The message reads, in part:
“Eid ul-Fitr is one of the major religious holidays that followers of Islam have been observing for centuries. By closing the holy month of Ramadan, it carries a deep moral meaning, encapsulates the joy of renewal, commitment to self-improvement, readiness to do good and help the needy.
It is encouraging that Russian Muslims cherish the rich spiritual and historical heritage of their ancestors, follow the testaments and rites of their fathers and forefathers, and preach them to the younger generation. The active participation of Muslim organisations in the nation’s public and cultural life, in implementing needed charitable, educational and patriotic initiatives arouses sincere respect. I should also note their role in sustaining civic peace and concord, and enhancing friendship and mutual understanding among people.”