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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
January 26th, 2021
The head of the Spiritual Assembly of Muslims of Russia (the SAMR) Albir Hazrat Krganov participated in in the international scientific and practical conference "Inter-confessional Consent As the Key Factor for Post-Covid Rehabilitation and Spiritual Revival in Russia" which was held on January, 26, 2021 in Makhachkala, Dagestan. The event was hosted by scientific and educational complex "Zhuravli" and dedicated to the establishment of a new spiritual and educational center called "Unity".
Opening the conference, General Director of the "Zhuravli" complex Professor Magomed Magomedov stressed that this event precedes the start of the second stage of the All-Russian action "Glory to Doctors"
The conference was attended by the head of the Spiritual Assembly of Muslims of Russia Mufti Albir Hazrat Krganov. On behalf of the SAMR and the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation, Albir Hazrat gave a welcoming speech to the participants of the Conference and thanked the organizers for their significant contribution to the fields of medicine, healthcare and strengthening of interethnic relations in the country.
In his speech, he pointed out attentive attitude of the Russian government to the aspirations of Russian citizens, including religious organizations.
Albiz Hazrat noted that almost 200 nationalities live on the territory of the Russian Federation. They speak different languages, practice different religious traditions and, despite this, treat each other with great respect and they are always ready to help each other.
"Initially, our country was shaped as a multinational and multi-religious state, and the main goal was to strengthen this spiritual unity and to transfer these good relations, which has been developing for centuries, to the next generations. This is our sacred duty today", the Mufti said.
January 19th, 2021
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and High Representative of the UN Alliance of Civilizations Miguel Angel Moratinos have discussed preparations for holding a world-wide conference of the heads of state, parliamentarians and leaders of world religions on inter-cultural and inter-religious dialogue, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday following the meeting held the day before.
According to the ministry, "the talks focused on preparations for holding a world conference of the heads of state, parliamentarians and leaders of world religions on inter-cultural and inter-religious dialogue for the sake of the whole world and humanity which is going to be organized and held by the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Russia in May 2022 under the aegis of the United Nations".
Lavrov and Moratinos also discussed the alliance’s efforts in the field of strengthening inter-civilizational and inter-religious dialogue and conflict-prevention measures in civilizational, ethnic and confessional dimensions. "The importance of maintaining equitable co-existence of different civilizations and the unacceptability of spreading theories of the exclusiveness of any races and religion were emphasized during the meeting," the Foreign Ministry said.
In this context, Lavrov informed about the steps that Moscow is currently taking in this direction, including the annual adoption of the Russia-initiated resolution of the UN General Assembly entitled "Combating Glorification of Nazism, neo-Nazism and other Practices that Contribute to Fueling Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance".
January 20th , 2021
The head of the Spiritual Assembly of Muslims of Russia, Mufti Albir Hazrat Krganov, participated at the parliamentary hearings on the draft federal law "On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation Regarding the Regulation of Surrogacy Issues."
According to the draft law prepared by a group of deputies, surrogate mothers in Russia are allowed bear children only for Russian citizens or married people with a residence permit in Russia. The bill does not propose to prohibit the procedure of surrogacy itself; it only suggests prohibit the sale of children to foreigners through the procedure of surrogacy.
In his speech, Mufti Albir Hazrat Krganov noted that discussion of amendments to the current legislation demonstrates growing attention of the government to the problem of surrogacy in our country.
"As a religious figure, I would like to emphasize that Islam has a negative attitude towards such a phenomenon as surrogate motherhood considering it to be an assisted reproductive technology, and while applying this particular technology, three parties are involved in the process of conception and birth of a child", Mufti added.
Albir Hazrat Krganov also pointed out that surrogacy with the involvement of a third party must be prohibited, and it is necessary to adopt a special federal law regarding acceptable types of reproductive technologies with the participation of only a husband and a wife. At the same time, it is very important to understand certain moral and legislative limits of modern technological interference with the process of giving a human birth.
January 18th, 2021
Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the Government to consider the issue of organizing a simplified procedure for attracting labor migrants to construction sites until March 1, 2021. The list of instructions following the meeting of the State Council and the Presidential Council for Strategic Development and National Projects which was held last December is published on the Kremlin website. During this meeting, Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin said that the construction sites witness a lack of workers, including foreigners. President of the Tatarstan Republic Rustam Minnikhanov also complained about the shortage of workers at construction sites and asked the President to order the government to organize a targeted import of migrants to construction facilities.
“Taking into account earlier instructions given to the Government of the Russian Federation and the Commission of the State Council of the Russian Federation in the direction of "Construction, Housing and Utilities, Urban Environment", it is obligatory to consider the issue of simplified procedure for involvement of workers who are not citizens of the Russian Federation in construction and installation works. In order to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection, all sanitary and epidemiological requirements must be met.», the document says.
Previously it was reported that the Ministry of Construction of the Russian Federation proposes to simplify the conditions of entry to Russia for migrant workers. According to the ministry, the construction sector of the Russian Federation is experiencing a lack of labour force. One of the conditions to allow foreign labor to enter the country must be a negative result of test for COVID-19 received no earlier than three days before the date of entry.
January 9th 2021
Russian President Vladimir Putin was admired how carefully Muslims preserve Christian shrines, citing the example of the Umayyad Mosque in the Syrian capital Damascus where the relics of John the Baptist (prophet Yahya) are kept. The Russian leader noted that during his visit to the Orthodox Church in Damascus last year he managed to visit the Umayyad Mosque to see the relics of John the Baptist.
«It was quite unexpected for me to find out that the relics of John the Baptist are carefully preserved in the mosque and greatly revered in the Islamic world», said Putin in an interview for the film «No Room for Error. The Christmas Visit to Damascus» which was aired on the «Russia 1» TV Channel.
The President pointed out the close ties between Islam and Christianity. Both world religions are based on common moral, ethical and humanitarian values. Many Muslims, like Christians, contribute great respect to both Jesus Christ and John the Baptist. In this regard, Vladimir Putin praised the representatives of Islam for preserving Christian shrines in Syria.