Why is hijab becoming more popular despite massive propaganda?

Why is hijab becoming more popular despite massive propaganda?

  • Is hijab an obstacle in the way of, or a catalyst for social activities?

    Mar 8, 2018

    According to Islamic ideals, there is a paradigm for Muslim women to follow. This model is complete: an Islamic woman is a woman who possesses faith; she embraces "ifaff" [chastity, virtue]; she manages the most important elements of human education; she is influential in society; she can grow, scientifically and spiritually; she is the doyenne of the very important foundation of family and a great source of comfort for man: all of these qualities exist, as well as other female qualities such as delicacy, softness of heart, and preparedness for receiving the divine light. These qualities make up the paradigm for the Muslim woman. These are the very characteristics that the Holy Prophet (PBUH) applied to various statements while praising Fatima Zahra, Khadija al-Kubra (God's greeting be upon them), and women in general… Islamic hijab is a means immunity for women. Hijab is not a means for restricting women. Today, the flag of identity and cultural independence is in the hands of Iranian women. Today, by preserving hijab, Iranian women confirm their identity, independence, and cultural identity. They are exporting their qualities throughout the world. The world is hearing a new concept: women can have an active presence in social arenas, and they can exert a deep social influence. Today, the women of our country influence various fields. At the same time, hijab, modesty, [preserving] distinguished characteristics of men and women as well as [observing] a distance [of privacy] between men and women, refusal to be abused by men, or being reduced to an object of pleasure for selfish strangers are among the characteristics of Iranian and Muslim women. We offer this model, of course. Among our ladies, there are some individuals who are observing this prototype to a great and exact degree; some women are observing it to an average degree; in any case, this model exists and it's the cornerstone of Iranian women's achievements.

2015
  • The Zionists have made some human communities sexualized by use of the media, cinema, etc.

    Jan 21, 2015

    Today, the focus of international and world propaganda machine is on eliminating spirituality, religion, chastity and pudency. This is a definite agenda pursued by the Zionists all over the world and they are intensifying their efforts in this regard, taking eviler actions every day. Look at the movies, stories and the like; observe how European women dressed fifty to a hundred years ago and compare that with [their clothing] today. Compare how the West and Europe observed sexual moralities fifty to hundred years ago with how they do it today. Look how it has changed. The moral corruption has reached a point where if you reject homosexuality you would be attacked. This is really startling. They are proud of immorality and nudity. They are proud of giving up sexual moralities. This precisely pertains to what we have in Hadith; that says true would be considered false, and false would be considered true. This has happened in the West, and the news and media empire is working against morality, and modesty with all the power they have, using all their capacity which— with the social networks and the internet—are a thousand times more [influential] than what used to be 15 or 20 years ago. January 21, 2015

2013
  • Which will bring freedom: wearing or not wearing hijab?

    May 1, 2013

    One of the sins that western civilization committed is the movement that they launched on the issue of women. We have many things to say in this regard. The great sin that western civilization has committed against women cannot be wiped out or made up for any time soon, nor can it be easily put into words. Like everything else, they give this movement different names. They commit crimes, but they refer to it as measures to defend human rights. They oppress the people, but they refer to it as a move to support nations. They launch attacks, but they call it defense. The characteristics of western civilization are deceitfulness, hypocrisy, dishonesty and contradiction between words and actions. They behave towards the women exactly in the same way. Unfortunately, they have established their culture throughout the world. They have acted in a way that today one of the most important responsibilities or the most important responsibility of women is to put themselves on display and put their beauty at the service of men's pleasure. These things have become the main qualities that women should have. Unfortunately, the world has become like this. In the most formal meetings, such as political meetings and different other meetings, men should wear long pants and modest clothes, but if women appear as nude as they can, it is alright. Is this normal? Is this natural? Is this a natural process? They have done this. Women should put themselves on display and they should become objects of pleasure for men. Is there a kind of oppression which is worse than this? They call this freedom and they call the opposite behavior restriction. This is while hijab and modesty earn women respect. This gives women protection. They are taking away this protection on a daily basis. And they give different names to what they do to women. The first consequence or perhaps one of the first consequences of this behavior was that the family was destroyed and undermined. When the family is undermined and destroyed in a society, corruption will be established in that society.

  • Salient, powerful and instructive presence of hijabi women in sports

    Mar 11, 2013

    The fact that our woman athletes enter sports arenas with hijab is very important. I do not know whether those who evaluate the events of our country have an accurate understanding of this issue or not. This is an extraordinary issue. In a certain European country, some people dare to kill a woman because she is wearing hijab. And they do it in a court of law and in front of the judge. This is the case. They are not ashamed of it. Under a certain illegitimate law, they harass women who wear hijab in universities, stadiums, parks and on the streets. In such conditions, a woman who wears hijab stands on the medal platform in such countries and makes everyone respect her. Is this a minor achievement? This is a very great achievement. Everybody should appreciate from the bottom of their heart the value of woman athletes who participate in international arenas with hijab and modesty. And we should appreciate the value of disabled athletes. What they do is really astonishing.

2012
  • Hijab will endorse women’s dignity and respect

    May 12, 2012

    thought that as long as women wore hijab, they would not be able to enter different social and political arenas. In the case of the resistance that led to the Islamic Revolution, I know for a fact that in certain parts of the country our women entered the arena earlier than our men. They arranged street protests earlier than men. The same is true of different other events which took place after the victory of the Islamic Revolution and during the Sacred Defense Era[...] Hijab gives women freedom and an identity. In spite of the dim-witted and superficial propaganda campaigns of materialistic people, hijab does not shackle women. By ignoring hijab and failing to cover what Allah the Exalted has asked them to cover, women undermine their own dignity and value. Hijab brings about dignity. It makes women more valuable. It increases women's dignity and respect. Therefore, it is necessary to appreciate hijab and to be thankful to Islam for emphasizing hijab. Hijab is among the blessings of God.

2011
  • The greatest insult the western culture made to the woman is sexualization and objectification

    May 22, 2011

    If a woman is determined to distinguish herself in western societies, she has no choice but to make use of her sexual appeal. Even in formal meetings women should dress in a way to appear pleasing to their beneficiaries - namely, men. I believe this is the greatest blow, the biggest insult and the greatest injustice as far as women are concerned. Unfortunately there is a cultural norm in western culture according to which women are considered the giver and men are considered the taker. Other societies followed the west and made efforts on its path. And this norm has been established in the world. If somebody says something that goes against this norm, they create uproar against him. For example, if in a society women are prohibited from wearing make-up in public places, they will create uproar. But there will be no uproar in the world if the opposite is done - that is to say, if immodesty is promoted among women in a society. When a society promotes modesty and discourages make-up among women, dominant propaganda machines of the world create uproar about it. This shows that there is a culture, a policy, a strategy that has been followed for many years in order to consolidate this wrong and insulting position for women. And unfortunately this has already happened.

  • What are the hidden reasons behind the western governments' opposition to hijab?

    May 22, 2011

    In the west they are gradually voicing their opposition to hijab in an open way. They say that hijab is the symbol of a religious movement and that they do not want religious symbols to be promoted in their secular societies. These are the reasons that they present for this opposition. I believe what their claims are a lie. It is not a matter of religion. The problem is that the fundamental policy of the west is to promote moral corruption among women and to exploit them, and hijab works against this policy. Even if hijab is not motivated by religious faith, they oppose it. This is the main problem. This issue has resulted in serious consequences for different communities: the break-up of the family and shocking statistics about women trafficking. According to a report that has been published globally - I think the report has been published by the UN - women trafficking is among the trades that are growing fastest in the world. There are a few countries which are worst in this regard and the Zionist regime is among them. Under the guise of labor, marriage and other such things, they collect women and girls from poor countries in Latin America, certain Asian countries and certain poor European countries and they deliver them to certain centers, centers whose names and activities would shock people. All of these things are the result of the misconception about women, the result of the oppressive inequation about women's position in society. The issue of illegitimate children - which is most common in America - and the issue of cohabitation are in fact destroying the warm family environment and its blessings. They are depriving humanity of these blessings. These issues are the consequences of the first problem that I spoke about. It is necessary to do something in this regard. It is necessary to define the position of women and to stand up against the propaganda of the west in a serious way.

2010
  • Inflicting women with nudity and corruption is a plot of the Zionists for the world

    Apr 21, 2010

    The corrupt western world tried to impose its wrong and misguided redefinition of women on the people of the world - which was degrading to women. They tried to convince the world that in order to develop a personality, women have to look attractive to men. What kind of personality is that? They said women have to give up their modesty and morality and use their physical appeal in order to gain the approval of men. Is this humiliation or respect? Influenced by Zionist elements, the ignorant and intoxicated western world presented this idea under the guise of respect for women. And some people were taken in. The greatness of women does not depend on their ability to attract the attention of immoral men. Such an ability is not an honor for women. It will not bring about respect for them. It will only bring about humiliation. The greatness of women depends on their ability to preserve their God-given modesty. Their greatness depends on combining this ability with pious dignity and a sense of responsibility. They should use their feminine delicacy and their pious inflexibility appropriately. The combination of delicacy and pious inflexibility is particular to women. That is the advantage that Allah the Exalted has bestowed on women. Therefore, the Holy Quran mentions the names of two women as examples of religious faith for both men and women. "And God sets forth, as an example to those who believe, the wife of Pharaoh" [The Holy Quran, 66: 11]. "And Mary the daughter of Imran" [The Holy Quran, 66: 12].God mentions the wife of Pharaoh and Mary as two examples of faith. These are some signs that point to an underlying Islamic ideology.

2009
  • The woman is generally viewed in the Western culture from a humiliating and objectifying perspective

    Oct 20, 2009

    There has always been a wrong outlook towards women. Today, the same wrong outlook exists in the west. Of course, a number of women may become outstanding, honorable and modest personalities in western systems. This holds true for men too. But the general outlook towards women, which has become firmly established in western culture, is an objectifying and insulting outlook. From the western viewpoint, the reason why women should not wear a chador and why they should not wear hijab is not that it wants them to be free. You say that you can have freedom with hijab as well. The West has a different opinion. It wants women to entertain men's eyes and it wants to use them in an illegitimate way. It wants women to a have a special appearance in society. This is the greatest insult to women. Of course, they cover it up with certain beautiful words and they give it different names. Respecting women means giving them the opportunity to develop, at different levels, those capabilities and those outstanding and great talents which Allah the Exalted has bestowed on all individuals - including women and the talents which are particular to them. Respecting women means allowing them to develop these talents inside the family, in society and in international arenas and for the sake of knowledge, understanding, research, education and construction.

  • By baring women, Western civilization does not seek to give freedom to women

    Oct 20, 2009

    From the western viewpoint, the reason why women should not wear a chador and why they should not wear hijab is not that it wants them to be free. You say that you can have freedom with hijab as well. The West has a different opinion. It wants women to entertain men's eyes and it wants to use them in an illegitimate way. It wants women to a have a special appearance in society. This is the greatest insult to women. Of course, they cover it up with certain beautiful words and they give it different names.

2008
  • All social activities are possible for a woman while observing hijab

    Jun 9, 2008

    What the Western women achieved by plummeting into the quagmire of corruption and perversion was the destruction of the family. That women could only advance in science and politics or in social activities by merely removing hijab was an absolute falsity. Women could do so by holding onto their hijab and decency and we have experienced the fact in our Islamic country. Banning hijab was a prelude to striping women of their dignity and decency. It was meant to keep people busy with powerful sexual desires. They wanted to prevent people from doing other things and they were successful for some time. But the strong faith of the Iranian nation did not let this happen.

  • Why did only the aristocratic class practice hijab in the past?

    Jan 3, 2008

    Hijab is an honor for the person who observes it. A woman's hijab is an honor for her. In the past, in most countries - I say most countries because I do not know about all counties - even in Europe until two or three hundred years ago, aristocratic women used to wear hijab (veil) on their faces. Perhaps you have noticed this in some historical movies. They used to wear a kind of hijab on their faces so as to stop others from seeing them. This is an honor for women. In ancient Persia, the wives of aristocrats and senior officials used to wear hijab. But the wives of ordinary people did not all wear hijab, and there was no obligation to do so. Then Islam stepped in and abolished all these discriminations and said that women must wear hijab. It meant that the right to wear hijab was for all women. That was an Islamic view [that brought about this change]. Now they accuse us of violating women's rights. They are the ones who have to be condemned. They are the ones who must justify why they have used women as an object of promiscuity.

2007
  • Was the number of educated and intellectual women greater before the Islamic Revolution or after it?

    Jul 4, 2007

    We did not have so many outstanding women during an era of taghut [in this case, the Pahlavi era]. This is my claim and I’m sticking to it. Today, the absolute and relative number of female researchers, professors, scientists, intellectuals--who work in different areas and who are experts in those areas--poets and artists, such as fictional writers, poets and painters, is far larger than the number of such women during the time of taghut. The time of taghut [Pahlavi era] was a period of time when they had destroyed hijab and the belief in the necessity of distance between men and women, and they used to promote decadence on a daily basis. Additionally, in certain cases, their actions were more excessive and worse than European countries. Today, in the Islamic Republic, we have such a large number of scientific and political personalities, and cultural and artistic experts, who wear hijab, chador, or headscarves. At that time [taghut], we did not even have a small number of such great women. There were very few women who practiced this way of life. This proves a theory, which is the exact opposite of one they were trying to establish. This theory reveals that not only does promotion of such decadence not help women strengthen their spirituality and develop their capacities, but it also keeps them so occupied with such matters as outward appearances and the trouble this brings about. This prevents women from moving towards perfection and transcendence.

2004
  • The West's view of the woman is a humiliating and insulting one

    Aug 15, 2004

    In the matter of women, your position is not a defensive one; rather an offensive one. They blame us for making hijab obligatory for women. However, they themselves have made women to remove their hijab. Blow for blow! Yet, their actions in the matter of women are more detrimental than that. In the western culture, the woman is driven to corruption, is humiliated and harassed. That men and women sit next to one another at diplomacy desks will never compensate for the detriments the West has inflicted on women. They have used women as a tool for satisfying sexual desires. They believe women are worthless without makeup; that women need to do makeup so men appreciate their appearance. This is the biggest insult to the woman. You have a lot to say in this area, and have claims to make.

2000
  • Why is there a growing interest in hijab around the world?

    Sep 20, 2000

    Muslim women in many parts of the world today take you as their role models and follow you. If you see that in some Western countries, or in some Muslim countries with a non-Muslim government, Islamic hijab is so much contested by the enemies of Islam, it is because the women are increasingly inclining to hijab. In some of our neighboring countries, where hijab was not practiced; in some Islamic countries where hijab was not even mentioned— as I have seen firsthand— during the past twenty years following the revolution, women, in particular, intellectuals and university students as well, have embraced hijab, showing interest in hijab, and have started practicing it; the examples of which can be seen even in western countries. You are their role models.

1999
  • Hijab is a value in accordance with human nature

    Feb 23, 1999

    Hijab is a value in accordance with the nature of human. Nudity and moving towards more mingling of the two sexes and exposing them to one another is a move against the human nature and volition. The holy Shariah of Islam has also set out certain restrictions and limits for it and those who are believers and religious cannot disapprove of hijab. Of course there might be people who are uninformed or ignorant. One should first familiarize them with hijab. During the early years after the revolution, I clearly realized that women who practice hijab, yet do not appreciate it well, do not have any information about the law, philosophy and benefits of hijab. That is to say, they have seldom been told about it.

1997
  • Hijab provides security for men and women

    Mar 10, 1997

    In order to prevent the mingling of the sexes and preserve ethical boundaries, Islam has obligated women to observe modest dressing (hijab). Hijab is a means of providing security: by observing hijab, Muslim women provide security both for themselves and for Muslim men. Wherever hijab is taken away from women, wherever they push women towards bareness and nudity, security is taken away primarily from women and secondarily from men and the youth. To preserve a healthy and secure environment wherein women can pursue their tasks and men can carry out their responsibilities, Islam has set hijab as an obligation: hijab is an outstanding obligation by Islam and its advantages are as I described.

  • Is observing hijab and chastity only obligatory for women?

    Mar 10, 1997

    Islam has set certain limits [in the arena of social activities] which do not pertain to women needing permission to take part in activities. Rather, it is pertains to the mingling of men and women—which is a sensitive issue in Islam. Islam believes that men and women—wherever they are, on the streets, at office, or business places—must observe certain limits between themselves. There is a limit, and a buffer defined between Muslim men and women. Relationships between men and women, are not like relationships among men, or among women [in unisex settings]. This has to be respected, by both men and women. If this sensitivity demanded by Islam regarding the relationships between men and women is properly observed, women can do any type of activities that men can do in the society, if they are physically able, have the time, and want to do them... In order to provide them with a safe and healthy environment, where women can perform their activities in the society, and men can fulfill their responsibilities, Islam has defined Hijab, and it is one of the remarkable laws of Islam.

1995
  • By rejecting Hijab, shocking statistics on violence against women have not declined

    Nov 13, 1995

    In the West, including the United States, where they endlessly talk about equality of rights for men and women, there are horrendous statistics of violence against women, and of using them in different settings. So the issues concerning women are not resolved by the solutions provided by the West, and by rejecting Hijab and religious constraints, these problems worsen. On the other hand, Islam endeavors to create a healthy environment based on reason and thought, where the weak would not be dominated... Contrary to the West's rants about Hijab as something that limits the rights and liberties of women, Hijab has nothing to do with [suppressing] the rights and liberties of women. Hijab is a must for men and women that has to be observed by each in a certain way. Because by removing Hijab, women would face the same fate that has afflicted women in Western environments through abusing them. Islam's approach to Hijab is a very wise approach. Hijab is relevant in the limits of personal lives of men and women, and in this regard, Chador, while not proven essential, is considered to be the best Hijab. Sacred Islamic laws have defined the limits of Hijab that must be respected, without having to fall for the extremes.

  • By preventing hijab in the West, has the rate of violence against women increased or decreased?

    Nov 13, 1995

    In the West, including the United States, where they endlessly talk about equality of rights for men and women, there are horrendous statistics of violence against women, and of using them in different settings. So the issues concerning women are not resolved by the solutions provided by the West, and by rejecting Hijab and religious constraints, these problems worsen. On the other hand, Islam endeavors to create a healthy environment based on reason and thought, where the weak would not be dominated... Contrary to the West's rants about Hijab as something that limits the rights and liberties of women, Hijab has nothing to do with [suppressing] the rights and liberties of women. Hijab is a must for men and women that has to be observed by each in a certain way. Because by removing Hijab, women would face the same fate that has afflicted women in Western environments through abusing them. Islam's approach to Hijab is a very wise approach. Hijab is relevant in the limits of personal lives of men and women, and in this regard, Chador, while not proven essential, is considered to be the best Hijab. Sacred Islamic laws have defined the limits of Hijab that must be respected, without having to fall for the extremes.

1993
  • Hijab will give merit and respect to a woman

    Dec 8, 1993

    In the Islamic society, Muslim women have a special status and character and Hijab represents a symbol of her character and status. Hijab is a sign of reverence for women and Islam reveres all women who observe the modest clothing (Hijab). In Islamic establishment, women need to have political awareness, develop the skill of managing a household, and be symbols of integrity, purity, and self-esteem at the forefront of social, political, and scientific activities and services. They need to pay attention to the fact that Hijab is the primary condition [to get involved in those activities]. Because without it, women will not find the liberty and the space to pursue high ranks.

1992
  • Despite the efforts of the western culture for promoting among women engaging in unrestrained sexual relations, still a lot of the western women won't accept this

    Dec 16, 1992

    This is one of the battlefields where we have the upper hand against the imperialist world. I have repeatedly told the speakers and preachers talking about women: it is not us who have to defend our position. It is the corrupt Western culture that needs to defend itself. What we offer women is something that no thoughtful, honest person could deny that it is in the interest of women. We are inviting women to modesty, purity, Hijab, and avoiding unrestrained mingling among men and women, protecting human dignity, and restraining from putting on make-up for fulfilling the interests of men [other than their husbands] so that they would not be rendered into satisfying the lustful eyes. Is this something harmful? This is the dignity of a Muslim woman. This is the dignity of a woman. Those who encourage women to expose themselves to the men on the streets so that they can satisfy their sexual desires, must defend themselves as to why they have lowered women and subjected them to such shame. They have to answer. Our culture is such that dignified and thoughtful Westerners, too, prefer and act upon it. Even there, modest, dignified and virtuous women and women who value themselves would not accept to be used to satisfy sexual desires of men. The corrupt culture of the West has many examples like this.

1991
  • By introducing hijab, which ranks does God want to assist women to achieve?

    Dec 25, 1991

    The matter of hijab is a matter of values. The matter of hijab— though a prerequisite for achieving higher positions— is in itself a value. If we insist on hijab, it is because practicing hijab helps the woman reach the high spiritual position she deserves, and avoid the very slithery slips on her path toward exaltation. The binary opposite of this view is the Byzantine culture that reigns over Europe today. They tolerate everything except for a couple of matters; one of which, and maybe the most important, being setting a protective space between the two genders; that is self-control as opposed to sexual freedom. They strongly oppose this; whereas they are tolerant of all other matters. They believe those who emphasize on separating men and women are reactionary. They assume if the women are separated from men in a country by placing some sorts of restrictions, this is against civilization! They are right: their own civilization which was built on the ruins of the Byzantine civilization is not different. However, this belief is against values: the opposite [of the belief in the mingling of the sexes] is appropriate.

1990
  • Despite the extensive Western propaganda, hijab has seen a considerable rise

    Jan 16, 1990

    The entire western world and their media, and those moneygrubbing authors who are agents of the major global capitalists and Zionists, have united to ridicule the Islamic Republic. They launched a propaganda war on the question of Hijab to try to make us retreat. Despite their propaganda, the Islamic Iran and the Muslim women stayed committed to Hijab; they stayed true to the Islamic dignity of Muslim women and Islamic teachings about women, with strength, resolution, and a spirit of confidence and self-esteem. Today, it is the Western world that is gradually showing a tendency towards Islamic Hijab. You see that women and Muslims in different countries—in Muslim countries where Hijab was not practiced and they had been overwhelmed with Western teachings, but also in Western countries—are showing a tendency towards Hijab. Of course Muslims showed this tendency first, and we saw after the victory of the revolution that countries far from here—that were under the influence of and fascinated by Western culture—began to show a tendency towards Hijab and trying it as it is practiced by you Iranian women.

  • Planned humiliation of educated women who wore hijab during the U.S.-backed Pahlavi Regime

    Jan 16, 1990

    Women were truly and in all dimensions underprivileged in the society of the self-surrendered evil monarchical regime. If a woman wanted to enter the academia, she was obliged to relinquish her religion, piety and decency. A Muslim woman could not easily retain her hijab, decency and dignity in the universities, academia, scientific and cultural centers. It was impossible! A Muslim woman could not, in the streets of Tehran and some other cities, walk with Islamic dignity and decency, even with a partial hijab, without being harassed and molested by some vulgar people obsessed with the corruption and immorality brought to us from the West. They had created a situation in which it was generally impossible for women to acquire knowledge. There existed some exceptions. But generally speaking, women could not enter the academia, except by removing their veil and relinquishing Islamic piety and dignity! The same was true in the social sphere. If a woman wanted to acquire a position in the society or politics during the monarchical Iran, she had to relinquish hijab, dignity, decency and grace of a Muslim woman. Yet, it also depended on her innate qualities and essence. If she was very weak-spirited, she would slide down to the depth [of indecency]. If she was self-restraint, she could preserve herself to some degrees, but she was constantly facing increased pressures from the social environment. Our society was like that.

  • Does hijab isolate women?

    Jan 16, 1990

    Hijab does not intend to marginalize women. If someone has such an understanding of Hijab, it's completely wrong and offset. Hijab means preventing unrestrained mingling between men and women in the society. Unrestrained mingling are harmful to the society and the individuals, especially women. Hijab is not an obstacle in the way of political, social, or scientific activities. You represent a clear evidence. Some might have been surprised and are still surprised today that a woman at the highest scientific or academic level in any field follows Islamic teachings including Hijab. This was not acceptable for some and they could not imagine it.

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