A worldwide Kazakh esoteric movement persecuted in Russia

Russian FECRIS affiliates for years instigated a police crackdown on the group, which resumed in July 2022.

by Massimo Introvigné

OMON special police raid a meeting place of Allya Ayat in Novosibirsk, July 18, 2022. Source: The Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Novosibirsk region.

Allya Ayat might just be the biggest mass esoteric movement in the post-Soviet space. He is little known in the West, although he has a German branch with over a hundred followers, and smaller groups in other countries, while he has been the bane of Russian anti-cultists ever since. several decades.

On July 18, 2022, in Novosibirsk, the buildings where the group allegedly met were raided by OMON special police, with one of the usual spectacular raids organized in several countries against “cults”, including masked agents and a generous weapons demonstration. On July 24, it was announced that members had been arrested.

Literature of Allya Ayat seized in Novosibirsk in July 2022. Source: Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Novosibirsk region.
Literature of Allya Ayat seized in Novosibirsk in July 2022. Source: Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Novosibirsk region.

Allya Ayat (whose name is also transliterated as Al Ayat, Alla Ayat or Elleh Ayat) was established in Kazakhstan in 1990 by a Uighur called Farhat Mukhamedovich Abdullayev (1937–2007), who worked as a driver on a collective farm. Apparently, after a car accident, he had a vision of Archangel Jibril (Gabriel), the angel of Quranic revelation in Islam, and was named “messenger of extraterrestrial forces”.

Together with his wife, Nina Kasimova (1940-2017), they began to gather followers, first in Kazakhstan, then in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Latvia, Germany, as well as in other countries of Central Asia as Allya Ayat (Children of the Sun). Membership at the beginning of the 21st century reached at least 10,000, although the movement mentions higher numbers. In due course, it was revealed that Father Farhat and Mother Nina were the “true parents” of a new humanity (it is unknown if they were aware of the use of the same phrase in the Church of unification).

Founder of Allya Ayat, Farhat Mukhamedovich Abdullayev.  From telegram.
Founder of Allya Ayat, Farhat Mukhamedovich Abdullayev. From telegram.

Allya Ayat’s literature strongly emphasizes that the movement “is not a religion” and welcomes members of all religions, without criticizing any of them. What he offers, he says, is “a method of self-healing and self-development.”

The basis of this method is the “Formula of Life and Love”, a sort of mantra in the Uyghur language which is revealed to the members. A possible transliteration is “Allya Nina ana Creator Farhat dada, allya ayat 37 40 6 8 10, allya Lyazzat Selenny, allya wigur ayat allya”.

Allya Ayat's real parents.  From telegram.
Allya Ayat’s real parents. From telegram.

Understanding its meaning is part of the movement’s esoteric journey, but it asserts that members become “children” (allya) of Father Farhat, born in (19)37, and Mother Nina, born in (19)40, and brothers and sisters of their six biological children, advancing towards infinity (represented by the number 8) and the ultimate power of God (number 10). They also become the children of the Sun and the “Star of Selene” (the Moon).

“L’Étoile de Séléné” is also the name of the movement’s magazine. In addition to including True Parents’ teachings, each copy is itself an esoteric artifact. Devotees believe that its application to the body can cure certain diseases and bring physical and spiritual benefits.

The magazine
The magazine “The star of Selene”. From telegram.

By reciting the mantra, the members harmonize with Ayat, a flow of energy from the Sun and ultimately the Creator God. This energy cleanses the body and leads to enlightenment. The use of the mantra is complemented by an exercise in contemplation of the sun and the consumption of a special brand of black tea.

Allya Ayat’s very success attracted the attention of Kazakh and Russian anti-cultists. They insisted that the movement’s practices were dangerous to health and mentioned instances where members allegedly refused medical treatment relying solely on the recitation of the mantra – which Allya Ayat representatives denied, while claiming that chanting the mantra strengthens the immune system and can solve certain health problems.

“The Mother” on the cover of an issue of “The Star of Selene”. From telegram.

In 2009, Allya Ayat was banned in Kazakhstan and was no longer able to hold the large international public gatherings where some 10,000 worshipers gathered each year. In Russia, in 2013, Allya Ayat was declared an “extremist” and “liquidated” organization in the Novosibirsk region, following a campaign by the local branch of the Russian branch of FECRIS, the European Federation of research and information on sects and sects. In turn, the Samara Regional Court also declared Allya Ayat an “extremist” and “liquidated” its local branch on May 28, 2019. Supporters were also arrested in other oblasts.

Allya Ayat magazines seized in Novosibirsk.  Source: Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Novosibirsk region.
Allya Ayat magazines seized in Novosibirsk. Source: Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Novosibirsk region.

The authoritative SOVA Information and Analysis Center called the decisions to “liquidate” and put Allya Ayat on the official list of banned Russian “extremist” groups as “illegal”. Although the SOVA Center agreed that instances where the movement discouraged members from seeking necessary medical care could legitimately be investigated and lead to punishment, the group’s literature and teachings are not “extremist”. even by the general norms of Russian law.

Nevertheless, in a climate where police action is fueled by anti-cult propaganda, followers of Allya Ayat who are not personally charged with any crime other than gathering and chanting the mantra continue to be persecuted indiscriminately. , as recent events in Novosibirsk confirm.

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