Russia's first Muslim clinic opens in Moscow

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Moscow, Dec 7 (UNI) Russia's first Islamic medical centre providing treatment for Muslims has been started here.

The new centre will have women being treated by female specialists, who would wear headscarves (hijabs), while men examined by male medical staff, Ria Novosti quoted the clinic's chief as saying.

The facility also includes a Halal cafeteria and a prayer room with a screen separating men and women section, a buffet with non-alcoholic drinks and a drug store with only alcohol-free medicines.

Russian Mufti Council head Ravil Gainutdin said the centre would contribute to mutual understanding between nations and religions.

''In a multinational Russia, each citizen has the right for the kind of treatment that fits their traditions,'' Mr Gainutdin said.

Later such clinics are planned to be opened in the Republic of Tatarstan and Saratov.

Islam is the second largest religion in the country, with Muslims representing some 15 per cent of the population of 142 million.


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