Italy: New mosque to open in Rome next to church

Rome, 20 August (AKI) - A new mosque serving Rome's Bangladeshi community is to open next to an ancient church - a move community leaders hope will serve to boost harmony between religious groups.

"The premises on Via San Vito 12, right next to the Church of San Vito are being refurbished in these days in time for the opening on 7 September," Mustafa Kamal who heads the Hil Ful Fuzul Social Organization Onlus, which is supervising the mosque's construction, told Adnkronos International (AKI).

Sheikh Ubeidulhaqq, a prominent Muslim cleric who serves as prayer leader or imam of the Beit al-Mukarram mosque in Bangladesh's capital Dhaka, is expected to attend the inauguration ceremony.

The Mosque's opening will take place on a Friday, Islam's traditional day of prayer.

The Hil Ful Fuzul Social Organization Onlus which operates as a non-governmental non-profit organisation, was formed in May this year to help Muslim immigrants in Rome, especially in the city's Piazza Vittorio area, where the new Mosque will be located.

Rome, the centre of the Roman Catholic world also hosts Europe's largest Muslim place of worship, the Grand Mosque, which was inaugurated in 1995.


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