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'There is great need for a mosque in Athens'
'There is great need for a mosque in Athens'

Muslim cleric from Greece decries how Muslims have to worship in dirty basements in Europe's only capital without a mosque

World Bulletin / News Desk

Decrying how Muslims in Athens have no choice but to pray in unsanitary conditions in basements, a top Muslim cleric from Greece said there is a great need for a mosque in the Greek capital.

“Greece is the only country in the EU without a mosque in its capital,” Ibrahim Serif, head of the Western Thrace Turkish Minority Advisory Board and elected mufti of Komotini (Gumulcine), told Anadolu Agency in an exclusive interview.

There are some half a million Muslims in Athens, Serif said.

“These people are praying in basements and unsanitary places. There is a great need for a proper mosque,” he stressed.

Serif said the construction of a mosque is ongoing, but “I won’t believe it until I see it open for prayer. I guess it will take a lot more years to be completed."

The completion of Athens’ first official mosque since the 19th century, in the downtown neighborhood of Votanikos, is set for the end of this year, according to plan.


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