Antwerp: City appoints mosque-official

Antwerp: City appoints mosque-official

An Antwerp official will be involved in improving the relationship between the city and the mosques.  The man was already working for the city, but will from now on specifically advise the Muslim community about municipal regulations and inspections.  His first task would be to guide the mosques through the inspections that the city will conduct for fire safety.

The city council decided recently to inspect all prayer houses for safety, after it became clear that some mosques did not fulfill the minimal safety requirements.  The new coordinator will advise the mosque administrations and guide them in order to ensure everything is in order.

Additionally the mosque-official will explain to the Muslim community about recognition petitions for mosques and subsidy files.  Further the city think also of editing a brochure about NGO law, specifically aimed at Muslims.  In Antwerp there are about 220 prayer houses, of which 80 are mosques.  The other religions already have their own coordinator, and now it is also the Muslims' turn.

Source: De Morgen (Dutch)

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