News
Code: 670   |  View : 1995   |  Comments : 0 RSS comment feed   |   Print   |   Email  

Athens's First Mosque in 150 Years

11 August, 2016 10:38
Athens's First Mosque in 150 Years

Muslims in the Greek capital have had to worship in makeshift facilities since the end of Ottoman rule. There hasn’t been a mosque in the Greek capital in 150 years. That’s about to change. 

On Thursday, the Greek parliament approved plans to build a state-funded mosque near the center of Athens. Construction will cost around $1 million. Athens was the last European Union capital without a mosque, despite the estimated 300,000 Muslims living there, many of them from the Balkans.

For more than a century, Muslims in Athens have had to worship in dozens of makeshift mosques, often in the basements of homes. One of the last remaining mosques in Athens from the time of Ottoman rule, which ended in 1829, is now a museum for folk art, having also been used as a prison, army barracks, and storage facility. Proponents of building the mosque said it could prevent the potential radicalization of the tens of thousands of new refugees who now live in Athens.

According to Greek newspaper Kathimerini, Greek Education Minister Nikos Filis said Thursday: "If we wish to avoid the problems facing France and Belgium, we should not make the mistakes that they are now trying to deal with. The existence of makeshift mosques is a shame for the country as well as for the Muslim community and a danger to national security"

The project has faced heavy opposition from conservative and right-wing groups, like the neo-nazi Golden Dawn party, as well as the Greek Orthodox Church, the official religion of the Mediterranean country. The Greek government attempted to build a mosque in 2006, but the project was set aside because of legal appeals.

Source: The Atlantic

Category : Islamic World News  |   Rate : Article Rating|  
Athens's First Mosque in 150 Years
Post Rating
Comments
There are currently no comments, be the first to post one.
Post Comment
Only registered users may post comments.
News Search
News Archives
January 2023 (11)
December 2022 (12)
November 2022 (24)
October 2022 (20)
August 2022 (13)
July 2022 (11)
June 2022 (14)
May 2022 (13)
April 2022 (26)
March 2022 (10)
February 2022 (13)
January 2022 (8)
December 2021 (11)
November 2021 (15)
October 2021 (12)
September 2021 (26)
August 2021 (12)
July 2021 (11)
June 2021 (17)
May 2021 (22)
April 2021 (23)
March 2021 (21)
February 2021 (26)
January 2021 (18)
December 2020 (20)
November 2020 (27)
October 2020 (25)
September 2020 (37)
August 2020 (18)
July 2020 (23)
June 2020 (34)
May 2020 (16)
April 2020 (35)
February 2020 (19)
January 2020 (33)
December 2019 (32)
November 2019 (11)
October 2019 (12)
September 2019 (26)
August 2019 (1)
July 2019 (28)
June 2019 (21)
May 2019 (20)
April 2019 (26)
March 2019 (17)
February 2019 (19)
January 2019 (22)
December 2018 (30)
November 2018 (41)
October 2018 (27)
September 2018 (23)
August 2018 (21)
July 2018 (24)
June 2018 (28)
May 2018 (46)
April 2018 (22)
March 2018 (11)
February 2018 (21)
January 2018 (49)
December 2017 (29)
November 2017 (36)
October 2017 (32)
September 2017 (37)
August 2017 (34)
July 2017 (44)
June 2017 (37)
May 2017 (40)
April 2017 (22)
March 2017 (32)
February 2017 (37)
January 2017 (38)
December 2016 (38)
November 2016 (40)
October 2016 (39)
September 2016 (36)
August 2016 (50)
July 2016 (52)
June 2016 (9)
April 2016 (1)
February 2016 (3)
January 2016 (10)
December 2015 (20)
November 2015 (1)
May 2015 (63)
February 2015 (3)
January 2015 (10)
December 2014 (12)
November 2014 (4)
September 2014 (3)
August 2014 (5)
July 2014 (19)
June 2014 (24)
May 2014 (22)
April 2014 (16)
March 2014 (7)
February 2014 (7)
November 2013 (34)