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Praise be to Allah, peace and blessings be upon His Messenger

Dear participants of the conference "Zakat: purification of the property - a pledge of prosperity"

Assalam Alaikum wa wa rahmatullahi barakatuhu!

On behalf of the Russian Muftis Council let me greet you with a wish of peace and mercy of God and His blessings!

Today in Saratov we will discuss one of the most important pillars of Islam, following closely with the obligatory prayer - this is a subject of zakat and the possibilities to improve the efficiency of its collection and distribution.

If Muslims actively spend out of what God has given them - and actively develop social programs in various areas of Islam. For it is said in the Holy Qur'an, "You will find no piety until you spend of what you love, and whatever you spend, Allah knows it."

This is one of the first conferences on Zakah in Russia, and the urgency of such events is undeniable. At the same time, in recent years, Russia's Muslim Ummah have passed through some important steps that have allowed to accumulate significant experience in practical implementation of the system of zakat.

Experts of the Russian Muftis Council, in cooperation with foreign experts have been prepared and published the book "Zakat. A practical guidance", focused on the Russian Muslims. Translations of famous conceptual scientific papers on Zakat are prepared for publication, we continue the study of historical and international experience and are preparing a guide for Muslim communities in the socio-economic development field.

A year ago, Zakat Foundation was registered under the Religious Board of Muslims of European part of Russia. Today, employees of the Fund shall take part in this Conference to exchange experiences in this project.

Of course, the discussion of these pressing issues, exchange of experience at interregional level are urgently needed.

Meanwhile, our Russian umma has a range of social issues addressed by the zakat, among them – poverty is just a small part.

I pray to Almighty Allah that this conference will help to promote and actively develop the Muslim community in our country. I hope that the solutions developed by the joint efforts will help to further development.

I wish this conference every success.

Waassalamu alaykum wa wa rahmatullahi barakatuhu!

Mufti Sheikh Ravil Gaynutdin

The Chairman of the Russian Muftis Council

April 21, 2012

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