Turkish President Erdogan Recites Quran at Tomb of Rumi (+Video)  

TEHRAN (IQNA) – Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently recited the Quran during a visit to the tomb of famous Persian poet Molavi (known in the West as Rumi) in Konya.

Turkish President Erdogan Recites Quran at Tomb of Rumi


Footage of the recitation has been released in social media.

In the footage, the Turkish president recites verses from Surah Al-Infitar of the Holy Quran (82nd chapter of the Holy Book), according to Al-Watan daily.

Erdogan is known for his Quran recitation skills, especially in the areas of Tajweed and Lahn. He has recited the Quran on various occasion, including in ceremonies held to inaugurate mosques and in international conferences and social events.

He once said, “I have grown up with the Quran and live with the Holy Book.”

Jalal-e-Din Mohammad Molavi Rumi was born in 1207 CE at Balkh in the north-eastern provinces of Persia (present day Afghanistan), to a Persian-speaking family.

His father Baha al-Din was a renowned religious scholar. Under his patronage, Rumi received his early education from Syed Burhan-al-Din. When his age was about 18 years, to avoid the Mongol invasions, the family moved westward through Iran, Iraq, and Syria, meeting famous writers and mystics, such as the revered poet Attar, who authored the finest spiritual parable in the Persian language, "The Concourse of the Birds."

The family's flight ended in 1226 in the Anatolian city of Konya—capital of the Seljuk Turkish sultanate of Rum, from which the poet's name derives. Rumi settled, taught, and composed here until his death in 1273. 

His major contribution lies in Islamic philosophy and Tasawwof (Sufism). This was embodied largely in poetry, especially through his famous Masnavi. This book, the largest mystical exposition in verse, discusses and offers solutions to many complicated problems in metaphysics, religion, ethics, mysticism, etc. 

Apart from the Masnavi, he also wrote his Divan (collection of poems) and Fihe-Ma-Fih (a collection of mystical sayings). 

His tomb is located in a complex functioning as the Konya Museum today.