Azerbaijani religious figures, scholars appeal to President Ilham Aliyev

Baku: Members of the Scholastic-Religious Council and the Gazi Council of the Caucasian Muslims Office (CMO), religious figures and scholars from Azerbaijan’s districts have appealed to Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, considering the anxiety of the country’s religious community and numerous appeals from believers, APA reports.

Religious figures, members of CMO Scholastic-Religious Council and the Gazi Council unequivocally rejects attempts to associate the terror acts committed in Nardaran settlement by a group of saboteurs intending to undermine socio-political stability, tolerant and multicultural environment and interfaith relations in Azerbaijan and the foundations of legal and democratic state with the religion. The incident is assessed as an attempt made by external and internal destructive forces for political purposes to sow discord in society and cause a coup d’etat.

“The so-called movement called “Muslim Unity” which was founded by Tale Bagirzadeh and his supporters has no link with the believers and is not recognized by the CMO as a religious body.

Each traitor, who damages social and political stability and tolerant way of life of Azerbaijan, must be decently punished. Radical groups operating under the guise of religion should put an end to their insidious intentions drawing a lesson from these incidents,” said the appeal.