Moscow, June 4, Interfax - Russian President Vladimir Putin has congratulated Russia's Muslims on the Eid al-Fitr holiday, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.
"Closing the holy month of Ramadan, the Eid al-Fitr holiday draws the attention of the faithful toward the high spiritual and moral values of Islam, toward the traditions and customs of their forefathers. It also inspires them to demonstrate kindness, graciousness and care toward those who need help and support," the president said in his message published on the Kremlin website.
Putin also noted Russian Muslim organizations' contribution to social life in the country.
"It is with profound satisfaction that I note Muslim organizations' worthy contribution to the development of the interfaith and interethnic dialogue and the unity of the peoples of Russia. They consistently and resolutely denounce any manifestations of religious intolerance and extremism. Interaction with state structures is strengthening. Great attention is being given to charity and awareness-raising initiatives," the president said.
Putin also said he is confident that "the Muslim community of Russia will continue taking an active part in the country's life and will help safeguard our invaluable historical, cultural and spiritual heritage through its productive work."