Athens' first state-sanctioned mosque opens its doors

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 on Tuesday.The project to open a state-sanctioned mosque in Athens, the only European capital without one, was launched in 2007.It immediately ran into strong opposition from the influential Orthodox Church, as well as from nationalist groups.Athens will “finally have a place of worship for its Muslim inhabitants,” Naim el Gadour, the president of the Muslim Union of Greece told AFP.There will be no official inauguration, however,…

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