Delegation from the SAMR arrive in Turkey with a working visit

The delegation from the Spiritual Assembly of Muslims of Russia (the SAMR), headed by Mufti Albir Hazrat Krganov, held a meeting with Mufti of Istanbul, Professor Mehmet Amin Mashali, in Turkey on March 4 2021.

The meeting was also attended by First Vice President of the head of the SAMR Mufti Tageer Hazrat Samatov and Mufti of Saint Petersburg and the Northwestern Region of Russia Ravil Hazrat Pancheev.

The parties discussed prospects of cooperation in the field of Islamic education and also exchanged positive experiences of activities within the Muslim community in Russia and Turkey against the background of difficult conditions that the world is currently facing.

Within the framework of this visit, Consul General of the Russian Federation in Istanbul Andrey Buravov hosted the delegation from the SAMR at the Russian Consulate in Istanbul, where the two sides discussed the current situation of relations between Russia and Turkey in humanitarian sphere and the prospects of their development. At the end of the meeting all the participants expressed their hope for further cooperation.

Representatives of Russian and Kazakhstani NPOs discuss common issues

March 2nd, 2021

Mufti of Moscow, head of the Spiritual Assembly of Muslims of Russia (the SAMR) Albir Hazrat Krganov took part in the round table called “Issues of Interaction between Civil Society in Russia and Kazakhstan”, which was also attended by the delegation of the Civil Alliance of Kazakhstan.

In his speech, Albir Hazrat noted the importance of developing Eurasian cooperation in all directions and, on behalf of the Spiritual Assembly of Muslims of Russia, highly appreciated the activities of the Spiritual Board of Muslims of Kazakhstan and local authorities in the field of protection of rights of believers in the country. He also pointed out close historical ties between Tatar and Kazakh people, stressing that today the Tatars of Kazakhstan are one of the largest national diasporas in the country and their national traditions are honored and highly respected.

According to the head of the SAMR, Russian and Kazakhstani NPOs have a huge potential for cooperation in the social sphere. In particular, work with migrants can become such a vector. In September 2020, the SAMR established Center of Legal Protection and Socio-Cultural Adaptation of Migrants. The main purpose of this center is providing migrants with legal support in cases when their rights are violated.

The Mufti also addressed the issue of the influence of extremist ideologies on youth and said that religious and public organizations in Russia and Kazakhstan should make joint efforts in this direction in order to solve this serious problem.

At the end of the meeting, Albir Hazrat thanked all participants of the round table and expressed his hope for further cooperation with religious and public organizations in the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Albir Hazrat Krganov meets with Apostolic Nuncio to the Russian Federation.

March 1st, 2021

Mufti of Moscow, head of the Spiritual Assembly of Muslims of Russia (the SAMR) Albir Hazrat Krganov held a meeting with Apostolic Nuncio to the Russian Federation Archbishop Giovanni d'Aniello.

The meeting was also attended by First Deputy of the SAMR Mufti Tagir Hazrat Samatov ,His Eminence Monsignor Peter Tarnavsky, Counselor of the Apostolic Nunciature and His Reverend Priest Igor Chabanov, the interpreter.

The main topic of discussion between two parties was the “Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together” , a joint statement signed by Grand Imam of Al-Azhar University Ahmad Al-Tayyib and His Holiness Pope Francis on February, 4 2019 in Abu Dhabi.

Albir Hazrat Krganov highly appreciated the provisions of this document and also pointed out the similarity of some of its semantic aspects with the content of Makkah Declaration adopted in 2019.Albir Hazrat mentioned that after the official publication of the “Document on Human Fraternity” it was sent to the regional muftiats of the SAMR for informational purposes.

During this meeting both parties also discussed serious problems that the whole world faces nowadays. In particular, they touched upon the issue of fight against terrorism ,the influence of extremist ideologies on modern youth, attempts to affiliate religion with politics, the fall of moral values and guidelines of the modern society, as well as the problem of “militant secularism”, when opponents of religion try to diminish its role. Therefore, according to them, it is necessary to unite the efforts of representatives of all world religions in order to resolve these serious problems and develop a special system for implementing of interfaith social projects.

At the end of the meeting, the parties expressed their hope for further fruitful cooperation.

   The Spiritual Assembly of Muslims of Russia takes part in the international online-conference on the protection of children's rights in the Arab countries

February 19, 2021

Head of the International Relations Department of the Spiritual Assembly of Muslims of Russia (the SAMR) Vladislav Neledva participated in the workshop in the Arabic language entitled: Professional Principles of Mass Media for Addressing Child Rights Issues, under the slogan: Media is a Friend for Childhood, which was organized by Union of OIC News Agencies (UNA-OIC) in cooperation with the Arab Council for Childhood and Development (ACCD) and its partners - the Gulf Program for Development and the League of Arab States.

The conference was moderated by Professor Adel Abdel Ghaffar, professor of the Media Department at Cairo University and Media Adviser to the Ministry of Higher Education of the Arab Republic of Egypt. The webinar was devoted to the discussion of the development of necessary skills and competence for workers in mass media, which must be taken into account when addressing issues related to children's rights.

Many participants in their speech emphasized that the violation of children's rights in the digital space in the Arab world is no longer a rare phenomenon and it has already turned into a real crisis of a large scale. In this regard, some specific recommendations and proposals were made to find new mechanisms to protect children from negative influence of media space and social networks, especially in the field of cyberbullying.

The SAMR supported all the initiatives aimed at solving this serious problem and stated that children, regardless of their ethnic, country and religious affiliation, should in no case be subjected to destructive influence of mass media and various types of media platforms.

At the end of the event, the participants thanked each other for the active discussion and expressed their hope for further fruitful cooperation in this direction.

The Arab Council for Childhood and Development (ACCD) is an Arab non-governmental development organization that has a legal entity and operating in the field of childhood under the presidency of HRH Prince Abdul Aziz Bin Talal Bin Abdul Aziz. ACCD was founded in 1987 upon the initiative of the late HRH Prince Talal Bin Abdul Aziz, and a resolution issued by the Arab League's Conference on "Childhood and Development" that was held in Tunisia in 1986. The headquarters of ACCD is Cairo, Arab Republic of Egypt, and its relationship with the host country is governed by a special agreement that defines its identity and legal status.

ACCD is seeking to be a leading organization in the field of child rights in the Arab world, and a reference for institutions, individuals and families to raising up of an Arab child able to participate in the development of his society and deal with the rapid global changes.

The Night of Wishes

February 18th, 2021

According to the lunar calendar, the month of Rajab is considered one of the four holy months in Islam. There are two blessed nights in this month – the Night of Wishes and the Night of Isra’ and Mi’raj.

Muslims all around the world revere the Night of Wishes in addition to other blessed nights in Islam. Followers of this tradition believe that if, on the first Thursday of Rajab, they recite a special set of prayers, they will be rewarded by the fulfillment of their wishes.

The tradition is based on the oft-quoted passage attributed to Prophet Mohammed:

It is most important, however, that none of you should neglect the first Thursday night in Rajab, for it is the night that the angels call the Night of Wishes. This is because, by the time the first third of the night has elapsed, there will not be a single angel still at large in the heavens, nor in any region of the earth bar one. They will all be gathered together in the Ka'ba and the area immediately surrounding it. Allah will condescend to notice that they have assembled there, and He will say: 'My angels, ask Me for whatever you wish!' Their response to this will be: 'Our Lord, the request we wish to make is that You grant forgiveness to those who faithfully keep the fast in Rajab,' whereupon Allah will tell them: 'That I have already done!'

The year 2021 sees the Night of Wishes at night between February 18th and 19th. Muslims meet this night by performing prayers hoping for the mercy and virtue of Allah and seeking the fulfillment of their desires.

Moreover, at this night, it is advisable to recite missed prayers, ask Allah for mercy, provide assistance to the poor, give alms, feed the hungry, visit relatives, and if these relatives are no longer alive, it is necessary to visit their graves.

Azerbaijan to restore a cultural heritage belonging not only to Muslims, but all religions in Karabakh

February 11th, 2021

First Vice-President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva took part in the video-conference on the occasion of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science as part of the “Year of Women” declared by ICESCO.

“At the moment, Azerbaijan faces a huge task: to bring life back to liberated territories and to ensure the return of Azerbaijani internally displaced people to their native lands. And we will do it. We will restore destroyed cities and villages. We will build schools there. We will restore the cultural heritage, and not only of Islamic origin but of all religions as a whole”, stated Aliyeva.

According to her, Baku highly appreciates ICESCO willingness to cooperate with the Azerbaijani government in assessing the state of cultural heritage monuments damaged in Karabakh during the occupation.

“Also, please accept our special gratitude for considering the opening of ICESCO regional office in Azerbaijan, which among other fields could strengthen our cooperation in the field of science with a specific focus to increase the role of women and girls in science”, Mehriban Aliyeva added.

She also reminded that one month ago, at the invitation of President of Azerbaijan, a delegation of ICESCO led by the Director-General, visited Azerbaijan, where the guests had a chance to visit some of liberated lands and witness with their own eyes the scope of destruction and vandalism, including tens of desecrated mosques and hundreds of destroyed historical monuments.

Implementation of Cooperation Agreement between the SAMR and the Muslim World League

February 8th, 2021

The Muslim World League (the MWL), headquartered in Mecca, presented its new social concept aimed at building bridges of friendship and mutual understanding between different faiths and cultures. The organization posted a video introducing its the new vision and goals on the official website.

“Large distances separate us from Mecca to the whole world, but the goals unite us. Together we stretch out the olive branch to build bridges with all humanity. Let us take the initiative, help each other and strengthen our friendship with different nations, civilizations and cultures. Let us reflect the Islam of peace, moderation and humanity in order to achieve general harmony from which the light of Mecca illuminates the whole world” - these are the basic principles that the League plans to follow in its future activities.

The Muslim World League is considered to be one of the largest and most influential organizations in the Islamic world. Its headquarters are located in Mecca. The MWL unites Muslim theologians, religious, public and political figures from all around the world, including the Russian Federation. The League's forums discuss the most pressing problems that Muslim community in the whole world faces.

In 2019, the MWL Secretary General Dr. Mohammad bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa visited Russia, where he had a rich program, including acquaintance with the country, the spiritual and cultural life of the nations living in Russia and the level of Islamic education. He also held a chain of meetings with governmental officials, religious leaders of Orthodoxy and Islam.

The Muslim World League has signed a cooperation agreement with the Spiritual Assembly of Muslims of Russia, the Russian Orthodox Church, and the Russian Foundation for the Support of Islamic Culture, Science and Education, which led to the implementation of several socially significant projects in the field of supporting true Islam and countering extremism in Russia.

It needs to be mentioned that the MWL took part in scientific and practical conferences that were held in Moscow and Grozny. Both events were aimed at consolidating the efforts of Muslim community to achieve religious enlightenment and eliminating the impact of destructive ideologies in the Russian Federation.

A new museum dedicated to the life of the Prophet opened in Madinah

February 9th, 2021

Madinah in Saudi Arabia witnessed the opening ceremony of the International Exhibition and Museum of the Life of the Prophet and Islamic Civilization.

Prince Faisal bin Salman, governor of Madinah — where the museum is located — and chairman of the Madinah Region Development Authority, hailed the mission and objectives of the exhibit and museum, which not only achieves one of Saudi Vision 2030’s goals by boosting the Kingdom’s cultural tourist attractions, but also uses cutting-edge technology.

The International Exhibition and Museum of the Life of the Prophet and Islamic Civilization was launched under the supervision of the Muslim World League (MWL) and is the first in a series of Islamic museums scheduled to be constructed around the world under the organization’s umbrella.

Located next to the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah, the museum is open 24 hours a day, and is dedicated to the history of the Islamic world and the life of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)

Prince Faisal pointed out that the contents of the exhibition and museum represent “a historical legacy from which to spread the correct Prophetic approach … to all parts of the world so as to demonstrate the tolerance and moderation of Islam.”

The exhibition features dozens of paintings and interactive displays. At the moment, there are seven languages available to visitors — Arabic, English, Spanish, Urdu, French, Turkish and Indonesian. It also includes a 4DX theater, which screens a series of films about the Prophet’s life.

One of the 25 pavilions in the exhibition is dedicated to the history of women in Islam and shows the important part women played in the early days of Islam by spreading a message of truth and virtue, and the vital role women played in the life of the Prophet. The pavilion also sheds light on the importance of children in the life of the Prophet, recounting stories of how he used to play with them and the advice he gave on how to best raise them.

Another pavilion uses 3D, virtual-reality, and augmented-reality technology to reconstruct and describe many of the Prophet’s personal possessions, including details of his furniture, clothing, footwear and even his comb.

Eradicating ideas of hostility and war in the people’s mind through art

February, 2nd

The first International Silk Road Calligraphy Festival Raqs-e Qalam (Feather Dance) was held in Tehran, the capital of Iran. More than 150 artists from all over the world presented about a thousand of their works. Also there were an exhibition and a special conference organized within the framework of this festival.

Artists and calligraphers from many different countries took part in that creative event, including Azerbaijan, France, Kazakhstan, Spain, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Poland, Iran, South Korea, Japan, China, India, Singapore, Mongolia, Syria, UAE, Turkey, Russia, Oman, Lebanon, Iran and many others.

The festival was organized by the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO. However, due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was held online for the first six days – from January, 20 until January, 25. During the conference calligraphic masters shared their own experience and the latest achievements in this unique art. According to the organizers, the main goal of the event was to eliminate the ideas of hostility and war in people’s mind through art.

At the opening ceremony in Tehran, Hojatollah Ayubi, head of the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO, and other speakers stressed the importance of art in bringing nations together.

The Russian Federation was represented by Gulnaz Ismagilova (Kazan), Artur Pisarenko (Mozhga) and the employee of the Bulgarian Islamic Academy Amir Belyalov. It needs to be mentioned that Amir Belyalov has been practicing classical Arabic calligraphy since 2009. Previously he studied this art at the center of Arabic calligraphy "An-Namir" in Kazan, the Republic of Tatarstan where he gained his diploma in several calligraphy styles.

Albir Hazrat Krganov: “The situation with harmonization of interfaith relations is favorable, but the problem of lack of mosques must be solved”

February, 1st

Mufti Albir Hazrat Karganov participated in online-conference dedicated to the state of interfaith relations in Russia, which was held on February, the 1st in the international multimedia press-center of the"Rossiya Segodnia" agency within the framework of the World Interfaith Harmony Week.

The holding of the conference coincided with the beginning of the beginning of the World Interfaith Harmony Week which is celebrated in the first week of February every year at the initiative of the UN General Assembly.

In his opening remarks, Albir Hazrat Krganov recalled that the UN General Assembly decided to celebrate the World Interfaith Harmony Week back in 2010 at the suggestion of King of Jordan Abdullah II, and the 1st of February was also declared as World Hijab Day.

In his speech, the head of the Spiritual Assembly of Muslims of Russia touched upon one of the most important topics for the Russian Islamic Community- the necessity to find a solution to the problem of implementation the rights to freedom of religion, which is inextricably linked with meeting the needs of believers in the required number of prayer rooms and mosques. In fact, many Muslim religious organizations in a number of regions in the Russian Federation face various difficulties connected with allocating land for the construction of mosques, obtaining construction permits and so on. The Mufti gave an example of a high-profile case in Rostov, where the local authorities transferred the building of a historic mosque, which was founded 115 years ago, to a local jazz school. Similar issues still remain unresolved in Volgograd, Ulyanovsk, Stavropol, Kaliningrad, the Republic of Ossetia and some other regions.

Albir Hazrat also expressed his hope that before holding the Big World Conference on Inter-religious and Interethnic Dialogue which is going to take place in Russia in 2022 with the support of the UN, a final and positive decision will be made on the allocation of land for the construction of an interfaith cultural and educational social center of traditional religions. in Kommunarka on the territory of New Moscow.

“This decision of Moscow authorities would be deeply symbolic and correct in terms of demonstrating their constructive attitude towards representatives of various religions and nationalities. “We all - Muslims, Christians, Jews and Buddhists - have been waiting for it from Moscow Government for quite a long time,” said the Mufti.

In this case, Albir Hazrat also spoke about his participation in the grand opening of a new mosque, chapel and synagogue recently held in Makhachkala on the territory of the scientific and health complex "Zhuravli". The representatives of three traditional confessions opened together three temples of God which is considered to be a great example of strengthening interfaith relations in the Russian Federation. “Each patient now, during his rehabilitation, has an opportunity to pray in “his”, appropriate for his confession, prayer building without leaving the territory of the health complex , ”the Mufti noted.

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