02 March 2022, 20:39
Leading Russian muftis support military operation in Ukraine
Moscow, March 2, Interfax - The leaders of the Muslim community of Russia came out in support of the special military operation of Russia in Ukraine and said they were praying for the understanding of the Ukrainian leadership.
"This is a justified, forced measure. When Nazism and fascism are reviving next to us, when the West is even trying to set its own brothers against each other, it is impossible to consider it normal. If there is a threat that missiles will be able to reach the capital of our Motherland in five to seven minutes, and even to Ufa, Kazan, and other Russian cities, who will tolerate this!" the head of the Central Spiritual Muslim Board of Russia Talgat Tajuddin told Interfax on Wednesday.
In his opinion, the current military operation in Ukraine is "actually a compulsion to peace."
In turn, the head of the Coordination Center of Muslims of the North Caucasus, Ismail Berdiyev, told Interfax that war is always bad and that no normal person will be happy that there is a war. "But what is happening now in Ukraine is already a forced measure," the mufti stressed.
"We pray that our military will return to their home alive, and we ask the Almighty to give prudence to the Ukrainian side, so that it lays down its arms and peace comes," Mufti Berdiyev said.
According to the head of the Spiritual Assembly of Muslims of Russia Albir Krganov, Muslims have watched with pain what has been happening in recent years in "fraternal Ukraine". "We empathize with the Ukrainian people and understand that now is a very difficult time for them," he continued. "But we have not forgotten what atrocities were committed there by ultranationalists, who, for example, burned people alive."
"We would not like this to be transferred to our territory, but there were all the prerequisites for this, preparations were underway, and Ukraine was being prepared as a springboard for an attack on our country," the mufti told Interfax.
He also called the special operation in Ukraine a forced measure, since "no others worked there, and we were not heard."