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Picture is from the Sunni city of Taybad – stronghold of ethnic Persian Sunnis – in the khorassan province of Iran. The Persian lands of khorassan in particular the part which lies in current day Iran, cities such as Nishabur used to be the fortresses of Islam. Beacons of knowledge emerged from these lands. Persian khorassan in its Sunni era used to surpass Baghdad and all other major Muslim cities when it came to scholarship and Islamic and scientific learning institutes. Numerous scholars of the Salaf and Khalaf, Al-Hakim Al-Nishaburi, Imam Al-Ghazali and many more. Post-Safavid Iran produced the likes of Ayatullat Vahid Khorassani who can’t even recite the first verse of the Fatiha with correct Tajweed. Nevertheless, Sunnis are still presence in the khorassan province of Iran, even Mashhad city has a sunnibpopulation of 10-15%, and some towns south of Mashhad are even completely Sunni. The Majority of Sunnis of khorassan are ethnic Persian khorassanis and hanafis with a minority of Iranian Baloch and mainly Tajik (Persian) Sunnis from Afghanistan. To this day greater khorassan (which includes Afghanistan, Uzbekistans etc.) is inhabited by mostly Persian Speaking Sunnis.