Russian Muslims seek to open prayer rooms in subways, malls

Russian Muslims seek to open prayer rooms in subways, malls

Chief Imam of the Moscow Cathedral Mosque says Muslims in the Russian capital seek to open prayer rooms in subway stations and shopping centers.

AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): Chief Imam of the Moscow Cathedral Mosque says Muslims in the Russian capital seek to open prayer rooms in subway stations and shopping centers.

These rooms will help Muslims perform their daily prayers without causing any inconvenience to others, said Ildar Alyautdinov, Arabic service of Sputnik reported.

He said efforts are now underway to build prayer rooms in some institutions, airports, and medical centers. Alaeddinov noted that negotiations are being held with shopping malls as well.

Pointing to videos that show Muslims in Moscow performing prayer in corridors of subway stations, the mufti said that this happens because spaces dedicated to Muslims in the city are not sufficient.

Muslims pray in the subway, he continued, because prayer is the basis of a Muslim’s life and an obligation that they have to perform five times a day.

According to the cleric, some 3.5 million Muslims live in Moscow with some 2 million of them being permanent residents of the city. The Russian capital has four main mosques and a number of prayer rooms.




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