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Russias Islamic Leaders Fight Over Influence In Crimea

From the very beginning of Crimean crisis a batch of Russias Muslim leaders started arriving at the peninsula. They feigned to calm down the Crimean Tatars, solve their problems and induce them to support Russian position.

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23.08.2014 Crimeas veiled Muslim women have been complaining over being targeted by police for security checks ahead of a visit by Russian president Vladimir Putin to the black sea peninsula later this week.
27.07.2014 Construction of the Cathedral Mosque in Simferopol can now be driven from the deadlock only by the good will of the Russian Government.
09.06.2014 A colloquium took place at the French National institute of foreign languages and civilizations. Its main topic entitled, `The fate of the Crimean peninsula`. Mari-Sibil de Vien, the head of the Commission of International relations of the Institute and Philip de Surmen, former ambassador of France in Ukraine initiated the meeting of participants with opening speeches.
08.06.2014 The residents of the village Tutove, located in Crimea, Dzhankoiskiy region, at last have received their own mosque. Renovation and reconstruction works of the old building lasted approximately one year.
24.10.2013 700-year Jubilee of the oldest mosque in Eastern Europe is to be celebrated next year in Crimea, as announced at the Crimean Parliament working session. Besides, and international conference on history of Islam in Crimea is planned for 2014.
04.01.2012 Bodies of the Office of Public Prosecutor of Crimea raised a criminal case upon the illegal privatization of the cinema of Franko in the city of Alupka (Bolshaya Yalta), on which place the mosque was earlier situated.
29.09.2011 The Supervisory Council for the Cathedral mosque construction has announced the second round of the architectural competition for the best sketches. The appropriate decision at the Supervisory Councils meeting was taken on September 28.
23.09.2011 A show of the costumes of the Crimean Khanate period has taken placeint the Zyndzhyrly madrasah, Bakhchisarai. Well-known Crimean Tatar fashion designer Elvira Sofu has presented her collection at the conference entitled Islamic text and Arabic graphical tradition.
19.09.2011 Interim results of the public poll conducted by the Religious Administration of Muslims of Crimea (RAMC) have been summed up during the meeting of the Supervisory Council for the Cathedral mosque construction on September 19.

The fifth conference of imams of the Qarasubazar (Bilohirsk) region will be held in Qarasubazar on July 10.

04.07.2011 An enlarged conference of imams, heads of religious communities and members of local majlises of the Dzhurchy (Pervomaiske) region has taken place in the Culture Centre of the urban village of Dzhurchy on June 28.
10.06.2011 In Simferopol was committed an armed assault on Muslim women. On it the news agency QHA was informed by "The Human rights movement of Crimea".
07.06.2011 In the Religious Administration of Muslims of Crimea (RAMC) consider that the authorities of Ukraine and Crimea promote registration of the parallel Muftiyat of Crimea and creation of Muslim radical religious sects for the purpose of splitting of the Crimean-Tatar public. The assistant to the Mufti of Crimea, Ayder Ismailov, declared it at the press conference in Simferopol, "Crimea. Comments" site states.
01.06.2011 A mosque to seat approximately 300 people is to be constructed in the centre of the Crimean town of Qarasubazar (Bilohirsk), QHA reports.
27.05.2011 The Religious Administration of Muslims of Crimea (RAMC) asks heads of Crimean towns, urban villages and villages, as well as Muslim communities to consider more seriously the decision of the Qurultay of the Crimean Tatar people on the registration of land plots allocated for the construction of a mosque and madrasah on Muftiyat, according to its press service.
26.05.2011 The Religious Administration of Muslims of Crimea (RAMC) declares set of groups for courses on studying of the Quran and the bases of Islam for all age categories starting from 15 years.
25.05.2011 Summer courses to study the Holy Book of Muslims Quran will be opened in the Seit-Settar Mosque of Simferopl on June 13, QHA informs.
24.05.2011 Jankoy deputies allocated in constant using to a Muslim community "Vessemai Vettaryk" a site with the area of 2,2 hectares. On it informed the city and region site.
23.05.2011 Dzhuma-Dzhami (the Cathedral Mosque) in Simferopol should become the main uniting mosque not only in Crimea, but also in Ukraine. It was declared by the leader of the Mejlis of the Crimean-Tatar people, Mustafa Dzhemilev, during the all-Crimea memorial service which took place on May, 18th, on the central square of Simferopol.
21.05.2011 On favor of Allah the Almighty, in Crimea once again will blossom the original Islamic culture of the Crimean Tatars. Such belief expressed the Religious Administration of Muslims of Ukraine "Ummah" in the official reference to the Crimean-Tatar people on the occasion of the 67th anniversary of the deportation.
20.05.2011 In Crimea there is no social base for occurrence of radical Islamic movements. Such opinion in media hall of the UNN was expressed by the director of military programs of the Center of Razumkov, Nikolay Sungurovsky.
17.05.2011 The Religious Administration of Muslims of Crimea intends to organize in all mosques of the peninsula the action to mark the anniversary of deportation of the Crimean-Tatar people.
16.05.2011 A solemn event summing up the courses for women on the Quran has been held in the Seit-Settar Mosque (Simferopol) on May 12. The courses were organized by the Office for Religious Affairs of the Turkish Republic in Crimea and the Religious Administration of Muslims of Crimea.
16.05.2011 Speaking "destiny", I do not mean predetermination of the Almighty. Here it will be a question of relationships of cause and effect that we ourselves create. In this sense the destiny of the separate person and the destiny of the whole nation lie in their own hands. Certainly, it is necessary to consider influence of external factors, including human. But these are only calls that should be accepted by separate people or nation as a whole. Answering these calls, we create our own destiny, our own history, our own way.
13.05.2011 Iran is ready to render the financial help to the Religious Administration of Muslims of Crimea (RAMC) for building of the Cathedral mosque in Simferopol. The co-chairman of the Supervisory board concerning building of the given object, the leader of the Medzhlis, Mustafa Dzhemilev, informed on it journalists in Simferopol.
11.05.2011 In Crimea appeared a first financial institution which carries out all operations exclusively under Shariat laws. Thus the credit union under the title "La Riba", based in Simferopol by the professional banker, the author of the book about credit in Islam, Yunus Ablamitov, works in full conformity with the legislation of Ukraine.

On December, 29-30th, in the Crimean High School of Hafiz took place an annual cultural-educational seminar for students, their parents, and also teachers and tutors.


The Religious Administration of Muslims of Crimea considers the fire which happened in the building of the mosque in Zhigulina Roscha (near the village Mirnoe, the Simferopol area) to be a "purposeful attempt of destabilization of inter-confessional peace in Crimea" and demands from law enforcement bodies "acceptance of immediate measures on revealing of the persons who made an arson and bringing them to the court". About it is told in the official statement of the chairman of the RAMC, the Mufti of Crimea, Emirali Ablaev, extended by the press-service of the Religious Administration.


On December, 28th, 2010, on the session of the Evpatorian city council the Khan Dzhami mosque will be officially transferred to the Religious Administration of Muslims of Crimea.


On December, 8th, 2010, in the Islamic Cultural Centre of Simferopol took place the III scientific conference on the topic "Cultural-civilized dialogue and ways of harmonization of interethnic and inter-confessional relations in Crimea". As organizers of the action acted the Crimean branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the NAS of Ukraine and the all-Ukraine Association of Social Organizations "lraid".


Inter-confessional Council of Crimea "World - God's gift", uniting traditional religious organizations of the autonomy, addressed to the president of Ukraine Victor Yanukovych with the request to promote building of the Cathedral mosque in Simferopol. On it "Interfax-religion" was informed in the press-service of the Simferopol diocese.


On September, 28th, in the city of Saki took place solemn ceremony of opening of a new medrese at the city mosque which building was finished with financial support of maecenas from Turkey. On it is informed on the official site of the Religious Administration of Muslims of Crimea.


At the Saksky mosque will be opened a male medrese. On it the correspondent of QHA was informed by the member of the Saksky city Mejlis Elvis Ablaev.


In the Religious Administration of Muslims of Crimea they plan to reconsider Muslim religious communities and to discharge imams who contrary to the decision of the Muftiyat on celebrating of Oraza Bayram on September, 9th, carried out a festive prayer one day later. The given decision was accepted at the meeting of the Council of Religious Communities of Muslims of Crimea which took place on September, 15th, in Akmesdzhit (Simferopol).


Construction of the mosque has been started in the territory of Pirogovs sanatorium in Saq (Saky). This is reported by the Head of Saq regional majlis Zevcet Qurtumer.


The society of the Crimean Peninsula in the south of the Ukraine is widely varied; whereby it is inhabited by approximately 120 different ethnic and religious groups, the most prominent of which are the Christian Russian Slavs (40%), Ukrainian Christian Slavs (30%) and the Tartar Muslims of Turkish origins (18%). Dr.Hedar Khair Al Dinov, a professor of history at the national Crimean University, states that peaceful co-existence amongst these groups in the crimea was an example of mutual respect between cultures, with an intermingling of traditions and languages, showing that it was not an area of conflict for more than a thousand years.


Building of the Cathedral mosque in Simferopol is planned to be started in the end of the current year. The first deputy of the chairman of the Medzhlis, Refat Chubarov, informed on it the Crimean Information Agency.


The Economic court of Crimea satisfied in full the statement of claim for allocation in Akmesdzhit of the land area under building of the Cathedral mosque, taking into account additions which were brought from the side of the Spiritual Management of Muslims of Crimea. About it the news agency QHA informed the lawyer representing in court the SMMC, Hatidzhe Mamutova.


On March, 31st, in Krasnogvardeyskoye Medrese of Hafiz that is in Crimea, took place a solemn action for a case of beginning of teaching of its best students to the Quran by heart. For the Crimean Muslims this event was one more step on a way to revival of high level of spiritual culture and religious education inherent in them.


The Quran is the dear thing that Muslims have. It is the Book of their Creator, the light, the law and the guidance, education, morals and knowledge. The Quran is the basis of the Muslim culture and the base of the Islamic civilization.


On March, 24th, in the Islamic Cultural Centre of Simferopol took place a conference under the title "Culture and life of the Crimean Khanate", dedicated to the history of origin and development of the Crimean Khanate and Islam in Crimea. The action was carried out by the Social Organization "Amal" with support of the all-Ukraine Association of Social Organizations "lraid".


Only 13 out of 80 built mosques in Crimean have technical certificates. According to representatives of the SMMC, this situation developed mainly because of caused difficulties at registration of legal documents on the constructed cult buildings.


In the Crimean republican establishment "The Crimean-Tatar library of I.Gasprinskiy" in Akmesdzhit (Simferopol) on January, 22nd, took place book presentation "Islam in Crimea: Sketches of history of functioning of Muslim institutes".


In the Spiritual Management of Muslims of Crimea was summed up the last year. "As a whole, 2009 was fruitful. Together with daily work were realized important projects on Islam revival in Crimea and population education". The Mufti of Muslims of Crimea Hajji Emirali Ablaev informed on it in his interview to the news agency QHA.


"Ukraine Moloda", 3.12.2009

Exposure and detention of the Crimean police in October of five supporters of exotic, but inherently ultra radical organization "At-Takfir wal-Hijra" which in their "sanctuary" close to Simferopol stored weapons, extremist literature and likely prepared "jihad" on the leaders of the Mejlis, gave impulse to the next information-analytical splash. The next is since, for the first time, as I remember, the topic of penetration on the Crimean peninsula of Islamic fundamentalism was brought to the attention of publicity about ten years ago.


"Nowadays the only Ukrainians in Crimea are the Crimean Tatars", Dzhemilev says. He, of course, exaggerates, but not too much. Nowadays the Crimean Tatars, though as it may sound surprising, are the most loyal to Kiev community of Crimea. In fact, this is a merit of the Mejlis. It is sometimes called "The Tatar national parliament", sometimes - "illegal/ unregistered organization". Both definitions are incorrect.


In Crimea they call to forbid use of loud speaking equipments at azan reading at night as it creates high noise level beside a mosque and displeases local residents. Nina Berestan the chief of a site of municipal hygiene of sanitarian-epidemic station, informed on it in her interview to the New Channel.


The activity of the Turkish and Arabian organisations directed on support of revival of spirituality of the Crimean Muslims, does not give the reason to speak about Islam capture in Crimea. The expert of the Center of the Middle-Eastern Researches Sergey Danilov said about it in exclusive interview to news agency QHA.

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