2015-10-19 10:17:00

Russia's motivation for protection of the oppressed is stronger than ISIS calling for jihad against us, Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin believes

Moscow, October 19, Interfax - Jihad of the so-called Islamic State against Russia is doomed to failure as Moscow's motivation for war in the Middle East is stronger than Islamists' reasons, the Russian Orthodox Church official believes.

As was reported, representative of the banned in Russia group Islamic State Abu Muhammad al-Adnani urged Muslims of all the world to join jihad against Russians and Americans. He cited the statement made by the head of the Synodal Department for Church and Society Relations Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin that Russia's actions in Syria is the holy struggle.

"It is not the first time that someone declares jihad against Russia and victory is always ours," Father Vsevolod told Interfax-Religion commenting the extremist call.

The priest stressed that "Russia doesn't consider it (operation in Syria - IF) a religious war" as "many Muslims are on our side" and expressed hope that response to Vladimir Putun's and Nursultan Nazarbayev's initiative to call a forum Islam Against Terrorism will reflect it.

"But to struggle against terror today we need supreme motivation - spiritual, moral, based on the ideas of true peace, which is just peace. And we have it. We are motivated better than allies of the pseudo-Islamic extremism," church official believes.

Our motivation, he further said, lays in foundation of both Orthodox Christian and traditional Islam teaching. "We have to protect the oppressed, the exiled, subjected to genocide our brothers and sisters. This motivation is much stronger than western struggle "for democracy and market," than pseudoreligious reflections of the extremists," he said.

He also said that some defeatists and pacifists in Russia stand against anti-terrorist struggle. "They can't speak on behalf of true Christianity and I think true Islam as well. They don't think about truth, but only about preserving their everyday comfort, their miserable lives in rose-colored spectacles," Father Vsevolod believes.

"However, threatening course of history doesn't leave them any chance. It is impossible to go on eating hamburgers and not to think about anything at all as it was impossible to drink German beer in 1942. Mobilization of people's will becomes powerful reality. It is impossible to stop it neither in blogs nor in cabinets," the priest said.