START A PETITION 27,000,000 members: the world's largest community for good
START A PETITION
x
1,280,168 people care about Politics

Two Muslim Officials Brutally Attacked in Tatarstan

Two Muslim Officials Brutally Attacked in Tatarstan

Thursday turned out to be a deadly day for religious leaders in the usually peaceful republic of Tatarstan. One Muslim official was murdered in cold blood and another barely escaped a deadly car bombing. Valiulla Yakupov, the head of Islamic education in the republic, was shot dead outside of his apartment on Thursday after six shots were fired in his direction. In a separate attack near the same time of day, Ildus Faizov, the chief mufti for Tatarstan, was nearly killed by a car bomb in the car he was driving. He went to the hospital with severe injuries.

The New York Times points out that this region is usually known for its peaceful climate, which allows for multiple faiths to live side by side in relative harmony. Russian officials believe comments Mr. Faizov made regarding the growth of religious radicalism in the region could have sparked a retaliation.

The Islamic Spiritual Council of Tatarstan, which Mr. Faizov leads, does not support radical religious groups and in April Mr. Faizov dismissed the Kul Sharif Mosque after differing views on religion occurred. Mr. Yakupov was put in charge of education under Mr. Faizov. The two successfully banned textbooks from Saudi Arabia in an attempt to stem the tide of radical religious groups.

Although officials have speculated about the cause of the attacks, perpetrated on two well-known religious figures in the region of Russia, little is known about who perpetrated the murder or the car bomb at this time.

Putin condemned the attacks
the same day they occurred, and also lamented that preventative measures had not been taken beforehand to stop these incidents from happening. Al Jazeera quotes President Putin, who said:

There is a need to understand the situation, analyse it and take timely decisions…Taking into account this tragic event, we can say that no pre-emptive steps had been taken.

The region of Tatarstan is comprised of mostly Sunni Muslims and the area has remained heavily influenced by Russian authority. A strand of Islam known as Salafism, a more radical and puritanical version of the religion, has been brewing in the area for some time, causing friction with moderate leaders, like Valiulla Yakupov and Ildus Faizov, the Wall Street Journal points out. Putin’s concerns about the lack of precaution taken by the Russian government came after Tatarstan officials had warned the central government about possible unrest in the region.

Related Stories:

Bachmann Attacked Over Anti-Muslim Witch Hunt

Muslim Women Are Not Target Practice

Atheist Billboards in Arabic and Hebrew Target Muslims and Jews

Read more: , , , , , , , , ,

Photo Credit: RIA Novosti

have you shared this story yet?

some of the best people we know are doing it

19 comments

+ add your own
5:58AM PDT on Jul 27, 2012

This is crazy to hear. Very sad.

4:12AM PDT on Jul 23, 2012

Thanks

7:55PM PDT on Jul 22, 2012

This follows an unfortunate pattern in the Muslim world of radicals attacking the moderates.

11:34AM PDT on Jul 22, 2012

thank you

8:00AM PDT on Jul 22, 2012

so sad what intolerance for diversity leads to

9:23PM PDT on Jul 21, 2012

Since so little is known; causes are vague.

1:56PM PDT on Jul 21, 2012

Two Muslim Officials Brutally Attacked in Tatarstan
..................................................................

Unfortunately, these two Muslims were probably killed by their less moderate coreligionists. Terrible.

1:30PM PDT on Jul 21, 2012

noted

1:20PM PDT on Jul 21, 2012

This is incrediblly sad.

7:03AM PDT on Jul 21, 2012

Its sad that most that stand up too the religious radicals and fanatics meet with bad ends. That said I believe their are extremists in all religions.The radical Christian who bombs an abortion clinic or shoots a Dr providing abortion services.The radical Jew who killed Yitzak Rabin for trying to make peace with the Palestinians.It seems to be that the radicals or ultra conservatives are in charge of the so called big 3 religions.Exactly why I'm not a member of any of them.

add your comment



Disclaimer: The views expressed above are solely those of the author and may not reflect those of
Care2, Inc., its employees or advertisers.

Care2 - Be Extraordinary - Start a Care2 Petition
ads keep care2 free
CONTACT THE EDITORS

Recent Comments from Causes

Well, journalists could ask for a Press Release to be printed and given to journalists.

Freedom of speech and the right to belief is under attack everywhere.

The NRA Gun Crazies SINK AS LOW AS A CRAWLING, SLIMY HUMAN CREATURE COULD POSSIBLY GET. By appealing…

ads keep care2 free

more from causes

Animal Welfare

Causes Canada

Causes UK

Children

Civil Rights

Education

Endangered Wildlife

Environment & Wildlife

Global Development

Global Warming

Health Policy

Human Rights

LGBT rights

Politics

Real Food

Trailblazers For Good

Women's Rights




Select names from your address book   |   Help
   

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.