Leader Attends Ceremony Marking Auspicious Birth Anniversary of Her Holiness Fatimah
مقام معظم رهبری

July 16, 2006
The Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Khamenei attended a ceremony marking the auspicious birth anniversary of Her Holiness Fatimah (greetings be upon her), the noble and dignified daughter of Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his immaculate household), on Sunday, July 16. Ayatollah Khamenei described Her Holiness Fatimah (greetings be upon her) as the genuine source of benevolence and mercy for the Islamic Ummah. He noted that the existence of great virtues and spiritual values in Her Holiness Fatimah (greetings be upon her) indicates the high status and decisive role of women in society from the viewpoint of Islam. "Contrary to the views held by some schools which regard women as a tool for gratifying the sensual desires of men, Islam confers genuine freedom, dignity and honor on women and considers their status to be as high as that of the teachers of mankind," the Leader observed. Ayatollah Khamenei criticized the way women are treated in the so-called civilized world and referred to the false slogans in support of the women's rights as a painful deceit aimed at degrading women. "Today, the Islamic Republic of Iran is taking the Western world to task for maltreating women and using them as merely a tool for fulfilling sensual desires," Ayatollah Khamenei added. Further in his statements, the Leader of the Islamic Republic underlined the heaviness of duties of the government as well as those of preachers and relevant organizations to expound the real status of women from the viewpoint of Islam and to raise public awareness and knowledge in this regard. "The progress and welfare of Muslims are contingent on their servitude to Almighty Allah and their acting upon the Sunna of the Holy Prophet of Islam (peace be upon him and his immaculate household); thus, the love for and the devotion to the holy prophet's household (greetings be upon them) should lead to the fulfilment of religious obligations and compliance with Islamic injunctions," Ayatollah Khamenei told the audience. At the ceremony, a number of poets and eulogists of the holy prophet’s household (greetings be upon them) recited their poems and eulogies in praise of the noble virtues and sublime character of Her Holiness Fatimah (greetings be upon her). A choral recitation was also performed with the same theme.

Source: khamenei.ir
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