The 1100th anniversary of the adoption of Islam by Volga Bulgaria in Tatarstan —

Eight volumes of Islam in the Russian Federation, the foundation of a new cathedral mosque in Kazan, a Russian-speaking online madrassah and a signature logo. This is just some of the themes that were discussed this year at a meeting of the Republican Organizing Committee to prepare and celebrate the 1100and anniversary of the official adoption of Islam by Volga Bulgaria. The event took place in the living room of the Kazan Kremlin. Read more in Realnoe Vremya’s report.

From Fair Mosque in Nizhny Novgorod at the Bolgar outpost of Ulyanovsk

Half an hour before the meeting, many muftis and their deputies crowded the hall, but the cameras also caught the Metropolitan of Kazan and Tatarstan, His Grace Kirill, who was accompanied by the vice-head of the apparatus of the President of Tatarstan, Alexander Terentyev. The guests soon went to the second floor for the midday prayer.

Tatarstan Mufti Hazrat Kamil Samigullin found Makkah on a huge globe standing there and turned it so that the holy city was in front of carpets, which meant that he would pray in that direction.

President of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov chaired the meeting. In addition, Tatarstan State Council Chairman Farid Mukhametshin, Deputy Director of the Russian Presidential Office for Domestic Policy Anatoly Vylegzhanin and Russian Deputy Culture Minister Olga Yarilova were part of the panel along with the President. Olga Yarilov is the executive secretary of the federal organizing committee of the holiday created last year. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin headed it, while Minnikhanov heading the Republican Organizing Committee became his deputy.

“The adoption of Islam by Volga Bulgaria in 922 as the official religion predetermined the formation of a unique Russian civilization that connected Western and Eastern traditions in many ways,” the President of Tatarstan stressed and reminded the audience that it had become a tradition to celebrate the adoption of Islam. in 1989 thanked Mufti Talgat Tajuddin.

As Yarilova said, the list of key events includes a total of 71 projects

Minnikhanov said that the Holy Bolgar Congress, KazanSummit 2022, the Russian Tatar Religious Forum, the foundation of a Cathedral Mosque complex in honor of the 1100and anniversary, exhibitions, conferences, round tables will become unmissable events. As Yarilova said, the list of key events includes a total of 71 projects, most of which will take place in Tatarstan.

As Tatarstan Deputy Prime Minister Vasil Shaykhraziyev added, major projects include building a road to Bolgar and repairing the local river station, opening a new Russian Islamic University complex in Ufa, work on the Fair Mosque in Nizhny Novgorod, the opening of the Bulgarian outpost in Ulyanovsk Oblast, the completion of the restoration of the Muhammadia Mosque, the festival of Russian national literature , the question of manuscripts from the Bulgarian era, the Muslim theologians who wrote before the revolution as well as an eight-volume dictionary Islam in the Russian Federation. to speak Russian

At the start of his speech, Hazrat Kamil separately thanked Minnikhanov for persuading authorities in Saudi Arabia to allow Russian Muslims vaccinated with the Sputnik V vaccine to enter the country for the pilgrimage during a meeting of the Group of strategic vision of the Russian and Islamic world over which he presides in November. . In addition, he reported that the Muslim Religious Directorate of Tatarstan has already started the year of celebration with the January Russian Muslim Forum in Bolgar.

Among the events that will take place later, the mufti singled out the creation of a Russian version of an online medersa, which is already available in Tatar.

50,000 people registered on the site, of which 400 completed the courses. Mufti called it an “alternative to radical online platforms”

“We understood that Tatar content would reduce viewership a priori,” Hazrat Kamil said. “But the online platform and mobile application turned out to be in such demand that not only citizens of Tatarstan, Russia, but also CIS countries, Australia, the United States and even China began to study.”

50,000 people registered on the site, of which 400 completed the courses. Mufti called it “an alternative to radical online platforms”. After that, he said that a Quran with the Kazan printing based on the authentic letterpress printing of 1803 would be printed in Kazan in 2022.

In addition, Khuzur TV, which is run by the Muslim Religious Directorate of Tatarstan, continues to shoot a film about the journey of Ahmad Ibn Fadlan, he was an Arab writer who visited Volga Bulgaria in 922. Now episodes crowd are shot. The film is shot not only in Tatarstan but also in Mashad (Iran), Bukhara (Uzbekistan), Astrakhan Oblast.

Prior to the meeting, the Management launched a project on the creation of a handwritten Quran by calligraphers. Shaimiyev recalled this at the end of the meeting and noted that the largest Quran stored in Bulgarian was created by calligraphers from the Vatican – the demand for them is so high.

Director of Khuzur publishing house, Rishat Khamidullin presented the logo for the whole event

In addition, Deputy Mufti of Information Policy, Director of Khuzur Publishing House, Rishat Khamidullin presented the logo of the entire event. Last February, the Direction announced a competition, then decided to make its own variant based on the two best works.

“Our veterans then wept and prayed”

In general, almost all attendees of the event delivered a prepared speech and presentation. For example, the mufti of the Religious Council of Muslims of Russia, Albir Krganov, recalled that he had just arrived at the small minaret and Lake Rabiga with a group of veterans in 1989:

“Our veterans then wept and prayed. If only we could show them Bolgar now!

Albir Krganov recalled that he had just arrived at the small minaret and Lake Rabiga with a group of veterans in 1989

The head of the Russian Muslim Religious Directory Ravil Gaynutdin (who had not been seen in Kazan after his letter against Kamil Samigullin) was represented by his deputy Damir Mukhetdinov. He pointed out that according to the proposal of his boss, Russian President Vladimir Putin decided to celebrate the 1100and anniversary and said his organization was ready to host events “from Sakhalin to Kaliningrad”.

Mufti of Bashkortostan Hazrat Aynur Birgalin tried to jump on the bandwagon and said from his seat:

“I don’t know, we didn’t have time to submit applications for the celebration for some reason, maybe we missed that moment. I express the willingness of the Muslim Religious Directorate of the Republic to also submit applications in case.

Also, he offered to include a fragment of Ibn Fadlan’s trip to modern Bashkortostan in the film about him.

“We probably did not manage to consider everything,” noted the President of Tatarstan. “We will include offers at the Republican, Federal level. We don’t see the full picture yet.

In addition, the chairman of the Muslim religious leadership of the Asian part of Russia, Nafigulla Ashirov, addressed the president and asked him to take care of Siberian mosques, especially in Tomsk where there was once a distiller of vodka.

Only the speech of the President of the Central Directorate of Muslim Religions, Talgat Tajuddin, exceeded the allotted time. He reminded the audience of his role in the celebration, referred to the events in Kazakhstan but devoted most of his speech to today’s issue:

“Radicals raise such questions, for example, the New Year has come. It’s done, that’s all. No, they say, “It’s not our party, it’s a Christian party. Why should we celebrate it? Where are you going?’ Should we consider life? We start each day with a prayer and pray each night, five times. Orthodox Christians do the same.

Mintimer Shaimiyev has traditionally viewed the event in a broad context

Tatarstan State Councilor Mintimer Shaimiyev has traditionally viewed the event in a broad context.

“This is an important step,” noted Tatarstan’s first president. “The fact that President Putin made such a decision has huge positive implications for the achievement of interfaith harmony. It is very important and very promising.

“You have to take advantage of this event locally,” Shaimiyev said. “Here we will do it, since we started. But the work must be done locally. It is impossible to speak the same language regarding the location of the mosque, the coexistence of the mosque and the church in some areas, it is shameful to raise such questions. The whole Muslim world should come together to solve important and less important problems.

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