The Secretary General of the MIF, Chairman of the Spiritual Directorate of Muslims of the Russian Federation and the Council of Muftis of Russia, Mufti Sheikh Ravil Gainutdin on behalf of the Muslim clergy and the Muslim Ummah of Russia expressed condolences in connection with the loss of life and the large number of injured in the explosion in the capital of Lebanon on August 4:
"I express my sincere condolences in connection with the explosion in the port of Beirut, which entailed many human casualties, hundreds of injuries and mutilations, large-scale destruction. Lebanon suffered a truly national grief and shock. In this difficult hour, Muslims of Russia express their sympathy and sincere empathy to the people. Lebanon, they grieve along with those who lost loved ones in this tragedy. Indeed, we are all from Allah and to Him our return. We pray to Allah Almighty for mercy to the souls of the lost, for the healing of the victims and patience for those who have suffered loss.
Mufti Sheikh Ravil Gainutdin,
Chairman of the Spiritual Directorate of Muslims of the Russian Federation,
Chairman of the Council of Muftis of Russia,
Secretary General of the MIF