Friday, 9 November 2018

Eco-Friendly Mosque Being Constructed in Sisak

Two years ago, the construction of the Islamic Cultural Centre in Sisak began. After a six-month delay due to bankruptcy of the contractor, the construction has continued and the future religious-cultural centre is now progressing well. When it is finished, and the plan is for that to happen by the end of the next year, it will cover 2,641 square meters and thus replace the present mosque located in a family home, reports on November 9, 2018.

“In addition to the mosque, the complex will include a meeting room, a youth club, a restaurant with a children's playroom, classrooms, a library, apartments, guest rooms, office space,” said Alem Crnkić, the imam of Sisak.

The centre will have four levels, and it will have a garden which will also serve the restaurant with traditional Bosnian cuisine. “The complex of the Islamic Cultural Centre in Sisak will be open to everyone,” explained Crnkić, pointing out that many donors of this 50.9 million kuna complex are non-Muslim residents of Sisak.

There are about 2,400 Muslims living in Sisak, with around 4,100 in the whole od Sisak-Moslavina County.

“In order to fund the construction, the women of the Islamic Community of Sisak have prepared and published the ‘Halal Cookbook’, whose first edition was sold out in Croatia and Europe, and some of the copies went to other continents as well. The second edition has also been released, and all proceeds are going towards the construction of the centre,” added Imam.

The Sisak Islamic Community will soon issue a book on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Community, founded in 1968, and all the proceeds from the book will also go towards the construction of the Centre. The mosque in Sisak will be the first eco-friendly mosque in this part of Europe. In addition to using the LED lighting system, there will be solar panels on the part of the roof that will produce electricity and cover the needs of the heating system.

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Translated from (reported by Danijel Prerad).

Thursday, 25 October 2018

Religious Leaders Call for Better Dialogue in Croatia

ZAGREB, October 25, 2018 - The leaders of four religious communities in Croatia concluded at a round table discussion that religious and other prejudices as potential sources of hatred could be eliminated with the kind of dialogue that does not constitute only an exchange of information but is a real attempt to get to know one another.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Islamic Leader Unpleasantly Surprised by President's Statement on Muslims

ZAGREB, September 12, 2018 - The head of the Islamic Community in Croatia, Aziz Hasanović, said on Wednesday he was unpleasantly surprised by Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović's statement that Muslims in Croatia lived in fear and that it was difficult to include migrants in the Islamic community.

Monday, 10 September 2018

Prime Minister Meets with Leader of Islamic Community

ZAGREB, September 10, 2018 - Prime Minister Andrej Plenković met on Monday with Mufti Aziz Hasanović, the leader of the Islamic community in Croatia, and on that occasion he expressed his satisfaction with the standards achieved in the relations between the state and the Islamic community in the country.

Monday, 20 August 2018

Islamic Leader Issues Eid al-Adha Message

ZAGREB, August 20, 2018 - The president of the Islamic community in Croatia, Mufti Aziz ef. Hasanović, on Monday sent greetings to all the faithful on the occasion of Eid al-Adha, underscoring that the feast was an opportunity for them to ask themselves why Muslims today were the victims of various global plots when "so much Muslim blood is flowing, mostly at the hands of Muslims themselves, that it worries all reasonable people regardless of what faith they belong to and confuses all of mankind."

Friday, 15 June 2018

Croatia’s Islamic Community Marks the End of Ramadan Fasting

ZAGREB, June 15, 2018 - The end of the Ramadan fasting ahead of one of the two biggest Muslim holidays, Ramadan Bayram, brought together in Zagreb on Thursday the highest political representatives in Croatia, representatives of the diplomatic corps, and the leaders of the Islamic and other religious communities.

Monday, 7 May 2018

Fourth Mosque in Croatia Opens Near Karlovac

ZAGREB, May 7, 2018 - The ceremony of opening a mosque in the village of Bogovlja in Karlovac County, near the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina, was held on Sunday, and this is the fourth mosque in Croatia after such places of worship for Muslim believers in Zagreb, Gunja and Rijeka.

Saturday, 28 April 2018

First Islamic Cultural Centre in Istria Opened in Umag

ZAGREB, April 28, 2018 - The first Islamic Cultural Centre in Istria, for which the foundation stone was laid in Umag on 15 March 2014, was inaugurated in the coastal town on Saturday.

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Islamic Community Organises “Religion and Politics” Conference

ZAGREB, April 21, 2018 - A two-day international conference called "Religion and Politics" started in the Islamic Centre in Zagreb on Friday, bringing together 35 scientists who will talk about the relationship between religion and politics.

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Monument Commemorating Bosniaks Killed in Homeland War Unveiled

ZAGREB, April 14, 2018 - A monument commemorating Bosniak Muslims killed while defending Croatia during the country's war of independence was unveiled at the town cemetery in Sisak on Saturday.

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