Governor denies blocking Sunnis’ Eid ul-Fitr prayer in Tehran

TEHRAN, Sept. 17 (MNA) – Tehran Governor General Morteza Tamaddon has dismissed a claim that police forces had prevented Sunnis to hold separate Eid ul-Fitr prayers in Tehran on September 10.

“Sunnis congregated in 20 places in Tehran to hold Eid ul-Fitr prayer,” Tamaddon said on Friday in response to the recent claim by Sunni cleric Molavi Abdolhamid Esmaeil Zehi.

“It is surprising that this Sunni cleric instead of inviting people to unity provokes division and discord,” he added.

He went on to say that when Iranian Shias go to Mecca, they participate in Sunnis’ prayers. “So why do you insist on holding your prayers separately? Do we have different Quran, Prophet and Kiblah? He asked.

In a recent interview with BBC Farsi, Molavi Abdolhamid had claimed, “State forces have prevented the Sunnis from holding Eid ul-Fitr prayer in their prayer rooms in Tehran.”


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