Tehran: Iranian Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, has praised the Muslim women for playing an “unparalleled and unique” role in great Islamic movements.
The Iranian Supreme Leader hailed the efforts of Muslim women in Islamic movements and acknowledged that their participation has always played a crucial role in achieving the success for the Muslims.
Ayatollah Khamenei expressed his applause for the Muslim women in the International Conference on Women and Islamic Awakening which marked the presence of over a thousand outstanding Muslim women from 85 countries across the globe.
He stated while addressing the conference, “The conference is a good opportunity for women throughout the world of Islam to become acquainted with each other. The participants should use the conference as a tool to launch an effective and permanent movement to revive the Islamic identity of Muslim women.”
He pointed out that the west has been making comprehensive efforts over the past 100 years to isolate Muslim women from their Islamic identity.
He commented, “The efforts by outstanding women of the world of Islam to revive this identity are the greatest service to the Islamic Ummah. This is because sense of identity, awareness and insight among Muslim women will have a major effect on Islamic Awakening and the dignity and honor of the Islamic Ummah.”
Ayatollah Khamenei referred to the western view of women as insulting and stated, “Westerners consider women as a product and an instrument that men can benefit from and they have employed all their instruments and facilities to reach this goal, but in a hypocritical move, they have named this degenerate, flawed and misleading view “freedom,” just as they choose deceptive names like freedom, human rights and democracy for crimes such as murder, plundering national sources of wealth, military operations and the waging of wars.”
He stressed that the Islamic view of women is the opposite of the western view and Islam brings about dignity and growth for women by giving them an independent identity.
“In an Islamic environment, a woman achieves scholarly, personal, ethical and political growth and she is a pioneer in essential social issues, but she remains a woman,” he said.
He added, “The West will be harmed most on this front and it will collapse as a result of the social consequences.”
Ayatollah Khamenei highlighted, “Allah the Exalted has bestowed different physical characteristics on men and women. And each of them plays a particular role in the growth and transcendence of mankind, but women's role is more important.”
“Women play a determining role in social developments, in revolutions and in Islamic Awakening because wherever women take part in a social movement with awareness, the progress and victory of that movement is guaranteed and this truth makes it absolutely necessary to preserve and strengthen women's presence in the developments of Egypt, Libya, Bahrain, Yemen and other parts of the world of Islam,” he concluded.