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Islam for Turkey, Extremism for Russia

2012-05-11 20:29

While Wahhabis suicide bombers blow Makhachkala, the followers of another Islam confession, proscribed in Russia - Nursists - are trying to fight for religious freedom in the courts, but in avail. Books of the Turkish founder of Nursi's teachings, seized from the Dagestani Ziyavudin Dapaev and representing tafsir - interpretation of the Qur'an, will be destroyed. Meanwhile, the Turkish government, being in good relations with the Russian leadership, protects Nursi's doctrine. But what is good for Turkey, in Russia - this is extremism.


Books of the Turkish theologian of the last century Said Nursi, involved in the case of the Dagestani Ziyavudin Dapaev, convicted for creation a regional extremist organization "Nurdzhular", will be destroyed. Those two that are in the list of banned literature, will be annihilated immediately. The rest, that is about a hundred books in different languages​​, will be kept as material evidence. The district court of Makhachkala has not explained this decision, and the Dagestani Supreme Court has recently been approved it, not having satisfied the cassation complaint.

"There is no such law in Russia that would allow the court to confiscate and destroy property, not prohibited in public circulation. And here is a court decision", the lawyer Murtazali Barkan said.

Said Nursi is founder of relatively young Islam confession, appeared after Wahhabism. His main work is 14 books under the title "Bismillah-i-Nur" ("Letters of Light"). Almost all of them have been banned by the Koptevo district court in Moscow in 2007. "The analyzed materials include orientation on the formation of a sense of resentment, anger, hostility and hatred toward non-believers", the experts found.

Spiritual leaders of Muslims of Russia have sent to the court their reviews and recommendations on the works of Nursi, having called him one of the most tolerant of theologians, who had welcomed the dialogue of cultures and faiths. Even Russian ombudsman, Vladimir Lukin, has sent an appeal to the court, arguing that the "Letters of Light" does not appeal to religious hatred and intolerance.

But representatives of law enforcement agencies had their own opinion. The fact that the teachings of Nursi in the 90s of last century appeared in Russia not only with books, but also with the Turkishs, suspected of espionage. In 2002, the then head of the FSB, Nikolai Patrushev, stated the sect "Nurdzhular" "decided to solve a wide range of tasks for the benefit of intelligence" and "from pro-Turkish lobby in the local government structures", through its foundations and commercial firms created in Russia. After that, they have quickly closed all schools and organizations in the Islamic regions of Russia, collaborating with the Turkish Nur funds, and expelled illegal Turkish citizens from the country.

Nursists are still being persecuted, which causes an outcry from the Islamic community. Convicted of distribution of this confession Ziyavudin Dapaev believes that "each Nursi's word corresponds to Islam, which means that Russian judges are fighting against Islam." He was echoed by editor in chief of federal information online resource "" Abdul Mukhametov, according to whom Said Nursi's books meet Islamic canons, and recognized by major Islamic scholars.

While Russian prosecutors and courts are struggling the teachings and followers of Turkish theologian, representatives of the ruling party deal very well with the Turkish elite, which honors both, Nursi and his modern follower Gulen.

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