Mezhiyev said that Iran was the major actor behind the spread of Shiism in Russia. He alleged that Iran used international regulations instrumentally to spread the religious literature throughout Russia, which in his opinion, Sunnis should not be reading.
‘We all should be vigilant. Russia has its own relations with Iran, which through its cultural centres spreads books such as Ayatollah Said Ali al-
The mufti also stressed the merits of Chechnya’s leader Ramzan Kadyrov in strengthening Islam in Chechnya. He called Kadyrov ‘the Lion of Allah’.
In Chechnya, Shiism and Salafism, which local religious authorities refer to as Wahhabism, have been banned for a long time. In neighbouring Ingushetia, there is an underground community of local Shias of less than 100 followers.
Three years ago, Sunni followers in Ingushetia organised an attack on a house where Shias conducted religious rituals. Also, some religious authorities appealed to the head of Ingushetia, Yunus-
Source: OC Media
Chechen mufti announces ban on Shiism and ‘Wahhabism’ in Chechnya
Salakh Mezhiyev, the head of the Spiritual Administration of Muslims of Chechnya said on 24 April that there would be no other branches of Islam present in Chechnya, except Sunni Islam. He alleged that the Iranian embassy in Russia distributed missionary literature in order to recruit new followers in its ranks.