A mother’s song was one of the first things that came to mind when Iranian women and girls started sharing their experiences of being mothers in Iran.
“I just remember being scared to tell my mother,” the 29-year-old told Al Jazeera.
“But when I got to my parents, they were like, ‘OK, it’s OK.'”
The song is an adaptation of a Persian mother’s tale.
A woman named Babak Taghavi, who had been working as a maid in a palace, told her mother, “When I got married, I wanted to become a mother.
I’m not afraid now.”
Her mother’s story is not as common in the West.
However, in Iran, the word “mother” is the official title of the country’s official religion.
In Iran, it is the women who are supposed to look after the countrys economy, the judiciary and society.
The women are also supposed to be mothers to protect the country and the country from the outside world, according to Khamenei, the supreme leader of Iran.
While the song is written by Babak’s mother, the lyrics are in Persian and include lines such as, “I don’t know what you’re expecting from me.
I don’t care if you love me or hate me.
Motherhood is a blessing.”
Babak’s song became a viral sensation and was widely shared across social media platforms, including Twitter.
Some Iranians were more upset by the lyrics.
“If you want to know my opinion, you have to listen to my mother.
She told me, ‘My name is Babak.
I am a mother,'” Iranian journalist Gholamhossein Karpatpour told Al Jazirah.
“She told me she had a son and that he had a wife.
That is not a woman’s name.
That’s her mother’s name.”
Karpatpakpour, who is from Iran’s southern city of Shiraz, was born in 1953 and has been studying Persian and Islamic literature for a decade.
He also says he believes the song, which has been banned in Iran for more than two decades, is part of a campaign by the government to erase women’s voices in society.
In an interview with Al Jazeera, Karpappour said he believed that his mother’s version of what happened during her marriage was “misinterpreted” by the Iranian government.
“The government is trying to erase my mother and my mother’s stories, but it’s not the case,” he said.
“They are trying to change the word ‘mother’.”
In the United States, there has been a surge in interest in Iranian mothers’ stories, particularly after the release of a film about the life of the late Iranian actress Majid Baghbazi, who was also born in Iran but was also a mother, in 2015.
Baghbazi died in 2015 after suffering from pancreatic cancer, and her mother was forced to undergo a medical procedure that was later revealed to have been done on her by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) embassy.
“When we were watching the film, I saw my mother was in the hospital with her daughter and grandson.
She was still very young.
We had no idea,” said Khadija, who has been an Iranian citizen since 1996 and was one the first to report on the film.”
It was very important to me to tell people what my mother did.
I felt a lot of emotions,” Khadijas mother, Ali, told Al Jamia.”
We had a feeling of shame, of regret and regretting that she was so young.
It was just a very sad experience.””
The film showed her as a young woman, with a very beautiful face, beautiful body, beautiful eyes, a beautiful voice, a very strong spirit,” Khagbasa, a former actress, told the BBC.”
She was so beautiful.
She never took risks.”
Khadijas father, Khadja, is a former Iranian politician who had fought in the 1970s for women’s rights in Iran and is now a member of parliament in Tehran.
“My mother was so intelligent.
She knew what she wanted, what she believed in, and she wanted to do her best.
She loved life and she loved her children.
I believe she is still alive,” Khajja said.
Khadija and her family fled Iran with their daughter in 1988 when they fled the Iranian revolution.
They moved to London and eventually moved back to Iran.
Kajja, who studied at the London School of Economics and later worked for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), said she has since received thousands of messages from people across the world.
“Every day I read messages from strangers, people who are from the US, Europe, Australia, and Canada.
People are talking about how important it is to know your mother and she is your mother,” she said.”