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Int’l. Qur'an Competition Marks the Progress of Iranian Women

"If we want our society to be Qur’anic, then," Ebtekar said, "we have no choice but to offer Quranic concepts to everyone, especially at an early age and to the younger generation, because the younger generation seeks the truth."

Sunday 06 May 2018 - 17:00

Dr. Masoumeh Ebtekar, the Vice President of Iran for Women and Family Affairs, in the final session of the second day of the International Competition for Women Qur’an Readers, held at Hotel Eram, expressed her pleasure at being with the female Qur’an readers on Shaban 15th (May 2nd) that marks the birth anniversary of the Hidden Imam Al-Mahdi (A.S.) and said, "This specific attention given on the international level is gratifying and symbolic of the long-standing Islamic Republic of Iran's approach to women and the progress made by Iranian woman during the duration of the Islamic system."

The Vice President for Women and Family Affairs continued, "This is an indication of the attention given to the Qur’anic model derived from the teachings of the Prophet (PBUH) and the Imams (AS), and represents the attitude towards the modernized manifestation of religion in the present age. The patterns and structures for the advancement and improvement of the society and the role of women in this progress must be drawn out and realized. We can rely upon the model of a healthy society through the transcendental and cornerstone of family values by educating and expanding Qur’anic notions so that this model goes beyond national, ethnic, and geographical boundaries.”

Ebtekar emphasized, "This model can not only be solved for all societies and the Ummah, but also for today's woman throughout the world, especially in solving the problems and difficulties caused by the neglect of humanity and the teachings of the revelation and of the prophets." 

The Vice President for Women and Family Affairs added that the International Competition for Women's Qur’an Readers is a blessed act and we hope that we will receive more serious support. Those of us in government will try our best to continue and strengthen these programs, especially as the competitions on memorizing the Qur’an is central and very valuable. The memorization of the Qur’an is equivalent to having a treasure of the teachings of revelation in all its individual, social and family dimensions.

The Vice President for Women and Family Affairs said, "The Quran's interpretation and concepts of have many uses for human life today," she emphasized, "therefore, holding competitions that consider these dimensions of the Qur’an should be high on the agenda."

She noted that the Vice Presidency for Women and Family Affairs is ready to cooperate in expanding the culture of the translation of the Qur’an in all conferences and meetings. She noted, “I personally promoted this policy in the Department of Environment in which a verified translation is presented to the audience with every reading and, fortunately, this policy will be pursued in the Ministry of Education and the like. If this policy is routinized, it will help us have a healthy and supportive society”.

Ebtekar, referring to the introduction of the components of the right lifestyle in the Qur’an, added, "The Quran has a recommendation and a solution for women, family, the environment, etc., and it provides ways to promote humanity."

"If we want our society to be Qur’anic, then we have no choice but to offer the concepts of the Qur’an to everyone, especially at an early age, and to the younger generation, because the young generation is in search of the truth, and is prepared to proceed along untraveled roads to seek out that truth," she said.

"Thus, if we cannot provide the Qur’an's concepts in a clear and understandable language as the only source of guidance for the youth, we will face difficulties not only in Iran, but also in the entire Islamic world. Hence, the Qur’an should be expressed in a vernacular language and in accordance with the needs of the people, especially for the younger generation in the society." 

The Vice President for Women and Family Affairs said, "Qur’anic activities are indispensable to the goals we are aiming for and we must fight for them. Discussing Qur’anic topics and explaining the enlightened concepts of revelation is needed for the success of this cultural coalition; as the younger generation will not merely accept advice or to be shown the way."  

“Sometimes we mistakenly believe that if we show the right way and say that the youth has no right to ask about religious sanctities, it is enough, but we do not pay attention to what the youth then, should do with the questions that torture their souls. Therefore, providing the religious and spiritual space to hear and answer these question about the Qur’an should become part of the agenda.”  

Ebtekar emphasized, If we want the young generation of today to accompany us in the the course of the 40 year old Islamic Revolution, which is a matter of urgency for the Imam and leadership, acting as a torch that shows the way to Islamic countries, we must implement the Qur’anic concepts in the society. 

She argued that the Iran–Iraq War was proof for our generation, but for the next generations who have not experienced war and have only heard or seen videos of it. We have a responsibility to convey the spiritual experience and the vast Qur'anic meanings. In order to answer the questions of the younger generation, the Qur'anic concepts for intergenerational dialogue are intended to explain the Qur'anic lifestyle for this sensitive generation, and it is surely possible with proper education, including memorization, reading, and knowing the concepts, and in this regard, Endowment and Charity Affairs organization works well not only in Iran, but also in the Islamic world.

Ebtekar went on to say: "One of the key issues for the Women and Family Affairs Office is the national dialogue between families and generations that we have defined and are prepared to work with the Endowment and Charity Affairs Organization, the Ministry of Education, and all sectors related to this generation. The youth, especially the group of girls, are a necessity for society today."

She pointed out, "We hope to see the extension of this policy, namely education and women's empowerment in understanding the Qur’an."

It is worth mentioning that the second International Competition for Women Qur’an Reciters will be held from May 1 to May 4 with the participation of representatives from 28 countries in Tehran’s Eram Hotel.

Translation: Vice Presidency for Women and Family Affairs


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