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Anniversary of takeover of US Spy den (3.11.1995)

TEHRAN, NOV. 3., IRNA -- On the eve of the 13th. Of aban (fourth of november) that is the anniversary of imam khomeini's exile from iran, national day in campaign against world arrogance and students' day and the seizure of the compounds of the former u.S. Embassy in tehran (den of spies), the friday congregational prayers was held at tehran university with the leadership of ayatollah emami kashani and attended by thousands of faithful hizbollahs.

In his second sermon the substitute leader of the friday congregational prayers referred to the martyrdom of the secretary general of the islamic jihad of palestine, doctor shaqaqi, at the bloody hands of the zionists, saying a struggle inspired by faith and trust in allah is not likely to fail. He expressed hope that the martyrdom of doctor shaqaqi would serve to further awaken the ulema, students and theological students in the muslim states in the region.

Emami kashani quoted from the leader of the islamic revolution, ayatollah khamenei, saying that the by the ulema is meant those who have attained an academic standing and are regarded as experts in the various areas of islamic studies. He advised theological students to consult the ulema and theologians on debatable issues of religion.

He also referred to the anniversary of the seizure of the compounds of the U.S. Embassy (den of spies) in tehran on november 4, 1979, saying that by their bold takeover of the embassy, the muslim students following the imam's line, had in fact not only shattered the myth of the indefitibility of the united states but has also made it look inferior in the region.

In his first sermon ayatollah emami kashani exhorted believers to ideologically discipline themselves within the clear-cut bounds of piety. Addressing himself to worshippers and to the nation at large, he said according to the holy quran, every muslim should consult the canonists of standing regarding the questions of what is allowed and what is forbidden, rather than rely on their personal judgements on those points.

Mahjubah Meets Mrs. Khamene'i,
The Leader's wife of the Islamic Republic of Iran, (01.09.1995)

Mahjubah Vol 14 No. 9 (136) Sept. 1995
Mrs. Khamene’i Message on the
Great Global Gathering of Women
Translated by: Qads Sharyi

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

I esteem it a privilege to-welcome such a distinguished audience of women's gathering established through the good offices of the United Nations Organization. It is my outmost desire that women on the face of the globe should live a life worthy of their sublime status. Grave problems face women in all countries. These are caused by many factors and call for a quick and carefully thought solution of tong standing on the part of all women. I hope that this gathering prove to be of great help for this purpose, taking full advantage of the best solutions suggested by Islam.

With the best wishes.

Mansura Khamene’i

Q: Please give a brief account about yourself.

A: I am 48 years old. I have been married for 3I years, have four sons and two daughters, 29 to II years old. I have not secondary and college schooling, but I am fond of reading and social activities. I have spent my life by being in contact with political affairs.

Q: What should be Muslim women's aim in getting married?

A: Marriage is a natural need for both men and women. In fact marriage is a body of affective, mental, physical, individual and social needs which are all acceptable by Islam. Hence, all these might be aimed at by Muslim women. Of course, some women might think of ether considerations beside their main aim in marriage, e.g., wealth, social standing or specific type of men. These secondary considerations might also commend themselves in marriage. Islam suggests that men and women should not think of material considerations.

Q: How can a woman bring tranquility and affection to her family

A: Man and woman are naturally attracted to each other and get married. The conjugal bliss will be preserved if the couple are compatible and are aware of the threats to their marriage. Expecting too much from each other, finding faults with each other, boasting about their individual achievements and family advantages and social standing and forcing their personal tastes on each other and on everything else are among such threats.

Q: How should a woman's relation with her husband and children be regarding wifely duties and motherly duties?

A: In conjugal life man and woman are on equal footing. It is possible that man and woman are in different social status as far as their individual achievements are concerned. According to religious tenets man and woman have different rights, but this difference should not affect their relationship in the family. The relationship between mothers and children is based on affection and sympathy, but motherly affection differs in terms of the education she has received and the experience she has gained and affects the way children are nurtured.

Q: What should be the role of women in ensuring continuity and the security of their husbands' activities in various dimensions, such as economic, political, cultural activities?

A: Women can help their husbands with their activities one way or another, based greatly on how much knowledge and experience they might have. But I am strongly of the opinion that if women let their husbands have peace of mind at home, men will easily be able to carry out their activities.

Q: What should be the role of man in the family in the sense of being a husband and father?

A: I think the role of man as being a husband is the same as the role of a woman being a wife. They are both partners in their conjugal life based on equal footing but with different rights. As far as children are concerned, man should be side by side the woman in every effort in bringing them up righteously. In fact the role of either one is complimentary to the role of the other.

Q: What principles do you and your exalted spouse observe in family ealtion?

A: In our life, our common objective is summed up in reciprocal affection and respect. This will bring everything good to the family.

Q: How is your husband towards you?

A: His behavior is imbued with reciprocal affection and respect.

Q: How do you and your husband help each other in specific duties?

A: I am not in a position to help him with his activities, since he keeps to himself the problems that faces him in this regard. And I do not like to interfere either. As far as personal and family affairs are concerned, well we both exchange views. As for the practical side of the family management, he has not enough time to help me and I do not expect any help from him either.

Q: In your opinion what should be the mission of Muslim woman?

A: I believe that Muslim women should try to be exemplary as far as their wifely and motherly duties are concerned. They should likewise bring up good children and a sense of pivotal duty for them. Besides, a woman's personality is of paramount importance in her own society and in the world of Islam. Men and women should show a real sense of responsibility in their respect. They should not be concerned about their individual interests only. They should not be unaware of what goes on in their own land and in the world of Islam. Responsibilities can have various dimensions, such as: cultural, political and social aspects. Muslim women can participate in handling the affairs of die country. For example, in international project, in rendering public utility services and in charitable institutions.

Q: How can Muslim women have a more profound belief in Hazrat Zahra (a.s.), the exemplary woman throughout he world?

A: They can learn more through worldwide Islamic propagation, and through biographical writings about her life. What is more, our distinguished women should follow her example to the best of their ability.

Q: How far might such a profound belief in Hazrat Zahra (a.s.) affect the lives of Muslim woman?

A: If her character is duly recognized it will bring about a drastic change in the lives of women.

Q: How is your rapport with women of our society?

A: I am an ordinary member of the society with sincere rapport with other women in our society. Many women with whom I have no personal rapport pay us a visit. Thanks God, our meeting have always been in a friendly and sincere atmosphere.

Q: How is your home economics?

A: We live a modest life and our house economic has been based on contentment.

Q: How often a day you and your husband and children gather together?

A: It depends on how heavily my husband is engaged with his work. You know his office is next to our house but we do not see him during the day's work. Usually he eats with us, but of course, not on those exception days that he is very engaged.

Q: How do you spend your time with your husband on religion feast?

A: On such occasion, he is usually more engaged.

Q: Could you please tell us about some pieced of advice your husband has given to you?

A: He advises on keeping the religious code of conduct, frugality even in consuming water and electric supply, not to misappropriate the treasury's funds (some of our household articles belong to the treasury) and making the most of our time by gaining knowledge.

Q: What does Ayatollah Khamene’i emphatically advise his children?

A: To be self-made mentally, morally and even physically (sport).

Q: How is the affective rapport of Ayatollah with his children?

A: Our youngest children whom he loves affectionately are the girls. He is innately affectionate towards his children.


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