Saturday, July 14, 2007

Islam in Russia

"No less than 20 or 30 young people have disappeared over the last two to three years, no one knows where," Gasanaliyev said. "There are people like that in every mosque. The most worthy, respectable young people are the ones who disappear."

Twenty-five-year-old Abdul-Qodr, an Uzbek immigrant to Moscow, was not disheartened. The whole world is moving closer to Islam, he said, and Russia is moving along with it.

"Just a few years ago we were amazed when Russians or Americans or French people converted to Islam. No one's amazed anymore," he said.

Islam's rapid rise giving Russia growing pains (Middle East Times)

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