Yesterday was a big day for Russian Muslims: the new Cathedral Mosque opened in Moscow, just before the start of the Muslim holiday of Kurban Bayrami (Eid al Adha – the “Feast of the Sacrifice”) which in 2015 occurs on September 22-23.
I saw this piece in Life News with the sensationalistic headline: “Vladimir Putin quoted the Koran while opening the new Mechet in Moscow.”
For more information, which is already in English, about the new giant Mosque and the dignitaries who attended the opening, you can read this piece by the ineffable Paul Goble.
To the facts related by Goble, LifeNews adds the tidbit that Putin quoted the Koran in his speech to the gathering of dignitaries:
“I am confident, that the Cathedral Mosque will help to unite the efforts, not only of Muslims, but people of other faiths as well, in the name of good deeds for all. As the Koran says: ‘Strive to out-do each other in committing good deeds.’ ”
[yalensis: Not being a Koranic scholar, I was not able to fact-check this quote, but if anyone out there knows which verse this is?]