Karelia will erect a Muslim center

© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Traveloperator in fotomonster Chairman of the Council of Muftis of Russia Rushan AbbyasovKarelia will erect a Muslim center© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Traveloperator the image Bank

The solemn ceremony of laying of the memorial stone for the Foundation of the Islamic centre in the Republic of Karelia was held on Tuesday with participation of the head of the region Artur Parfenchikov, the mayor of Petrozavodsk, Irina Miroshnik and the first Deputy Chairman of the Spiritual administration of Muslims of the Russian Federation (DUM RF) Rushana Abbasova.

As reported on Wednesday, RIA Novosti Abbyasov, «construction of the Muslim center will be the next big project on the strengthening of the spiritual braces of the Russian society».

«It is noteworthy that in the ceremony together with the followers of Islam in the region took part head of Karelia Parfenchikov and the mayor of Petrozavodsk Miroshnik. It shows the concern of local authorities about the followers of our religion», — said the first Deputy Chairman of the DUM of the Russian Federation. According to him, the local community have long spoken about the beginning of construction of the new center.

«The building, where there are prayers, the Friday service can’t accommodate everyone, and our brothers have to pray outside. Therefore the decision on the construction of another, larger centre,» said Abbyasov.

It is assumed that in the capital of Karelia next year will start the construction of the mosque, and in a few years – the Muslim center, which includes an administrative building and a Sunday school.

The major congregation of Muslim center of Petrozavodsk are Tatars, Chechens, Dagestanis, as well as undergraduate and graduate students of universities of Karelia from predominantly Arab countries.