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In Moscow will be another mosque in Riyadh - Orthodox Church

December 2 2008

Sixth Moscow mosque will be built by the Saudi Arabia. The initiative to build a temple made by the king himself a Muslim country whose territory is the greatest Islamic shrines - Mecca and Medina.

Head of Saudi Arabia also supported the construction of the Moscow Islamic Cultural Center. It is said that he will have a huge size and be able to compete with the scale of the church of Christ the Savior. Managed by the mosque and the center will be the Spiritual Board of Muslims of European part of Russia.

At the same time, the Moscow Patriarchate has already appealed to the authorities of Saudi Arabia's proposal to open an Orthodox church in Riyadh - the capital of a distant country. While not in Saudi Arabia there are no Orthodox church. Moreover just coming into the country, living under Sharia law, is obliged to strictly execute its laws. Even influential foreigners can not violate the local traditions.

Thus, during Putin's visit to Saudi Arabia, the ladies - members of the delegation - had to cover her head. And, of course, no alcohol. Nowhere and never. Violation of this prohibition is punishable by particularly strict.

Until recently, categorically not allowed to build up the country and the churches of other denominations. Referring to the fact that the Arabian land - the cradle of Islam - the authorities have built here more than 60,000 mosques. And while the Christians are quite tolerant of Muslims, but to build Christian churches are forbidden.

And seen for the prayer could be arrested. While in neighboring Qatar and the UAE have already appeared churches and houses of worship of Christians, Saudi Arabia remains a totally Muslim country.

So perhaps the first inokonfessionalnym Religious buildings in Saudi Arabia will become a Russian Orthodox church. Unless, of course, be able to agree ...

Alexander Gray


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