Moscow, August 21, Interfax - Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has congratulated the leaders of Russia's Muslim spiritual boards on the Eid al-Adha Islamic holiday, which is also known as the Festival of Sacrifice, the government said on its website on Tuesday.
"This day is filled with the fairest feelings and expectations for all of the Muslims. It symbolizes graciousness and calls for kindness and mutual respect, loyalty to centuries-old traditions, and also respect for the elderly, because the continuity of generations is something that has united Muslims in Russia for centuries," Medvedev said in his greetings on the occasion of Eid al-Adha.
New creative ideas and initiative appear in the life of the Muslim community every year, he said.
"Awareness raising and educational work, including among the youth, is ongoing. Charity work is being revived, the religious education system is being updated, and new mosques are being built. An ever growing number of worshippers undertake pilgrimages to Muslim holy sites. All this confirms that you have been working hard and non-stop," Medvedev said.
"I highly assess our interaction with the Muslim Spiritual Board of Russia. We support your involvement in our country's public life. We see it as the foundation for interethnic and interfaith dialogue. And we certainly welcome your efforts to counter religious extremist and intolerance," he said.