Russia’s senior Islamic clerics warned the country’s leaders that ‘unrest’ could erupt in Muslim communities in Russia and beyond if a court decision ordering the destruction of a interpretive translation of quran is not overturned.
REUTERS (h/t Maria) Tuesday’s ruling by a court in Novorossiysk, a city in southern Russia, ordered the widely read text outlawed under a Russian anti-extremism law that rights activists say has been abused by local officials out of prejudice or to persecute groups frowned upon by the dominant Russian Orthodox Church.
Rights campaigners said that the decision, which will apply nationwide unless it is overturned on appeal, comes dangerously close to banning the quran itself. (Splendid idea!)
Russia’s Council of Muftis sounded the alarm in an open letter on Friday to President Vladimir Putin: “Russian Muslims are very strongly indignant over such an outrageous decision,” Rushan Abbyasov, the deputy head of the council, which has close ties with the Kremlin, told Reuters. If the ruling is acted on, the cleric warned: “There will be unrest … not only in Russia but all over the world, we are talking about the destruction of the Koran.”
In the letter to Putin, the council drew a parallel with violence in the Middle East and Afghanistan over the actions of an American pastor, Terry Jones, who threatened to burn the quran on September 11, 2010.
“We recall how the burning of just a few copies of the Holy Koran by a crazy American pastor elicited a firm protest not just from Russian Muslims but from our entire society, in solidarity with the stormy and longlasting anger of the global Muslim community and all people of goodwill,” it said.
A lawyer representing the text’s author, Azeri theologian Elmir Kuliyev, said he will appeal the ruling, which calls for the text to be banned and copies of it “destroyed”. “This is pure idiocy. Some local prosecutor sent this material to a local court and they together decided to ban a holy book,” lawyer Murat Musayev, who has one month to appeal the ruling, told Reuters. “On the one hand there is freedom of religion in Russia, on the other they are banning fundamental religious texts.”
Putin has championed the dominant Russian Orthodox Church as a moral compass. The government is fighting against a persistent Islamist insurgency in the North Caucasus, spawned by separatist wars in Chechnya, and tension between ethnic Russians and Muslim minorities have led to outbursts of violence across the country.
Since Russia’s anti-extremism law was passed in 2002, with the purpose of curbing potential militant threats, over 2,000 publications have been placed on a blacklist posted on the Justice Ministry’s website. Once a court anywhere in Russia judges a text extremist, it is automatically added to the nationwide blacklist.
Among the controversial materials included are the books of Turkish theologian Said Nursi, another of Kuliyev’s works, a hadith collection of the sayings of the prophet Muhammad. “There doesn’t seem to be any political will whatsoever to stop this from happening despite very high level criticism.”
Kavkaz Center Back in June 2011, a new phase of the war against Islam began in Russia. After the knife of KGB censorship paced the famous Islamic writings and essays, such as a hadith collection of the sayings of the prophet Muhammad, both generally cognitive and academic, as well as after a number of prominent Islamic scholars were banned, the invaders have got down ingenuously to the quran.
An educational film “Miracles of the Quran” has been declared extremist in Russia. Now this film is banned and one watching it could lead to prison. In addition, the chapters of the quran, 32. The Prostration and 50. The Letter, as well as the booklets, “The purpose of life of a Muslim”, “Transcription of the verses of the System of Islam”, Islam – a system of life, society and state” and several other publications, are forbidden.
The most notable is the prohibition of the chapters of the quran. And this is just the beginning. There is no doubt that sooner or later the entire quran will be banned in Russia.
Islam RU A recent publication of the collection of Chukovsky fairy tales however, struck our attention by an unusual usage of the Muslims Holy Book, a page of the Quran is inserted into a hand of a crocodile that is chasing a naughty boy.
The tale is of educational nature and depicts value of cleanliness and its maintenance. But why is the page from the Quran in the hand of the crocodile that supposedly teaches cleanliness to the boy? The tales publisher contacted the artist who worked on book illustration and received no concrete answer as to why she decided to use the Quranic page. Apparently the artist had no idea as to what text was written on the page of a picture she found on the Internet and her search for suitable colors ended on that particular picture.
Initially there was huge resistance to admit that it is a page from the Quran, however after it was proven by team of experts, there was no doubt, and the artist and the publisher apologised for the shortcoming and promised to remove the notorious illustration from future publications.
Interestingly enough, the page of the Quran that found its way into the tales collection contains the following message:
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
الٓرۚ تِلۡكَ ءَايَـٰتُ ٱلۡڪِتَـٰبِ وَقُرۡءَانٍ۬ مُّبِينٍ۬ (١) رُّبَمَا يَوَدُّ ٱلَّذِينَ ڪَفَرُواْ لَوۡ كَانُواْ مُسۡلِمِينَ (٢) ذَرۡهُمۡ يَأۡڪُلُواْ وَيَتَمَتَّعُواْ وَيُلۡهِهِمُ ٱلۡأَمَلُۖ فَسَوۡفَ يَعۡلَمُونَ (٣) وَمَآ أَهۡلَكۡنَا مِن قَرۡيَةٍ إِلَّا وَلَهَا كِتَابٌ۬ مَّعۡلُومٌ۬ (٤) مَّا تَسۡبِقُ مِنۡ أُمَّةٍ أَجَلَهَا وَمَا يَسۡتَـٔۡخِرُونَ (٥) وَقَالُواْ يَـٰٓأَيُّہَا ٱلَّذِى نُزِّلَ عَلَيۡهِ ٱلذِّكۡرُ إِنَّكَ لَمَجۡنُونٌ۬ (٦) لَّوۡ مَا تَأۡتِينَا بِٱلۡمَلَـٰٓٮِٕكَةِ إِن كُنتَ مِنَ ٱلصَّـٰدِقِينَ (٧) مَا نُنَزِّلُ ٱلۡمَلَـٰٓٮِٕكَةَ إِلَّا بِٱلۡحَقِّ وَمَا كَانُوٓاْ إِذً۬ا مُّنظَرِينَ (٨) إِنَّا نَحۡنُ نَزَّلۡنَا ٱلذِّكۡرَ وَإِنَّا لَهُ ۥ لَحَـٰفِظُونَ (٩) وَلَقَدۡ أَرۡسَلۡنَا مِن قَبۡلِكَ فِى شِيَعِ ٱلۡأَوَّلِينَ (١٠) وَمَا يَأۡتِيہِم مِّن رَّسُولٍ إِلَّا كَانُواْ بِهِۦ يَسۡتَہۡزِءُونَ (١١) كَذَٲلِكَ نَسۡلُكُهُ ۥ فِى قُلُوبِ ٱلۡمُجۡرِمِينَ (١٢) لَا يُؤۡمِنُونَ بِهِۦۖ وَقَدۡ خَلَتۡ سُنَّةُ ٱلۡأَوَّلِينَ (١٣) وَلَوۡ فَتَحۡنَا عَلَيۡہِم بَابً۬ا مِّنَ ٱلسَّمَآءِ فَظَلُّواْ فِيهِ يَعۡرُجُونَ (١٤) لَقَالُوٓاْ إِنَّمَا سُكِّرَتۡ أَبۡصَـٰرُنَا بَلۡ نَحۡنُ قَوۡمٌ۬ مَّسۡحُورُونَ (١٥)
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
Alif, Lam, Ra. These are verses of the Book and the enlightening Qur’an. (1) On many occasions, the disbelievers will wish that they were Muslims. (2) Let them eat and enjoy, and let (their) fancy make them neglectful, for they shall soon come to know (their ultimate end). (3)We did not destroy any town without having a pre-determined time for it. (4) No people can precede their appointed time, nor can they exceed it. (5) They say, “O you to whom the Dhikr (the Qur’an) has been revealed, you are surely insane. (6) Why do you not bring the angels to us, if you are one of the truthful?” (7) We do not send down the angels except with truth, and then they shall be given no respite. (8) We, Ourselves, have sent down the Dhikr (the Qur’an), and We are there to protect it. (9) We did send the messengers before you among the groups of earlier peoples. (10) No messenger came to them but they used to mock at him. (11)Likewise, We make it (i.e. disbelief) enter into the hearts of the sinners, (12) Whereby) they do not believe in it (the Qur’an), and this has been the way of earlier people. (13) Even if We open a gate in the sky and they keep ascending through it, (14) Still they will say, “In fact our eyes have been deluded; rather we are enchanted people. (15)