MOSCOW, September 24. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has congratulated the country’s Muslims with Eid al-Adha religious holiday, the Kremlin press service reported on Thursday.
The Russian president expressed hope that "Russian Muslims will be able to continue participating in the country’s life in full measure, facilitate the development of inter-national and inter-religious dialogue, strengthening of peace and accord in the society."
"This holiday that celebrates the end of Hajj — the pilgrimage of Muslims to ancient holy places, brings people closer, involves them into centuries-old religious, spiritual and historical traditions of their predecessors," the president said in his congratulation.
"It is encouraging that the life of Russia’s Muslim community is actively developing, fills with meaningful initiatives in the spheres of culture and education, charity and bringing up the younger generation," Putin stressed. "New mosques and madrasas are being built, the system of religious education is being improved. I will note that this year, thousands of Muslims will celebrate Eid al-Adha in the Moscow Grand Mosque which has been reborn today," he added.