Muslims given permission to hold Eid al-Fitr prayers at Thessaloniki mosque for first time

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In view of the preparations for Ramadan, the historic Yeni Mosque, an Ottoman landmark nestled in Thessaloniki, known for its various cultural activities, will open its doors to Muslim prayers during Eid al-Fitr, on April 10.

According to ekathimerini.com, this will the first time in its history to do so. Similarly, the Suleymaniye Mosque in Rhodes will also be allocated for Eid prayers.

This decision was formally announced by the General Secretariat of Religious Affairs.

In the region of Attica, alongside the well-known Athens Mosque in Votanikos, there are currently 15 licensed mosques. Additionally, an estimated 55 to 60 unofficial prayer spaces exist.

There are some 300 mosques operating in Thrace, and one each in Kos, Rhodes, Thiva and Thessaloniki. Muslim Greeks number about 125,000 and live primarily in Thrace.

In Attica, Muslim refugees and migrants are estimated at 250,000. Organizations in areas where there are no Muslim prayer spaces can apply to the local municipalities to be granted closed spaces on April 10.

Source: ekathimerini.com

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