Friday, December 7, 2007

Moscow’s first Muslim clinic opens

from AsiaNews (Italy)

Moscow’s first private clinic based on Sharia law opened its doors yesterday. “The policlinic will strictly abide by Sharia law by observing, above all, gender differences in its services,” said Anna Kisko, a spokesperson for the health network responsible for the facility. The new centre women will be served by female specialists; men by male specialists, spokesperson Anna Kisko told the Interfax Religion agency. The administrative personnel will also be dressed accordingly to Sharia law, i.e. the doctors will only have their hands open and female doctors will have to wear headscarves or possibly hijabs. The opening of a Halal cafeteria and a prayer room with a screen separating men from women should also be available at the policlinic. In addition, all medicines used at the policlinic will have to conform to Halal principles and not contain any alcohol. The creation of a Muslim hospital is backed by Russia’s health ministry and the Mufti Council of Russia ... Co-operation between Russia’s Muslim community and the country’s political authorities has improved and the Mufti Council of Russia has promoted the creation of a movement called “Muslims for Putin.”

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