05 July 2016, 12:06
World should unite efforts in combating terrorism - Russian Supreme Mufti Tajuddin
Ufa, July 5, Interfax - Muslims of Russia call on the international community to unite its efforts as part of the fight against terrorism, Chairman of the Central Spiritual Muslim Board of Russia Talgat Tajuddin said at the Lyalya Tyulpan Mosque in Ufa, the capital of Russia's Bashkortostan Republic.
"As we condemn the likening of all Muslims to a bunch of terrorists who break the commandments of any faith, we call for inter-faith dialogue and cooperation to be promoted. We will be able to defeat terrorism and build a truly firm peace only if we act jointly," he said in his sermon marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan and the Eid al-Fitr (Uraza Bayram) holiday.
Even during the holiday "we should not forget what is now happening in the world, those terrible tragedies and terrorist acts," he said.
"These terrorist acts started to be staged already near the holy Prophet's Mosque. [...] We beseech the Almighty to bring the soonest possible restoration of peace, mutual understanding and stability in these long-suffering regions [of the Middle East]. And for this to happen, it is necessary to unite efforts of the entire international community," Tajuddin said.
A large number of countries and peoples, primarily in the Islamic world, are beginning to understand the need for joint steps and cooperation in order to combat international terrorism and maintain peace, he said.
"And Russia's role in this area is of a purely creative nature," he said.
"We are proud that our country regained its dignity and honor and was able to extend effective help to the fraternal people of Syria in repelling the unbridled aggression of international terrorism, as well as in rebuilding peace and trust on this long-suffering soil. Our soldiers act as guarantors of the truce even at the cost of their own lives and deliver humanitarian aid to this country's deprived and aggrieved civilians," he said.
The Eid al-Fitr (Uraza Bayram) holiday marks the end of Ramadan, the holy Islamic month of fasting.