“Dear Muslims of Tatrstan! Dear compatriots!
I congratulate you on the sacred holiday of Eid al-Adha!
On this holy day, every devout Muslim turns his grateful gaze to the sacred Mecca, where the heart of the Islamic world has been beating for centuries. Making the Hajj to the sacred sites, offering prayers to Allah all over the world, offering redemptive sacrifices and praying for our devout ancestors, we joining in the great mystery of being, illuminated by the unfading light of faith and spiritual perfection.
Eid al-Adha is a holiday of good deeds, a heaven call for peace and unity. It awakens high feelings of compassion for the poor and infirm compatriots, respect for parents and elderly people in believers, gives hope for a better future. We sincerely believe that the ideals of good, love and justice inherent in Islam and all traditional religions will triumph in the soul of every person, putting the limit to senseless hostility and fratricidal conflicts.
These aspirations are specially close in the year of celebration of anniversaries of two outstanding philosophers and enlighteners in Tatarstan, whose fates were closely linked to Kazan - Tatar theologian Shigabutdin Mardzhani and Russian writer Leo Tolstoy.
In the republic, which is an example of peaceful coexistence and interaction of representatives of different ethnicities and faiths, the unification of efforts of religious organizations in the solution of common social problems play an important role. First of all, it concerns the strengthening of the institution of family and marriage, where traditional spiritual values is of fundamental importance.
Opening up new opportunities for moral self-perfection before believers, Eid al-Adha inspires a vital optimism and sense of responsibility for the destiny of our family and people. Let the holiday be bright, generous and joyful!
From the bottom of my heart, I wish you, dear Tatarstan citizens, the mercies of Allah, peace, happiness, prosperity and well-being!
Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov."