Bolgar, Tatarstan. September 4, Interfax - The reaction of Russian Muslims participating in unauthorized protest rallies in support of their fellow believers from Myanmar has surprised religious leaders, Chairman of the Russian Council of Muftis Ravil Gainutdin told Interfax.
"Frankly, the response of our devout Muslims, who have always set an example of tolerance, patience, and obedience to the law, surprised representatives of spiritual authorities and high-ranking Muslim religious leaders," the mufti said.
On Sunday, an unauthorized Muslim rally took place near the Embassy of Myanmar on Bolshaya Nikitskaya Street. Its participants expressed concern about the events in that country. According to some reports, an unauthorized rally was also held in Makhachkala. Meanwhile, Gainutdin's associate, Muftis Council Co-Chair Nafigullah Ashirov, was among participants in the rally in Moscow.
In the meantime, it is necessary to comply with legal requirements while holding public events; otherwise, it could result in various provocations, the mufti said.
"This is why I call on my fellow believers to remain law-abiding, keep on praying and participate in authorized rallies held by Muslim religious leaders. And such rallies will take place. They are going to be aimed at providing both financial and humanitarian assistance in order to alleviate the plight of our Muslims living in Myanmar," he said.
The clergy has long been trying to draw attention to the situation in Myanmar, he said.
"All year, we have been drawing attention to the way that rights are being infringed, innocent women and children are being killed, genocide of Muslim people is continuing. The borders are closed and they would not let them out, while other countries aren't receiving them, and all of that is resulting in deaths, in a humanitarian disaster. This is inadmissible," Gainutdin said.