Athens is currently the only European capital that has no mosque for praying, but this shortfall will be ending in the upcoming months, the World Bulletin website reports today (February 25, 2014).
Muslims in Greece -- who have had to rent apartments to use as mosques for Friday prayers -- are now excited that they will soon have a regular mosque in an ancient city which is considered as the backbone of western civilization.
After years of Muslims' demands for a mosque in Athens fell on deaf ears by the Greek government, parliament approved building a mosque in Greece's capital two years ago. More than 95 percent of Greece's population belongs to the Greek Orthodox Church.
Delayed several times due to financial problems and severe resistance by far right groups, the bid for the mosque was accepted three months ago, and construction of the mosque has already begun.