Mufti of Crimea: «May 18 is a day of memory and bitterness for the entire Crimean Tatar people»
Appeal of the Mufti of the Muslims of the Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol Hadji Emirali Ablaev on the Day of Remembrance of the victims of the forced deportation of the Crimean Tatar people on May 18, 1944.
May 18 is a day of memory and bitterness for the entire Crimean Tatar people. On this day, we remember the tragic fate of our ancestors expelled from their native land and share the unceasing pain together. We will never be able to forget the forced deportation that was committed against the civilian population 79 years ago.
For almost half a century, the people lived in exile. But with dignity he overcame the most difficult and bitter period in his life, survived and returned to his historical homeland. The strength of spirit, hard work, cohesion and vitality, endless devotion to their land, inherited from their ancestors, won.
Today, like every year, we pay tribute to the memory of those who suffered as a result of lawlessness, offer up prayers for the souls of the innocent victims, and pray to Almighty Allah to protect all peoples from such trials. We express our sincere condolences to family and friends.
We, Crimean Tatars, have preserved our language, religion, culture, customs, traditions, and most importantly, love for our Motherland.
We call on the younger generation to love their native land and create for the benefit of its development and prosperity. Today there are all conditions for this.
The Crimean Tatar people fought for the restoration of justice and rehabilitation for many years after their return to Crimea. Many living at home have not waited for this. Almost three decades later, in April 2014, President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin signed a decree «On measures to rehabilitate the Armenian, Bulgarian, Greek, Crimean Tatar and German peoples and state support for their revival and development.»
Thanks to this decree, sweeping charges against our people have been lifted and historical justice has triumphed!
We ask Almighty Allah that peace and prosperity, interethnic and interfaith harmony always reign in the blessed land of Crimea.
Today, on the Day of Remembrance of the victims of the forced deportation of the Crimean Tatar people, in the central mosque of Simferopol Kebir-Jami, as well as in all the mosques of Crimea, memorial services will be held for the victims of the forced deportation of the Crimean Tatar people from Crimea on May 18, 1944.
source: DUMK press service
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