The Constituent Assembly of the Congress of Muslims of Ukraine was held in Kyiv
This is reported by the website Islam in Ukraine.
Dozens of public and religious organizations from all over the country — women's, youth, national, cultural, and educational-joined the creation of the Congress as a kind of dialogue platform. The association and further activities of the Congress will be based on the principles of equality for representatives of all Islamic scientific and legal trends and ethnic groups for the development of the Muslim community of Ukraine.
The first constituent assembly brought together the heads of public organizations of Muslims: imams of mosques, representatives of national and cultural associations and fellow countrymen.
Among the honorary guests of the Congress are representatives of state authorities, in particular, the Secretariat of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, the State Service of Ukraine for Ethnic Policy and Freedom of Conscience (SEFC); employees of embassies of foreign states, the All — Ukrainian Council of Religious Associations (UCRA), the Ukrainian Association of religious scholars, the Orthodox Church of Ukraine and others.
Like all important events in the life of followers of Islam, the celebrations began with a joint prayer, and the honor of reading the verses of the Holy Quran was given to the famous Hafiz, Sheikh Haider al-Hajj.
The first Constituent Assembly of the Congress of Muslims of Ukraine did not go unnoticed by the state authorities. The Ukrainian government has addressed the newly created Association of Muslims with the welcoming address of Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal - it was read out by the representative of the Secretariat of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine Ivan Papayani.
"On behalf of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and on my own behalf, let me congratulate you on the start of this important Congress for Muslims of our state. Islam has always been and will continue to be a significant component of the religious and confessional space of Ukraine," the message of greetings from the head of the Ukrainian government reads.
On behalf of the spiritual administration of Muslims of Ukraine "Ummah", Mufti said Ismagilov congratulated the high Assembly.
Other guests of honor of the Congress also delivered their congratulations: head of the state service for ethnic policy and freedom of conscience Olena Bohdan, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to Ukraine Noel Israel Hohar, archpriest of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine Fr. Vitaliy Danchak, vice-president of the Ukrainian Association of Religious Scholars Professor Lyudmila Filipovich, vice-president of the Ukrainian Association of religious scholars, Professor Igor Kozlovsky, chairman of the league of Muslim women of Ukraine Niyara Mamutova, etc.
After a coffee break and informal communication, the audience said a prayer and continued the meeting. The participants of the Congress expressed their proposals and recommendations, considered and adopted a resolution stating the goals and objectives of the Congress, declared cooperation with the institutions of the state and Ukrainian society in order to strengthen interreligious dialogue for the common good, for peace and good neighborliness.
Central management bodies of the organization were created and its leaders were elected: Seyran Arifov, long-term head of the public union "All-Ukrainian Association "Alraid", a member of the Ukrainian FATV and Research Council, became president of the Congress of Muslims of Ukraine.