Russian Muftis, scholars to meet in Moscow

Russian Muftis, Muslim scholars and political experts are planning to draft a practical guide to combat extremism and protect Islamic values.

Last Updated: May 25, 2012, 13:54 PM IST

Moscow: Russian Muftis, Muslim scholars and political experts from over 20 countries are planning to draft a practical guide to combat extremism and protect Islamic values.

The document drafted in the two-day conference here will denounce the use for evil purposes the Islamic terms "jihad" (the struggle with vices), "takfeer" (the accusation in non-belief) and "halifat" (the Islamic state system).

"This theological conclusion will have exclusive importance for Russian and foreign Muslims, because it will be based on the Islamic legal principle `ijma`," the forum organisers believe.

According to organisers, ordinary believers will be able to use this new document along with the spiritual leaders of Russian Muslims.

The spiritual manual should become the support for the prevention of the ideas of radicalism among the Muslims, the ideological struggle against extremists and the protection of peace and good neighbourly relations.

The heads of all central and regional Spiritual Muslim Directorates, as well as the chief executives from the regions of the North Caucasus and the Volga River Region were invited to attend the conference.

The International Union of Islamic Scholars is represented by Muftis, scientists and spiritual leaders from Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Yemen, Bahrain, Tunisia, Sudan, Jordan, Chad, Uzbekistan, Indonesia, Turkey, Iraq, Malaysia and Iran.

The International Centre Al Wasatia (Kuwait), the scientific and educational centre Al Wasatia - Moderation (Russia) and the International Union of Islamic Scholars, which brings together most Islamic scholars, organised the forum.

The Foundation of the Support for the Islamic Culture, Science and Education and the Ahmat-Khadzhi Kadyrov Foundation assist to the forum.

PTI