Russian Muslims celebrate Eid al-Fitr.Ermakov Dmitry/ Moscow agency
Russian President Vladimir Putin has congratulated Russian Muslims on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr - a religious holiday that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan - the Kremlin press service said on July 5.
"Russian Muslims, by relying on centuries-old religious, historical and cultural traditions, widely celebrate this holiday - both in their communities and with friends and family. During these days, people usually summarize spiritual achievements during the fast and attend to those who needs help," Putin said.
"Today, we witness how fully the Russian Muslim Ummah lives: mosques are built, the Bulgarian Islamic Academy was founded, universities and madrasas are established, the system of Islamic education and Muslims’ pilgrimage to holy sites is being improved. Cooperation is expanded with muftis from CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) countries and foreign coreligionists," the Russian president continued.
Putin also noted the considerable contribution the Muslim community makes to developing inter-ethnic and inter-religious dialogue, to actively facilitating cooperation with state and public structures in matters of charity and education. "Such fruitful, multifaceted activities enjoy the support of the whole society, contributes to maintaining civil peace and accord in the country," the president concluded.
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