I had made the following comment on this paper at the end in the comments section.
If I were to answer (which I m doing anyway w/o being asked) how to address the issues of Islam in Russia, I wud hav said there is only one problem in there n that is the unresolved Independence issue of the few small Islamic republics. Being a Muslim knowing Islam “unfortunately” these states will always b Russia’s suspect to enemies bcoz freedom & Islam is like two sides of the same coin. Whereas, if Russia grants them all the Independence n honestly works as partners in development to mend the somewot bad blood running now, they will Inshallah find in return honest n committted allies by their sides.
One might argue calling it a day dreamer’s wishful thinking. Let them. Bcoz they thrive on complications. either they b religious hierchies (being selected), think tanks with global names heavier than their merits or some noted academics. They never relay or relate Islam in it’s true n simplistic form. Which is with the spirit of Prophet Mohammad may Allah b pleased with him, who would resolve any problem first looking at the most simple solutions, preferably w/o losing lives n fastest way possible bcoz delay is nothing other than shytwan’s way. His solutions were simple bcoz they were based upon two principles – within the perview of Quran & relying that his honestly intended best efforts will b accommodated within Allahs wisdom n mercy. This is THE only formula that made a totally unsophisticated nation into a mega power spreading from the western China to Granada within only 100 years of his demise carried forward by his ardent followers. He never resorted to stinky off shoots finding, naming, patronizing, publishing etc. n these were never his teachings or practice.
Islam is not restricted for particular region, ethnicity, colors or races rather it is for all n whoever wants to embrace the truth. The world allways have two choices, either b simple which shytwan potrays as ill educated or b complex where possibilities of chaos, failures n loss of assets n lives r allways prevailing, which is nothing but full filling shytwan’s desire.
I strongly believe the only way to understand Islam for anyone is to personally read the Qur’an cover to cover with a good exegesis. It can be read in any language, just ensure the translation is reliable. Actually it’s better to read it in one’s preferred language, only for reading.
James Foundation ByMarlene Laruelle
Russia is becoming increasingly a Muslim country. Out of a total population of over 146 million (including two million in annexed Crimea), it counts about 15 million people of Muslim background—even if not all are believers and even fewer practice Islam. Given forthcoming demographic changes, by around 2050 Muslims will represent between one third (according to the most conservative estimates) and one half (according to the most ‘alarmist’ assessments) of the Russian population. This ‘Islamization’ of Russia—not in the sense of radical Islam but of a rising number of citizens self-referring to Islam—will impact both Russia’s domestic situation and its foreign policy options in the medium and long term. Islam’s growing importance in Russia will shape the future of the country in at least five main directions: the overall demographic balance of the country; the strategy of ‘normalizing’ the regions of the North Caucasus; Russia’s migration…
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