Syrian theologians have invited Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia to visit their country.
"Scholars of Islam and the waqf [religious policy] minister of Syria
conveyed via us an invitation for His Holiness Patriarch to visit their
country, including Maaloula, where ancient Christian relics have been
preserved. They said it would be important for the support to the
Christians," Albir Krganov, a member of the Russian Public Chamber and
the Mufti of Moscow, who has visited Syria as part of the Russian Muslim
delegation, told Interfax-Religion.
He said that the delegation, which, in particular, included the Mufti of
Tatarstan Kamil Samigullin, held meetings with officials, scholars,
religious activists and visited the city of Maaloula which was liberated
Ancient Christian temples are situated there, and the
local residents speak an almost extinct language, Aramaic, which was
spoken by Jesus Christ.
Krganov said that an initiative to create an inter-faith Syria support
foundation under the aegis of the Public Chamber is currently under
"We are currently considering a consolidated collection of humanitarian
aid for Syria through civil society efforts and representatives of the
traditional religions," he said.
Apart from that, Krganov said, Russian Muslims are planning to send medications and equipment for hospital elevators to Syria.
"Elevators aren't working in Syrian hospitals, which makes transporting
seriously ill patients inside the buildings very difficult," the mufti