Jul 18, 2018 21:28 UTC

Welcome to the 3rd episode of our interesting 10-part series titled “Iranian Lady – Aspirations and Advancement”, which we are presenting you every day on the occasion of the “Ten Days of Beneficence” that is celebrated in Islamic Iran every year to mark the first ten days of the month of Zil-Qa’dah, beginning with the birth anniversary of our Blessed Lady of Qom, Hazrat Fatema Ma’souma (peace upon her) and ending with the auspicious birthday of her illustrious elder brother, Imam Reza (AS).

For your information the birthday of this virtuous lady is celebrated in Iran as “Daughter’s Day” to inspire Iranian women to greater heights.

Girls and women ought to be properly groomed for shouldering their basic responsibilities that start with proper management of the home and the household and includes the physically and psychologically healthy upbringing of children in an atmosphere of faith, love, and affection, in order to lay the foundations for a sound and upright society.

Of course, in addition to these fundamental responsibility of being a virtuous daughter, a dedicated sister, a loyal wife, and a loving mother, women are free to pursue the various educational fields and establish themselves in professions suited to their physique, psychology and above all dignity within the framework of Islam. Girls and women can also engage in sports, clad in the freedom of the hijab, in order to maintain their health and physical well-being, coupled with spiritual joy that goes on to enhance their roles as wives, mothers, and instructors of the future generation. Islam welcomes efforts to strengthen both the body and the soul, whether of men or women. People, who do not have a healthy and strong body do not enjoy an ebullient intellect, because there is a harmonious interaction between the body and the soul. In today's Iran, women are active in various sporting fields, as per their interest and ability, thereby giving a practical demonstration of the fact that Islamic values can be preserved with dignity in the society.

Kimiya Ali-Zadeh is a young Iranian lady who is an expert in Taekwondo. She won the bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil in the 57 kg category for women. She is the first and only Iranian girl to win a medal in Olympic history at the young age of eighteen years.

Iran’s UN Mission felicitated her with the message: “We congratulate Kimiya Ali-Zadeh for winning the bronze medal at the Rio Olympics, and more importantly, paving the way for Iranian women to pursue their sporting dreams.”

Undoubtedly, these successes in sports bring to the fore the latent talents of girls and women in Iran, proving to the world that Islam and Hijab are not obstacles to progress and the Islamic Republic. Kimiya says: “The medal I received in the Olympics was my fifth medal in the Taekwondo field. I have come to believe that there is no impossibility for me to rise to great heights and nothing can stop Iranian girls from achieving success in various fields. What we need is self-confidence and faith. I tried to prove this fact to the whole world.”

This enterprising lady who leads Iran’s sports teams in the international arena, clad in the freedom of the Hijab, is seeking higher education alongside sports and social activities. Kimiya is active in efforts to solve the vexing problem of child labor, and is committed to the providing of shelter and homes for these children.