The message reads, in part:
“Eid al-Adha, the holiday that marks the end of the pilgrimage to ancient Islamic shrines, has a profound moral and spiritual meaning, and serves to unite people and preserve the enduring values of love, kindness and mercy.
It is pleasing that Russia’s Muslim community is actively involved in the country’s life and makes consistent efforts to implement major charitable and educational initiatives, as well as to teach the younger generation respect for the traditions and customs of their ancestors. And of course, the community’s activities are highly important for promoting interethnic peace and accord in society.
I wish you health, success, happiness, and prosperity.”