Sweden Permits Construction of First Mosque in
(Translated from Al-Zaitonah, 177, 16/10/1998)
The municipal authorities in Stockholm have agreed to grant Muslims
permission to build the first mosque in the Swedish capital so that they
can observe their religious rights.
Muslims have been trying for more than
two decades to build this mosque but were faced with procedural obstacles
with municipal authorities who considered the building to be foreign to
the architecture of the city. Moreover, local residents protested the
construction of a mosque in their neighbourhood.
Muslims in Sweden
enumerate about 300,000 out of total population of 8.5 million, thus
making Islam the second largest religion in the country (the first being
The municipal authorities' permission, which
will be announced soon, comes as reformatory step towards recognizing
Muslims and restoring their rights of religious practice.