Islamic Cultural Centre Bukovyna is to serve both Muslims and people of other religious views who can have firsthand experience with the teaching of Islam and Muslims regardless of their reasons, gain a better understanding and get rid of stereotypes enforced by the Media and the aggressor-country’s propaganda. Mr.Seyran Aryfov, Head of CSUAUA “Alraid”, was positive about that in his opening speech at the inauguration ceremony of the new Islamic Cultural Centre Bukovyna (Chernivtsi, 150 Holovna Str.) on 15 August.
Sheikh Seyran wished all the best to the leaders of the ICC and local Muslim community, and Asked Allah Almighty to bless their work in the cultural and religious fields. He also promised that the Chernivtsi community would have full support from the “Alraid” Headquarters in Kyiv.
Read of RAMU “Umma” (the religious union to administer the new ICC’s mosque) PR, Mr.Pavlo Fedodov, stressed that Islamic Cultural Centre Bukovyna was aimed at developing and strengthening ties with other religious communities, as well as expat communities, in order to strengthen cooperation and dialogue and cooperative implementation of social and charitable projects.
Among those who came to congratulate the local Muslims were Mufti of RAMU “Umma” Said Ismagilov, Head of Board of RAMU “Umma” Oleh Guzil, HEAD of RAMU “Umma” PR Pavlo Fedosov, Director of the Department of Culture of Chernivtsi Region State Administration, Ms.Oksana Fylypchuk, Head of Science Department of Chernivtsi regional Centre of State Servicemen’s Advanced Training Serhii Hakman, etc.
The honour of reciting the Holy Qur’an at the opening ceremony was given to Mr.Ismail Qady, Director of Kyiv Islamic Cultural Centre, and the first prayer in the officially open Centre was headed by Mufti Said Ismagilov.
After the National Anthem was performed and the Qur’an recited, and all the greetings and cutting the ribbon, the guests were shown around the Centre, and then invited to the presentation of the new edition of a book by Solomiya Vivhcar, “Ukrainian Thinkers and Islam”, followed by autograph session. The quests were offered treats, tea and coffee.