Iranian women, in search for identity and freedom, in www.mystealthyfreedom.net below, remove their hijab over their heads in protest to quietly fight the legal consequence of going to jail for not wearing the hijab over their heads in public.
The Stealthy Freedom movement began back in 1979 and this quiet revolution continues today. However, Iranian authorities are doing their best to stamp it out, with limited success.
When I attended college, back some years ago, I had several Iranian women in my graduate classes. It was during the time of the Shah and I found they were very attractive wearing American clothing and being a part of the American culture. In fact, I talked to many Iranian students and I was very impressed with them.
Something drastic happened in Iran with the overthrow of the Shah. After a regime change, I talked to several Iranian women prior to an event and right after and discovered that it drastically changed their lives forever.
Let me share with you what happened to them, and why the Iranian Stealthy Freedom movement is so important.
But as soon as Ayatollah Khomeini took over power from the Shah, I witnessed an interesting phenomenon. Those women who were educated and eligible for citizenship remained in their American clothing and immigrated into the US. While those who couldn’t immigrate and were ready to return to Iran, were forced to wear a hijab, and cover their heads.
In fact, they told me that after Iranian Political party changed if they wouldn't have changed into wearing their traditional Iranian clothing, that there were moles around campus that would tell on them once they returned home. They also told me that many, who wouldn’t make this transition, would be in difficult straits and would possibly be placed in jail. There was so much fear with these beautiful women, that I could cut their fear with a knife.
Not only wearing a hijab, but a women singing in public is also forbidden in Iran. Many times Iranian want to sing either their joys or sorrows, but this is also forbidden. So many women take to seclusion to sing and to feel what is deep down within their hearts. Several women will play the guitar in secret and sing alone to experience the joy of being whole and one.
So today, due to Facebook, Twitter and other Social Networks, a quest for freedom through the movement of Stealthy Freedom has emerged, uniting women much like the 1897 Suffragette movement to demand the right for women to vote, in the US and Europe.
I have purposely added three links. The first is for our Iranian Sisters. To see the Suffragette Movement what happened to the women movement in the past in Britain in the early 1900’s. I show you this, so women in Iran and other Moslem countries can see how other women claimed their freedom, to see why women in developed countries today are free.
Also, second link I added to show women in the US and in other developed countries the trials of Iranian and other Moslem women, to visualize their plight so their trials are not buried but are open all women to see.
It is the role of “The Woman Hub. Com’s women’s movement is four our readers to become aware of the suffering of these women so we can offer them our undivided support and our heartfelt compassion for their plight. We believe the more transparent is their situation globally, the better chance that sometime soon, our sister’s freedom will emerge.
As for meditation, I offer you in prayer a 5 X 5 X 5 X 5 meditation practice. It is very simple Sufi style practice. You take 5 Deep Breaths in, next 5 strong breathes out where each lasts for 5 seconds with each in and out breathe and do it 5 prayer times a day. This will take you only 5 minutes a day as a form of meditation.
We believe applying this Breathe Sufi meditation can offer you in your plight a peaceful daily practice. And third, I added a video on Sufi meditation one such practice as Rumi a great Persian poet might have practiced.
For US Women to View
Experiencing God in this LIFE through Sufi Meditation
There are manifold Sufi meditation techniques for quieting the mind and reaching meditative states. In this video, Shankar Nair, Ph.D., focuses specifically on what’s known in Sufism as Fikr, sometimes referred to as Muraqaba—techniques that help focus the mind through invoking God’s name.