30 October 2020, 18:01
Russian mufti condemns attacks on innocent people, calls on Muslims to be above those who slander Islam
Moscow, October 30, Interfax - Ravil Gainutdin, the head of the Spiritual Directorate of Muslims of Russia, has called on Muslims not to give in to the provocations of those who publish and support Prophet Muhammad cartoons.
"It is impossible to shake the greatness and holiness of Islam with cartoons, insults, films [...] Condemning the base actions associated with the dissemination of insulting cartoons, let's not stoop to the level of ignorant people, but let's keep our dignity, let's emphasize the greatness of Islam with noble and reasonable actions," Gainutdin said in an address published on the website of the Spiritual Directorate of Muslims of Russia on Friday.
He strongly condemned the recent attacks on innocent people and said he shares French citizens' grief, anger, and lack of acceptance.
At the same time, Gainutdin said he finds the publication and reproduction of insulting Prophet Muhammad cartoons to be "a massive provocation."
He said he is deeply disappointed with the position of the French authorities, who have chosen a path of "directly insulting their citizens" and believers worldwide. "Disparagement of Islam and all Muslim people was manifested to all mankind at the highest level," Gainutdin said.
An Islamist with a knife attacked people in the Notre Dame basilica in Nice, France at 9:00 a.m. local time on Thursday. According to the most recent information, three people, a guard and two women, were killed and several were wounded. The attacker was detained. He was wounded and hospitalized.
Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi said the attack was carried out by a radicalized Muslim who was shouting "Allahu akbar" even when he was being provided with medical assistance after his detention. "We need to eradicate Islamic fascism on the entire territory of the country at any cost," Estrosi said.
The French police also shot and killed a man who was armed with a knife and was shouting "Allahu akbar" in Avignon on Thursday.
In the meantime, a 16-year-old boy tried to set fire to the building of a local police station using a Molotov cocktail in Kukmor, Tatarstan, in the early hours of Friday. While being detained, he stabbed a police officer several times and was shot dead by the police. A source said he called the police "unfaithful" and shouted "Allahu akbar!" when attacking them.