In a mass demonstration of Moslem enthusiasm, more than one hundred thousand black-clad Iranian women marched through Teheran on Thursday (17 May), to celebrate the birthday of Fatima, daughter of the prophet Mohammed.
In a mass demonstration of Moslem enthusiasm, more than one hundred thousand black-clad Iranian women marched through Teheran on Thursday (17 May), to celebrate the birthday of Fatima, daughter of the prophet Mohammed. It was declared Iran's first Women's Day by the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
SYNOPSIS: The procession started from five points in the suburbs. Columns of singing, chanting women, swathed head to toe in their flowing chadors converged on Teheran University. It was an impressive demonstration of Islamic women's strength and faith. One shopkeeper is reported to have remarked that it was terrifying...that he had never seen so many women.
There were few women in modern dress to be seen along the route. The Ayatollah referred to them in this speech later, at the University, saying that they did not take part because they had been corrupted by the education of the Shah. He warned them against being deceived by those who encouraged them to be attractive.
He said the Shah wanted women to be attractive but he was looking at them from an animal point of view. The Ayatollah praised the women who had taken part in the revolution. Thursday was also the Ayatollah's seventy-ninth birthday. The Teheran newspaper Etela said it had not published the many congratulatory massages as that would represent a return to Satanic ways.
At the University all women were exhorted to embrace Islam so that God may protect them, and Iranian youth, from the clutches of the devil.