A GROUP of female runners have caused fury in Russia after exercising and dancing in front of a mosque.
The athletes were warming up ahead of the May 3 marathon in the Russian city of Kazan when they put on the “provocative” display.
The women, all dressed in tight running gear for the marathon they would be running in, performed light stretches before breaking into an impromptu dance routine.
The dance routine was filmed near the Kul-Sharif mosque in the majority Muslim state of Tatarstan.
PDM News, a local news website, reported that Rafik Mukhametshin, the Deputy Mufti of Tatarstan, said the “provocative” display by the woman was offensive.
“It is unacceptable,” he said.
“Another background could be found. I think these are provocative actions on their part.
“We do not support such behaviour.”
On the other side, Ekaterina, the woman who filmed the video, explained to Life that the video shows the participants of the Kazan marathon, doing warm-up exercises before running.
She claimed that the background was not specifically chosen and it was just random.
“We did not pursue any malicious intent, and did not want to offend anyone,” she added.
PDM News reported that people across the city were upset because the video was published during the holy month of Ramadan, the time of fasting and spiritual cleansing of believers.
No information was reported as to whether there will be any legal sanctions regarding this situation.
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Similarly, in 2018 a 20-year-old blogger who danced in front of the same mosque was vilified by the Muslim community for “insulting the feelings of believers.
Rafik Mukhametshin at the time said: “Many believers think that such people do not understand that they live in a multi-confessional society, that they emphasise with their behaviour that for them the sense of faith is something secondary.
“Therefore, of course, such things should not take place.”