On 21 May the Rais (Head) of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov , the Head of the Department on interaction with religious organizations of the Russian President’s Internal Policy Office Yevgeniy Yeremin, the Chairman of the Russian Muslims Spiritual Board Talgat Tajjutdin, the Mufti of Russia Ravil Gaynutdin and the Mufti of the Spiritual Assembly of Muslims of Russia Albir Krganov took part in a ceremonial opening of the the Izge Bolgar Dzhieny – an event dedicated to the Day of official adoption of Islam by the Volga Bulgaria.
In his welcoming speech, Rustam Minnikhanov said: “I am happy to welcome you on the sacred land of the Ancient Bolgar. A year ago we celebrated the 1100th anniversary of the adoption of Islam by the Volga Bulgaria at the state level which has become a really historical event.”
He reminded about important events held in Kazan in these days such as the KazanForum and a meeting of the Strategic Vision Group of Russia-Islamic World and a visit of His Holiness the Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. He also thanked the Mufti of Dagestan for facilitating the organization of an exhibition of original relics of Prophet Mohammed and invited everybody to attend it and see the most valuable heritage of Islam.
Late the same day Rustam Minnikhanov took part in in the noon Namaz at the Cathedral Square, visited the festive marquee of the Russian Muslims Spiritual Board and watched the finals of the international waist wrestling.
The Press Office of the Rais of Tatarstan, Bulat Nizameev