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«Culture is the foundation of the nations existence»

The Founder of Peace and National Unity – Leader of the Nation, President of the Republic of Tajikistan,
His Excellency Emomali Rahmon

Culture is the pearl of the essence of the nation. Fortunately, in the Independent Tajikistan has created favorable conditions for exploring this rich heritage of the Tajik people. All theaters, exhibition halls, palaces and houses of culture, the Tajik circus, the library with its colorful program is open from morning until late evening. Hasten and rejoice yourself and your family members!

Shamsiddin Orumbekzoda held a speech on the Conference-meeting of the ministers of ISESCO countries


As the press center of the Ministry of culture of the Republic of Tajikistan has informed you before, the 11th Conference of the ministers of culture of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization started on December 17th in Tunisia and Minister of culture of the Republic of Tajikistan Shamsiddin Orumbekzoda is taking a part at it.
At the first meeting of the Conference, which will continue till December19th, Minister of culture of the Republic of Tajikistan Shamsiddin Orumbekzoda held a speech in front of the Chairman of ISESCO Mr. Yousef bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen, Director General of OIC Dr. Salem bin Mohammed Al-Malik, minister of culture of the Republic of Tunis Mohammed Zine AlAbidine and other participants.
We offer you the shortened text of the speech of Minister of culture:

The mainstream culture of Islam is, above all, the unity and solidarity of the people, especially the Islamic countries, which we see today at the Tunisian Summit. It is worth noting that Tunisia, as a center of Islamic culture in the world, has accomplished great missions over a period of time, and Tunisian cultured and educated people play a major role in the development and advancement of Islamic culture.
97 percent of Tajikistan's population are Muslim and the Government of Tajikistan works closely with the Islamic Science, Education and Culture Organization (ISESCO), the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the religious organizations and associations as a whole and tries to develop mutually beneficial cooperation with these organizations.
It is worth mentioning that the close cooperation of the Republic of Tajikistan within this authoritative organization resulted in the announcement of the capital of our country - Dushanbe as the "Cultural Capital of ISESCO in 2010" and on the occasion of this initiative, many guests from all over the world visited Tajikistan and in this process, several Islamic books have been published. We are pleased to state that for each nation and independent state it is a great honour and a matter of proud to get such a great achievement and on behalf of the venerable people of Tajikistan, we sincerely congratulate Tunisia and all Muslims of the world with the announcement of «The cultural capital of ISESCO - City of Tunis in 2019".
The Republic of Tajikistan as an independent and democratic state, fully protects the rights of citizens and always honors and appreciates Islamic values and strives for their development. In accordance with the Constitution of the country, freedom of conscience is provided and every citizen has the right to determine his or her own attitude to religion, either individually or jointly with others, profess to follow or not and to participate in religious ceremonies and rites.
In addition, the Tajik people have become accustomed to this world religion after the appearance of the holy religion of Islam, and, as I have said, at present, over 97 percent of the Tajik community -are Muslims. The national values of the Tajik people are consistent with Islamic values and are constantly on the same path.
It is worth noting that in Tajikistan more than 3500 - historical and cultural monument, which more than 120 of them belonging of history and culture of the Islamic monuments. This quantity of the Islamic monuments mausoleums, schools and mosques, that they have a very ancient history, such as: Mausoleum of Khoja Mashhad - 1,200-years, Mausoleum Mohammed Bashoro - 900 years, the Mausoleum of Khoja Naqshron 800- years, the Mosque Shohi Khomush - 800 years, the Mosque of Dur - Dur-300 years, The mausoleum of Mir Said Ali Hamadoni -700 years, detected copy of the book of "Koran" from the Castle of Hulbuk- 9th Century and others.
It should be noted that the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan is making every effort to fully upgrade and renovate the historical Islamic monuments, but the full implementation of this initiative will require more funding.
The people of Tajikistan are well aware that Islam is the enemy of terrorism and it is the most cultured religion embodying the ideas of unity and humanism. The leadership of Tajikistan, from many high-tribunes of international organizations has repeatedly acknowledged Islam as a peaceful, tolerant and unifying religion which is far from all the negative manifestations: In particular, the President of the Republic of Tajikistan, His Excellency Emomali Rahmon, emphasized from the UN rostrum that: “The catastrophic manifestation of terrorism and extremism has nothing in common with the holy religion of Islam. Leaders of these phenomena and movements, using the name of Islam, carry out their fierce ideals and dishonor the blessed name of Islam, while Islam is the source of great moral values, such as goodness and generosity, humanity, justice, science and tolerance”.
The merits of the outstanding figures of the Tajik nation in this regard have already been proved to the world and every year, the anniversary of each of them is being commemorated with great pride and international significance. Including the celebration of the Great 1,000 years Nosiri Khusrav Qobodiyoni, 1025 anniversary Shaykhurrais Ibni Sino, the 1,100-anniversary of the great state of Tajik people - State Somoniyon, that in this state the religion of Islam was very prospering, 800-anniversary of Muhammad Jaloluddini Rumi, 1150-unniversary the king of poets Abuabdullo Rudaki, the 1,130-years anniversary of the leader of the creed of Abu Hanifa in Islam, 950 –speakers of Islam Muhammad Ghazali the 700th anniversary of Mir Ali Hamadani and the 600th anniversary Shaykhulislom Abdurahmoni Jami, which had been accepted by UNESCO, and others, that they are including of such endeavors and tributes.
Ten years ago, in 2009, an international conference was held in Dushanbe to mark the 1130th anniversary of Imam Abu Hanifa, in which more than 500 thinkers and Islamic scholars from different countries gathered and gave comprehensive reports on this personality.
At the same time, under the direct initiative of the President of the Republic of Tajikistan, a large number of the “Koran” copies, translated to Tajik language became available for free to the citizens of the Republic of Tajikistan.
Nowadays there are 5000 mosques in Tajikistan, and religious associations and at the same time, the door of the Islamic Institute of Tajikistan named after of Imam Abu Hanifa are open for students who admit there every year for study. Also the Committee of Religious Affairs and National Ceremonies and the Center for Islamic Studies under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan lead their activities in our independent republic as a government bodies.
Many pilgrims from the Republic of Tajikistan annually travel to the country to perform one of the most important pillars - the shrine. According to the Committee of Religious Affairs and National Ceremonies, this year over 5,000 people made pilgrimage to Mecca.
In the Republic of Tajikistan, two international conferences on prevention of terrorism and extremism and the remoteness of Islam from negative phenomena were held under the title "Islam against Extremism and Religious Terrorism" which was attended by the guests from more than 15 countries, representatives of international and regional organizations. It was noted at the conference that the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan condemns all negative phenomena of the modern world, especially terrorism and religious extremism. Terrorism as a plague of the 21st century in the modern world has become a global concern and poses new and daunting threats to the human community.
Today, we should fight all terrorist and extremist groups and movements that have been invested in some of the most powerful countries and have committed terrorist acts in the name of Islam, which is a pure and sacred religion of tolerance, who shed innocent blood and prevent peace and stability and all Muslims around the world should be united in this noble deed, and to protect such values of the holy religion of Islam as friendship, brotherhood, friendship, enlightenment, faith, morality, purity and other human values.
Islamic culture should remain a shield for the purity and humanism of Islam. Allah created the first ayat of Koran with the word (Iqra) it means read which should be a guide for every true Muslim.