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Russian delegation headed by the Mufti and the leader of the Russian Spiritual Assembly of Muslims Albir Krganov arrived to Jakarta on the 12th of June

Mufti Albir Krganov accompanied by the Russian religious and public figures, scholars and representatives of business community from Russian Muslim regions began a fraternal visit to Indonesia on Monday.
"For many years we maintained firm contact with our fellow believers from Indonesia. We had regular meetings with high level Indonesian delegates on the margins of international forums and during events at the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation.

There were multiple invitations to visit this marvelous land of a thousand islands but unfortunately the pandemic stalled these travel plans for two years. Today, as you may witness, thank Allah, we safely landed here in Jakarta.

The schedule of our visit is quite busy and we hope that by the grace of Allah this work will be mutually beneficial" - said Mufti Albir Krganov at the Jakarta’s airport.

The program of the visit of the Russian delegation includes meetings with Indonesian religious leaders, ministers, MPs, representatives of business community, diplomats, scientists and cultural figures. Plans also include visiting the Istiqlal Cathedral Mosque and the city of Surabaya.

Press Service of The Spiritual Assembly of Muslims of Russia

Centuries-old traditions of friendship and cooperation between Russia and Uzbekistan: to preserve, strengthen and multiply

In early June, at the invitation of representatives of Uzbekistan, a delegation of the Russian Federation, which includes the Head of The Spiritual Assembly of Muslims of Russia, Mufti of Moscow, member of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation Albir Hazrat Krganov, visited the Republic of Uzbekistan. Within the framework of the visit, a round table "The role of Orthodoxy and Islam in the harmonization of the life of modern society" was held in Tashkent, a number of important meetings was held in the Muftiate of the republic.
The delegation, with the blessing of Chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate's Department for External Church Relations, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, included Priest Dimitri Safonov, Secretary of Department of External Church Relations for Interreligious Relations, Executive Secretary of the Interreligious Council of Russia, Deputy Chairman of the Synodal Department for Church-Society and Media Relations Vakhtang Kipshidze and Chairman of the All-Russian public organization of the Russian Association for the Protection of Religious Freedom Sergey Melnikov. The forum was organized by Metropolitan Vikenty of Tashkent and Uzbekistan, head of the Central Asian Metropolitan District of the Russian Orthodox Church. The Muftiate of Uzbekistan was represented by Deputy Chairman of the Department Ibrohim Inomov. The conference was also attended by representatives of public organizations of Uzbekistan, the Babakhanov Muftis Foundation, an MP of the Supreme Council and diplomats of the Russian Embassy. The Rector of the Russian Islamic Institute, Chairman of the Council for Islamic Education R.M. Mukhametshin and Chairman of the Commission of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation on the Harmonization of Interethnic and Interreligious Relations V.Y. Zorin gave speech remotely.
After the forum, the Russian guests together with the Metropolitan visited the Office of Muslims of Uzbekistan. At the business meeting, the Muftiate of Uzbekistan was represented by First Deputy Chairman of the Board of Muslims of Uzbekistan Khomijon Hazrat Ishmatbekov, Deputy Chairman of the Board Ibrohim Hazrat Inomov, Deputy of Mufti of Uzbekistan Utkir Khasanbayev, Head of the International Department of the Committee on Religious Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Hamdamov and employees of the Department.
The parties discussed in detail interreligious efforts aimed at preserving traditional moral values, countering extremism and destructive propaganda of radical ideas among young people.
Metropolitan Vikenty of Tashkent narrated about the experience of dialogue with the Islamic community of Uzbekistan during his ministry in the Republic, noting the attention paid to strengthening interreligious harmony by the country's leadership. Deputy Chairman of the Department of Muslims of Uzbekistan Ibrohim Hazrat Inomov pointed out that the Department is very grateful to Metropolitan Vikenty for his active position in maintaining dialogue with Muslims and he enjoys great respect both among the leaders of the Muslim community of Uzbekistan and among believers. He thanked the muftiats of Russia, among which the Spiritual Assembly of Muslims of Russia is actively cooperating with the Muslims of Uzbekistan.
The head of the Spiritual Assembly of Muslims of Russia, Mufti of Moscow Albir Hazrat Krganov noted that the unification of the joint activities of Orthodoxy and Islam in the post-Soviet space has an important role in countering aggressive secularism, preserving and protecting traditional values, strengthening stability and peace in society, culture and customs of the peoples of the two countries. The consistent policy pursued by the leadership of the Russian state to harmonize interreligious relations increases the recognition and trust in Russia from the countries of the Islamic world. Albir Hazrat also drew attention to the extensive work carried out by the Office of Muslims of the Republic of Uzbekistan in the development of interreligious dialogue not only within the Muslim Ummah, but also in cooperation with other traditional religions. The Web-site of Office of Muslims of Uzbekistan has recently become popular in Russia, and it is published in Russian language. He also mentioned with gratitude the Koran Hafizs who visited Moscow to conduct the tarawih prayers of the Holy Month of Ramadan. There is no a single follower of extremist and extreme views among the graduates of the famous Bukhara madrasah Mir-i-Arab, which indicates a verified model of Islamic education in Uzbekistan, the mufti noted. In this regard, we are interested in cooperation on education issues and we would like to invite teachers to the Zainull Ishan Rasulev Madrasa in Moscow.
During the fruitful communication, the religious and cultural diversity of the Uzbek people were mentioned. The sides noted with satisfaction the strengthening of ties in the field of religion and culture between the two countries.
Following the meeting, the parties exchanged proposals on further steps to advance in resolving issues of common interest and agreed on a format for practical interaction in all areas of cooperation between Uzbekistan and Russia, strengthening mutual respect, religious tolerance and interethnic harmony between peoples.
The Muftiate of Uzbekistan also noted an important positive decision to accept students from Russia to Islamic educational institutions of Uzbekistan.
During the visit, the guests visited the cities of Samarkand and Bukhara. Mufti Albir Hazrat attended Friday prayer at the Islam Ota Mosque in Tashkent and the Sheikh Naqshbandi Mosque in Bukhara.

Press Service of The Spiritual Assembly of Muslims of Russia

The Head of The Spiritual Assembly of Muslims of Russia Albir Hazrat Krganov congratulated Patriarch of Moscow and all Rus’ on The Namesake Day

The congratulatory address, in particular says:

"Your heavenly patron is one of the creators of Slavic writing and an outstanding educator. Following the example of his holy asceticism, for many years You have been doing the great work of educating the multinational Russian people, showing an example of high service to our Fatherland, strengthening harmony and unity in the Russian state.
Under Your leadership, the Russian Orthodox Church is developing constructive cooperation with the state, making a huge contribution to the harmonization of interethnic and interreligious relations. A sincere response in society is found in Your personal efforts to protect traditional family values, patriotic education of young people, preservation of enduring spiritual, moral and cultural guidelines in modern Russian society, consistently defend the importance of the unity of the Russian world.
Your words and deeds, your prayers are always addressed to the needs and aspirations of millions of people. We are sincerely glad to admit that we have found in Your person broad support and understanding in many issues of the development of interfaith cooperation, interreligious dialogue and theological education. For us, the opportunity to communicate personally with You, both as the primate of the Russian Orthodox Church and as a person, is a great honor and a sign of the high level of relations that have developed between the Moscow Patriarchate and The Spiritual Assembly of Muslims of Russia.
I sincerely wish You, Your Holiness, spiritual strength, perseverance and good health on the path of service to the Russian Orthodox Church and the great people of Russia.

With respect and kind prayers,
Mufti of Moscow,
Head of The Spiritual Assembly of Muslims of Russia,
member of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation
Albir Hazrat Krganov

The Head of The Spiritual Assembly of Muslims of Russia took part in the XIII International Economic Summit «Russia-The Islamic World: KazanSummit 2022»

19 May 2022

Mufti of Moscow, The Head of The Spiritual Assembly of Muslims of Russia, member of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation Albir Hazrat Krganov took part in the work of the XIII International Economic Summit «Russia – the Islamic World: KazanSummit 2022», which is ongoing in the capital of Tatarstan.

Representatives of 63 countries of the world and 52 regions of Russia take part in his work. The leitmotif of the forum's business program was the economy of shared consumption and the greater good of Halal, and the key topics were Islamic finance and partner banking, the Halal industry, youth diplomacy, export development, entrepreneurship and investment. According to the organizers, the summit’s goal is strengthening cooperation between Russia and the Muslim world. KazanSummit is a platform for synergy of the economic, scientific, technical, cultural, information agenda through various structures of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. Among the guests of honor are the leadership of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), ministers of Islamic countries, ambassadors and consuls of more than 15 states, international delegations and foreign experts, and also the leadership of federal authorities, chambers of commerce and industry of the OIC countries and regions of Russia, heads and ministers of the regions of Russia. The events are also attended by the Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation Maxim Reshetnikov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Special Representative of the President of Russia for the Middle East Mikhail Bogdanov, President of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov, Russia's Permanent Representative to the OIC Ramazan Abdulatipov and others. Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov sent their greetings to the forum participants.

Islamic banking may be in demand in regions of Russia where a significant proportion of the population practice Islam. This was stated today by the President of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov at the session of SberTalk, which was held within the framework of the XIII International Economic Summit «Russia – the Islamic World: KazanSummit 2022». Minnikhanov mentioned that despite Western sanctions, most of the OIC member countries continue to interact with our country. The President of Tatarstan believes that the system of Islamic financing is a promising area of trade and economic cooperation. Such a model can act as an alternative to Western capital markets and trading platforms.

The discussion of the issues of support and development of Islamic banking and financial instruments was a continuation of the round table organized by The Spiritual Assembly of Muslims of Russia in the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation on April 28, 2022, where a thorough and substantive exchange of views on various aspects of cooperation between Russia and the Muslim world in the economic, energy and investment spheres took place in an informal setting. There was also a presentation of Russian opportunities in the fields of education and science. Special attention is paid to the expansion of contacts between civil society institutions and religious organizations. An important outcome of the discussions was the mutual understanding reached on the importance of strengthening Russia's cooperation with the states of the Islamic world, of which it is an integral part.

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The important role of Islamic organizations in protecting the rights of believers in the modern world

May 16, 2022

Mufti of Moscow, head of The Spiritual Assembly of Muslims of Russia, member of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation Albir Hazrat Krganov took part in a press conference on the topic: "The rights of believers in the modern world: tendencies and challenges", which was held at the international multimedia press center of The International News Agency "Russia Today". Sergey Melnikov, Deputy Director for Scientific Work of the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Chairman of the Russian Association for the Protection of Religious Freedom, also participated in the press conference; Priest Dimitri Safonov, Executive Secretary of the Interreligious Council of Russia, Secretary for Interreligious Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations; member of the Presidential Council for the Development of Civil Society and Human Rights Alexander Brod.

There were discussed the issues of discriminatory decisions of the Ukrainian authorities against the communities of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, the problems of aggravation of Russophobic tendencies in Western countries and vandalism against Russian cultural and religious monuments and buildings, the report of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom was considered.

The annual report of the Russian Association for the Protection of Religious Liberty "Freedom of Conscience and Religious Intolerance in the modern world" was also presented, in which the most significant events and trends in the sphere of relations between state authorities, society and religious organizations were analyzed and recommendations were made to reduce the risks of escalation of the situation in interreligious relations and to prevent extremism and discrimination.

The head of The Spiritual Assembly of Muslims of Russia, Albir Hazrat Krganov, mentioned in his speech that the members of the expert council The Russian Association of Religious Freedom had done a huge analytical work, collecting voluminous information on the observance of the rights of believers in the world. Attention to this document is huge, because in many countries of the Islamic world this document has become a complementary alternative to the report that is being prepared by the US State Department.

Albir Hazrat also drew attention to the fact that a lot of provocative events took place in the month of Ramadan in relation to Islamic shrines. In Sweden, there were public acts of burning the Koran with the connivance of law enforcement agencies. For many years there has been a conflict of Israeli policemen in the third most important Muslim shrines – the Al–Aqsa Mosque. These facts are able provoke more serious clashes on inter-religious grounds. This is a great question for European democracy, for the protection of the rights of believers.

The Mufti narrated about the visit of the delegation of The Spiritual Assembly of Muslims of Russia to the Luhansk People's Republic, where an international conference was held on the topic: "Religions of Donbass against extremism and neo-Nazism." The opinions of representatives of traditional religions of Donbass on the situation in Ukraine were listened to. At the meeting with the muftis, parishioners spoke about the shelling of religious sites by the Ukrainian Armed Forces and the persecution of leaders of religious organizations. The Muslims of the Republic of China have made a decision to canonically join the Spiritual Assembly of Muslims of Russia, and the Muslims of Donetsk decided to join the State Duma of the Russian Federation under the leadership of Mufti Ravil Gainutdinov.

"Today we provide assistance and support to the Muslim organizations of the LPR and the DPR - this is both humanitarian aid and the provision of spiritual religious literature," Albir Hazrat mentioned.

The head of The Spiritual Assembly of Muslims of Russia underlined that a lot of work is being done in our country to strengthen good relations between religions. Big celebrations will be held in Kazan this week on the occasion of the celebration of the 1100th anniversary of the adoption of Islam by Volga Bulgaria. The events are held at the federal level with the support of Russian President Vladimir Putin. As part of the celebration, new mosques will be built in many regions, educational institutions will be opened, books will be published, conferences will be held, which has a positive impact on the development of Islam in Russia - the leaders of Muslim organizations are very grateful for this attention to the country's leadership.

Albir Hazrat Krganov also suggested that, in the future, during the preparation of the report on the rights of believers, use the experience and capabilities of Muslim organizations from other countries, with which The Spiritual Assembly of Muslims of Russia productively cooperates - the expert group of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which includes 67 countries, and the World Islamic League (WIL). They, like The Spiritual Assembly of Muslims of Russia, also prepare similar reports - therefore it is advisable to combine common efforts on this topic.

"The Spiritual Assembly of Muslims of Russia presents a report on the observance of the rights of believers every year, according to a good tradition. Our new Report is already prepared and will be presented to the broad public in the near future. In particular, it raises the problems of the shortage of prayer houses and the issuance of permits for the construction of mosques," the mufti said in conclusion.

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Albir Karganov described the cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad to be provocative

December 24,2021

Commenting on the speech of Russian President Vladimir Putin during his annual press conference held on December 23, the Chairman of the Spiritual Assembly of Muslims of Russia, Mufti Albir Hazrat Karganov, said to the TASS news agency that the cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad published in the mass media outlets in some European countries do not include freedom of creativity, but even they are considered a provocation with the aim of contributing to the outbreak of turmoil in the world, and Russia in this case is like a wall that protects traditional values of the interfaith society.

“As a Muslim, I thank Russian President for his position on the cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad and I support it. In fact, this is not creativity at all, but a specially designed provocation in order to contribute to the outbreak of unrest and turmoil and achieve some dirty task”, said Albir Hazrat. He also stressed that we must put an end to such destructive manifestations in the modern and educated society.

Albir Hazrat also pointed out that "Russia stands as a wall protecting its historical, humanitarian and moral values."

Mufti added: «We are here as a wall, and our President is absolutely convinced that Russian society has an accurate concept of all these descriptions and formulations."

Human Rights Day

December 10, 2021

Human Rights Day is celebrated annually around the world on 10 December every year.The date was chosen to honor the United Nations General Assembly's adoption and proclamation, on 10 December 1948, of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the first global enunciation of human rights and one of the first major achievements of the new United Nations. The formal establishment of Human Rights Day occurred at the 317th Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly on 4 December 1950, when the General Assembly declared resolution 423(V), inviting all member states and any other interested organizations to celebrate the day as they saw fit

The day is normally marked both by high-level political conferences and meetings and by cultural events and exhibitions dealing with human rights issues. Besides, it is traditionally on 10 December that the five-yearly United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights and Nobel Peace Prize are awarded. Many governmental and non-governmental organizations active in the human rights field also schedule special events to commemorate the day, as do many civil and social-cause organisations.

Over the last three years the Spiritual Assembly of Muslims of Russia in conjunction with Moscow Bureau for Human Rights has been preparing a generalized report "On the Situation with the Observance of Muslim

Rights in the Russian Federation .This initiative attracts a lot of attention among specialists and experts in the development of the Muslim community in both in Russia and abroad.

Earlier this year the Spiritual Assembly of Muslims of Russia was honored to receive a special consultative status in the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

Consultative status for a non-governmental organization enables it to engage in a number of ways with ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies, the Human Rights Council and, under specific conditions, some meetings of the General Assembly and other intergovernmental bodies, as well as with the United Nations Secretariat.

Albir Hazrat Krganov meets with Mufti of Kyrgyzstan

November 29, 2021

The head of the Spiritual Assembly of Muslims of Russia, Mufti Albir Hazrat Krganov, met with Mufti of Kyrgyzstan, head of The Spiritual Directorate of the Muslims of Kyrgyzstan Zamir Hazrat Rakiev.

The meeting took place in a warm and friendly atmosphere, where the two sides discussed further development of interfaith dialogue, Islamic education and upbringing of modern youth, the activities of Islamic organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Both sides considered further areas of cooperation between the Muslim community of Russia and the CIS countries and agreed on cooperation between the Spiritual Assembly of Muslims of Russia and the Spiritual Directorate of Muslims of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan

Both muftis paid particular attention to the issue of spiritual security, prevention of destructive ideas among labor migrants in Russia, including those arriving from Kyrgyzstan. The parties reached an agreement on joint work in the regions of Russia with the involvement of theologians, experts and religious leaders to conduct seminars, spiritual and educational events and explanatory conversations with labor migrants from Kyrgyzstan.

The head of the SAMR presented to his colleagues from Kyrgyzstan the project called “ROSMIGRANT” which is aimed at adapting and integrating migrants into a legal and cultural field of the Russian Federation, improving the quality of their life in the new social-economic and cultural environment and reducing the criminal level among migrants.

Bedsides, Albir Hazrat introduced to his colleagues the document titled "Strategy for the Development of Islam and Islamic Organizations in Russia Until 2035"
At the end of the meeting, the parties discussed the participation of hafizes of Holy Quran from Kyrgyzstan in the events that are usually held by the SAMR in the month of Ramadan.

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The Civic Chamber hosts the opening of an international art exhibition dedicated to Palestine

International art exhibition "Palestine through the eyes of Russian artists” was opened on November 26 in the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation. The organizers noted that this particular exhibition was the first event of its kind that took place in Moscow.

The organizers of the exhibition were the Commission of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation on the Harmonization of Interethnic and Interfaith relations, the Spiritual Assembly of Muslims of Russia and the regional public organization of the Chuvash Republic “Society of Friendship and Cooperation between the Peoples of Chuvashia and Palestine”. The exhibition was held with the support and assistance of the Embassy of the State of Palestine to the Russian Federation.

This event was attended by members of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation, Russian and foreign diplomats, public figures, as well as representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Culture, the Imperial Orthodox Palestinian Society and other public organizations and departments.

The event was held in a friendly and official atmosphere. In his speech, Mufty Albir Hazrat drew the guests' attention to the fact that Palestine and Russia have been linked by traditionally friendly relations throughout the centuries. We see that over the past few years, these relations have continued to develop and strengthen in many areas. The head of the SAMR also added that "the main message of this exhibition is to demonstrate the desire to establish peace, justice and interfaith harmony in the modern world, since human brotherhood, solidarity and dialogue are the main postulates for achieving harmonization in the field of interreligious and intercultural relations." According to Albir Hazrat, it is deeply symbolic that the event takes place during the visit of President Mahmoud Abbas to Russia and his meeting with President Vladimir Putin.

The exhibition " Palestine through the eyes of Russian artists " has already collected the works of more than 250 artists working in different genres. Every stroke and smallest detail convey the atmosphere of the Palestinian land, acquaint the viewer with the Palestinian culture and difficult history. Abdel Hafiz Nofal, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the State of Palestine to the Russian Federation, in his speech expressed gratitude to the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation and the Spiritual Assembly of Muslims of Russia for organizing and implementing this important cultural and educational project.

His Eminence Cardinal Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot vistis the Spiritual Assebmly of Muslims of Russia.

November 25, 2021
The head of the Spiritual Assembly of Muslims of Russia, Mufti Albir Hazrat Krganov, met with His Eminence Cardinal Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot,  President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.

The meeting took place in a warm and friendly atmosphere, where the two sides discussed the issues of interaction between the Christian and Muslim communities in the modern world. His Eminence Cardinal stressed that all world religions need to work together to preserve the peace and prosperity of humankind. According to His Eminence Cardinal , brotherhood, solidarity and interfaith dialogue are the main tenets for achieving harmonization in the field of interreligious relations..

Mufti Albir Hazrat pointed out that high Islamic values call for mutual respect. He also praised the social projects that are currently being implemented by the Holy See.

The two parties also discussed prospects for bilateral cooperation. Albir Hazrat informed the guests about the experience of interreligious dialogue in Russia, his work in the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation and upcoming celebration of the 1100th anniversary of the adoption of Islam in Volga Bulgaria.

In turn, His Eminence Cardinal highly appreciated the activities of the SAMR and expressed his interest in joint cooperation in several areas, including work within the framework of international organizations.
At the end of the meeting, both parties exchanged symbolic gifts.

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