Moscow, March 27, Interfax - The Interreligious Council of Russia at its session on Tuesday in Moscow decided to ask the authorities to recognize Wahhabi organizations extremist.
"To address bodies of state power and suggest recognizing Wahhabism an extremist ideology, and Wahhabi organizations - extremist organizations," the resolution adopted on Tuesday reads.
Mufti Kamil Samigullin from the Spiritual Board of Muslims of Tatarstan spoke with such an initiative at the session.
"We should ban this ideology, it is misanthropic. However, law enforcement practice in our country does not ban ideologies, it bans concrete organizations. In our country Wahhabi represent a complex of organizations of different types, they develop and evolve. After such a ban it will be more difficult for them to practice their activities, the flow of people attracted by them, will decrease," the republican mufti said.
Wahhabism is a religious and political movement in Islam formed in the 18th century. Wahhabi believe that their main goal is clearing Islam from various alien, from their viewpoint, impurities. Wahhabi are sure that true Islam was practiced only by first three generations of Prophet Mohammed's followers and protest against all innovations.