Saturday, August 27, 2011
A conference on "The Place and Role of Sufism in Islam" has ended in Chechnya with a decision to hold next year's conference in Baku.
Azerbaijan's spiritual leader, Caucasus Muslims Department Chairman Allahshukur Pashazade, was among the religious leaders and theologians from the former Soviet Union and further afield who attended the conference.
This was the third consecutive year that the International Islamic Conference had been held in the Chechen capital Grozny.
This year's conference was dedicated to what would have been the 60th birthday of Chechnya's former pro-Moscow president, Ahmat Kadyrov.
In his address, Sheikh Pashazade proposed expanding the scale of the conference.
“This conference must receive attention not only in Grozny but also in Azerbaijan, Turkey and other countries. It has shown that some trends that run counter or are indifferent to Islam are not on the true path. We also urge them to take the right path,” Pashazade said.
He read out a letter from Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev which talks about the development and prosperity of the Chechen Republic in all areas, including religious and moral.
The Chechen Republic's president, Ramzan Kadyrov, son of Ahmat Kadyrov, thanked the Azerbaijani authorities for the letter.
“The attention paid to us by the Azerbaijani leadership is positive and the letter sent by Ilham Aliyev to the international conference is yet further proof. May God forgive all our sins! May he unite us and strengthen us in our faith! May Azerbaijan and Russia be always strong! May there be peace and well-being in the Caucasus! May there be no war and may the economy strengthen!"
During the conference, two mosques and one medrese were opened in Gudermes. Haji Allahshukur Pashazade said prayers together with the Chechen president in one of the newly opened mosques.
Picture: Haji Allashukur Pashazade.