Stand of the Grand Mufti’s Office with regard to the raid of State Agency “National Security” on 25th of November, 2014

Grand Mufti’s Office of the Muslim Denomination in the Republic of Bulgaria as a representative of the Bulgarian citizens professing Islam and as an institution which organizes their religious life in the country, a defender of the statehood and unity of the Bulgarian nation , as well as of the inviolable right of religion and belief, considers that it is necessary to express its stand regarding the raid of State Agency “National Security” (SANS), carried out in the cities of Pazardzhik, Asenovgrad, Haskovo and Smolyan on 25th of November, 2014.
We categorically state that employees – imams who have employment relationship with the Muslim Denomination are not arrested or indicted as a result of the raid of SANS on 25th of  November, 2014.
Grand Mufti’s Office would like to remind that it strongly condemns in a special declaration the activities of the so called “Islamic State” and appeals to the Bulgarian citizens professing Islam not to respond the calls for jihad and the establishment of caliphate. They are inconsistent, because the self-proclaimed about this do not have this competence.
Grand Mufti’s Office do believe in the rule of law and considers that everyone who breaks it as a result of his personal ambitions must bear his responsibility. But it also appeals to the security authorities not to let the imputation of guilt and fear in innocent citizens when they perform their duties as a result of the current situation.

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