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Crimean theologians give lectures for convicts on suicide prevention

Sevastopol, March 30, 2021

Representatives of the Muslim and Orthodox clergy delivered a lecture on providing spiritual assistance to convicts prone to suicide for the officers of the UFSIN (Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia) in the Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol.

The lectures were given by the chief imam of Simferopol, assistant to the Mufti of Crimea for interaction with the Federal Penitentiary Service, Muhammad Islamov, and assistant to the head of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia for the Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol on organizing work with believers, Archpriest Roman Tsurkan.

The event was organized as part of the implementation of the plan for the prevention of suicides in correctional institutions of the penitentiary system of the Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol.

During the lecture, Muhammad Islamov shared examples from his 15-year pedagogical work with convicts prone to suicides. In addition, he spoke about the attitude of religion to suicide and self-harm.

“Suicide is a terrible sin, both from the point of view of Islam and from the point of view of Orthodoxy. Islam categorically prohibits suicide,” said Muhammad Islamov. He also noted that the employees of the UFSIN are not only officers, but also teachers, psychologists, and they must pay attention to the behavior of the convict in a timely manner. “We need to have psychological and pedagogical skills so as to find contact and talk more with the convict. We must talk more about spirituality, morality, love and care, ignorance will recede and there will be no such sins as suicide,” said Islamov.

According to representatives of the Muslim and Orthodox clergy, such lectures broaden the horizons of the FSIN officers, and reveal the importance of religion in working with convicts as well.



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