Moscow: Saudis want mosque in Moscow, Russians want Church in Riyadh

King of Saudi Arabia has initiated construction of a mosque and Islamic cultural center in Moscow.

"If Russian authorities allocate a parcel of land, then Saudi Arabia will finance the building," Head of Foreign Department at the Russian Muftis Council Rushan Abbyasov told

He went on to say that, the question of building a mosque was discussed in the Moscow meeting of the Chair of the Russian Muftis Council Ravil Gainutdin, with the Saudi Ambassador Ali Hassan Jafar.



Representatives of Orthodox public organizations addressed the King of Saudi Arabia an open letter with a request to build an Orthodox Church in his country.

The address, conveyed to
Interfax-Religion, was initiated after the Saudi Kingdom announced its plans to build a mosque in Moscow.

"You often say that Islam is a religion of justice. However, if Saudi Arabia builds mosques in dozens of Christian countries, isn't it just to build a church for Christians living in Your Kingdom!" the letter says.

To support their words the authors quoted Chairman of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue Jean-Louis Cardinal Tauran who said that "if Muslims believe it right to have a great striking mosque in Rome, than it is right for Christians to build a church in Riyadh."



Co-chairman of Russian Mufti Council Nafigullah Ashirov has recognized the right of Saudi Arabia not to let Christians to Mecca and Medina, though Christians have the right to build their own church in the country.

He told this to an
Interfax-Religion correspondent commenting on the address of Russian Orthodox public figures to the Saudi king with the request to observe the rights of Christian living in Arabia.

"We can't give instructions that contradict the acting laws of other country, no matter if it is America, Great Britain or Israel. My personal opinion is inseparable from acting laws," the Mufti said.

"If Christians can visit Mecca and Medina or not - this question doesn't fall within my province, but it is an absolutely different country, they have their own leaders and laws. Israel also has its own laws: for example, people under 45 are not allowed to Al-Aqsa Mosque, it is their country, and they decided such wise. There is a country – there is a law, the laws should be respected and stick to," he went on to say.

Ashirov believes, when the number of Orthodox believers in Saudi Arabia will reach such a level that they could organize their own community, "there will be no problems with building an Orthodox Church in Saudi Arabia."


Sources: Interfax 1, 2, 3 (English)


nunya said...

Good luck with the Church in Saudi Arabia. I don't see it happening.

Anonymous said...

Islam is the only Religion currently legislated for all humanity and the Jinn. Islam superceeded all previous religions, therefore only Islamically legislated places of worship should be constructed and maintained. There is no other religion but Islam everything else is a form of rejection of true religion.

Mark Tapson said...

RP, thanks for being honest about your lack of tolerance, contempt for diversity, and anti-Western bigotry. Assertions like yours help remind us infidels exactly who and what we're dealing with.

A Muslim said...

Big Shaker, Here we are discussing the true religion. What RP has commented is in this regard. Do not be close minded and read more than what is being conveyed.

Daphne said...

There is no true religion. There are different religions with different opinions. Democracy has tried to accommodate these divergent views. In some cases successfully. But democracy is anathema to islam. They are only interested in their insular religion and block out any form of democracy. Instead of democratic laws islam offers allah's/Muhammads laws.
These are totally unacceptable and by insisting on AllahsMuhammads laws muslims are alienating people.
If muslims do not wish to accept democratic laws then they should not live in democratic countries.

Mark Tapson said...

A Muslim,

You're calling ME close-minded? RP's comment about "the true religion" is not an abstract theological statement; it's in the context of an article about Saudi Arabia's refusal to allow churches to be built within its borders and is thus an affirmation of their intolerance.

Not only that, but RP specifically extends this intolerance to all of humanity, and asserts, in accordance with Islam, that no other places of worship should be built or maintained.

I think it's pretty clear who is being close-minded.

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