Sofia Mufti: There is no Islamic Fundamentalism in Bulgaria

Politics | October 13, 2006, Friday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0
Bulgaria: Sofia Mufti: There is no Islamic Fundamentalism in Bulgaria Ali Khaireddin and Salih Arshinski talked to journalists on Friday about the new Association of Muslims in Bulgaria. Photo by Kameliya Atanasova (Sofia Photo Agency)

There are no traces of Islamic fundamentalism in Bulgaria, former Sofia Mufti Ali Khaireddin said as cited by Darik News.

"It is ridiculous to talk about even initial rudiments of Islamic fundamentalism in Bulgaria at this stage", he said.

Khaireddin is the chairman of the newly sprung Association of Muslims in Bulgaria, whose main objectives are the social integration of Muslims residing in Bulgaria and the elimination of disintegration within the Muslim community.

The association will fight against any external influences attempted by means of financial interventions, the chairman said.

"The Muslim community in Bulgaria is in isolation and the other communities in the country are prejudiced about it", Khaireddin said.

"The association is a non-religious, non-political and non-ethnic organisation", Salih Arshinski, secretary of the organisation said.

"We have no intentions of building mosques or carrying out religious courses. We believe that religion should not be used to form a way of thinking and we will try to achieve the independence of the Muslims as a community", he added.
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