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2.11.2010 - This year Kazakhstan will celebrate the Feast of Sacrifice - Kurban Ait on November 16. This day is announced to be a holiday in the Republic. Print E-mail
Kurban Ait in Arabic is a feast of sacrifice. Kurban in Arabic means “approach”, i.e. approach to Allah through spiritual purification and commitment of good deeds.  Kurban Ait lasts three days, and at this time, Muslims sacrifice one of the animals: sheep, cow, he-sheep or camel.  It is believed that those who performed Kurban Shalu (sacrifice) ensured well being to the family. The most important day of Kurban Ait for Muslims is the first day. On this day Ait-namaz is prayed in mosques, it is the first day when religious people try to congratulate each other and to invite at a generously laid dastarkhan. The Muslims believe that during the days of Ait they should try to be in a good mood, to be gracious and forgiving. It is considered correct if quarrelled people can forgive each other and make peace. Visit of patients and, possibly, help the needy, orphans and widows, let them feel the holiday spirit are also in the list of good deeds, which they can make these days and get sauab (holy reward) for it.  SOURCE: IA News-Kazakhstan
2.11.2010 - on Tuesday Vice Prime Minister – Minister of Industry and New Technologies of Kazakhstan Asset Issekeshev made a formal statement on holding of the Seventh World Islamic Economic Forum in June 2011 in Astana. Print E-mail
“On behalf of the government of Kazakhstan I would like to officially announce the date of the forum: June 7-9, 2011” – Issekeshev said at the press conference in the Kazakh capital.  He explained that traditions of “Islamic Davos”, as the World Islamic Economic Forum is called, require a formal announcement of its date and venue by the host government.  “We hope that the forum will contribute to expansion of relations of Kazakhstan with the countries of the Islamic world” – Vice Prime Minister – the head of the MINT RK said.   


25.10.2010 – Islam – Religion of Peace, not Terror Print E-mail
There are several reasons for negative attitude to Islam
In recent years, Islam in Western countries increasingly emerging at the centre of religious disagreements. Europeans perceive one of the most ancient religions as a source of violence.
Special envoy of US President on establishment of a dialogue with the Islamic world Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, who is also the author of the acclaimed project of construction of the Islamic centre in New York, knows this firsthand. However, he explains that Islam is a religion of peace. “But at the same time, there are a number of reasons, mainly political, as well as the perception formed by the press, which created a potion, because of which the world looks at Islam from this angle” - the Imam said during the interview with the newspaper “Liter”.
19.10.2010 - Information for Media Print E-mail


       Today, Speaker of the Senate of the Parliament, Head of the Secretariat of the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev received special envoy of US President Barack Obama on establishment of a dialogue with the Islamic world, chairman of the religious non-governmental organization “Cordoba Initiative” Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, taking part in the World Spiritual Forum which began its work yesterday in Astana.

14.10.2010 – Information for Media Print E-mail
Today, Chairman of the Senate of the Parliament, Head of the Secretariat of the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev received members of the Working Group of Secretariat of the Congress.
K. Tokayev thanked all the participants of the meeting of the Working Group of Secretariat of the Congress, held in Astana on 13-14 October of the current year for a successful and fruitful work in promoting interfaith and intercultural dialogue.
Members of the Working Group approved the draft Concept of the activity of the Council of Religious Leaders. The initiative to create such a document belongs to President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev.
As the Speaker said, the concept of the document will be approved at the IV Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions in 2012. During the next meeting of the Secretariat, to be held in May 2011, it is planned to discuss the form of adoption of the Concept of the Council of Religious Leaders, determine the date of the event, subject and agenda of the IV Congress.
The participants highly appreciated the contribution of President Nursultan Nazarbayev to the global process of dialogue among civilizations and strengthening the principles of tolerance and mutual understanding. It was noted that interfaith dialogue is becoming an important tool for achieving unity and harmony among nations, and Congress – a qualitative new platform for cooperation among representatives of different religions.
Press Service of the Senate
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