Mawlid in Bolgar
Ceremonial events in the ancient town Bolgar devoted to the Prophet Muhammad’s (peace be upon him) birthday have become a good tradition.
This year, political and public figures, imams, students of the religious institutions and believers from Tatarstan and Bashkortostan got together at the White Mosque in Bolgar to honour the memory of the Prophet Muhammad. The Prophet is the authority and the main example for all the Muslims.
Mintimer Shaimiev – state counselor of the Tatarstan Republic
The programme organized by the Muslim Religious Board of the Tatarstan Republic was rich and interesting. There were sermons about the importance of the spiritual development and nurturing character traits which the Prophet had. They performed nashids and the representatives of the Tatarstan republic and centralized Muslim religious organizations gave their speech. The first president of Tatarstan Mintimer Shaimiev who is currently a state counselor of Tatarstan talked a lot about the importance of the historical memory and legacy of the ancestry in his 15-minutes speech. The state counselor believes that it is due to the historical memory and its legacy Tatars managed to embrace and preserve Islam in a very complicated political situation. The former president also pointed out that the Bolgar Islamic Academy would be soon open. The academy will become the main scientific, theological and educational centre for Muslims across Russia and the former Soviet Union republics and non-CIS countries. The mufti of Tatarstan Kamil Samigullin and the Russian Grand mufti Talgat Tajuddin reminded everyone that it is essential to study and educate oneself under the current conditions when various political forces take Islamic statements out of context and take advantage of uneducated Muslims. This is important not to become a victim of misanthropic ideologies. Damir Mukhetdinov who represented the Central Spiritual Administration of Muslims of Russia was speaking about the conference about Islam in London. The Muslim Religious Board of Tatarstan took an active part in the conference.
Kamil Samigullin – mufti of Tatarstan
The celebration of the Prophet’s birthday was marked by a sensation. The grand mufti Talgat Tajuddin claimed that he was going to leave his office and would give his position to the mufti of Tatarstan Kamil Samigullin in May 2016. The mufti of Tatarstan was surprised at this statement and said he had never heard of such an intention of Tajuddin. Later on, the Tatarstan mufti commented on this in his interview to the portal “Business Online”. He said that it was a one-way suggestion and it should be discussed with the administration of Tatarstan and Muslim boards of the republic. In the words of Tajuddin, Islam was spread in Russia from Bolgar and therefore, the mufti of Tatarstan should be the head of the Russian Central Board of Muslims.