1025 GMT December 04, 2021
Ayatollah Khamenei on Wednesday attended a videoconference with a group of Iranian eulogists in an annual ceremony marking the birth anniversary of Hazrat Fatimah Zahra (PBUH), daughter of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
Highlighting the fundamental difference between the viewpoints of Islam and the West on women, the Leader said the Islamic Republic has high regard for women’s dignity, while the typical Western outlook considers woman a commodity and an instrument, Tasnim News Agency reported.
From the viewpoint of Islam, women and men are equal when it comes to divine and humanitarian values, the Leader added, stressing, “We are proud of Islam’s view and are diametrically opposed to the West’s view on women.”
Dismissing Western propaganda about Islam and Islamic hijab’s restrictions on the growth of women as an “outright lie,” Ayatollah Khamenei said a clear evidence for the falsity of such claims is the status of women in the Islamic Republic of Iran.
The Leader noted that before the establishment of the Islamic Republic, Iran had never had so many educated women involved in various social, cultural, political, scientific and economic fields.
Islam’s view on women provides the foundation for the prominent role of mothers and families, Ayatollah Khamenei underscored, saying the strongest pillars of intellectual and spiritual education and the most genuine atmosphere of intimacy are formed within the family.
Finally, the Leader deplored attempts by Western propaganda and a number of Westernized individuals in Iran to devalue or eliminate the key role of mothers in families.