The Russian delegation supported the establishment of diplomatic relations between Israel and the UAE

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  • 08.Sep ‘20
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On August 29, the International Theological Conference “The Highest Purpose of the Principle of Peace in Islam” was organized by the Supreme Council of Muslim Communities (chaired by an 85-year-old Salafi sheikh, deputy chairman of the World Council of Muslim Scientists and the Fiqh Council of the United Arab Emirates Abdullah bin Bahia). The event was held online. Russia was represented at the conference by Nafigulla Ashirov, mufti of the Spiritual Administration of Muslims of the Asian part of Russia, and Shikhabuddin Huseynov, head of the international department of the Dagestan muftiat.

The theological conference of Islamic ulema took place two weeks after Israel and the UAE announced their intention to establish official diplomatic relations. Back in May, direct flights began between Abu Dhabi and Tel Aviv, and on August 31, an official Israeli delegation flew to the UAE and was met personally by UAE Foreign Minister Anuar Gargash. So the UAE will soon become the fourth Arab country after Egypt, Jordan and Mauritania to officially recognize Israel.

Against this background, the holding of an international conference of Muslim clergy from different countries is seen as symptomatic, especially since none of the ulema opposed the Jewish state. And although the resolution of the conference (for which the Russian delegation also voted) does not directly mention the state of Israel, there is a very amusing passage: “Confirming political processes throughout the history of Islam; what the rules and methods of Sharia are based on, and what follows from modern international law that the decision of war and peace is the exclusive competence of the ruler, and under no circumstances is it allowed to interfere with its determination or action by anyone other than him within his country or beyond. This is what is known in the modern world as the concept of national sovereignty. ” Thus, theologians want to say that if the government of any Islamic state decides to establish peaceful relations with Israel, it should not be condemned from the standpoint of doctrine.

To be honest, one can only rejoice for Nafigullah Hazrat: his views have changed quite radically recently. After all, the venerable mufti used to harshly condemn Zionism and criticize the state of Israel, which is why the chairman of the Council of Muftis of Russia Ravil Gainutdin (in whose jurisdiction DUMACHR is located) had to awkwardly make excuses.

By the way, representatives of Russian Islam have been traveling to Israel for a long time for the purpose of treatment (everyone knows the high reputation of Jewish clinics) and just tourism. For example, it is known that the state of Israel was visited by the muftis of Tatarstan: Gabdulla Galiullin, Gusman Iskhakov and Kamil Samigullin. Also, the current chairman of the Spiritual Assembly of Muslims of Russia, Albir Krganov, came to Israel in 2011 and even prayed in the Tel Aviv Hassan Bek mosque, where local parishioners told him that comfortable conditions for Muslims have been created in Israel. So the “people’s diplomacy” here determined the official statements.

Moreover, although anti-Israeli rhetoric, which is now supported more by Turkey and Iran, continues to dominate among the Muslims, the evolution of views on the problem of Israel and Palestine is gradually coming. After all, all the calls to “throw the Zionists into the sea” turn out to be utopian: Israel has existed for 72 years, and the state institutions of the Palestinian Authority are financially supported on a large scale by official Jerusalem, and not by Islamic countries. This theological conference in Abu Dhabi with the participation of the Muslim clergy of Russia can be considered a continuation of the legitimization of the State of Israel in the Islamic world.

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