Russian religious leaders intend to actively help in the reconstruction of Syria

© RIA Novosti / Michael Voskresenskiye in photovacation of Antioch and all the East John X, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk and Metropolitan Nifon filippopolsky at the Patriarchal metochion of the Antiochian Orthodox Church in Damascus, Syria. 17 Nov 2018Russian religious leaders intend to actively help in the reconstruction of Syria© RIA Novosti / Michael Voskresenskiye the image Bank

Russian Muslims will increase aid to war-affected people of Syria, especially the children, and also will support the restoration of religious and social facilities, told RIA Novosti the Muftis and imams from different regions of the Russian Federation after visiting Damascus in the composition of the inter-religious delegation.

Interreligious working group on humanitarian assistance to the population of Syria was created in the spring of 2017, in accordance with the decision of the Council for cooperation with religious associations under the Russian President. It included representatives of different Christian confessions and Muslim communities of Russia. Last weekend they visited Damascus and met with the main religious leaders of Syria and Minister of Awqaf to discuss humanitarian projects at a round table in the Damascus residence of the Patriarch of Antioch and all the East John X.

The main thing — peace and children

«From the older theologians we have heard such examples before the great Patriotic war in Russia was over 60 thousand hasraton repressed, shot, over 15 thousand mosques were destroyed. But when the war came, all the resentment was postponed, and the Muslims along with the entire Russian people, one and all, came to the defense of the Fatherland. And here in Syria we see today, is that people come together to oppose the war. And we, for our part, speaking with the parishioners, we find a growing response to help the Syrian brothers in the first place, to strengthen peace,» — said in an interview with RIA Novosti member of the Presidium of the Central spiritual administration of Muslims of Russia, Imam-mukhtasib of the Tyumen region Ildar Ziganshin.

According to him, the meeting with religious leaders in Syria, the Russian delegation signaled a willingness to help. «And then the Syrians should determine and tell us which objects need repairing in the first place. The believer everything starts with intentions, we showed him», — said the Agency interlocutor.

He remembered his last trip to Syria with sectarian humanitarian mission in February. Then the Russian spiritual figures, in spite of mortar fire, handing out 77 tons of food purchased with funds that was raised by the faithful of different communities of the Russian Federation. «We are the generation that slowly began to forget what war is. And here we see that the world is very important, because he’s so fragile that the war affects civilians, the most important thing – the children. Then, when I returned to Russia, it seemed to me that all the problems insignificant,» added Ziganshin.

However, he noted the paradox that respond more poor, not the rich. «The poor know what poverty is. And when they are told, what we have seen here, compared to them, we are all rich. We say our education is bad, and here these people do not receive education, children on the streets. We say a job is impossible, and here live in cardboard boxes. Of the four million residents of Lebanon, two million refugees… Today we have parents raising children, the more worried? – What games on computers and smartphones play a lot. And here children on the roads asking for alms. Helping them will help us to recover the high human values that we are losing little by little», — said the representative of the Central spiritual administration of Muslims.

That will charge the Syrian brothers

Chairman of the Executive Committee of the coordinating center of North Caucasus Muslims, mufti of Stavropol region Muhammad Rakhimov in an interview with RIA Novosti said that next year the Muftis of the North Caucasus could come to Syria to see his eyes, what specific feasible aid to the Syrian people. «We are ready to help in the recovery of an object that we will charge the Syrian brothers,» — said Rakhimov.

According to him, at the beginning of the new Millennium, «the Caucasus has seen what death, war, missed it all through,» and therefore responded quickly to the events in Syria to help restore calm and peace. The mufti noted that most assistance to war-affected Syrians had Chechnya, Dagestan, Stavropol Krai.

Imam-mukhtasib of Nizhnekamsk Saleh Ibrahimov said that after this trip to Damascus, wants to do more to help the Syrian people. «Most of all worries, of course, we are children. Someone needs medical care, someone food, clothing, need help and education. And spiritual education should not stop here, because spiritual support to people is always important,» Ibragimov concluded.

Russian interfaith delegation was headed by the Chairman of the Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, Metropolitan Hilarion. In its composition, in addition to the clergy of the Russian Orthodox Church and Muslim leaders entered the national Bishop of the Russian Union of Christians of Evangelical faith (Protestant-Pentecostal) Sergey Ryakhovsky and the representative of presidential administration Sergey Melnikov. They are all in the course of the visit and meetings at a high level in Damascus has repeatedly expressed the readiness of the Russian community to help take out the treatment in Russia of war-affected Syrian children and to participate in the restoration of churches and social facilities.

© RIA Novosti / Michael Voskresenskiye in photovacation of Antioch and all the East John X during a meeting with delegation of Russian religious leaders at the residence of the Patriarch in Damascus. 19 Nov 2018Russian religious leaders intend to actively help in the reconstruction of Syria© RIA Novosti / Michael Voskresenskiye in photovacation of Antioch and all the East John X during a meeting with delegation of Russian religious leaders at the residence of the Patriarch in Damascus. 19 Nov 2018

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