Russia tries to save the Republic of Adygea from going the way of Jihad
Tucked away in the north Caucasus is the small Republic of Adygea. It doesn’t make the news very often but it seems that mother Russia is trying to take preemptive measures to ensure that it remains largely immune from the Islamist tide sweeping across the Caucasus.
According to an article published by Caucasus Emirate (mujahideen) news agency Kavkaz Center, a flyer posted on a mosque in the capital, Maykop, advertises a 5-year program in “Sufism” at Saifullo Qadi Dagestani Islamic University. The ad states that “the Islamic University prepares imams, Alims, teachers of Arabic and translators”. A further note is underlined with special characters: “For the time of the study, students are exempt from the army conscription,” reports Kavkaz Center.
The program is believed to be affiliated at some level with the Naqshbandi-Haqqani Sufi Order, which, according the group’s U.S.-based website:
… is the Way of complete reflection of the highest degree of perfection. It is the Way of sanctifying the self by means of the most difficult struggle, the struggle against the self. It begins where the other orders end, in the attraction of complete Divine Love, which was granted to the first friend of the Prophet, Abu Bakr as-Siddiq.”
Russia is attempting to dilute the interest in fundamentalist Islam that is taking hold in Adygea by offering a non-violent alternative using a Sufi Order that is considered heretical by fundamentalists. Kavkaz Center observes:
The fact is that in Adygea, Sufism never seriously spread. The only Sufi community in Maikop is represented only by the Chechen-Ingush Diaspora.
Although Adygeans, more than any other Caucasian peoples, have been subjected to religious assimilation, they are very rarely interested in any heretical movements in Islam.
This explains the fact that Adygeans, returning to Islam, are very favorably disposed to the jihad in the Caucasus.
Following instructions from Moscow on limiting travel of Muslim youth to study abroad, special services decided to impose at the same time Sufism in Adygea and spread fitnah (discord) among Muslims.
Muslims comprise 25% of the republic’s 450,000 residents. Inteltrends believes that students who enroll in the Sufism program in Adygea will become targets of Islamic fundamentalists.