Iran President Rouhani urges equal rights for women

BBC News —

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has urged equal opportunities and rights for men and women, and condemned sexual discrimination.

In a speech marking Women’s Day, Mr Rouhani criticised “those who consider women’s presence society as a threat” and said Iran still had “a long way to go” to ensure gender equality.

Mr Rouhani, a religious moderate, was elected to office in June 2013.

Foreign activist groups argue that Iran’s laws discriminate against women.

Speaking on Sunday at the National Forum on Women Shaping Economy and Culture in Tehran, Mr Rouhani said: “We will not accept the culture of sexual discrimination.”

Iranian Shiite women gather at the shrine of the Shiite Saint Imam Abdulazim, in Shahr-e-Ray, south of Tehran, Iran, 3 April 2014Mr Rouhani said women had an ‘impressive presence’ in all sectors of society

“Women must enjoy equal opportunity, equal protection and equal social rights,” he said in comments that were broadcast live on television.

“According to the Islamic rules, man is not the stronger sex and woman is not the weaker one,” he said.

‘Biggest mistakes’

However, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the highest authority in Iran, said in comments on Saturday that gender equality was “one of the biggest mistakes of the Western thought”.

“Justice is a right. But equality is sometimes right and sometimes wrong,” he said, according to his personal website.

He added that he did not oppose women’s employment, but that it should not conflict with “the main issue”, which was women’s role in the “family environment and household”.

The London-based human rights group Amnesty International said in its2013 report on Iran that women there “faced discrimination in law and practice in relation to marriage and divorce, inheritance, child custody, nationality and international travel”.

In May 2013 a constitutional body in Iran ruled that women could not run in presidential elections. However, women have served as lawmakers in parliament.

In 2012 several Iranian universities introduced rules banning female students from nearly 80 degree courses, drawing criticism from campaigners.

Origional post here:  http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-27099151

3 replies

  1. PLEASE do not delete my respond to this Topic. May Allah bless us all with the truth of Islamic teaching.
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    Alhamdulillah, President Iran has declare that man and woman are equal, there is no discrimination on the basis of gender, race, religion in from of Laws.
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    Woman issue in islam.
    Are women the second class in Islam?
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    Old interpretation; Often we hear from extremist clerics or scholars that women can not drive a car, can not travel by her self without companion with her brother, can not sing a song at TV or publick place, can not get the same education like a man, can not sit side by side with man and can not shake hand too. woman can not ask for divorce, can not be elected for president or Governor, can not vote to elect her leader, woman can not be imam at mosque. Woman will receive half enherintance of man. Husband have the right to beat his wife if his wife reject to intimate with him. Woman can not wear pan, woman can not open her hijab, burqa at publick place, woman have to wear burqa or hijab, or veil or Niqab,or Jilbab, when she go out of her hause. At ancient time women stay home to rice her children, women do not neet to have a good education as man. This ancient tradition still be kept by old people from one generation to generation until this present .
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    This laws are not based on Al Quran but bases on ancient Arab tradition, 1400 year ago. Prophet Muhammad (saw) said in Al Quran about condition of Arab’s culture at Muhammad time as below;
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    The Arabs are a nation that often occured conflics, hostility, kidnaping girls and civil-war caused of the different ethnic and religious belief. They killed their children foolishly, due to their lack of knowledge QS 6;140.
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    A man could marry women more than 4 QS.4:3, many women became slaves, and can be traded etc. QS.24:33 They were at the brink of a pit of Fire.QS 3;103.
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    Imagine how Arab people made a house? They made house from skin of animal, It was not real house but just a tent, moveable,QS.16;80-81.
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    They moved from one place to another place. At Muhammad’s time there was no police to guard people, there was no haspitol, when people get sick, also there was no hospital for animal, no telephone, busses and electricity.
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    Very very hard to find water to take bath and cleanse the dirt clothes. They live in desert. When strong winds come up in the desert, the hot sand can damage human skin and eyes. Therefore Allah and the Prophet Muhammad advocated women to cover their entire body with a cloth.
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    Modren interpretation on 21st century, according to al Quran Prophet Muhammad (saw) thought his followers as following;

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    Surely, Allah does not change the condition of a people unless they change themselves.QS 13;11
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    We site these examples for people, but no one understands them except the knowledgeable ones.QS 29; (43)
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    Based on those verses, and based on technology we strongly believe that women should be treated fairly and equally as well as man. Woman can drive a her car as long as there is no conflict and save. Woman can travel by her self as long as save. Woman can get education as well as man. Woman can be elected for president and imam at mosque as long she has knowledge and capability to lead her people. Woman should receive inheritance as same as man. Woman can sing song at TV as long as her song to spread God’s words not evil words, or to inspire people to do good deeds. Woman do not feel quilty if she does not want wear jilbab or burqa,as long as there is hot desert that can harm and hurt her. Women can swim as well. Wife has the right to ask for divorce as well as husband, if her husbad cheat her, etc.
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    Prof.Dr Quraish Shihab, Indonesian commentators.
    “In his book, Quraysh concluded that:” the verses of the Quran that talk about women’s clothing contains a variety of interpretations. “Also, he said:” that the legal provisions concerning the tolerable limits of the female genitalia or body is zhanniy the allegations. ”
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    “Differences legal experts it is the difference between the opinions of men that they were raised in the context of the times as well as times and conditions of their communities, as well as considerations of their reasoning, rather than the law of God is clear, definite and firm:
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    Hopefully, King Abdull of Saudi Arabia will follow President Iran. If not, Saudi Arabia still live in the DARK AGE, 1400 years ago, where man treated women as second class, as slave, and unequal.
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    May Allah guide all extremist Scholars to the right path of Islamic teaching.
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    All love

  2. see:

    Iran: Number Of Female University Students Rising Dramatically

    By Golnaz Esfandiari

    In recent years, the number of young Iranian women who have been admitted to universities has risen dramatically. In the last five years alone, Iranian women have made up more than 60 percent of university entrants. It’s a surprising development for the Islamic Republic. Experts say education has a strong social value for the country’s women, who see it as a way to gain greater freedom. But some Iranian officials have expressed concern about the trend.

    and more: http://www.parstimes.com/women/women_universities.html

  3. PLEASE do not delete my respond to this Topic. May Allah bless us all with the truth of Islamic teaching.
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    IRAN NEED HUNDREDS YEARS TO CORRECT THEIR MISTAKE FROM ANCIENT ARAB TRADITION COMPARE TO JEWS AND CHRISTIAN.

    1. Old interpretation; Often we hear from islamic scholars or clerics that Allah’s laws cannot be changed forever, and should be implemented until the end of this world. Muslim have to obey the sunnah Muhammad (pbuh) through the teaching of Hadits completely from one generation to the next generation. In fact that the book of Hadits that created by human is the root of misguiding Muslim community till present.
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    2. Modern Interpretation; The progressive scholars or clerics think is that the rule of Allah that is related to Allah, cannot be changed forever, such as; shalah, fasting and the hajj. But the rule of Allah that is related to worldly affairs such as; the system of government, trading, human relationship, dress code,
    inheritance, etc. can be reformed or corrected.
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    Do Muslims have to follow the revelation of GOD and the Sunnah of the Prophet (Pbuh) which is written in the Quran and Hadits according to old interpretation during the dark age? My answer is NO.
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    For Example;
    Do Muslims have to build/construct a house/tent made out of animal skin to follow the footstep of Prophet Muhammad(saw) ?
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    Muhammad(saw) had a long beard and wore long robe and turban.
    Muhammad(saw) used to brush his teeth with a root from a tree branch. Do muslims have to utilize the same root despite of the fact that we now today have toothpaste and toothbrush?
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    Do Muslim men have to follow Prophet Muhammad (saw) to have more than one wife?
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    Do Muslims have to follow how to cleanse the skin that is touched by a dog’s saliva with soil seven times despite of the soap and sanitizer that are available now?
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    Do Muslims, who passed on, have to be burried on the same day? Can’t muslims be put in a coffin?
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    Do women have to cover her whole body with a loose dress now to protect herself from men and extreme weather?
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    Do women have to go outside always accompanied by her father, brother or husband?
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    Today, there are less conflics and people are more civilized in many developed countries. In those countries, women are much safer to go out on her own. Many of the countries are not surrounded by deserts with extreme heat like often found in the middle easts, therefore, covering the entire body is not necessary.
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    Do Muslim have to hate those who do not follow prophet Muhammad (saw) ?
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    Do Muslim have to kill innocent people who are gay, who do blasphemy, apostasy, heresy and magic?
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    Do Christian,Jews etc have to pay “Jitza” or extra tax? refer to God’s commandment QS 9:29
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    Today’s life has been greatly affected and influenced by science and technology. I bet, you do not want to follow the sunnah of prophet Muhamad(saw) that is from the dark age.
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    Prophet Muhammad (saw) would be happy to see his followers live a much better life than him.
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    Every parent in this world wants their children’s life to be better than theirs, right?
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    Can we alter the sunnah with appropriate way, according the development of science and culture?
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    I strongly believe that the rule or the law of Allah in regards to wordly life or dunya for human (hablul minannaas) can be reformed or corrected.(abrogated or invalid )
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    But the rule of Allah in regards to Allah (hablul minnallah) can not be changed, such as shalah, fasting, zakat(charity), Hajj and direction of Kiblah.
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    Allah said in the Quran that all Allah’s laws related to worldly affairs can be fixed, reformed according to these verses below; YES.
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    It is part of the Mercy of Allah that thou dost deal gently with them. Wert thou severe or harsh-hearted they would have broken away from about thee; so pass over (their faults), and ask for (Allah’s) forgiveness for them; and consult them (Jews,Christian etc ) in affairs (of world). Then when thou hast taken a decision, put thy trust in Allah. For Allah loves those who put their trust (in Him). (QS 3; 159).
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    Those who hearken to their Lord, and establish regular prayer; who (conduct) their affairs (Jews,Christian,others ) by mutual Consultation; who spend out of what We bestow on them for Sustenance; (38) And those who, when an oppressive wrong is inflicted on them, (are not cowed but) help and defend themselves. QS 42; 38-39.
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    Verily never will Allah change the condition of a people until they change it themselves (with their own soul) . QS .13:11.
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    We site these examples for people, but no one understands them except the knowledgeable ones.QS 29; (43)
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    If you refuse to learn, you are hurting yourself. If you accept correction, you will become wiser. Proverb.
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    Hopefully, Muslim Ahmadiyah can follow President Iran to treat all people fairly and equally regardless his religion, sexual orientation,(straight, gay-Lesbian), nationality(tribe) etc.
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    Hopefully, Saudi Arabia (Muslim Wahhabi & Salafy ) will follow President Iran to eliminate, or abrogate ancient Arab tradition through the book of Hadits and some verses that not relevant to Modern Civil-society in 21st century.
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    May Allah guide all Muslim to the truth of Islamic teaching. Ameen.
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    With all my love.
    Wassalamu’alaikum wrwb

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