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Indonesian ambassador receives honorary medal from Russian muftis

Source : The Jakarta Post | Jakarta | 28 Nov 2011

The Russia Muftis Council has awarded Indonesian Ambassador to Russia Hamid Awaluddin with an “Al-Fahr” honorary medal for his role in initiating partnership between Indonesian and Russian Muslims.

The medal was handed over by council chairman Ravil Gaynutdin, who along with other prominent Russian muftis escorted it to Hamid’s official residence in Moscow on Saturday evening.

“Your Excellency has played an extraordinary role that we can never undermine,” Gaynutdin said as quoted by the Indonesian Embassy in Russia in a press statement sent to Antara.

The mufti said Hamid, who has been serving in Moscow for three-and-a-half years and is about to retire, had united ambassadors of Islamic nations in Moscow in voicing Islam’s anti-terror views post the Moscow subway bombing in 2010 and airport bombing in early 2011, when Muslims were deemed culprits.

In 2008, Hamid also initiated education partnerships between Indonesian and Russian Islamic universities, which included scholarship granting and student and lecturer exchanges, and encouraged interfaith dialogues, among other things.

“All of this proves that Your Excellency is our brother. Therefore the Russia Muftis Council wishes to grant the most prestigious medal, the star of Al-Fahr, which means pride, [to the ambassador]. Your Excellency is the pride of Russian Muslims,” Gaynutdin said, as quoted in the statement.