In Russian regions, there is a "huge deficit" of imams, the press service of the Religious Board of Muslims of the Russian Federation reported, referring to the first Deputy head of the Organization, the rector of the Moscow Islamic Institute (MII) Damir Mukhetdinov.
"The first Deputy mufti stressed that there was a huge shortage of imams in the regions, and to revitalize community life, to organize systematic educational and social work, young, well-educated, strong-minded and ready for selfless service imams are required," the statement reads.
It is noted that earlier "for technical reasons that did not depend on the Moscow Islamic Institute", the University's license was suspended, but now MII "continues to carry out the mission of training clergy and theologians for the Russian Ummah".
"When you are engaged in the work of truth, be God-fearing and patient. There is no other way and recipes. The Imam should raise his voice for Islam, protect Muslims and tell the truth, whatever it may be," Muhetdinov addressed the graduates of the Institute.
GSV "Russia - Islamic World"
Based on materials from RIA Novosti