Russia: 'Moderate Islam' org to open branch

Russia: 'Moderate Islam' org to open branch

The Kuwaiti organization, Moderate Islam, is to open a branch in Russia to explain the canons of true, traditional Islam, Ismail Berdiyev, chairman of the Coordinating Center for the North Caucasus Muslims, told the press.

"The Kuwaiti Religion Minister said at a recent meeting of the Muslim leaders of countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States, that the Emir of Kuwait has set up an organization, Moderate Islam, which professes traditional Islam and advocates moderation in everything without going into extremes," Berdiyev said.

"We have agreed with the federal government that this organization will set up a branch here in Russia and explain the true values of Islam. When people learn what the traditional and true religion is about, they will not be so easily entangled into a sect," he said.

The emergence of such an organization is long overdue, said Karachayevo-Cherkessia's presidential commissioner for religious organizations Yevgeny Kratov.

"Many engage in destructive activities under the cover of traditional Islam. The emergence of a serious organization, that would consistently distinguish between the traditional religion and others, is definitely important and promising for our society. I hope Berdiyev's visit will yield serious positive results in the near future," Kratov said.

Source: Interfax (English)

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