On December 10th, 2020, the Commission for the Harmonisation of Interethnic and Interreligious Relations of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation in conjunction with the Spiritual Assembly of Muslims of Russia organised the online conference “Modeling interethnic and interreligious relations in a secular state” attended by representatives of the scientific and expert community, members of the Public chamber of the Russian Federation, religious and public figures from Russia, the United States, the United Arab Emirates, Italy, Czech Republic, Europe, and Asia.
The mufti Albir R. Krganov, chairman of the Spiritual Assembly of Muslims of Russia, deputy head of the Commission on Harmonisation of Interethnic and Interreligious Relations of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation and head of the Working Group on Counteraction to Pseudoreligious Extremism of the Counterterrorism Coordination Council, chaired the conference attended by:
• Alexander Yakovlevich Shkolnik, Deputy Secretary of the Public chamber of the Russian Federation, Director of The Central Museum of the great Patriotic war of 1941-1945;
• Vladimir Yuryevich Zorin, Chairman Of the Commission on harmonization of interethnic and interreligious relations, addressed the conference participants with greetings;
• Thomas Wipf, President of the European Council of religious leaders – Religions for Peace;
• Mohamed Abbas Almutazim, President of the Union of Muslims of the Czech Republic;
• Dr Mohammed Al-Bishari, Secretary-General of the World Council of Muslim Communities (WCC);
• Imam Mohammad Bashar Arafat, President of the Council for Islamic Affairs, Maryland (USA), Founder of the Foundation for the Exchange of Civilizations and Cooperation;
• Giuliano Bifolchi, director of ASRIE Analytica, OSINT analyst, and academic researcher on Islam, security, and counter-terrorism
• Ahmad (Arthur) Wagner, Chairman of the IDEL Analytical centre in Berlin;
• Vladimir Romanovich Legoida, Chairman of the Synodal Department of the Russian Orthodox Church for relations between the Church and society and the media;
• Elena Aleksandrovna Agapova, Deputy Chairman of the Imperial Orthodox Palestinian society;
• Jonathan Feldman, Head of religious programs of the Federation of Jewish communities of Russia;
• Sergey Kirishov, Member of the Public chamber of the Republic of Kalmykia, Vice-President of the Kalmyk Buddhist Association;
• Oleg Goncharov, First Deputy Chairman of the Euro-Asian division of the General conference of the Adventist Christian Church;
• Anton Ignatenko, Director Of the Institute of religion and politics;
• Sergey Ryakhovsky, Chairman of the Pentecostal Russian United Union of Evangelical Christians, member of The Commission on harmonization of interethnic and interreligious relations;
• Abdul-Kuddus Asharin, Chairman of the Spiritual administration of Muslims of the Sverdlovsk region.
The conference was devoted to the problems of growing inter-ethnic and inter-religious tensions in the world in the light of recent terrorist attacks in European countries, studying international experience in coordinating the interaction of the state with religious and ethnic organizations, civil society institutions in order to counter the spread of terrorism and extremism.
The participants stressed their interests and experience in moderating interreligious and interethnic relations in their countries and they agreed that in the contemporary era is difficult to ensure a balance of interests of representatives of different peoples and religions, but this is a necessary condition for the prosperity of modern secular states. In fact, many countries today are facing the problem of religious extremism on national and religious grounds.
In conclusion, mufti Albir R. Krganov pointed out that the international community and all the people in general must not respond to these terrible provocations and all together we should find the strength to stop it. "Emotional and politicized decisions can lead to huge mistakes and more serious problems, which, perhaps, the organizers of these terrorist attacks expect”, said Albir Hazrat Krganov.
Spokesperson of Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova stated at a briefing last Thursday that Russia hopes that UNESCO experts will soon arrive in Nagorno-Karabakh region to assess the preservation of Christian and Muslim holy places.
"We hope that the mission that was prepared in cooperation with the Armenian and Azerbaijani sides in conjunction with several international NGOs , partners of UNESCO in the field of protection and protection of monuments, will soon be able to arrive in the region and give an adequate assessment of the situation," said Zakharova.
The spokesperson also stressed that Moscow supports the intention of UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay to send the experts to Nagorno-Karabakh which was confirmed during a telephone conversation with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on November 20th . According to Zakharova, UNESCO experts will be able to give "answers to all the questions on anything that concerns the safety and condition of Christian and Muslim sacred places in the region."
During the conversation Lavrov and Azoulay paid special attention to the possibilities of using the potential of UNESCO to assist in resolving the humanitarian crisis in the zone of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, in particular in the field of protection of cultural and religious sites affected by hostilities and acts of vandalism, as well as educational system restoration in the region.
Opening access to the portal of GOSUSLUGI and the introduction of ID-cards for migrants would avoid corruption registration schemes, said the head of the Spiritual Assembly of Muslims of Russia (SAMR), Mufti Albir khazrat Krganov.
The Holy See’s Permanent Representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) made observations on freedom of religion or belief in the member nations during a conference on freedom of religion or belief, held in Vienna, November 9-10.
On November 9-10, 2020, an online meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe was held on the observance of freedom of conscience and religion. Mufti, Chairman of the Spiritual Administration of Muslims of St. Petersburg and the North-Western Region of Russia, Sheikh Ravil khazrat Pancheev spoke at the meeting.
In his speech to representatives from the countries of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, as well as to other honorary participants of the conference, Mufti Sheikh Ravil khazrat Pancheev conveyed greetings from the Muslims of St. Petersburg and the North-West region of Russia, the Muslims of the Russian Federation and noted a special the contribution of religious organizations to the harmonization and strengthening of interfaith and interethnic relations in Russia.
Mufti Sheikh Ravil khazrat Pancheev stressed that the Russian model of multiculturalism plays an important and positive role in preserving national interests. “One of the elements of multiculturalism is tolerance, the goal of which is the peaceful coexistence of cultures,” said Mufti khazrat.
RIYADH: The Union of News Agencies (UNA) of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) participated in a virtual conference organized by the Spiritual Assembly of Muslims of Russia (SAMR) and the Russian news agency TASS.
“Religion in a Changing World: The Role of Education in Raising the Youth” was attended by Sheikh Albir Karganov, mufti of Moscow, head of SAMR, and member of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation. In a speech on behalf of Acting UNA Director-General Ahmed bin Abdullah Al-Qarni, UNA Production Director Abdul Qader Al-Zahrani said that the conference was of great importance because it “promotes coexistence, tolerance, and convergence among all of humanity.”
On September 24, an international scientific and practical conference on "Religion in a changing world" was held in a video conference at the TASS Press center in Moscow. The role of education in youth education". This event was a major and important international event that brought together representatives of more than 20 countries at the same time on its online platform.
The event included a plenary session, as well as 3 sections on the following topics: "The world of the future: religion, science, youth"; "education in the context of a pandemic: effective responses to the challenges and threats of our time"; "Youth and religion: new perspectives".
The Main organizer of the forum was the Spiritual assembly of muslims of Russia, headed by the head of the Spiritual assembly of muslims of Russia, member of The public chamber of the Russian Federation Albir Krganov. The forum was held with the support of the Imperial Orthodox Palestinian Society, MSLU and the Foundation for support of Islamic culture, science and education. The conference was also co-organized by the Commission of The public chamber of the Russian Federation on the harmonization of interethnic and interreligious relations.
The organizers and participants of the forum received greetings from his Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia, Deputy Chairman of the security Council of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev, Chairman of The Imperial Orthodox Palestinian society Sergey Stepashin, and other prominent public and political figures. Speaking at the opening of the international forum, ISESCO Secretary General Salem bin Mohammad al-Maliki conveyed the greetings of His Highness King Mohammed IV of Morocco to the organizers and participants of the conference
More than 80 leading experts in the field of education and spiritual culture of the regions of the Russian Federation, CIS, Middle East, Europe, Asia, Africa and America discussed the impact of religious factors and religious education in international relations, assessed the inter-religious dialogue and peace as the greatest social and religious values, researched the tradition, ways of and experience strengthening regional stability, harmonization of interethnic and interreligious relations in the world community.
The forum participants noted the relevance of these topics, stressed the need to combine efforts to rally the world community and strengthen cooperation between countries.In the context of the continuing devaluation of moral values, the participants noted that special attention should be paid to the organization of systematic work with young people, the creation of platforms for discussing acute modern problems. The patriotic education of young people must be brought to the fore in religious and secular education.
One of the key topics of the discussion was the ethics of scientists. Numerous studies confirm that this issue is of concern to the world community, as high-tech developments increasingly intersect with people's private lives, which creates grounds for accusations of the scientific community of "violation of human rights".
The participants agreed that in the face of common threats, an aggressive policy towards each other is unacceptable. On the contrary, it is necessary to carry out joint humanitarian and educational work, establish contacts in the area of social and religious diplomacy, and try to remove artificial restrictions.
Many speakers drew attention to the fact that Russia has always opposed and continues to oppose aggression, extremism and violence on ethnic and religious grounds, as well as all kinds of "concepts of exclusivity." Today, as never before, the search for ways of peaceful coexistence of states, peoples, religions and cultures, the practice of preventing conflicts is important.
The participants of the Conference emphasized that the preservation of peace and stability is possible only by combining the efforts of representatives of all religions, nations, governments, international and public institutions, and overcoming modern challenges and threats is directly related to the strengthening of cultural, civilizational and interreligious dialogue.
Representatives of different faiths intend to build an interfaith center in Kommunarka district in Moscow. The Head of the Spiritual Assembly of Muslims of Russia (SAMR), Mufti Albir-khazrat Krganov, spoke about this at the international scientific-practical conference "Religion in a changing world. The role of education in youth education" in TASS on Thursday. "Our traditional religions - the Jewish community, Muslims, Christians, Buddhists - we proposed a very interesting project several years ago, it was supported by the Moscow mayor's office, on the construction of an interreligious center in Kommunarka district. We assume that this will be a modern social center, where there will be not only conditions for public activists, but also for the disabled, the elderly and people with disabilities. It is planned to open a school for the blind, as well as conduct various trainings, master classes from leading experts in their fields, arrange all kinds of museum compositions " , - he said. This project had been agreed with the Moscow mayor's office, but for 8 years it could not obtain a building permit. In addition, it was not possible to achieve the allocation and assignment of a land plot .
In Volzhsky, the second largest city in the Volgograd region, an acute situation has developed with a massive influx of citizens of Uzbekistan. Labor migrants and their families expect to return to Tashkent on two special trains, which are scheduled to depart on September 29 and October 1. Dozens of people have to wait for these trains in extremely difficult conditions. If not the help of Volgograd Muslims, men, women and children could be on the streets.
Mufti of the Volgograd region Abdulla Haji said that the citizens of Uzbekistan began to stay in Volzhsky from the southern regions of Russia a few days ago. “Since an agreement was reached to open a railway corridor to Tashkent from Volzhsky, migrant workers with family members began to come to the city en masse,” said Mufti Abdulla Khadzhi. “However, the infrastructure was not ready for such a massive influx of people, as a result of which an extremely difficult situation has arisen today. The arrivals found themselves face to face with the natural elements of the autumn weather. Passengers of future trains to Tashkent, for example, spent the night in the station square in the cold. "
The Volzhsky administration, on whose territory the citizens of Uzbekistan began to accumulate, turned for support to the Central Spiritual Administration of Muslims of the Volgograd Region, which has an Islamic spiritual center under construction in the Volzhsky.
On the territory of the Islamic center, representatives of the muftiate organized accommodation of people, food, and psychological assistance. “At the same time, people continue to stay, ten people arrived at night, and the same number tonight. Tomorrow and the day after tomorrow there will be even more,”says Mufti Abdullah Haji. - The work is carried out jointly with the administration of the city of Volzhsky, the structures of the Ministry of Emergency Situations, the Ministry of Internal Affairs are involved, coordination with citizens of a foreign state is fully ensured.
On October 20, at the invitation of the Chairman of the Office of Religious Affairs of the Republic of Turkey, Dr. Ali Erbash, the head of the SAMR, Mufti Albir khazrat Krganov, took part in The Consultation Meeting of Ministers of Religious Affairs and Chief Muftis of Member States of Organization of Islamic Cooperation which is organized by the Presidency of Religious Affairs was executed through video-conference system.
The forum was also attended by distinguished muftis: Chairman of the Central Muslim Board of Muslims of Russia Talgat Khazrat Tadzhuddin, Mufti of Stavropol Mukhammad Khazrat Rakhimov and Deputy Chairman of the Russian Muslim Spiritual Board Rushan Khazrat Abbyasov.
The main topics of the meeting were related to strengthening the fight against Islamophobia.In particular, it was noted that the OIC played a large role in solving a number of serious problems caused by the sad phenomenon of Islamophobia (among them - an attack on a mosque in New Zealand, destruction of copies of the Holy Quran, reprint of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).In his address, Albir Khazrat also touched upon the tragic incident that happened recently in France.Albir Khazrat also noted that the current foreign policy of the Russian Federation is aimed at expanding cooperation with the countries of the Islamic world and developing partnership with it in many areas.
In addition, the head of the SAMR noted the role of Diyanet, who “conducts active information activities in strengthening the foundations of Ahlu Sunnah wal Jamaat, protecting the rights of believers in the world, publishing and missionary activities are built at a high level. Saudi Arabia recently opened the International Center for Countering the Ideology of Extremism. Russian Muslims are interested in their experience in monitoring the activity of terrorist groups in cyberspace, spreading the ideology of extremism, recruiting new activists, experience in correcting the vision of Islam distorted by radicals and strengthening the foundations of traditional and moderate religious teachings, ” the mufti concluded.