A Grievous Loss

A Grievous Loss

On July 19, 2012 World Public Forum’s Participant, one of the Tatarstan’s recognized religious leaders Valiulla Yakupov was assassinated in Kazan.

Valiulla Yakupov was devoted member of Russian Muslim community and always strived for the development of dialogue way of interaction between people, nations and religions. WPF “Dialogue of Civilizations” Executive Committee condoles with relatives and friends of the deceased.

Chairman of the Russian Council of Muftis, Chairman of the Spiritual Leadership of Muslims in European Russia Mufti Sheikh Ravil Gainutdin made the official statement in connection with the sorrowful event.

Mufti Sheikh Ravil Gainutdin: We Mourn in Solidarity with the People of Tatarstan

A bloody and heinous crime was committed today in Kazan: the prominent religious leader Valiulla Yakupov was assassinated, and an attempt was made on the life of Tatarstan mufti Ildus Faizov. Tatarstan and the Tatar people are in deep mourning. I share the pain of my people and native republic, and express my condolences to the family and comrades of the deceased and all of Tatarstan. Verily, we all belong to Allah, and to Him we shall all return.

On the eve of the Holy Month of Ramadan, which begins at sunset today, 19 July, the enemies of Islam have essentially committed a dual act of terror. By their actions, the assassins have expressed their contempt for the sanctity of Ramadan and the Ayat of the Holy Koran, in which Almighty Allah says: “Whomsoever kills a believer intentionally, his punishment is Hell; and he shall abide in it, and Allah shall unleash his wrath on him and curse him and prepare him for a painful retribution.” (4:93).

Through their brazen killing of a preeminent Muslim cleric and attempt on the life of a second mufti, the enemies of Allah have endeavored to test the resolve of the ummah. They have placed a bomb under the peace and serenity of the entire Russian Federation.

With pain and grief in our hearts, we must acknowledge that a wave of violence has arrived in the Volga Region. I pray that Allah may bless us with wisdom and fortitude – that he may keep us on the true path bequeathed to us by our righteous forefathers and help us to withstand the trials ahead with honor.

I offer ardent prayers for my brethren: may Allay bestow His mercy on the dead, and health and prosperity on the living. In this somber hour, I pray for wisdom for the leadership of Tatarstan and all the people of the republic.

Mufti Sheikh Ravil Gainutdin

Chairman of the Russian Council of Muftis

Chairman of the Spiritual Leadership of Muslims

in European Russia