Tantawi, one of Egypt’s most prominent Quran reciters and memorizers, died on Wednesday at the age of 70.
According to al-Misrawi news website, his fans say one of the streets in his hometown in Dakahlia governorate should be named after him.
They have also opposed exhuming his body after the country’s health ministry said he should not have been buried in his home.
The ministry says according to a law passed in 1966 it is forbidden to bury the dead within a range of 200 meters from residential areas.
Born in 1947 in a village in the North African country’s Dakahlia governorate, Tantawi began learning the Quran at an early age.
He managed to learn the entire Quran by heart at the age of 10, making his father’s wish that become a memorizer of the Quran come true.
He also worked heart to learn Quran recitation while a school student but became a professional Qari only after entering al-Azhar University.
His main teacher was renowned Qari Sheikh Sulhi Mahoumd who taught him the skills of Quran recitation.
Tantawi travelled to many countries, including Iran, for reciting the Quran.