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14 February 2020

Slovenia’s first mosque opens in capital Ljubljana after 50 years

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Ljubljana, Slovenia: The first mosque in Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana recently opened after 50 years when the request for its construction was initially made. The construction faced right-wing opposition and financial hurdles, Arab News reported.

Islamic community head Mufti Nedzad Grabus has expressed happiness at the mosque’s opening saying that it was “a turning point in our lives.”
Slovenia has now become the last former Yugoslav state to get a mosque. The request for building a mosque was first filed by the Muslims in the predominantly Catholic Alpine country in the late 1960s when Slovenia was still a part of the former Communist Yugoslavia.

The permission was finally given by the Slovenia government 15 years ago. The construction of the mosque could only begin in 2013, and completed at a cost of 34 million euros, with a major portion of donation from Qatar (28 million euros).   

The mosque is a part of the Islamic Cultural Center, and can accommodate up to 1,400 worshippers at a time. The mosque’s dome is similar to that of Istanbul’s Blue Mosque.

The Islamic Cultural Centre is also comprised of offices, an education centre, a library, a restaurant, a basketball court, and housing for the Muslim clerisy.

Muslims in Slovenia, who make up 2.5 precent of the country’s two million people, had so far been worshipping and holding ceremonies in rented buildings or halls. Muslims also constitute the second biggest religious group in the country, and their population is currently estimated at around 80,000.

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