Russian consulate holds photo exhibition on ‘Muslims in Russia’
A galaxy of invitees, including the UAE consul general Sohai, diplomats from a number of other countries, journalists, businessmen, etc, were excited to see muslims praying in their mosqies, in Moscow, in Kazan,.Mai Kop and Ufa, various areas in the Russian federation.
In fact the Grand mufti of muslims in Russian federation was shown discussing religious affairs with other people.
An Islamic University in Russia ,located on a hill top in Moscow was a delight for those who thought muslims were treated badly in the Russian federation , an impression, persisting for long, and strengthened by the former Soviet Union occupation of Afghanistan .
A Kufi Quran was prominently displayed and so was the religious independence in the Chechen state, where muslims fought against the Moscow regime after USSR split into several states after the Afghanistan war. Muslims men and women were shown celebrating eidul fitr festival, and keeping fasts, and praying in mosques.
The consul general informed his guests that Russia is a multi-religious country,.The vast majority of the population is orthodox Christian. Muslims are second largest religious community. According to an assessment, Muslims constituted 20 percent of the total population of the country, Andrey said.
He said “we in Russia attach very serious importance to inter-religious harmony between jews, Buddhists, animists, Catholics, etc We consider muslims as an integral part of our society.
They are indigenous inhabitant of our country. They are not migrants” he proudly announced.
He said the supreme Mufti of Russian is one of the informal advisers of the President of his country. He is member of the governing body of the ruling party.It was delight to see such pictures.
Only a day earlier, the Saudi consul general Faleh Mohammad Al –Ruhaili held a grand reception at a local hotel to celebrate nation day day of the Kingdom , which is the holiest place for the muslims of the world with Makkah and Medina and Masjid-e-Nabwi, and the last resting place of the Holy Prophet (PBUH).
Governor,Isratul Ebad, chief minister Qaim Ali Shah, speaker, Sindh assembly Nisrak Khuhro and a number of ministers and parliamentarians leading businessmen, media elite, senior journalists, and a huge number of people attended.
There were religious scholars, professors and intellectuals. It was a grand assembly.