HYDERABAD: on Friday, Hyderabad is set to witness a historic event, the first in 325 years ago, when the President of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, visits the grand Makkah Masjid here to talk to you about the week of the congregation. This may be the first time that a head of state to address the Friday congregation (jumu’ah) in the history of the mosque, whose construction was completed in 1694, 78 years after the first stone was laid by Qutub Shahi ruler Sultan Mohammad in 1616.
It is also the first time that the Iranian President to arrive directly to Hyderabad instead of the national capital, New Delhi. It will arrive in the city of Tehran, on February 15, and leave for Delhi on Saturday, after the Friday congregational prayers. In Delhi, Rouhani, who will be accompanied by a large Iranian delegation, is likely to sign a mou with the government of India.
He is likely to call on the President and the Prime Minister. A detailed itinerary will be known on Wednesday. After the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Mohammad Khatami became the first Iranian President to visit Hyderabad (January 28, 2004), but he did not participate in the Friday congregation.
while Dr. Rouhani is the second Iranian President to visit Hyderabad, he is the first Iranian head of state who will address the jumu’ah congregation. Dr. Rouhani and the visit of the Mosque in Makkah, which is managed by the Sunni clerics, bears, historical, religious and cultural.
indeed, it is during the period of Qutub Shahi rulers Sultan Mohammad Qutub Shah VI, and his son, Abdullah Qutub Shah VII that the name of the ruler (Shah) of Iran was explicitly mentioned in the Friday sermons in all mosques in Hyderabad and elsewhere in the Qutub Shahi kingdom. The Mecca Masjid, however, was under construction during the Qutub Shahi regime, and it was completed by Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb.
The Jamia Masjid, a few meters from the Mosque of Makkah, was the central mosque of the city during the Qutub Shahi period and the name of the Iranian leader was recited in the Friday sermons. The Jamia Masjid was built in 1594-95 THIS. A lot of water has sunk to the bottom of the Puranapul since the Qutub Shahis, who were of Iranian origin.
Although the name of the President will not be mentioned in the Friday sermon now, Rouhani, in fact, will address the people after the congregational prayers. Hyderabad, in particular, cultural, religious and economic ties with Iran that go back more than five centuries.
The visit of the President of the importance of earnings also because Hyderabad has been planned on the model of Isfahan, more than 400 years, and the master architect of the city and Charminar was of Iranian origin.