Masih Alinejad : The Wind In My Hair

The wind in my hair, My fight for freedom in modern Iran is a courageous memoir of a Brave Woman by the name of Masih Alinejad. She challenged the unjust law which is prevailing in her country due to which she was forced to live in exile.


Memoir of Masih Alinejad, The women rights activist of the Islamic republic of Iran

Masih Alinejad, The woman who challenged the compulsory law of Hijab in Iran.


Freedom is a seven letter word. But, what does freedom means to you?


Freedom means different things to different people, but for me ‘Freedom’ is a ‘Soul’, without which the human body is lifeless.


Freedom is the most taken-for-granted thing. People don’t realise its importance until it has been taken away from them, especially in democratic countries.


Living the life under a dictatorship is like experiencing hell without dying. So, value democracy and mostly importantly don’t underestimate the value of Freedom.


So, let’s start by asking some questions.


Who is Masih Alinejad?


Masih Alinejad is an investigative journalist and a women rights activist.


She was born in a nondescript village in northern Iran. She was a mischievous child, that’s why she was jailed for her Revolutionary activities.


Masih was forced to live in exile in the United States of America because of various reasons.


One of the important reasons of her exile is that patriarchal societies do not like an independent minded woman like her. 


As an investigative journalist she raised several issues while covering the majlis (Parliament) of Iran, due to which she became a thorn in the eyes of those who control the reins of power in Iran.


She raised the issue of the compulsory hijab (A veil or a headscarf) law in Iran. 


She was not against the hijab, but according to her let the women decide what they want to wear, or what they won’t. And because of this she became a pariah.


Masih Alinejad also talks about the gender equality, about the humane laws, and most importantly she has raised the issue of ‘Freedom’ which should be cherished and protected at all cost. This is her message which she mentioned in her book.


Women like her are the Epitome of Courage. And whenever the government of any nation or any institution tries to take away the freedom of individuals, the people of that country should raise their voice against such kind of injustice.


Because without ‘Freedom’ life is like living in a Jail. So, don’t be silent whenever you see or hear any kind of injustice.


I will conclude with these lines of her :-


I am a child of that Islamic revolution and have lived nearly all my life under its shadow. My story is the story of modern Iran, the tension between the secular tendencies of its and the forced islamification of the society, and the struggle of women, especially young women, for their rights against the introduction of sharia law, against violations of human-rights and civil-liberties.



My Ratings : ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4/5)


I hope you like this, Thanks for reading, Jai Hind.


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Namaste reader, My name is Yash, and books for me are like a medicine, which removes my ignorance and also helps me in behaving more like a human.Though I live in the world’s largest democracy, India, but when I look around, I realized that this democratic nation of mine has turned into a kind of feudal oligarchy or kleptocracy, where people from a particular community or I would say particular surname has hijacked this democracy, and the political parties in India has turned itself into a kind of family enterprises where the family members are the only shareholders. And I want to change this, and books are a weapon which is helping me, so that I can help others and my nation.Shukriya for reading this Thought of mine.

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74 Responses

  1. Sheen says:

    I totally agree on her. She’s one of the woman I knew who is not afraid to fight for what she stands for.

  2. Aishwarya says:

    I must thank you for bringing this personality to our knowledge, i didn’t know about her and i am glad that i came to know about her.
    Keep coming up with such informative articles. Good job👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

  3. Ritika Jain says:

    History is evident of the struggle people had to face to fight the unjust laws.
    The ones who refuse to defy to the challenging circumstances are the ones creating a place for themselves in history.
    Thank you for an enlightening article.
    Keep doing the good work👏👏

  4. Prabal Singh Nain says:

    Well written brother….I must read this book because I even don’t know about this lady…..issliye aaj no questions and impressive comments…😉😉

  5. felicha says:

    I haven’t known this woman before. After I read your article, I got to know about it and like her view of freedom in women. Keep giving very interesting article like this Yash. You’re very talented 👌

  6. Saundarya says:

    Very well written Yash… Raising your voice in a patriarchal society has always been a challenge and she defying all the prejudices have made a big impact in the societal structure of the country she belongs too. Looking forward to read this book.. good job! Keep writing!

  7. Edna mills says:

    I am always grateful to women like this for their fight and struggle for freedom for young girls and young women.
    Glad you brought this to light again.

  8. Sinthiya Oishi says:

    I really like it. Thanks for sharing . I always enjoy your all articles. I hope I will get some articles related with Bangladesh in future😊

    Keep it up👍

  9. Najwa says:

    Hi im a muslim, woman and wearing hijab. I honestly think a law that forcefully ask woman to wear hijab isnt right thing to do. Yes, it is compulsary for us (muslim) to cover our aurah but let we do in appropriate way not in a force way. Thanks for sharing a good book review, will looking forward to know more about this courage woman.

  10. Yessee says:

    September 14, 2020 at 3:03 PM
    I totally agree with this great woman. He is very brave to speak up. Freedom is the ultimate luxury for any woman. Awesome! I like this article. Share more! Love from Indonesia 🙏

  11. Yessee says:

    I mean, She is not he. Sorry ☺️

  12. deefa says:

    She’s very brave in fighting for justice, especially for women’s freedom to choose.
    sometimes we can rise up under pressure.

  13. Katherine says:

    I really liked your article about her. She is really brave woman.,i am totally agree with her fighting for freedom awesome. Im not fan reading books but i really really love it…. Keep it up Yash Sharma ❤️💯👍🏻👌🏻

    • She’s a brave woman indeed. You are not into reading books and still you liked it. That’s too kind of you. Thanks for going through it. Keep reading (:

      With Regards,
      Yash Sharma

  14. Kren says:

    She a brave woman indeed. I know muslim countries are very strick when it comes to their old traditions when it comes to hijab. I do understand because I have worn one before. She’s complete package of braveness and smartness. I love it!

  15. Belle says:

    She’s brave. I envy her.

  16. Desmaria says:

    She is the bravest woman I have ever met. Because not everyone wants to step out of their comfort zone and be brave about it. Most people prefer to follow the rules Although it is not fair. most people prefer to argue in silence.

  17. Meisya says:

    cool story. I think she is a brave woman

  18. Madelene says:

    Freedom is a soul

  19. Madelene says:

    I think she is a brave woman too and such women who voice our needs as women is just amazing…if you want a change it start with you and she has just started….nice read

  20. Cudz17 says:

    don’t be silent whenever you see or hear any kind of injustice.
    Bravo Ms Masih Alinejad
    Don’t give up

  21. rawdah says:

    well as for my opinion,we know tht iran is a muslim country so they have an law,we need to respect the law ,we need to follow the law so wht ever u want or not u must be follow or else its easy leave iran …

    • Hello there! I hope you are doing well.

      Yes, Iran is an Islamic nation. And there are certain laws there. But, it doesn’t mean you have to leave that country if u doesn’t like a particular law.

      Raising Voice against the unjust law is a prerequisite for the functioning of a healthy democracy.

      With Regards,

      Yash Sharma

  22. Jamaica says:

    She so brave. She fight the rights of women ..she is the voice of woman☺️

  23. Shani says:

    she was truly a brave and tough woman. She dared to expose and break the law. really inspiring and very lucky we Muslim women have someone like her who wants to fight for hijab and gender equality. she really inspired us women in hijab.

    • Masih Alienjad is a courageous human as you have said. Thanks for the comment. Glad that you liked it. Do share it with ur friends and family alike, and keep reading (:

  24. Fini says:

    good article, in my opinion as a Muslim woman the hijab is mandatory, but not forced to wear it, we can tell them about the comfort of wearing the hijab, explaining the function of the hijab, so those who don’t wear it want to use it.

  25. Larra says:

    Women should know freedom. We will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or interpretation.

  26. Ayna says:

    Its about hijab, which according to Masih Alinejad, there should be no compulsion, as women we are free to make choices.

    but in my personal opinion, when you become a Muslim, you are obliged to wear the hijab, because that is the obligation. The problem of when to use it depends on you, but sooner is better.

  27. Fika says:

    She is a Moslem girl. She knows the rule. She knows what is the law of Hijab. It is not a rule from Iran. It is a rule from Alloh. Well then if she breaks it she is already to face its risk

  28. Je Ann says:

    Someone need to step up first. Because not everyone has a guts to do so. It is nice to have a awesome woman who is so brave to stand what she thinks is right.

  29. Erica says:

    Wow!What a brave woman she is.Thank you for sharing this.🙂

  30. S says:

    Wow this is amazing.

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  32. Elle says:

    As a woman in this modern day and age we still feel the oppression of the patriarchy. Women have to constantly adjust so that we can live a peaceful life it is a struggle but as women we are resilient and head strong until the end. Now is the time to stand up and be heard, because our voices matter and without us, nations would’ve crumbled eons ago. Women are powerful.

  33. Caca says:

    I thought she was a very brave and smart woman

  34. Chaca says:

    In my opinion, woman have rights to wear their hijab or not even they are moslem

  35. Alyn says: Alyn. Your story is really an inspiration for other women. Not just for Islam or Muslim women but also to a Filipina like me. She is really brave and i wish i can be like her.

  36. Meera says:

    It’s nice to know your article :). But let me tell u something that you might don’t know. Freedom is needed for every human being. But if we want to talk about hijab for a Muslim woman, it’s an obligated . In Islam, wearing hijab is a form of obedience to god. Because it’s one of the things that ought to be done to any Muslim woman. As a Muslim woman who understands this, I have to say that. But I greatly appreciate your writing, now i know who is Masih Alinejad after i read this article. And i think You have an amazing writing talent :))

    • First of all thanks to you for this enlightening comment. Glad that you found it worth reading. Look, I’m not a scholar on Islam. But, According to my reading of Islam. The Hijab (or veil) was for the wives of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). But, later on women started emulating the same. That’s how it started. I also appreciate your views. And again thanks for reading 🙂

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