About 15 people were detained in Makhachkala on 12 July after a night prayer in Tanghim Mosque on Vengerskikh Boytsov Street. The mosque is locally known as the ‘Salafi mosque’.
The Haji Javad Mosque, located in the historical Sovetski area of Baku’s Yasamal District, was demolished overnight on 1 July, despite objections from locals, who were reportedly pushed away from the site by police. President Ilham Aliyev has dismissed the head of the district administration for making an ‘unauthorised decision’, Azerbaijani news outlet Trend reported.
A mosque in the village of Shamkhal, several kilometres north-west of the Daghestani capital of Makhachkala, was closed because according to official documents, the building should be a shop, authorities claim. Local worshippers have been prevented from entering the building for over a month. [Read more…]
Daghestani police have closed a mosque in Shamkhal several kilometres north-west of the Daghestani capital of Makhachkala. Local supporters of the mosque intend to fight the authorities’ decision.
Georgia’s Muslim community received a double blow on 11 May, when Batumi City Hall rejected a petition to construct a second mosque in the city and local authorities in the village of Mokhe rejected a request to transfer ruins in the village, allegedly of a mosque, to the local Muslim community. [Read more…]
Several Daghestanis who appeared on the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) preventive supervision list have succeeded in having their names removed through the courts.
Muslims in Batumi are in desperate need of more space to practice their religion. However, suspicion, opposition, and Turkophobia from local politicians and Christian Orthodox activists is leaving them out in the cold. [Read more…]
On 15 January, inhabitants of the Separatorny district of Makhachkala, the capital of Daghestan, took to the streets to protest against members of the local mosque. According to the protesters, a ‘separate principality’ has been formed in the area since the mosque opened.