pays homage to its legendary commander. The sea of Iranian people who inundated streets to farewell their beloved commander evinced the Iranians’ collective pain for losing a great and honorable soldier martyred by the American terrorist government.
In the context of the Iranian-Islamic culture, what made Gen. Soleimani’s funeral a unique event was that the Iranians, by their own volition, began to cook and distribute charity food each in their communities, just as they do every year in the holy Day of Ashura, to commemorate the memory of their immortal hero, Haj Qassem Soleimani.
In the ceremonies, Ismaël Haniyeh, chief of the Palestinian Islamic Resistance political bureau (Hamas), describes Haj Qassem as “the great Martyr of Quds” in the moving ceremonies held to honor the memories of such an impeccable and international character. Mr. Haniyeh and all those who were acquainted with Gen. Soleimani knew better that Haj Qassem implored them to pray to God so he would be martyred.
Haj Qassem’s life is the epic story of a man who rendered the political and geographical borders meaningless and showed to the entire world that lofty messages of noblemen like himself shall not only permeate the Iranian society but can also find listening ears in the Palestinian, Lebanese, Yemeni and Iraqi streets. The emotional solidarity exhibited by the nations loyal to Gen. Soleimani, in the Middle-East and beyond, is yet another proof that in the case of any foolish American military attack against the interests of the Islamic Republic of Iran, they shall all rise in revolt once and for all against the American tyranny.
In conclusion, one can say that the enormous number of citizens who participated in the funeral service held for Martyr Gen. Haj Qassem Soleimani is the precise manifestation of the Holy Quran verse where the Almighty Allah says: “And never think of those who have been killed in the cause of Allah as dead. Rather, they are alive with their Lord, receiving provision (Al-‘Imran-169)