October 4 – There is not now nor has there even been a “chief” or “supreme”
mufti of Russia, Nafigulla Ashirov says. All who claim such titles are
“imposters” whose personal ambitions to create a Muslim ‘patriarchate’ have led
them and many of their followers into delusions.
argument applies as well to Talgat Tajuddin of the Central MSD who has
sometimes styled himself as “the Supreme Mufti of Holy Rus,” a title that many
Muslims in Russia find even more offensive than that which Gainutdin and others
have insisted be used for themselves.
every region and republic, there are muftis” who are not subordinate to someone
else, Ashirov says. They may cooperate with others; but there is no hierarchy
of the kind that exists in the Russian Orthodox Church of the Moscow
Patriarchate and that some in the Russian government and among Muslims believe
should be a model for them.