Iranian President Hassan Rouhani visits Hyderabad’s Qutub Shahi tombs

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Hyderabad, Feb 16: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Friday offered prayers for Shia-Sunni unity and peace across the Muslim world at iconic Makkah Masjid.

Earlier in a day, paid a visit to the historic Qutub Shahi Tombs.

Rouhani offered ‘namaz’ in the first row. Before that he sat through the sermons delivered in Arabic by Moulana Rizwan Qureshi, Imam of the mosque in the Muslim-majority old city.

Qureshi, during his sermon, prayed for the safety of Muslims across the world, especially in Palestine, Syria and Yemen.

Rouhani, who is on a three-day visit to the country, arrived here on Thursday. He was accompanied by other Iranian ministers and senior officials amid tight security.

The visiting dignitary went around the complex, housing mausoleums of rulers of the Qutub Shahi Dynasty (1518-1687), who had Iranian lineage.

The officials of the Telangana government briefed Rouhani about the necropolis, which has 72 mausoleums, many of them were constructed in Persian architectural style.

He was also briefed about the restoration project taken up by Aga Khan Trust for Culture.

Later in a day, Rouhani will visit the iconic Makkah Masjid to offer Friday prayers and address the gathering.

Yesterday night, the Iranian President addressed Muslim leaders and scholars. He said Iran was keen to strengthen relations with India in all areas of mutual interest.

Hyderabad has historic cultural links with Iran. The city, founded by Quli Qutub Shah, was designed on the lines of Iranian city Isfahan.


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