Russia: Muftis call to boycott Dutch flowers

Russia: Muftis call to boycott Dutch flowers

Muslim Spiritual Directorate of the Nizhny Novgorod Region urged their believers to boycott goods from Holland in response to the movie coming in the country and insulting, as muftis believe, Prophet Muhammad's wives.

"To respond such an offence, Muslims of the world have decided to boycott goods made in Holland and film authors and an MP will bear responsibility for all consequences of this action," Deputy Head of the Regional Mufti Council on educational work Abdulbari Muslimov said in his address.

The author noted that Holland tulips and roses are very popular in Russia as many people buy them for February 23 and March 8.

"However, we have to find a substitute for this pleasant habit as our religion urge us to do good and correct evil," Muslimov said.

According to him, a legal method of "correcting evil" is "a boycott of goods, public criticism and prayer for correction." The Muftis representative urged Muslims not to buy "even a gram of goods "made in Holland" and lift prayers "to correct madmen who desecrate religious shrines."

However, when an Interfax correspondent asked the author to specify what film he opposes, he was at a loss and repeated it was about the Prophet's wives.


Head of the Coordinating Center of the Muslims of the North Caucasus Ismail Berdiyev is ironic about the appeal to boycott Holland flowers made by the Nizhny Novgorod muftis.

"When I heard that Muslims from the Nizhniy Novgorod Region urged not to buy flowers from Holland, I thought they have started growing tulips themselves," Mufti Berdiyev told Interfax-Religion.


Berdiyev noted that "to declare a boycott, you have to do something yourself."

"Thus, we can come to deport chief coach of Russian national team Guus Hiddink," the interviewee of the agency said.

According to him, if the movie, opposed by Muslims from the Nizhny Novgorod Region, really insults Islam and feelings of the believers "it should be nipped in the bud."

"However, those who grow flowers have nothing to do with it. You should address those who insults," Berdiyev said.

Source: Interfax 1, 2 (English)

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