The Religious Directorate of Muslims in the Asian cultural region of Russia provided an incentive to open libraries at mosques in Siberia and the Urals, says the chairman of the Directorate Nafigulla Ashirov.
While Muslim communities in Central Russia, the Volga region and in Northern Caucasus are well supplied with Islamic books, it still remains a problem in the Urals, Siberia and Far East of Russia. “Available books are few in number and expensive for simple Muslims”,–says Ashirov.–“That is the reason why we need to open libraries at every mosque in these regions so the books can be accessed not just by Muslims but for everyone who is interested; for example, students who write papers on Islam and Muslim-related matters.”
Medina Publishing House, one of the largest Muslim publishers in Russia, is ready to contribute to this initiative. Its books on the history of Muslim communities in Russia and Islamic theology and practice, form many libraries around the country.