» 05/30/2011, 00.00
RUSSIA - ISLAM
Closure of an important Islamic centre. Moscow seeks control of Islam
The Supreme Court ordered the Centre linked to the Council of muftis, to cease all activities. According to analysts and members of the Centre, the Kremlin wants to bring the Muslim community under the control of a single organization loyal to the state.
Moscow (AsiaNews) – According to analysts administrative irregularities, but also political motives are behind the Supreme Court decision to close, a popular Islamic organization with offices throughout Russia last week. They also maintain that the closure of the Centre for Islamic culture is linked to the Kremlin's desire to bring the large Muslim community in the country under the control of a single organisation loyal to the state.
On 25 May, the Supreme Court upheld the Ministry of Justice decision to close the center for "multiple violations of financial regulations." "This is a bureaucratic order given by people who want a puppet representatives for Muslims," the leader and founder , Abdul-Wahid Niyazov, told Russian media. He explained how documentation submitted by the Ministry for Justice was obtained under pressure from the Security Service (FSB), the notorious Russian secret services. Niyazov added that several directors of the Centre resigned following threatening phone-call by the FSB. The intention now is to take the case to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.
Given the public arm of the Council of muftis - one of four organizations representing Russian Muslims - the Centre for Islamic Culture held exhibitions, press conferences, seminars and conferences with religious authorities. Its closure has been greeted positively by the 'rival' Muftis body of the whole of Russia, established last December with the active support of the Kremlin. According to the president of that organism, Mukhammedgali Khuzin, the Centre was also damaging to the community and interfaith dialogue, but he added no further explanation.
Alexander Soldatov, journalist, expert on religion columnist for the site portalcredo.ru, the central government did not appreciate the Centre’s initiative in organizing a mass prayer inside and outside the central mosque in Moscow in November on the feast of Eid al -Adha. "Immediately after that event - Soldatov said - the Kremlin was frightened and established the body of Muftis in direct competition with the Council." Also, the Council is the main promoter of the construction of new mosques in the capital - where there are four - to meet the needs of the growing Muslim community. But both the city administration, the federal government does not seem willing to give up, especially after clashes between ethnic Russian Christians and Caucasians Muslims which erupted in the city in December.
Attack on Christians in Russian Caucasus
Three churches in Karachayevo-Cherkessia set on fire, but Muslims are being targeted too: Imam killed in Dagestan. Attempts to "destabilize the inter-religious peace."
16/04/2008 RUSSIA â€“ ISLAM
Moscow patriarch responds to 138 Muslim scholars
In a letter published on the Moscow Patriarchate website, Aleksij II lays out the ground for a possible dialogue with Islam, namely the need to face common challenges that require joining forces. At the same time he insists that in any exchange the identity of each participant must be respected so as to avoid the danger of syncretism.
13/06/2011 RUSSIA - ISLAM
Dagestan, dean of an Islamic university killed. Remembered by Russian Church
He was a Sufi Muslim. Moscow Patriarchate: Sadikov was a "good friend" now the state and the nation will help the Muslim Ummah to reject extremism.
Metropolitan appreciates Vatican gestures, pledges support in fight against terrorism
22/11/2011 RUSSIA - ISLAM
The Kremlin allocates 32 million dollars for Islamic education
President Medvedev says it is "important" to train experts in Muslim history and culture and integrate Islamic educational system with the state. In Russia, 96 Islamic educational institutions and 7 universities.
POLAND - CHINA - WYD
Beijing's tricks and violence to stop Chinese youth from reaching WYD
Vincenzo Faccioli Pintozzi
The government yesterday blocked a group of 50 young pilgrims who had already boarded a plane bound for Krakow. Interrogated for hours by immigration, they were "admonished" and sent home with orders not to contact anyone abroad. Meanwhile, "young Chinese Catholics" hang around central World Youth Day locations in groups of five or six, with the task of spying on fellow countrymen. They work for cultural institutes or Chinese companies in Poland.
ISLAM - EUROPE
Fr Samir: Islamic terror in France and Germany a crisis of integration, but above all of politics
Samir Khalil Samir
The kidnapping and murder of a priest near Rouen (France) and the various attacks in Würzburg, Munich, Ansbach (Germany) were carried out by young people, who were indoctrinated with ease. Germany was a model for the integration of refugees. But radical Islam cannot be assimilated. It is supported by Saudi Arabia and Qatar. There is no other road other than integration. But we must tell the truth: the Koran contains elements of war and violence. Western politicians suffer from ignorance and a loss of all moral sentiment.
23/07/2016 POLAND - VATICAN - WYD
26/07/2016 POLAND - CHINA - WYD
26/07/2016 ISLAM - EUROPE
23/07/2016 INDIA - AFGHANISTAN
27/07/2016 EGYPT â€" TURKEY
AsiaNews IS ALSO A MONTHLY!
AsiaNews monthly magazine (in Italian) is free.