Iran: Reality, Woman and Life

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Inaugurated on Tuesday, 10th of July, the 1st Intl conference on ““Women and Islamic Awakening”, with over 1000 women from 80 countries, provided this chance for those women who had wrong presuppositions pendulating in their mind about Iran, woman and her life, to have the testimony of their own eyes in the case; true or untrue.

This self-observation exposed well, as they said, the falsity of the old story of the camera obscura of women life in Iran. Reversed and inverted, the images have produced a perversion of truth originated in the deceitful broadcasted reports and films, published books (story, comic and etc) and so on by anti-Iranian Islamic government think tanks or authorities, notably USA and occidental countries.

Even outdated and quite not new, there is a huge number of people who still share the wrong thought that woman in Iran is systematically oppressed, both by Islamic government at the top and by men at other levels, and her stature is belittled and considered less worthy by her men counterparts.

Covered in black and not allowed to wear any other color, this fixated image says that the woman in Iran is degraded, deprived of her very basic rights and yet she does not stand on her own identity; she is nothing but what her husband, father and government -ruled by Mollās in their words- define and decree instead. Moreover, there is always a concierge standing over her body, ready to beat her to death in any case of insubordination.

What is more disturbing is that any woman who wants to visit Iran on any purpose, is frightened and warned seriously not to do certain things in public: not to laugh, not to wear any color other than black and etc.

“Actually we were wondering if it is ok to wear such clothing, sorry to say that but everyone is in black here” Said Afredita, a member of the parliament in Montenegro who wore colorful clothes (long skirt and a blouse) in light red and pink. “We have been told not to laugh too much in Iran” said Edina, another member of parliament in Montenegro. “We have also been told

not to wear jewelleries, not to talk to men and etc.” added Afredit.[1]

Sticking out to infuse the colour black used in Iran for Hijab with a negative connotation, and yet standing for Islamic radicalism, an ironic contradiction shows itself. Paradoxically, when the same color is used by non-Muslim woman it turns to be an emblem of dignity, beauty and honour. Thus who wears what and where it is worn is the question.

However, the dark cloud shadowed, whether due to wrong information or by evil political or religious intentions, endeavouring to present a gothic picture of the condition and, yet the place in which a woman lives in Iran would resist in the heads unless people open their eyes and see the reality themselves.

These untrue imaginations would be cleared off in the condition that people put all the hearings aside and discover the reality on their own; travel to Iran and see individually the reality, try to hear from a trustworthy eye witness already visited Iran or doing research to uncover the truth  and etc.  A very easy and simple way would be “googling” by tapping “Iran+ woman+ Picture /image” for instance.

Anti-Iranianism and yet these out-of-context propagandas are going to be in full swing and are not going to stop. The issue will be cleared up only if one recognizes from whom is hearing the story, independent of any intention to deceive or the reverse.

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[۱] Conversation between Miss Fahima Kourki Nezhad Gharaie and Madam Afredita & Madam Edina.

 

 

 

People in The World Are Eager For Pure Religious Culture

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In the following interview we have discussed about the cultural atmosphere dominant in their country:
Golnaz Jamal lives in Moscow. She has worked in media for 20 years and cooperated with different periodicals. At present, she is the owner of Mosalmanka (Muslim woman) periodical started in 2008 which holds issues about women, Islam and cultural issues.

Besides, Golnaz is an art teacher. She has studied Early Childhood Education and has a 13-year-old daughter.

Anti-Islamic and Anti-Hijab Activities in Russia
There are lots of anti-Islamic and anti-hijab activities in the Russia. In Moscow, Feminism plays an active role in deceiving public thoughts and developing homosexual tendencies.
Thus, we tried not to subject our journal on Muslims only. Even, most who are interested in our articles are non-Muslims, and by reading them their wrong thought about Islam is changed. As a proof, we receive constantly lots of letters from those who are not Muslim declaring how their mind is changed about Islam.
Even, it seams that the articles are more interesting for non Muslim readers due to their wrong knowledge and belief of Islam than Muslims, having already Islamic knowledge. Thus, responses are positive.
Nearly 50 percent of Muslims in Russia might be of middle class. Yet, most of practicing ones are of poor economic class. However there are Muslims among rich but they do not wear hijab or practice Islamic teachings.

Women Problems are not Just Restricted to Hijab in Russia
Banning on the wearing of Hijab for those women who work in the public centres is a huge problem. However our problems are not just restricted to this issue. Moreover, we do not have even Islamic kindergartens or schools that help us raising our children with Islamic education. There are rarely private institutions for learning Turkish and Arabic. It might be found only one of such in Moscow.
Yet, there is a city in one of the Republics (become independent from former Soviet Union) in which there are not such restrictions. Our last article is on introducing this city. There, people do not confront any ban on wearing headscarves neither in educational centres not at work. They say their Gathering or Friday prayers easily and practice Islamic rituals in public society.
Zorfa KHooziva has studied law and journalism. She works in Neisan periodical in Tajikistan. The periodical holds issues on Islam and women. She says that “Neisan” means spring cloud and because we started it in spring we called it “Neisan”.

Cultural and Social Conditions in Tajikistan.
Tajikistan is an Islamic country that has a population of 7200000. 98% of its people are Sunnite. 35% are young and 70% have access to periodicals. Being secular, our Government has a good relationship with west. Wearing hijab in public is prohibited and according to the act that recently has been approved the entrance of those who are under 18 is illegal. Religious activities are controlled and religious and private schools are not allowed have activities. However, there are religious hawzah and Islamic universities but this is not enough.
Concerning the banning of hijab law, I myself was elected in the parliament election but since I wear headscarf I could not enter. I made a complaint against the Supreme Court but they disagreed with being a deputy as I am headscarfed. We try our best in such a society to develop religious life.
I have founded a non governmental organisation called the Neshat dealing with religious and cultural activities. Moreover, it has been a while since I intend to found four other organizations which is partly hols issues on women.
We send missionaries to villages to change their wrong beliefs. Concerning Palestine, For instance, because of west negative propaganda and our government in media, most people think that Palestinian government has occupied the Jewish land. Regarding this, it has been four years that we have started to enliven Quds Day by holding conferences and distributing brochures and leaflets. Also, it has been 2 years that we could organise rallies on Quds Day in different cities.
We organize conferences on different issues. For instance, in the anniversary of the prophet Mohammad (s.a.a.w.) or of Fatimah az- Zahra (peace be upon her) we try to introduce their life to the people and introduce great Ladies of honor such as Zeinab and Fatimah az-Zahra (peace be upon them) as a symbol to the young women.
We develop such beliefs in our website and magazine. For instance, one of the wrong beliefs is that Prophet Mohammad had two daughters: Fatimah and Zahra.
We have two newspapers in our country called Nejat and Islam Message and two magazins meant Promissing Boat and meant “the mission”. We had another magazine called Eqbal (Fortune) that was closed due to the financial problems. However, what we do is not enough comparing 2100 organizations that have western tendencies that do anti Islamic cultural activities.

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People of Tajikistan are Eager for Religious Culture
We have more or less problems with the government in achieving our Islamic cultural goals. However, since I am a lawyer and a member of Islamic movement party in Tajikistan, I try to undo the created atmospheres and yet due to the influence I have, I support the other newly established organization.
Most people, especially those in villages, want us to send them missioners. There, people are eager for religious teachings.

Financial Support of Neisan
we have a charity organizations and sometimes we use  budgets provided by government for our cultural activities. There has been always a financial problem, but we use partly the charity budget to help poor. For instance, in the Gaza war we sent some aids to the people.
I have three sons: Ahmad, Akmal, Abdollah and one daughter: Zeinab.
First I named my daughter Rahfaza. When she was eight, I sent her to Quran classes for memorizing. At that time she read Motahari’s book on Imam Hussein and Ashoora and then she called herself Zeinab.

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Translated by Somayeh Mollatabar

We Are Free In being women and Feminism Followers force to change themselves to men

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This interview is our intimate conversation with one of the Muslim women activists who has participated in
the ” International Festival of Muslim Women’s Print Media”. This Festival was in Iran in the date 13/12/1433. It will perform in Lebanon in the next year.

For the first please introduce your self please.

My name is Nourhane Bizid . I am from Tunisia. I am studying finance in the grade of Doctorate in the university.

The appearance of the Feminism movement goes back to 200 years ago. The emblem of this movement is “the equal right of men and women”.

But nowadays we can perceive the role of most women of the west, just in the pictures and photos of the magazines, in the propagandas and sport centers and etc… And that’s not the real grandeur of women.
In your opinion why that emblem of the equal right causes to this inequality that we see now in the western society?
Is this emblem of equal right more beneficial for the western men or women?

Their emblem of the equality of the men and women is a lie. They want to led the women believe it. It is a lie. With this equality that they say, the women will not have the better situation. The women and the men are compliment. They are never the same as each other. We are equal in front of Justice. But there are some rights that are not equal for men and women.

Women who are the followers of the school of feminist, we see that their physics are like men. They speak like men. They recede from their reality that is their feminity. The feminism is not appropriate especially for our societies because for our societies the Holy Quran determines the rights of men and women. It protects the value of women as wives, mothers, as working women, active women in the society but all them as women not changing women to men.
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About some years ago, some media sources announced that English parliament’s women have used themale hormone in order to strengthen their power in the parliament political dispute.

Why today western women have the feeling of inferiority about their feminity that instead of the equal right by men they want to change themselves to men? Why the English parliament women should change their physiology?

The problem is that the women believe in this equality that feminists define for them, think that it is the best for them. But for example a woman is a mom and after the pregnancy she needs to have months to care about her baby. If she be equal to men, they wouldn’t see her as a mom. And they will say her you must work even you will go after bear you must work at this moment. You are equal to men. But women need to have some times in working not be equal to men. In specific times she needs different rights in contrast with men. This is why the feminism will block women and will change them to be men. So she wants to be men even in physic because she feels that this feminity weakens her.

By following Feminism, she can’t be always active and this will disturbs her. So if she accepts and follows the rules of feminism, she has to try to change herself to a man in order to be more physically powerful and successful like what feminism has defines for her

Do you think we should have an international institute to protect women’s print Media the Muslim print to have relationship with each other to progress unique idea in the Muslim nation?

Yes. I think that’s a good idea because women in different parts of the world have different ideas. So we must communicate together. It is beneficial for humanity and women.
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What is the viewpoint of people of your country through the Islamic republic of Iran?

In Tunisia before we have shiah called khilafah Fatimiyah. The shiah in this khilafah Fatimiyah are smaeeliyah. They believe up to the imam the seventh. But now the Muslims in Arabic worlds paying attention in shiism specially when they heard about the revolution of Iran and they see that it succeeds very well. The success of Islamic revolution led people to understand the shiism better and to be converted to it. After Sallaheddin ayoubi is killed the number of shiahs was decreasing very much. But after Islamic revelution(of Iran) the number of shiahs increased because they know the real shiism. And any of the Tunisian Families have become shiah.

Do you think that a journalist Muslim woman should be single in order to be successful in her work or she can have a family, training children and be successful in her work?

No, it is not necessary to be single. She can be married be a wife and be successful. We have the examples of the journalist women who are successful in journalism. Most important is to know how to distribute to share about the responsibility in the house and the work.

Thank you very much. If you want to say anything to the women or young girls of Iran, please mention it at the end.

I say to Iranian women that you are in the paradise. Protect your government. In Tunisia we suffered a lot from forbidding hijab and praying is impossible because they control you when you go to the mosques. And the hijab is very important when we speak about the rights of women. When you for example are at home you must be attractive, but you should protect your hair and body to be more respectful in street. You yourself should make your rights. And you are free to have hijab in Iran. The women who make hijab in Tunisia suffered a lot but now after the revolution of Tunisia women have many rights and they can have hijab somehow. Thank you very much for your magazine and for Iran and invitation I am so happy about it…
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We should be so proud to be a woman in Islam

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Studied in Anthropology in the University Padjadjaran Bandung , experienced and trained quite many subjects in the working environment about Public Relations, Communications & Marketing. She is married but still no kid. Learned English and German in UK and Germany and learned French in Indonesia. Firstly she worked for Sales Marketing in Lutfhansa German Airlines for 7 years, then in an Advertising agency – DMB&B for 2 years. Next she has gone to DaimlerChrysler – Mercdes-Benz Indonesia for 5 years, but after working as a profesional , It seems theese professional works have not contented her, she started her new work as a teacher in a primary school as religion teacher to be an active cultural charachter.

Currently , what she do most of the time is volunteer teaching, she is busy with the social activities , and also translating the muslim website at al-islam.org to her mother language and attending many seminars in Islamic countries, mostly about the Islamic roles in the nowadays society and to share the knowledge with the women & children outside the cities to build the character of the strong muslims ummah.  Now she involve in the organization of AhlulBait Indonesia in the division of training the character building.

Further than professional and cultural activities also she had joint the Asian Caravan to Gaza to cover her humanity and Islamic tickles, in the caravan’s path she stayed almost a week in Iran in many cities. Recently she attended  the 5th International Digital Media Festival in Tehran.

 

 ۱. You are co-operating with some Islamic media, would you please say us more details? What do you do in that site or how many staff this site has and their gender?

A couple months ago the islamic website calls www.al-islam.org ( AhlulBait Digital Library project ) which could be accessed by many languages about the Jafari school of taught, was asking me whether I could joint their member as voluntery translator of  the factsheets in nutshell in bahasa Indonesia ( they have so many projects there, these factsheets is one of theirs, there will be also some books, etc – plz do check at the site ) . But this first project for me to translate factsheets in my languages was offered to me…and for sure I accepted it…so I became a member of their project. We are working from the house. All members , I believe are the shia…

ادامه We should be so proud to be a woman in Islam