11 December 2019, 10:10
Mufti Gainutdin calls on Muslim leaders to protect persecuted Christians of Africa, Middle East
Berlin, December 11, Interfax – Russian Council of Muftis’ head Ravil Gainutdin has called on Muslim politicians to attend to the protection of the Christians of the Middle East and Africa forced to leave their homes.
“The fact that Muslims represented by their political leaders are indifferent to the mass exodus of our brothers the Christians from the lands they traditionally live in the Middle East, are indifferent to inter-faith tensions and conflicts in Africa is a reason to be ashamed,” Gainutdin said at the 15th International Muslim Forum in Berlin.
He said he is well aware of the religious and racial discrimination Muslims experience in Europe.
“At the same time, let’s be honest that the Muslim world has to travel no less or perhaps even more difficult path to defend the rights of the religious minorities and their future,” the Russian mufti said, adding that the situation of Christians in the Middle East following the well-known political events of the past 15-20 years is “truly disastrous.”
The upcoming 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in May 2020 is “a cautionary advice to us all, a warning against the devastating and inhuman experiments in the forcible remaking of the national or ethnic composition of one or another region,” Gainutdin said.
“Genocides, refugee camps, forcible changes of an ethnic map are what we’re now observing in the Indo-Chinese Region, Myanmar, Middle East, Palestine, and certain African countries. We express solidarity with our brothers and sisters, who were forced from their homes, persecuted, placed in corrective camps on the basis of the principle of collective responsibility,” he said.