The Orthodox Church in Kirghizia does not remain neutral to what
is happening in the country. As early as in April, 2010 Metropolitan
Vladimir made an appeal to people, in whichhe reminded that “the
one pressing for justice or simply his own power, having obtained or
asserted it by any unconstitutional and unlawful way, outside the legal
environment, assumes a sin by no means justified on his conscience and
heart. Evil brings about evil”. Metropolitan’s word was not listened to,
ad now His Eminence addresses to people with a word full of sorrow
Also read: Archpriest Igor Dronov: Orthodox priests of Kirghizia
sheltered people in the church
Brothers and sisters!
I’m addressing you once again, hoping that good judgment has not
completely left you and the things that our sacred books – the Bible
and Qur'an teach every believer will prevail: don’t lift hand against
your brother in faith, forgive and love your neighbor even if he is
It is with a heavy heart that I’m writing you these lines – the
innocent blood has already been shed.
By now many people, blinded by hatred that was raised by evil and
unfair provoker’s word, could not refrain themselves and disobeyed
God’s will, bringing death to their brothers in their own Islamic faith.
They seem to have forgotten what is said in Qur'an about those who
mislead them this fratricidal way out of profit motive: “Neither
obey thou each feeble oath-monger, detracter, spreader abroad of
slanders, Hinderer of the good, transgressor, malefactor, greedy
therewithal, intrusive. It is because he is possessed of wealth and
But they obeyed, and they will unavoidably answer at the Last
For there is still the time to stop and ask themselves looking at
those around you whether those satanic puppeteers standing invisibly
behind you have turned you into marionettes.
“Be not as those who say, we hear, and they hear not...”
I’m sure that if you have some common sense, if the fear of God
abides in you, you will be the murderers, violators and marauders
robbing other people’s homes no more. And it does not matter what
nationality is the one you made your enemy, what matters is that you
transgress the commandments of God, who did not divide the mankind he
created into nationalities, but who said through the mouth of his
prophet Mohammed: “And of those whom We created there is a nation who
guide with the Truth and establish justice therewith.”
Will anyone dare to divide His one people into pure and impure,
those who are worthy to live on this earth and those who are not? Is
there such a bold spirit, who, having forgotten His Judgment, will dare
to establish his own small personal justice, as it seems to him,
breaking the Divine justice established by Him till the end of times?
«Ye are requited naught save what ye did»
Much of what has already happened in Kyrgyzstan is terrible, and
none of those who committed those terrible things, having forgotten all
the commandments, will avoid responsibility for that. Women and
children died… Thousands of people lost their shelter and means of
The economy of a small country, scarce as it is, suffered such an
attack from which it would be unable to recover for a long time. Murders
and riots did not solve the previously existing conflicts, but plunged
the state into more severe poverty and led to more dependence from the
outer forces. Was it what the young country really needed?
The answer is unambiguous …
So when you were going out in the streets against your brothers in
faith, against Muslims, worshipping God as much as you do, was it
difficult to you to understand that by this you destroy the unified body
of Islam, your own spiritual body?
No doubt, you might have disagreements with many of those whom you
opposed. However, don’t you know that “in whatsoever ye differ,
the verdict therein belongeth to Allah.” ?
The fire is not smothered yet. Tragic deaths are still not bewept.
Things happened that happened, and it is to be recompensed.
But still, it is in the power of human reason to stop the madness
of hatred, as the Holy Qur’an appeals: “And if two parties of
believers fall to fighting then make peace between them. And if one
party of them doeth wrong to the other, fight ye that which doeth wrong
till it return unto the ordinance of Allah; then, if it return, make
peace between them justly, and act equitably. Lo! Allah loveth the
equitable. The believers are naught else than brothers. Therefore make
peace between your brethren and observe your duty to Allah that haply ye
may obtain mercy.” .
I pray for those who died innocently, I pray for you, my brothers
that unjust hatred of your brothers left your souls. Remember, – “Let
all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and
slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one
another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ
also has forgiven you…”.
Vladimir, Metropolitan of Bishkek and Central
Igor Dronov: Orthodox priests of Kirghizia
sheltered people in the church
Russian text - courtesy of the online magazine "Orthodoxy and the world". Translated from Russian by Julia Zubkova
 Qur’an. Surah 68 – “Al-Qalam”, Verses 10 (10),
11 (11), 12 (12), 13 (13), 14 (14).
 Qur’an. Surah 8 – “Al-Anfal”, Verse 21.
 Qur’an. Surah 7 – “Al-Araf”, Verse 180 (181).
 Qur’an. Surah 37 – “As-Saaffat”, Verse 38 (39).
 Qur’an. Surah 42 – “Ash-Shura”, Verse 8 (10).
 Qur’an. Surah 49 – “Al-Hujraat” Verses 9 (9),
 Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to Ephesians
4: 31, 32.