In photos: Faizrakhman Sattarov and his Muslim messengers from God
IN Photos: This is Faizrakhman Sattarov, leader of an Islamic sect that has since 2000 lived in a compound near Kazan, the capital of Russia’s Volga River province of Tatarstan. His age is given as being anything from 80 to 85 years. Faizrakhman Sattarov says he is a “messenger of God”. He might be. Until God speaks out, all options remain open. The Russian state is also keeping a keen eye on Faizrakhman Satarov, after around 70 members of his group – including 27 children aged between one and 17 – were found living underground. It is thought they’d been living underground for almost a decade.
ABC says Faizrakhman Sattarov “would build an Islamic caliphate under the earth.”
In a 2008 interview with the Komsomolskaya Pravda daily, he said that he had fallen out with other clerics and authorities in the communist era, when he said the KGB sent him to Muslim nations with stories about religious freedom in the officially atheist Soviet Union. Government-approved Orthodox Christian, Muslim and Jewish clerics routinely travelled abroad on Soviet publicity trips.
“That’s how I became Satan’s servant, a traitor,” Satarov was quoted as saying. “When I understood that, I repented and started preaching.”
A Russian site explains:
Fayzrahman Sattarov was born in 1929. After serving in the Army, he enrolled in 1955 in Bukhara madrassah “Arab World”, which ends in 1962. Then he continued his studies at the Islamic Institute in Tashkent, before 1964. At this time, begin to appear his first vision. Sattarov saw an electrical discharge from a passing trolley wires, sparks, and created a glow. It was explained to the future “prophet” as “Noor” – the light from Allah. Upon completion of training in Uzbekistan Sattarov back to Kazan and worked for about a year in the mosque “Marjani” – at that time only the mosque. Obtained even in the military skills as a staff clerk in the service have already proved useful in the mosque: it works and the secretary and bookkeeper and accountant. Soon he was invited to his then-Ufa mufti of the Spiritual Board of Muslims of European USSR and Siberia (DUMES) Hiyaletdinov Shakir, who is extremely scarce in the number of the staff DUMES happy to work for him Sattarova: he performs the same function as the executive secretary to the Mufti. In 1966 he was sent to Leningrad to work imam, first of all for one month, but in the end he’s still working up to 1971. In 1972 he was elected to the post Sattarova Kazi (religious judge) DUMES, which he took up in 1976, after which the imam working in Rostov-on-Don, October and Ufa.
This Russian site says how they came to be found:
The scandal erupted in early August. During the investigation into the murder of the chief academic DUM RT Waliullah Yakupova and attempted Mufti RT Ildusa Fayzova, Investigation Department of the RF IC instructed law enforcement agencies to check the religious community “fayzrahmanistov” for weapons.
In the house of three overground levels and 8 below the earth:
“The primitive toilet in the yard, overcrowding, lack of ventilation, the only refrigerator in the kitchen, cooking at all in the general pot. Violated the rules of fire safety “- quoted in the prosecution acts inspection agencies.
“At the same Fayzrahman Sattarov forbade members of the community to contact the hospital and receive any medical assistance. The children did not go to school. That is, permitted a violation of constitutional rights, in particular, on education, health and medical care, which is a manifestation of extremism, “- the press service of the prosecutor’s office in Kazan.
What’s to come?
In Kazan, filed four criminal cases against the head and members of the community of hermits “fayzrahmanisty.”
In this Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, photo self-proclaimed "messenger of God," Faizrakhman Satarov, left, approaches his house where members of an Islamic sect have lived in seclusion since the early 2000s outside Kazan, the capital of Russia's Volga River province of Tatarstan. The leader of the sect declared himself a "messenger of God" and has been under official scrutiny after authorities found that 20 children of the sect members have not been allowed to leave the premises, attend school or be examined by doctors.(AP Photo/Nikolay Alexandrov)