SHAFAQNA -Â With a population of 12.5 million, Russiaâ€™s capital is now home to at least 1.5 million Muslims, making it one of Europeâ€™s largest Muslim city according to political analyst Alexei Malashenko, foreign media reported.
Whether the Muslim population is met with acceptability in the capital remains ambivalent Malashenko said â€Moscow is slowly adapting to being Europeâ€™s largest Muslim city, and Muslims are gradually adapting to it.â€
At one end, the Muslims of Moscow seem to have been able to fit well within the social jigsaw of Russian society. Religious demonstrations and public rituals have taken place on a large scale; of which one included a gathering of a total of 180,000 people at five mosques and three temporary sites in celebration of the end of the holy month of Ramazan.
Furthermore, a new custom in Moscow includes thousands of Muslims gathering on Saturday mornings, chanting â€œGod is great!â€ Additionally, the presence of Muslimâ€™s in Moscow has given rise to a large number of ethnic Russians converting to Islam.