21 Aug 2018 09:37

Russian chief mufti urges int'l community to send relief to Syria

UFA. Aug 21 (Interfax) - Central Muslim Spiritual Board chairman and Russian Chief Mufti Talgat Tadzhuddin has called on the international community to provide humanitarian aid to Syria.

"We are calling on all peoples and countries of the world, primarily Arab and Muslim countries, to extend humanitarian aid to the people of Syria who have suffered from the atrocities of international terrorism and also refugees who are returning to their home country," he said during a sermon on the occasion of Eid al-Adha, the Muslim holiday, also known as the "Festival of Sacrifice", at the Lala Tulpan (Tulip in Bloom) mosque in Ufa on Tuesday.

The Muslim community takes pride in the fact that "our country has been providing genuine assistance to the fraternal people of Syria in order to repel the aggression of terrorism and restore peaceful life on this land," he said.

The Russian chief mufti also criticized those who apply double standards and "try to take advantage of any occasion to pit peoples and states against each other; those who, while welcoming the fight against terrorism, are using it only in their own interests."

He also called on the Muslim community to pray for peace, calm, and prosperity of Russia, adding that the state's development and prosperity largely depend "on the spiritual and moral state of each family."