In the event, the chief custodian of Astan Quds Razavi, Hoj. Ahmad Marvi, called martyrs of the incident “guardians of women’s dignity”, adding “Our society is indebted to the dedication and sacrifice of the martyrs in that big and prideful incident”.
Invoking the Holy Quran, the official noted there is no difference between men and women when it comes to doing righteous deeds, and God put equal paths to perfection for both genders.
Dignity resembles a gem inside humans to help them gain righteousness and represent God on earth, said the official. “All Islamic instructions are centered on human dignity, which God guaranteed for people with divine decrees and Islamic Sharia law”.
Pointing to the lofty standing of human ego and the significance of its preservation, AQR chief custodian noted that religions and divine decrees are here to protect human dignity and self-esteem, and Hijab is one of those decrees.
He added that Hijab is Islam’s approach for women’s activities in various sections of the society. “Islam has attached great significance to preservation of Hijab, women’s dignity, and their active participation in society. Hijab is there for women’s safe presence in society”.
Censuring the West’s pretentions of freedom and development, Hoj. Marvi stated, “The West has entrapped women in a bigger prison, and reduced them to instruments for satisfaction of sensual desires”.
Further in his remarks, the official touched upon some cultural programs regarding Hijab in the holy shrine and mandated Imam Reza (AS) Holy Shrine’s Deputy Office for Islamic Ideology Dissemination as the body in charge of the matter, calling for measures to improve the conditions for both men and women to preserve Hijab in Imam Reza (AS) holy shrine.
Emphasizing that elucidation of Hijab can pave the way for its expansion in society, Hoj. Marvi further stressed the need to run persistent cultural programs. “All of us are responsible. We are not allowed to do things on our whims, since their destructive effects might outweigh their constructiveness”.
The Gowharshad Mosque incident took place in August 1935 when people of Mashhad staged a sit-in to protest against Reza Shah’s ruling to change the Islamic dressing code, which resulted in the unveiling of women. More than 1600 people were killed and injured following the heavy-handed crackdown.