December 7, 2022

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Countries Banned From Building Mosques Despite Having Muslim Population – Countries With Muslim Population But No Mosque Amid Jama Masjid Controversy In Delhi

Recently, a ban on entry of girls into Jama Masjid was imposed. It is another matter that the ban was lifted in a single day amid strong protests. According to Shahi Imam, there is no objection to a woman if she comes for worship. Meanwhile many facts about mosques are emerging. For example, according to the Pew Research Center, by 2025, the number of mosques worldwide will reach 4.5 billion. Islamic Community Center and other organizations are not included.

Let’s start from Athens, the capital of Greece, home to a large number of people from Syria to Pakistan. About 200 years ago, in 1833, a mosque was opened for Friday prayers, and only in 2020 was this religious place officially opened in Athens. Behind the long-standing closure of this religious site is a history of sectarianism.

In Greece, which attracts many tourists, a mosque has not been built for almost 200 years – symbol photo (pixabay)

Before this, from 1453 to the mid-1800s, Greece was occupied by the Ottoman Empire. Sectarianism was so prevalent in this European country that even the orthodox Catholic community was under pressure to convert. Having experienced all this, Athens has ensured that it does not foster any form of religion or bigotry on its side, and remains the same as other European countries.

The number of Muslims in Greece is not small
Since independence, there have been several governments in Greece, but those that have recognized the pulse of the public have not talked about reopening mosques. Meanwhile, one thing changed in Greece, and that was the Muslim population. Amid growing political-economic instability in the Middle East, refugees began to leave and head towards Europe. Greece was the closest country, so the Muslim population began to increase here. According to a report by International Religious Freedom published in 2019, Muslims make up about 2 percent of Greece’s total population. It’s a big number.

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Mosque Muslim people
During the Ottoman or Uzbek period, people of other religions were pressured to convert to Islam – symbol photo (Getty Images)

There is still resentment among Greeks
Even after such a large number, people there used to offer namaz or religious discussions in the flats. After the rise of secular liberalism, there was talk of opening a mosque formally, but there was resistance and anger among the public. This is the reason why the government is afraid to take concrete steps.

Now there are mosques there, but the people who experienced the old oppression or their generation continue to resist it. For example, in February this year, a mosque was attacked in Greece and posters were put up against this religion. The wave of this protest reached neighboring Turkey. Greece also started protesting there. Somehow the governments made peace.

Islam has no official status
The situation here may be considered better, but there are two other countries where the religious freedom of Muslims is limited to some extent. Slovakia is a country that broke away from the Czech Republic in the early nineties. In 2016, the then Slovak National Party removed Islam from the category of registered religions. That means Muslims cannot officially build their religious places there. One of the reasons for this is that any religion needs at least 50 thousand followers to register. Now, since Slovakia does not have such a large Muslim population, this religion has been removed from the official list.

Mosque Muslim people
Slovakia refuses to accept Muslim refugees amid Middle East turmoil – symbolic photo (Getty Images)

It is also a matter of fact that this action of the government has been called Islamophobia. The regime planned for 50,000 as Muslims with a population of 5,000 were told to be isolated. To some extent, this may seem true because during the turmoil in the Middle East, Slovakia refused to accept refugees. Whatever the truth, it is a fact that there is no mosque here now. For Namaz or similar religious activities, people go to each other’s houses, where there are long and wide corridors.

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Even the most rapidly developing Estonia has no mosques.
Estonia was the second country to break away from the Soviet Union in the 1990s. Located on the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea in northeastern Europe, the country began to grow rapidly after the breakup. In 2013, there was talk of free transport here and immediately public transport became completely free. The reason behind this is that the people of this country, which suffered during the Russian era, have to travel.

Mosque Muslim people
Estonia, a country that broke away from the Soviet Union, argues that it has fewer Muslims and therefore no mosques. Representative photo (Getty Images)

Population is low
Some things are different here, like the lack of a formal mosque despite the openness and development, despite the Muslims. According to the 2011 census, there are only 1508 Muslims in the entire country which is 0.14 of the total population. It is also true that the population has increased in the last 12 years, but even then there is no room for building a mosque here.

Anger against religious extremism is growing in European countries
On the one hand countries like Slovakia are refusing to accept Muslim refugees, on the other hand many countries in Europe are giving similar signals. Take France, for example, a liberal country that has been consistently targeted by fundamentalists and is now taking swifter action against religious extremism.

Religious funds in particular are monitored here, which is said to be a tough move against terrorist financing. Apart from France, countries such as Sweden and Denmark are also reluctant to accept refugees from the Middle East because their increasing numbers are said to disturb the country’s permanent residents.

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