TEHRAN – Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has said that in order to gain a logical and accurate understanding of women, Western thoughts on issues such as women’s job and gender equality should be rejected.
The Leader made the remarks during a meeting with hundreds of female scholars in Tehran on Saturday, on the eve of the birth anniversary of Hazrat Fatima (SA), the daughter of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
Ayatollah Khamenei dismissed gender equality as one of the West’s completely false notions, saying, “Equality does not necessarily always translate into justice. Justice is always right, but equality is at times right and at other times wrong.”
“Westerners, for various reasons, have misunderstood the issue of woman and have spread that wrong and destructive notion worldwide, and through making commotion they are not allowing others to speak out,” the Leader added.
Also, Ayatollah Khamenei called on the people to refer to Islamic sources and books, such as the Quran, Suunah and Hadiths, to obtain a better understanding of women.
Elsewhere in his remarks, the Leader said the major issue concerning women is the matter of “family”, emphasizing that “woman’s health, sense of security, and calm in the family” should be taken into consideration.
“Contrary to some viewpoints, employment is not women’s major issue. Women’s employment… is acceptable, albeit as long as it does not conflict with the major issue, to be precise the family,” he added.