Ex-Christian Orthodox Viacheslav Polosin Reverted to Islam

Viacheslav Polosin is a priest who entered the ranks of high officials in the Russian Orthodox Church.

Men born in Moscow, June 26, 1956, began working for the Orthodox Church in 1980 as a “Reader” (responsible to read the quotations of Scripture in worship).

Graduated from Moscow University, Faculty of Philosophy, Department of Sociology in 1978, he later studied theology at a seminary in Moscow. Graduated from there in 1983, was appointed as a deacon Polosin (tasks pelayananan church), and then was appointed pastor.

Polosin had been appointed pastor at several parishes in Central Asia until 1985. He had been head of the church in the city of Dushanbe, but then deported from the territory by the Soviet government authorities as assessed defied Soviet communist rule. He then worked as a part-time translator in the Department of Publishing Office in Moscow diocese.

June 1988, when the persecution of religion by the Soviet government began to subside, Polosin again became pastor of a new church which almost collapsed in the city of Obninsk, Kaluzhsky region. He was performing his duties as pastor until promoted to the High Priest in 1990.

Travel ‘career’ Polosin as religious leaders did not stop there. In March 1990, he was elected as a deputy and a member of the Supreme Soviet of the Russian Federation, representing the region Kaluzhsky. He became Head of Religious Freedom until 1993, and as long as it plays a role in legislation on Freedom of Religion.

Since 1990, Polosin participated in the founding of the Christian Democratic movement in Russia to take charge of the movement until 1993. At the same time, he completed his studies at the Diplomatic Academy Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia and received his MA in political science.

Active in politics, Polosin left the church activities since 1991 because of difficult devote time to activities in the field of politics and religion.

After the Supreme Soviet disbanded in 1993, declined the offer to return Polosin activism in the church as pastor.

He chose to become part-time consultant for the Internal Affairs Department of the Church and became advisor to the state government who are members of the Duma Committee for Public Associations and Religious Organizations.

After successfully defending his thesis “Dialectics of a Creation Myth and Political Myth” he earned his PhD in 1999 equivalent. After that, he wrote many religious themed articles and issues of religious and political.

One of his book is “State Religion Myth” which investigated the effect of the creation myth on the political developments in society, as well as the advantages of the monotheistic ideology to build a country.

Still in 1999, Polosin made a startling announcement. He and his wife returned to monotheism and Islam. Major decision that he marked with the name of Islamic “Ali” in front of his name.

After converting to Islam, Polosin was selected as one chairman of a social and political movements in Russia’s Muslim community, Refakh. He also became editor in chief Muslim Newspaper, published in 1999. In 2003, Polosin elected as President of the Journalists Union of Muslims of Russia, as well as an adviser to the Council of Muftis of Russia.

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