Crimean "Mufti" declared Kherson "Russian" and announced the "establishment of ties" with the Muslims of the occupied regions
This is reported by “Nevilnyy Krym” (Unfree Crimea) citing c-inform.info.
"It is still unstable there, the issues of pensions, salaries, and food products have not been resolved. Perhaps our actions are only a small part, but this is help, people should feel cared for, and for us, it does not matter whether they are Russians, Armenians or Crimean Tatars. There, people will immediately feel that they are remembered and helped. By the will of Allah, everything will get better," Ablaev said.
According to him, Crimean Muslims are also establishing contacts with religious communities in the regions of Kherson and Zaporizhia regions occupied by the Russian army.
"Until 2014, all the Muslims of that area were under our control. In 2014, our relations were officially cut off, we no longer went to see each other, but we were in good contact. And today, when Kherson became Russian, we told local Muslims not to worry – we will help in everything: in religious matters, providing books, and the educational process. Only Allah knows what will happen tomorrow. Today we are helping to the best of our ability," Ablaev added.
He also said that the Muslims of the occupied Crimea were granted from 270 to 300 quotas for pilgrimage to Mecca this year within the reduced total quota provided to Muslims – citizens of the occupying state.
"Since 2014, we have had no problems in this matter. There is even a firm that deals with the Hajj Mission. Everything is fine," Ablaev said.
Note that after the annexation of the peninsula by Russia in 2014, the Religious Administration of Muslims of Crimea headed by Mufti Ablaev ceased to coordinate its actions with the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people and was re-registered in accordance with Russian law as the Religious Administration of Muslims of Crimea and Sevastopol (RAMU).
In November 2016, communities of Muslims displaced from Crimea held their own Congress, where they decided to create the Religious Administration of Muslims of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea on the mainland of Ukraine. Aider Rustemov was elected the mufti. In October 2017, the Department of Nationalities and Religions of the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine registered the Religious Administration of Muslims of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea led by Rustemov.
Chairman of the RAMU "Umma" said Ismagilov repeatedly stated that absolutely all muftis in Russia are controlled by the FSB.