Chairman of State Committee for Religious Organizations Says Radical and Non-Traditional Religious Sects Present in Several Northern Azerbaijani Regions
Azerbaijan, Guba/ Trend , corr. A. Gafarov/ During today's meeting with the representatives of the Caucasian Muslims Department, as well as other religious figures in the country, Khidayat Orujov, the Chairman of the State Committee for Religious Organizations, has stated that the activity of some radical and non-traditional religious sects and congregations has been identified in several northern regions of Azerbaijan.
Orujov said that a total of 49 mosques currently operated in the Azerbaijani Northern Town of Guba, adding that just 9 of them had passed the corresponding registration. The Chairman of the Committee marked the importance of the other 40 mosques holding relevant documents for registration. Orujov added that believers may freely visit the 74 sacred places located in the region.
In his speech, Abbas Asadov, the Chairman of the Guba District Department of the national Security Ministry of the Country, said that there had been religious and racial controversies and problems in the Guba District of Azerbaijan. According to him, despite the number of reports on the activity of representatives of various religious sects in the region, this issue is not considered to be urgent, either to the region or the country.
The Northern Azerbaijani District of Guba with the population of over 150,000 is located 164 km from the Azerbaijani Capital.