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MOSCOW, August 18 (Itar-Tass) —— President Vladimir Putin congratulated Russia’s Muslims on the Uraza Bayram holiday, which marks the end of Ramadan.
“Over the centuries, this holiday has symbolised people's aspirations for moral perfection, charity and piety. The Muslim community in Russia harmoniously combines its religious life and a proactive public stand. The Spiritual Administration of Muslims is actively involved in discussions on the development of civil society and implements important charity projects. The construction of mosques and schools, improvement of the Islamic education system and preparation and organisation of pilgrimages are continuing. Cooperation with Muslims in the CIS and around the world is expanding and the interreligious dialogue remains constructive,” the president said in his message.
He noted “the significant contribution” made by “the fruitful and much needed work” of Muslim organisations to “the preservation and development of the rich ethnic and cultural traditions of the peoples of Russia and its centuries-old spiritual heritage”.
Putin wished Russian Muslims prosperity, health and success in good deeds.
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev also congratulated the chairmen of the Muslim boards of Russia on the Uraza Bayram holiday.
“This is one of the biggest holidays for Muslims all over the world. It is preceded by a period of spiritual improvement and care for the needy,” he said.
“Today, the Russian Ummah is undergoing a genuine revival. New mosques are being built; universities and madrasahs are being established. Importantly, the followers of traditional Islam are taking an active role in the public life of our multi-ethnic and multi-faith country. With their fruitful, beneficent and enlightening activities, they are promoting the preservation of civil peace and harmony in Russia,” the prime minister said.
He wished the chairmen of the Muslim boards of Russia and all Muslims “health, prosperity and all the best”.