Athens first mosque doors open for the worshipers

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Athens first mosque doors open for the worshipers
Moroccan Imam Zaki Sidi Mohammed (C) and Muslim worshippers pose for a picture after a prayer in the first official mosque in the Greek capital Athens, a day after its opening on November 3, 2020. - The first official mosque in Athens, delayed for more than a decade, opened its doors to a few faithful owing to the coronavirus, the capital's Muslim community said November 3, 2020. The project to open a state-sanctioned mosque in Athens, the only European capital without one, was launched in 2007. Some 650,000 Muslims live in Greece, the majority in Athens. Most are migrants who arrived in the country over the last 20 years. (Photo by LOUISA GOULIAMAKI / AFP)
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Athens: The first mosque was built in the capital of Greece’s European country, 100 years after the fall of the Ottoman Caliphate.

Athens was criticized by Muslims around the world for being the only capital of European countries without a mosque. Last year, Muslims living here began efforts to build a mosque.

Finally, after years of constant struggle, the mosque in Athens was inaugurated on Tuesday after the first prayer. Due to the growing coronavirus epidemic in Greece, prayers were offered to implement social distance and other SOPs.

The mosque, which is being monitored by the Greek government, has no dome or minaret. It has 350 people and was built near a refugee camp in the industrial area of ​​Illinois. The first Imam of the mosque, Zaki Mohammed, 49, is a Greek citizen of Moroccan descent and inaugurated the mosque by leading prayers on Tuesday.

Earlier, in 2006, it was decided to build a mosque in Athens for 1 million costs. However, the plan could not be implemented due to bureaucratic hurdles and protests from hard-line right-wing organizations.

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