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The Position of Women From the Viewpoint of Imam Khomeini - Ayatullah Ruhullah Al-Musawi Al-Khomeini - XKP

The Position of Women From the Viewpoint of Imam Khomeini - Ayatullah Ruhullah Al-Musawi Al-Khomeini - XKP

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This text comprehensively outlines the Position of Women from the viewpoint of Imam Khomeini (r.a.). Starting with acknowledging the Great Women of the World, such as Hazrat Fatima Zahra, the compilation then covers the status and rights of women in Islam as well as the role of women in their families, and the Jihad of a woman, specifically giving examples from women during the time of the Islamic Revolution.

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The Institute for Compilation and Publication of Imam Khomeini’s Works (International Affairs Department) Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran - al-islam.org
This text comprehensively outlines the Position of Women from the viewpoint of Imam Khomeini (r.a.). Starting with acknowledging the Great Women of the World, such as Hazrat Fatima Zahra, the compilation then covers the status and rights of women in Islam as well as the role of women in their families, and the Jihad of a woman, specifically giving examples from women during the time of the Islamic Revolution.

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The Institute for Compilation and Publication of Imam Khomeini’s Works (International Affairs Department) Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran - al-islam.org

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Introduction
The history of mankind overflows with instances of tyrannical acts per-petrated against the deprived and meek of the earth by oppressors andmen of power. Every so often, it was the oppressed who, heeding thecall of a venerable descendant of the family of the prophets and saints,rose up in anger against those practicing injustice and by sacrificing theirlives and enduring immense hardships allowed the people of the worldto enjoy a breath of the fresh air of justice and equity.Before very long, however, the stench from the fetid water of prideand arrogance, diffused by riches, power and deceit, once again dis-persed the sweet savour of justice, stifling the justice seekers.Women meanwhile, as half of mankind, have been made to suffer ad-ditional injustice - the description of which calls for a book thicker thanthat needed to record the oppression suffered by mankind in general -and in their role as ‘spouses of men’, invariably shared their husbands’sorrow and were their refuge in hard times.In many instances throughout history when the tyranny of tyrants orthe tribulations of the time have caused the death of their husbands, itwas the women who, single-handed, had to shoulder the burden of re-sponsibility. In addition to these, women, whether in their role asdaughters in their fathers’ house, spouses at the side of their husbands orsisters to their brothers, and women compared to men in general, havenever enjoyed their proper station and have usually been regarded as theweaker sex, inferior, unfortunate, pitiful, her greatness ignored.Even though throughout the different periods of history and in thevarious cultures and societies this discrimination has experienced vary-ing degrees of severity, still, unfortunately, its perpetuation and
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pervasiveness are undeniable, with each period of time demonstrating atleast one of its many hues.As we know, among the Arabs in pre-Islamic times, burying girls alivewas seen as a way for families to deliver themselves from what was be-lieved to be the misfortune of having a female child. It was only in ashort period in the earliest age of Islam that through the teachings andpractice of the Prophet and members of his virtuous household, womenrecovered, to a certain degree, their true worth and station.With the revival and restoration of the former system, this time mas-querading as the Islamic caliphate, women’s standing once again lapsedand gradually with the passage of time fossilised misinterpretations of Islam imposed crippling restrictions and limitations on women, suchthat even in the last few decades veins of these ossified views expressingdisdain for women and belittling their position could still be clearly seenamong the contemporary petrified religious traditionalists.It was in such circumstances that the imperialists and their henchmen,in keeping with their hegemonic tendencies, began to seek suitable waysand means of infiltrating the cultural and political life of Iran, and to thisend they availed themselves of the position of women in our soci-ety. With the slogans of freedom and equality, they promoted the cul-ture of nakedness and libertinism, in the process making use of the mostdraconian of despotic measures as seen in Riza Khan’s policy of forcingwomen to remove their Islamic veils (
kashf-i hijab
).[1]This ambition, which at the time of Riza Khan’s son - a son trulyworthy of such a father - took on a more subtle and clever form, was de-scribed in the imperial literature as turning women into beguilingcreatures. In the Shah’s logic, the modern woman, the woman free of re-ligious restraints, has as her mission beguilement, and all obstacles to therealisation of this mission must be removed.Thus it was that not only women, but the other half of society too, i.e.the men, fell under the spell of beguilement. We ourselves witnessedhow, in addition to the cabarets and dance halls and the formal and in-formal gatherings, the streets, city squares, parks, recreational centres,swimming pools and beaches, as showplaces of this imperial policy,were in practice changed into something akin to houses of pleasure in
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