Wednesday, September 5, 2018

New Muslim Medrassah Opens in Moscow, the Russian Capital’s 14th

Paul Goble

            Staunton, September 5 – Even though the Russian authorities have refused to allow the Muslim community of Moscow to open a new mosque for their growing number – there are only six “official” mosques for the more than two million followers of Islam there – officials have not blocked the opening of medrassahs where young Muslims receive religious instruction.

            Today, Interfax and other Russian news agencies reported, a new medrassah opened which will train those enrolled in the basics of Islam and in Arabic, the language of the Koran.  The new school bears the name of Zaynulla Raasulyev, a prominent Muslim activist of a century ago and the head of a Sufi brotherhood (

            The new medrassah has been funded by the Spiritual Assembly of the Muslims of Russia, which is headed by Albir Krganov, the mufti of Moscow.  It becomes the 14th medrassah in the Russian capital. For a listing of the other 13, including addresses and phone numbers, see

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