Rushan Abbyasov: Sunnis and Shias get on well in Russia
As reported by RIA “Novosti”, the deputy chairman of the Council of Muftis of Moscow region Rushan Abbyasov claimed that the relations within Russian Muslim communities are developing very well, no matter whether they are Sunni or Shia.
“Both Sunnis and Shias pray in our mosques. Moreover, we have Shia communities under our jurisdiction registered in the Russian Council of Mufties. With regard to this, we cooperate with each other very well. We do not have any difficulties,” he said.
In the words of Abbyasov, Shia Muslims attend mosques and pray along with Sunni Muslims which means that they get on well with each other.
The representative of the Council of Muftis noted that some interested parties make attempt to politicise various situations and achieve their mercenary goals. Terrorists of the “Islamic State” (forbidden in Russia) try to unleash religious conflicts.
Rushan Abbyasov pointed out that representatives of different Islam branches closely interact with each other.
“We closely cooperate with the Religious Council of Muslims in Azerbaijan,” he said.
About 10-20 percent of all the Muslims in the world are Shia. Shias represent the majority of the population in the countries such as Azerbaijan, Bahrain and Iran. As for Russia, there are Shias in Dagestan. Most of the Azerbaijanis living in Russia are also Shias.