Akaev’s secular-communist regime is apathetic about proselytization
Damir Ahmad, IOL Correspondent
, June 26 (IslamOnline.net) – Five percent of the majority Muslim
have converted to Christianity due to the spreading missionary work in
the former Soviet republic, a Russian newspaper reported Saturday,
percentage of Muslims declined from 84 percent of the total population
in 2001 to 79.3 percent in 2004, state-run Rossia reported quoting
Omurzak Mamayusupov, the director of the religious affairs committee
in the country.
terms of figures, he added, some 100,000 Muslims, of the country’s
five million population, have converted to Christianity.
are working at full swing in the northern governorates like Narin,
Tallas and Issik-Koul, said the official.
addition to circulating thousands of illustrative brochures, books and
videos, they have built churches in the aforesaid northern
governorates, added Mamayusupov.
committee put at 40 the number of Catholic and Protestant
proselytizing organizations operating in the north, chief among them
are Svideteli Egovi and Adventists of the Seventh Day.
said they entice the Muslim people away from their religion by money,
presents and lucrative work contracts abroad.
warned that such organizations endanger the national security and run
the risk of triggering an ethnic conflict.
must nib this phenomenon in the bud to head off an ethnic conflict in
," he said.
official recalled that for years Orthodox Christians and Muslims have
been living in peace and coexistence, cautioning that the
missionaries, seeking to spread Catholicism and Protestantism, might
ignite a religious war.
added that the government is considering the option of forming a
religious police department in the near future to counter the
missionary work in the country.
locals were originally following Abu Hanifah Madhhab (
) but some 40 percent model themselves after the Wahabi
in 879 CE. There are around 3,000 mosques in the country of which 2000
have been constructed since 2000 in the south.
the country has a Muslim majority, the secular-communist regime of
President Askar Akaev, who came to power after the fall of
in 1991, has largely been showing apathy vis-à-vis missionary