On 24 January 2017 the first deputy chairman of the Russia Mufties Council and the Spiritual Board of Muslims of Russia, Rushan hazrat Abbyasov, met Moushira Khattab, who is now running for the UNESCO Secretary General.
The meeting was also attended by Nehab Abdellatif (director of Moishira Khattab’s electoral campaign), Omar Monieb (secretary of the electoral campaign); representatives of the Embassy of Egypt in Moscow: Shady Elsharkawy, Amr Moursi, and Ildar Galeyev, head of the RMC International Department.
Moushira Khattab, who had earlier held the position of the minister of Family and Population, and had been the ambassador of Egypt in Czech Republic and South Africa, described her vision of the Organization’s work in case she won the election. She also conveyed greetings from Al-Azhar’s Sheikh Ahmad at-Tayeb to the leader of Russian Muslims, Mufti Sheikh Ravil Gaynutdin.
The first deputy chairman of the RMC and the SBMRF informed the guest about the history of Islam in Russia, the life of Russian Muslims and the activity of the RMC and the SBMRF. Rushan hazrat Abbyasov also told Moushira Khattab about the cooperation between the authorities and religion through the example of the Interfaith Council of Russia and the Council for cooperation with religious organizations.
When talking about the relationships with UNESCO, he emphasized that the oldest Russian mosque in Derbent and historical and archaeological complex in Bolgar are mentioned in the UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage List. He also mentioned that there are long and amicable relations between Russian and Egyptian Muslims: as early as in 1958 the leader of Egypt, Gamal Abdel Nasser, visited Russia and performed a prayer in the Moscow Cathedral mosque.
The parties agreed that it was absolutely necessary to distinguish between true Islamic ideas and pseudo-Islamic slogans used by radical and extremist groups.
Rushan hazrat Abbyasov wished Moushira Khattab success at the elections. After the meeting the delegation had a tour in the new complex of the Moscow Cathedral mosque.