UFA, July 28. /ITAR-TASS/. The Central Spiritual Board of Muslims of Russia is outraged by shameless lies and double standards of politicians about the developments in Ukraine, the head of the board, the country’s Supreme Mufti Talgat Tadzhuddin said in a sermon on Monday in connection with the holiday of Eid al-Fitr. “We feel pain and sufferings of those who are in need and trouble,” he said. “Sufferings, pain and losses of dear ones, violence and cruel murders of civilians in the southeast of Ukraine and on the holy land of Palestine fill with pain and anger hearts of millions of Russians, all the true believers of the one Lord of people worldwide.”
Mufti said the tragedy of the Malaysian airliner in Ukraine shocked not only relatives and friends of the victims, but also all Russian citizens. “At the same time, we are deeply outraged by the shameless lie and double standards of those who try to use any grounds to set nations and states against each other, those who speak about fight against terrorism, but makes it (terrorism) a state policy,” he said, adding Russians could not indifferently watch the outrage and attempts to dictate.
The Central Spiritual Board of Muslims supports the Russian president’s steps to ensure the state’s independence and unity, reliable protection of its territory and timely neutralization of internal and external threats. “First of all, these are strengthening of inter-religious peace and accord, brining up of the youth in the spirit of patriotism and responsibility for the motherland’s fate and effective contribution to the prevention of extremism and radicalism,” the mufti said. Muslims of Russia also express their solidarity with much-suffering people of Palestine and support Russian efforts to stop the Israeli military aggression, resume peace talks and establish peace on the holy land, the Russian Muslim leader added.
Thousands of Muslims gathered in the Russian capital’s mosques on Monday morning for praying, marking the holiday of Eid al-Fitr. The Head of Russia’s Council of Muftis, Ravil Gainutdin, participated in the early praying in the city’s main mosque. He congratulated the faithful with one of Muslims’ main holidays.
The press service of the Council of Muftis said congratulations were received from Russian regions, CIS countries, the Islamic world, ministries and departments and international religious and public organizations.
More than 230,000 Muslims were expected to come to mosques in the Russian capital later on Monday. Moscow authorities prepared additional grounds for mass events. People will gather for prayers in six mosques and on special grounds in park and near cultural centers.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has congratulated Russian Muslims on Eid al-Fitr, the Kremlin press service said. One of Muslims’ main and most important holidays that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, turns the faithful to Islam spiritual and moral sources. From ancient times, it is marked with good deeds and care for the needy. Russia’s Muslim community actively participates in the country’s life, makes a great contribution to inter-religious dialogue, fruitfully cooperates with state and public organizations in the causes of charity, education and bringing up of young generations and contributes to saving of the country’s rich cultural and spiritual heritage, the president said in the congratulation.