We are all Hojaji and we are more determined than ever!
"He lost his head to keep us safe, he lost his life to allow others live," said Alipour, who stood waiting for the metro that should head to the famous Imam Hussein square. It is where people poured to on Wednesday 27 September.
As early as 6 am, the metro and bus stations of Tehran were choking with people who came to bid farewell to the Iranian martyr who was taken hostage by Daesh [ISIS/ISIL] terrorists near the Iraqi border on August 7 and beheaded two days later.
Martyr Mohsen Hojaji was a member of the Iranian military advisory team assisting the Syrian army in its counter-terrorism operations against Wahhabi terrorists.
The procession began in Tehran's Imam Hussein Square and continued for a few hours before the ceremonies were terminated. At the beginning of the funeral procession, Leader of the Islamic Revolution His Eminence Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei, accompanied by the country's top military commanders, prayed near Hojaji's Iranian-flag-wrapped coffin.
Tens of thousands attended the mass funeral, which brought together people from all walks of life to pay respect to the martyr and reassure their adherence to resisting the Takfiri terrorist groups that have been killing the innocent not only in the region, but across the world.
A man in his forties, Mr. Salimi, standing under one of the huge billboards with Hojaji's photo on it told al-Ahed news that he thinks Hojaji is not exclusively a role model only belonging to the Iranians, but instead to all humanity.
He also said that if it were not for the cooperation and effort of "our brothers" in the resistance in Lebanon, Hojaji would have become another martyr whose body never came back from the war fronts.
Based on a ceasefire deal between the Lebanese Hezbollah Resistance Movement and Daesh, the body of Martyr Hojaji was delivered a couple of weeks ago to Hezbollah to be returned home. Hojaji was shown being captured alive and taken into a vehicle. Later footage showed his decapitated body. The transfer of Lebanon's captured soldiers and two martyrs, as well as the body of Martyr Hojaji, took place after the buses carrying Daesh militants and their families arrived in the ancient city of Palmyra in Homs Province.
Ms. Atifeh, who was at the funeral with her relative told al-Ahed news "Martyr Hojaji is a holy shrine defender, he was an extraordinary person who left everything behind to prevent the Wahhabi terrorists from engulfing the rest of the Middle East and causing more destruction and death."
"Hojaji knew he was going to a dangerous place, but he did not mind. He went and did not hesitate and he went to allow us all keep a decent life. If Wahhabis and their likes think that killing him and chopping off his head in that brutal way will make us retreat or back down, they are very mistaken."
Her cousin Samaneh, who seemed to be in her early thirties also assured that killing Hojaji or others does not threaten the Iranians. "Imam Hussein was brutally killed in Karbala, these days are the days of Ashoura and Hojaji is a companion of Imam Hussein only in this time rather than back in history."
The crowds, all dressed in black [as a symbol of mourning and respect to both Hojaji and Imam Hussein since Hojaji's funeral ceremonies coincide with the religious days of Ashoura] sang chants and eulogies together and sounded their devotion to the path down which Hojaji went.
Young men who came to bid farewell to the martyr also came to reassure that his martyrdom and the ugly manner by which he was killed did not scare them at all, but reinforced them to follow his lead and all care for the fate of the world, the region, Islam and Iran.
Mr. Mohammadi, who came with his friends from the university to take part in the ceremonies told al-Ahed news "I was waiting for this day so badly, I was waiting until this champion who is a role model to all of us young and old arrives so that we welcome him with flowers. Today, Hojaji is not dead, he is indeed more alive than any other time. He is alive inside each one of us."
Young men walked around with bags filled flowers and photos of the martyr, many of them sharing stories about Hojaji, who was a social activist and was always present at the different arenas of volunteer and social work. He was a gentle and kind person who always drew smiles on the faces of the people around him, as expressed by some young men who were well acquainted with him.
The shrine of Sayyeda Zainab, the sister of Imam Hussein [the third Shia Imam] is located in Damascus, Syria. Iranian military advisers have been in the area and have played a crucial role in protecting the holy shrine against the repetitive terrorist attacks.
Source: Al-Ahed News