Muftis demand Moscow retracts mosque warnings

Moscow Muslims have demanded that the Russian government retracts a warning saying 'terrorists' could be in mosques.

Muftis demand Moscow retracts mosque warnings

World Bulletin / News Desk

A group of Moscow muftis is demanding that the city authorities officially retract a warning about potential suicide bombers’ unusual behavior in mosques.

Mufti Hazrat Gizatullin, the deputy head of the official Muslim organization for European Russia, said in an interview with Izvestia daily that representatives of his organization intended to send an official protest to the Moscow city Department Of Interethnic And Inter-Religious Cooperation.

The move was prompted by several district councils posting a document on their websites in which they detailed signs that could indicate preparations for attacks.

“Suicide bombers can be distinguished in mosques by their more exalted behavior, close to meditation, by a deeper immersion into religious ecstasy. Besides, the mosques can be meeting places for members of terrorist cells. One can always stay for a night in a mosque or strike a deal with other persons unsuspecting about the real goals behind such contacts,” the warning reads.

City officials explained that the text provided by the Federal Security Service was in line with the strategy developed at the session of the joint counter-terrorist workgroup that took place in late December last year.

By the agency’s request the text was also placed on billboards in public places.

Last Mod: 23 Ocak 2014, 17:26
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