Moscow: Claiming that the number of Muslims in Russia had been growing with every passing day, Grand Mufti of Russia Sheikh Ravil Gainutdin said on Monday that Muslims will make up 30 per cent of Russia’s population by 2034. He told this while speaking at a conference in Moscow.
Grand Mufti is quoted to have said, “As per predictions of experts, 30 per cent of Russia’s population will consist of Muslims after 15 years.”
Noting that the number of those performing prayers during the Islamic festivals was increasing compared to previous years, the grand mufti recalled that during last year’s Eid ul Azha, more than 320,000 Muslims came to mosques in Moscow to perform their prayers. Saying this was a “record”, Gainutdin claimed it was an indicator of the rising numbers of Muslims in the country. He stressed the need for dozens of new mosques in Russia’s big cities.