On Eid al-Adha about 250 Muslims attended morning service in an underground mosque in Athens. A windowless basement with exposed ventilation shafts along the low ceiling, the al Salam Mosque is “underground” both literally and figuratively. While aesthetic carpets cover the floors, chips can be seen in the plaster walls. Many attendees were Greek, though there were also immigrants from Turkey, Pakistan, Egypt and some African nations.
“We have to pray in the garages,” Naim El Ghandour, president of the Muslim Association of Greece, told MintPress News. “This is not because of a lack of money but because they don’t give us the permission to have legal and open praying spaces.”