09 September 2009, Wednesday, 22:04
author: Eugene Rakhimkulov
Chairman of the Clerical Muslim Dept RB, Mufti Nurmuchamet Nigmatullin held the meeting with the students, leaving for Cairo to the International Islamic University Al-Azkhar, today. Chairman of the committee on religious affairs under Government RB Vyacheslaw Pyatkov, representatives of Mufti Council and directors of the Republican madrasahs were present at the meeting too.
“Before the beginning of a new training course abroad I want to warn you that no matter where you stay, you should remember that our own culture, traditions and understanding of Islam are peculiar for our region” – the Mufti said – “So I wish you successful training first and I’d like to warn you against unreasonable new movements, alien to our culture, which you will definitely face soon”.
“We’d like that going abroad you will always remember that you are Muslims of Russia” – Vyacheslaw Pyatkov said, greeting the students – “You mustn’t forget what does Islam in reality mean and what do our culture and our motherland mean. Bashkortostan today is the evident example how the representatives of different religions and nations can live side by side in peace and harmony. Representatives of 130 nationalities inhabit our Republic, 22 religious directions work here freely. No one tries to impose his beliefs on another one; everybody remains free in his choice. Unfortunately such peaceful situation can be observed far fr om everywhere. Although we live in the 21st century there are the places where the blood pours under the coverage of religious dogmas and the sad events in the Middle East and in the North Caucasus can serve the examples of that”.
The deputy chairman of the Clerical Muslim Dept RB Ruslan Sayakhov says the demand in qualified specialists with religious education in the Republic remains very high. At present time more than 900 mosques function in Bashkortostan and the future mosque on Salavat Ulaev Avenue has to become the highest mosque in the country. The need in pedagogues of madrasahs and secular schools, where pupils get to know the basics of religious sciences, also remains high and the Mufti Council itself needs to increase the number of its employees. “We need the people, who will raise spirituality both in cities and regions of Bashkortostan” – Ruslan Sayakhov said – “and we expect this demand will grow up in the future”.