Recit­ing po­ems dis­al­lowed in Saqqez

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

Mawlawi Kur­dish Coun­cil in the town of Saqqez ar­ranged a sem­i­nar for the fa­mous Kur­dish poet, Ra­heem Luq­mani in or­der to re­cite his po­ems on May 7. But the ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials of the town pre­vented the even from tak­ing place.

As the coun­cil had made all the prepa­ra­tion for the sem­i­nar and the poet was just about to start read­ing his po­ems, the ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials and the em­ploy­ees of Ar­shad Ad­min­is­tra­tion in the town attacked the place and pre­vented Luqman from recit­ing his po­ems. They said recit­ing po­ems is not al­lowed.

Saqqez is a city in the west of Iran. Ac­cord­ing to 2006 cen­sus, 131,348 peo­ple lived there. Saqqez is fa­mous be­cause of its an­cient his­tory and the re­main­ing of a his­toric fort lo­cated on north-east of the city, named "Ze­hweeya".

Peo­ple of Saqqez are Kurds and speak in Kur­dish lan­guage; they also speak in Per­sian which is the of­fi­cial lan­guage of Iran. In re­cent years there was a huge com­mu­nity of Su­fies in Saqqez, they still ex­ist in lit­tle num­bers and do their spir­i­tual rit­u­als in spe­cial places named Tekkyeh.

Al­though peo­ple in the town are Kurds, they are not al­lowed to prac­tice their lan­guage in of­fi­cial cer­e­monies and the po­ets are not al­lowed to read their po­ems in Kur­dish.

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