Leaders of Palestine, Turkey and Russia made political statements in Moscow
A high-profile event for all the Muslims in Russia and across the whole world took place in Moscow yesterday. The grand Moscow’s mosque opened its doors on September 23, 2015. Many Muslims from Moscow and other Russian cities attended the opening ceremony. The importance of the event was demonstrated by the number of honoured guests invited to the ceremony.
Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, was the first to speak at the inauguration of the mosque. Mahmoud Abbas expressed his gratitude to the Russian president Vladimir Putin and the head of Muslim Religious Authority Rawil Gaynetdin for the invitation.
Palestinian leader also made some statements with regard to disorders at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem:
“We call on the international community to protect Muslim and Christian relics in Jerusalem and Palestine so that they are as secure as they were before the Palestinian territory was occupied by Israel. We want the acts of hostility against the mosque Al-Aqsa to be stopped. We strongly condemn any acts of the Israeli occupational authorities which aim at restricting Muslims to have any access to the sacred mosque Al-Aqsa,” – claimed the president of the Palestinian Authority.
The president of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan was the second to give a speech at the opening ceremony of the Grand mosque in Moscow.
In his speech, president Erdogan focused on the issue of refugees in Europe:
“We are very happy to see such a beautiful scene, but we cannot but admit that the situation in many parts of the world is far away from this. Unfair politics of Israel towards Palestine and disdain for Muslim relics lead the situation to a very dangerous direction. Refugees from Iraq, Egypt, Syria and Libya flooded to the borders of Europe in the hope to survive and to live in peace. We are witnessing very dramatic events and we are all to be ashamed for this… Everything that is going by the Mediterranean shores is on the conscience of the mankind,” declared the president of Turkey.
Vladimir Putin was the last to speak at the opening ceremony. He expressed gratitude to everyone who contributed to the mosque reconstruction.
The Russian president emphasized the importance of fighting nationalism and religious radicalization.
“Rejection of fundamentalism and radicalism has played a significant part on the way of fighting nationalism and religious extremism. It is even more important now when the attempts are made to take advantage of people’s religious feelings. We can see what is going on in the Middle East where the terrorist of the so called “Islamic State” bring discredit upon the world religion,” pointed out Vladimir Putin.