A Country Where Muslims Are Allowed To Live In But Are Not Permitted To Build A Mosque
There is a country in the world where only Muslims live, but not a single mosque has been built. Not only that, but they have not been granted permission to construct a mosque in this country. Do you want to find out the name of this country? Muslims are either Turks and Ugar, and they have been present since the 17th century. See the answers below.
Slovakia is the only member state of the European Union without a mosque. Are you surprised?Slovakia has adopted measures that have left Islam unable to become one of the country’s officially recognized religions, making it the European country with the toughest laws against Islam in all of Europe.
In 2016, two-thirds of deputies, including opposition ones, voted in favor of a legislation submitted by the governmental Slovak National Party (SNS) that required religious groups in the country to have 50,000 followers to run their schools, open religious establishments or qualify for government subsidies. The law previously required only 20,000 signatures.
In 2010, the Muslim population in Slovakia was estimated to be around 5,000 people. Slovakia is a member of the European Union as well. However, it is a country that eventually became a member. In this country, a war has been fought to build a mosque. In the year 2000, there was also a conflict over the construction of an Islamic center in the capital of Slovakia.
The Mayor of Bratislava rejected all of the Slovak Islamic Waqf Foundation's proposals. Refugee migration to Europe remained a major issue in 2015. Slovakia accepted 200 Christians but refused to accept Muslim refugees. The Foreign Ministry of Slovakia clarified that there is no place of worship for Muslims in Slovakia, so giving refuge to Muslims could cause many problems in the country.
In 2016, then Prime Minister Robert Fico said in an interview, “I’m sorry, Islam has no place in Slovakia. It is the duty of politicians to talk about these things very clearly and openly. I do not wish there were tens of thousands of Muslims.”
Based on the last census, religions with the required population threshold include the Roman Catholic Church, to which almost 70 percent of the Slovak population claim allegiance, the Protestant Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession which makes up 7 percent, the Greek Catholic Church at 4 percent, the Christian Reformed Church at 2 percent, and the Orthodox Church at 1 percent.
During the height of the migrant crisis, the Slovak interior minister at the time said, “We want to help Europe with the migration issue. We could take 800 Muslims, but we don’t have any mosques in Slovakia so how can Muslims be integrated if they are not going to like it here?”
Other politicians have also been open about the fact they do not want the Muslim population to grow in Slovakia.
“Islamization begins with kebab and is already under way in Bratislava. Let’s realize what we can face in five or ten years,” said SNS Chairman Andrej Danko in 2016.
“We must do everything we can to ensure that there is no mosque in future Slovakia,” Danko added.
Until now, Slovakia is the only EU Member State where there is no official mosque. Instead, the Muslim community in the country meets in rented houses or temporary prayer rooms.
At the same time, Slovakia is not the only country to carefully choose which religion it will recognize in its territory.
In the neighboring Czech Republic, for example, the Community of Buddhism, which mainly the local Vietnamese community follows, recently applied for registration. However, the Czech Ministry of Culture did not comply with the application for the third time.
The European Union, on the other hand, criticized the decision. On November 30, 2016, Slovakia passed legislation prohibiting Islam from being designated as an official religion. Islam is not recognized as a religion in this country. It is the most contentious issue in the country, and despite numerous campaigns and protests, the government has refused to grant permission for the construction of a mosque.
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