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.
October 27, 2021
The head of the Spiritual Assembly of Muslims of Russia, Mufti Albir Hazrat Krganov, met with the Head of the Youth Religious Department in the Syrian Ministry of Endowments, Sheikh Abdullah Al-Sayed, on October, 27.
The meeting took place in a warm and friendly atmosphere, where the two sides discussed the geopolitical situation in Syria now, the epidemiological situation in the Middle East, in addition to the issues in the field of education and enlightenment of young people and prospects for bilateral cooperation.
Albir Hazrat informed his guest about activities carried out by the regional divisions of the Spiritual Assembly of Muslims of Russia and the implementation of new youth projects.
At the end of the meeting, Sheikh Abdullah presented the book on the dialogue between Islam and Christianity, entitled "Islamic-Christian Relations." Passion and Brotherhood "Syria is a Model for the World", which was recently issued by the Syrian Ministry of Endowments.
October 28, 2021
The head of the Spiritual Assembly of Muslims of Russia, Mufti Albir Hazrat Krganov, met with an official delegation from Lebanon, which consists of Fadi Boudayya, editor-in-chief of the International Maraya Network, Sheikh Jaafar Fadlallah, a Muslim scholar from Lebanon and Wael Al-Mawla, director of the Lebanese Al-Manar TV Channel Bureau in Syria.
The meeting took place in a warm and friendly atmosphere, where the two sides discussed the difficult political and economic situation in Lebanon in addition to the problem of Syrian refugees and displaced persons in Lebanon and the role of Muslims community in Russia.
Albert Hazrat noted that according to official estimates, more than twenty million Muslims live in Russia and the activities of Islamic organizations are currently widely supported by the Russian federal and regional authorities.
At the end of the meeting, both parties discussed possibilities of bilateral cooperation. In particular, Albir Hazrat briefed the guests on the preparations for convening a World Conference on Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue scheduled to take place in 2022 in St. Petersburg and also invited them to visit the opening of an art exhibition "Palestine through the Eyes of Russian artists" in the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation scheduled to be held in November of this year.
October 18, 2021
The head of the Spiritual Assebly of Muslims of Russia, Mufti Albir Hazrat Krganov, met with the Ambassador of the State of Palestine to the Russian Federation, Dr. Abdel Hafeez Nofal, on October, 18. The meeting was also attended by the Ambassador's advisor, Dr. Abdullah Issa.
The meeting took place in a warm and friendly atmosphere, where the two sides discussed the tensions between Palestine and Israel and the epidemiological situation in the Middle East and also exchanged views on the current worldwide problems.
Albir Hazrat informed the guests about preparations for the celebration of the 1100th anniversary of the adoption of Islam in the Volga Bulgaria and the convening of a World Conference on Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue which is supposed to take place in 2022.
The two parties also discussed prospects for bilateral cooperation; in particular, the issue of assisting the Embassy of the State of Palestine to the Russian Federation in organizing an art exhibition entitled "Palestine through the eyes of Russian artists" scheduled to be held in November of this year.
At the end of the meeting, the Mufti introduced to the guests to the provisions of the document "Strategy for the Development of Islam and Islamic Organizations in Russia Until 2035" and told them about the work carried out by the regional structures of the SAMR.
October 13, 2021
The representative of the SAMR Mr. Vladislav Neledva took part in European Regional Forum on the topic “Conflict Prevention and the Protection of the Human Rights of Minorities” which was was held on 12th and 13th October 2021 .
The Regional Forum was initiated by the United Nation Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues and organized by the Tom Lantos Institute in cooperation with a number of regional organizations.
The meeting was held via the Zoom conferencing platform.
The main purpose of the European Regional Forum on “Conflict prevention and the protection of the human rights of minorities” is to provide regional insights, which will feed into the thematic work of the Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues for his report to the 49th session of the UN Human Rights Council in March 2022. Furthermore, discussions will inform the work and recommendations of the 14th session of the Forum on Minority Issues, which will take place in Geneva in December 2021.
Discussions were also focused on the development of mutual understanding on the role of minority rights protection in conflict prevention; the legal, institutional and political challenges related to the recognition and implementation of minority rights in order to address longstanding problems that can lead to tensions and possible conflicts.
At the end of the forum, the speakers expressed their valuable recommendations for solving discussed problems, which will subsequently be summarized by the organizers. The final list of recommendations will be handed to UN Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues Fernand de Varennes for presentation at the Forum on Minority Issues, which is supposed to be held in Geneva December this year.
October 7, 2021
The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) based on the recommendation by United Nations Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations of July 21, 2021 decided to grant the Centralized Religious Organization ‘The Spiritual Assembly of Muslims of Russia” a special consultative status in the ECOSOC.
Consultative status for an 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.
The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) is one of the six principal organs of the United Nations, responsible for coordinating the economic and social fields of the organization, specifically in regards to the fifteen specialised agencies, the eight functional commissions and the five regional commissions under its jurisdiction.
ECOSOC serves as the central forum for discussing international economic and social issues and formulating policy recommendations addressed to member states and the United Nations system. In addition to a rotating membership of 54 UN member states, over 1,600 nongovernmental organizations have consultative status with the Council to participate in the work of the United Nations.
ECOSOC holds one four-week session each year in July, and since 1998 has also held an annual meeting in April with finance ministers heading key committees of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Additionally, the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF), which reviews implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, is convened under the auspices of the Council every July.
The Head of the Spiritual Assembly of Muslims of Russia, Mufti of Moscow, Albir Hazrat Krganov, participated in the plenary session of the National Assembly of the World Tatar Congress, which was held on September 24 of this year in Kazan.
The National Assembly was founded by the World Tatar Congress. About 500 active representatives from the Republic of Tatarstan and 70 regions of the Russian Federation and foreign guests participated in this large-scale event.
The meeting was attended by President of the Republic of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov and State Counselor of the Republic of Tatarstan Mintimer Shaimiev. During the event, Rustam Minnikhanov presented a number of state awards of the Republic of Tatarstan for the great contribution to the preservation and development of Tatar culture. Mr. Minnikhanov stressed in his welcoming speech that hat the World Tatar Congress, in cooperation with local cultural organizations, is carrying out extensive work in the field of preserving the identity of the Tatar people.
The head of the SAMR, Albir Hazrat Krganov, also admired the crucial role played by the World Tatar Congress towards organizations in Russia and outside the country.
“Today we need unity and solidarity in the implementation of a consistent course for the preservation, consolidation and further development of our national, cultural and religious values, the original foundations of people's life,” said Mufty.
As a result of this event, a special resolution was issued, in which the participants emphasized their common position in the pursuit of preserving the Tatar national identity, their native language and their unique culture.
Previously, the year 2021 was declared in the Republic of Tatarstan as the year of mother tongues and Tatar national unity.
20 сентября 2021
One month ago, Afghanistan was a witness of significant change of the political system .The government backed from outside fell in a matter of days, even hours. The state power passed into the hands of representatives of the Taliban (a terrorist organization banned in Russia).
Nowadays many people keep asking: How could all of this happen? Why after twenty years of imposing an alien way of life and the American presence on Afghanian soil, did not the situation improve, but even became worse? Moreover, the state, in fact, found itself on the edge of disintegration and is facing a humanitarian crisis. These and many other questions will concern the world community for a long time, including politicians, diplomats, military personnel, as well as a wide range of experts.
In a reliable hadith cited by Al-Bukhari and Muslim, it is said that the Messenger of Allah (Peace Be Upon Him) said: “In love and mercy to each other, believers are like a single organism: when any of its organs hurts, then the rest of the body is in a fever and it is deprived of sleep.”
Today we want to ask one simple but important question for millions of Afghans: Who will be responsible for the many civilian casualties over the last 20 years? Indeed, according to various estimates, we are talking about tens of thousands of people! According to the UN, about 1,659 people were killed in the first half of 2021 alone. We emphasize that this statistics reflects only the first six months of this year. At the same time, over two decades, an enormous number of people were injured, deprived of shelter and means of living. Finally, because of the situation in Afghanistan, the stability in neighboring countries was threatened, especially in the region of Central Asia .
In this context, we call all international structures and non-governmental organizations, as well as representatives of civil society to begin the investigation process of crimes committed by foreign military forces against the civilian Afghan population (starting since 2001). The result of such a process should be not only revealing the truth, but also arranging a special meeting on the current situation in Afghanistan.
We hope that Afghan people and the entire population of this wonderful ancient country will soon return to a peaceful life based on the principles of religious tolerance and respect for human rights and freedoms.
May Allah Bless You All!
August 31, 2021
Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Konstantin Kosachev held the second meeting of the interdepartmental working group on the preparation and holding of a World Conference on Intercultural and Interfaith Dialogue, which is going to take place in 2022.
“The work on preparation of a World Conference on Intercultural and Interfaith Dialogue in cooperation with the Inter-Parliamentary Union and the United Nations and its structures is ongoing on a regular basis. Seven coordination meetings have already been held with our foreign colleagues, where all the necessary issues have been discussed in a constructive way,”said Konstantin Kosachev.
He also mentioned the foreign policy aspects of the preparation to the upcoming event, taking into account the proposals received from all the interested parties, including Russian ministries, departments, representatives of traditional confessions and foreign partners.
The conference will be organized by the Inter-Parliamentary Union in cooperation with the United Nations. It is supposed to take place on May 16-18, 2022 in St. Petersburg. The event was initiated by the Chairman of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov.
August 24, 2021
The head of the Spiritual Assembly of Muslims of Russia, Mufti of Moscow Albir Hazrat Krganov, took part in a round table held in the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation called “On maintaining stability in the field of interethnic and interfaith relations during the election campaign” for the election of deputies of the State Duma scheduled for September 19, 2021 ”.
The event was organized by the Coordination Council for Public Control over Voting under the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation and the Commission for Harmonization of Interethnic and Interreligious Relations.
According to Maxim Grigoriev, Chairman of the Coordinating Council for Public Control over Voting, “today we can see attempts to incite interethnic discord. by non-systemic opposition. «Foreign interference is also involved in this process and it happens in different formats -via social networks, mass media, etc.. Of course, we all we must resist it.” , Mr. Grigoriev stressed.
In his speech, Albir Hazrat noted that the situation in Russia in the interethnic and interfaith relations has noticeably changed for the better over the last years. This happened due to the constant efforts made by Russian President Vladimir Putin in the direction of strengthening religious relations in Russia.
He also stressed that the measures taken at the legislative level make it possible to prevent interethnic and interreligious strife. At the same time, there are still several problems to be solved, when individual candidates try to play on the feelings of believers, for example, forcing the issue of islamophobia and migrantophobia in the society.