The Iranian Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Abbas Salehi and a number of guests from outside and inside the country attended the opening ceremony.
According to the deputy cultural minister Abdulhadi Faqihizadeh, as many as 10 Islamic countries have taken part at the exhibition, which is held over a vast area.
Feghhizadeh also said that the 27th exhibition is attended by more institutions in comparison with the previous years, adding all the activities during the event such as enrollment are automated.
Countries such as Pakistan, Turkey, Yemen, India, Iraq, Indonesia, Tunisia, Palestine, Afghanistan and Russia have been invited to participate in the 27th International Quran Exhibition.
Earlier, in mid-April, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said that the Holy Book of Islam, the Quran, is the book that leads mankind to worldly and heavenly bliss, and said, "The Quran is the book of prosperity and bliss in this world and the hereafter, provided that we act based on its principles."
Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks, addressing distinguished experts, reciters and memorizers (huffaz) participating in the 36th International Quran Competitions in Tehran on April 15.
The Quran says, “Stern to the disbelievers” (Quran; 48:29). Some Muslims forget that, like those Muslim countries who compromise with the US and the Zionists, to shed the blood of Palestinians and violate their rights. They abandoned being “stern to the disbelievers” (Quran; 48:29) and they became servants of the disbelievers. Today, the officials of many Muslim states represent examples of that, Ayatollah Khamenei said.
He criticized Muslim states that engage in wars against their Muslim brethren, and said that another group has forgotten the principle of “compassionate among themselves” (Quran; 48:29). They reject and excommunicate (takfir) the believers in Allah, the Quran, and the Ka’ba. When “compassionate among themselves” is abandoned, internal wars may arise.
He called enemies’ hostile measures against the Islamic Republic as futile and counterproductive, saying, "What the enemies do against Iran today are their last resorts of enmity. The sterner they become against us, the stronger our willpower will become; the more they intensify their measures against us, the more powerful we will become; the more furious they become at our commitment to Quranic teachings, the more our reliance and commitment to the Quran will become. Reliance on and sticking to the Quran will bring us bliss, strength and dignity."