7500 mosques built in Russia during Putin’s presidency

Tehran, Dec 9, IRNA – A senior Russian Muslim cleric said some 7500 new mosques have been established in the country during the presidency of Vladimir Putin.

Sheikh-ul-Islam Talgat Tajuddin said the mosques have been built by Russian Muslims, the website of the Caucasus Islamic Center reported.
He said the establishment of so many mosques in unprecedented adding that the number is much higher than the Muslim places of worship built during the rule of former president Boris Yeltsin and last Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev.
Islam is the second most widely professed religion in Russia. Muslim minorities make up around 15 percent of the country’s population.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Tajuddin referred to extremism and the terrorist activities of such groups of Daesh (ISIL), urging all Muslims to unite against the Takfiri terrorist group.
ISIL is a militant group operating in Iraq and Syria which is believed to be supported by the West and some regional Arab countries.
The terrorist group claims as an independent state the territory of Iraq and Syria, with implied future claims intended over more of the Levant, including Lebanon, occupied Palestine, Jordan, Cyprus, and Southern Turkey.
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