Muslim minority of Greece. Map of the Greek Prefectures according to the 1991 census with the minority highlighted.
The Muslim minority of Greece is the only explicitly recognized minority in Greece. It numbers 97,605 people or 0.91% of the total population, according to the 1991 census, and 140,000 people or 1.24% of the total population, according to the United States Department of State. Like other parts of the southern Balkans that experienced centuries of Ottoman rule the Muslim minority of mainly Western Thrace in Northern Greece consists of several ethnic groups, some being Turkish and some Bulgarian-speaking Pomaks, with smaller numbers descended from Ottoman-era Greek converts to Islam.
The precise identity of the these groups is in contention with Turkey insisting that most Muslims in Western Thrace are ethnically Turkish, and Greece claiming many are Pomak and others of local origin who converted to Islam and adopted the Turkish language and identity in the Ottoman period. Background Arab-Hellenic center for culture &civilization member of Federation of Islamic Organization in Euro, Athens, Attike 18346, Greece - Islamic Centers, Masjids Mosques, Muslim Owned Businesses, Islamic Schools and Colleges. Greece: Taxpayer-Funded Mosque Planned in Athens.
Opponents of the mosque argue that Greek taxpayers should not be footing the bill for this project at a time when their massively indebted country is dependent upon foreign aid just to stay afloat.
The Greek government appears to be worried about thinly veiled threats of violence by thousands of residents in Athens who have been pressuring government ministers to meet their demands to build a mosque or face an uprising. "It is a very big tragedy for us Muslims that there is no mosque here. Greece produced democracy and civilization and the respect of religion, but they don't respect our Muslims to provide us with a regular, legal mosque. " — Syed Mohammed Jamil of the Pakistan-Hellenic Society The Greek government has awarded a tender to build the first taxpayer-funded mosque in Athens, one of the few remaining capitals in the European Union that lacks a state-funded mosque. The mosque plan continues to generate considerable controversy. "We are very grateful to Mr. Greece: Athens mosque blocked again by politics. Appeal presented against the project, referendum proposed by Furio Morroni) (ANSAmed) – ATHENS –
Muslim Association of Greece(MAG) Μουσουλμανική Ένωση Ελλάδος (ΜΕΕ) - Athènes - Organisation à but non lucratif. Athens - the EU capital city without a mosque. 27 December 2012Last updated at 22:04 ET By Mark Lowen BBC News, Athens Some 300,000 Muslims are said to live in Athens At Friday prayers and across Athens, Muslims gather in underground, cramped prayer rooms.
The makeshift facilities are illegal but this huge community faces no other option. Athens, a metropolis on the edge of the Muslim world, is one of the few EU capitals without a mosque. Since Greece gained independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1832, no government has allowed a mosque to be built in the city. But as Greece has become the main entry point for migrants to the EU, its Muslim population has swelled. The search for a mosque in Athens. Athens, Greece By Yorgos Karahalis Some say that to come in contact with “God” is a spiritual matter that has nothing to do with the particular spot or place where such contact takes place.
Well, if it were that simple then there would be no need to build churches or mosques. Athens: The Last European Capital Without A Mosque Abandoning Its 300,000 Muslims. Greek Muslims have been fighting to build an official mosque in the Greek capital for decades, only to meet resistance from growing right-wing groups.
Left without a proper place to worship, the Muslim community remains mostly underground -- literally and figuratively. Indian Muslims offer prayers during Eid al-Adha at the Vasi Ullah mosque in Allahabad, India, Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. Eid al-Adha is a religious festival celebrated by Muslims worldwide to commemorate the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh) À Athènes, les musulmans sont priés de prier en sous-sol. En ce vendredi, jour de prière pour les musulmans, le parking Al Salam se remplit peu à peu d’hommes originaires de pays arabes, du Bangladesh ou du Pakistan. « L’endroit peut accueillir 400 personnes mais il arrive qu’on soit 1 500 dedans », annonce Naim Elgandhour, un molosse qui a quitté son Égypte natale il y a 40 ans.
Sur les coups de 14h15, dans une ambiance particulièrement silencieuse, l’appel à la prière retentit : « Allahou Akbar ». Ça fait 24 ans que le parking du quartier Neos Kosmos, à deux pas du centre d’Athènes, ne sert plus à garer des voitures. Désormais, on entre avec son Coran et on se déchausse à l’entrée. Dans cet endroit relativement spacieux mais mal foutu, où les tuyaux d’aération sont visibles et la lumière jaunâtre, seule l’épaisse moquette orientale posée sur le sol rappelle l’atmosphère d’un espace religieux. Un foulard sur la tête, je me faufile hors de l’espace réservé aux femmes pour prendre en photo les hommes de l’autre côté du rideau.
Pas de mosquée pour les musulmans d'Athènes. Athènes est la seule capitale de l'Union européenne a ne pas posséder de mosquée officielle.
Dès lors, les musulmans sont obligés de prier dans des lieux de culte improvisés : caves, sous-sols, entrepôts... Un reportage du portail South European Times.