Muslim woman performs Epiphany ablution in Tatarstan

Kazan, January 20, Interfax – A Muslim woman participated in the Epiphany bathing in the Raifa Holy Virgin Monastery not far from Kazan.

The girl plunged into the water in a dress with her head covered.

When she came up from the ice hole her companion wrapped her in a loose gown. When asked what made her come to an Orthodox monastery she answered: “God is One.”

“Perhaps, it was the inclination of her soul. According to the Koran, the closest faith to Islam is Christianity. Even Pope John Paul II of Rome observed a one-day fast during the holy month of Ramadan,” official of the Muslim Religious Board of Tatarstan was quoted as saying by the Komsomolskaya Pravda daily.