STA, 19 September 2019 - The Ljubljana mosque got an operating permit on Thursday, the Islamic Community's secretary general Nevzet Porić told the news web portal 24ur.com. It is expected to open for prayers after the New Year.
According to Porić, all work on the interior should be completed by the end of the year and all furnishings should be purchased by the end of February.
The official inauguration ceremony is planned at the end of May 2020, after the end of the fasting month, said Mufti Nedžad Grabus.
But the believers would be able to start using the prayer room at the Islamic Religious and Cultural Centre after the New Year's, according to Porić.
The complex comprises a 24-metre cube containing the dome and a 40-metre-high minaret. Aside from the offices, a washing room and a residential section, it was supposed to house a gym and restaurant.
Construction work was launched in May 2015 after decades of efforts. The entire project is valued at EUR 35 million, up from the initial estimate of EUR 22 million. Qatar as the biggest donor contributed EUR 25 million.
STA, 12 August 2019 - A central ceremony marking Eid al-Adha or the Festival of the Sacrifice, one of the biggest religious holidays in Islam, was held in Ljubljana's Kodeljevo Arena on Sunday. The ceremony was addressed by Mufti Nedžad Grabus, with the start of prayers scheduled for 6.36am.
The Muslim holiday provides an opportunity for believers to embark on a self-reflection journey and consider righting the wrongs they might have done to themselves or others, said the Muslim community in Slovenia.
The believers should be aware how unpredictable and ephemeral life is, given that everything is transient, it added.
The Festival of the Sacrifice is the time for atonement and asking for forgiveness, but also the time for sharing joy with loved ones.
The Eid al-Adha celebrations start with pilgrims setting out on trips to Mecca and Medina.
The highlight of the annual pilgrimage, which took place on Saturday, is held on Mount Arafat, a hill east of Mecca in the plain of Arafat, where pilgrims gather to pray in unity which defies any class, political or social divides.
This year, 28 Muslims from Slovenia have embarked on the journey to Mecca. Those who are not part of the pilgrimage celebrate the holiday with their families.
Apart from Ljubljana, Eid al-Adha prayers will be held in other Slovenian cities and towns with Muslim communities as well.
Next year's Eid al-Adha celebrations are expected to take place in the Ljubljana mosque instead of the Kodeljevo sports arena since the construction of the former is all but completed.
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STA, 4 June 2019- As Slovenian Muslims gathered to celebrate the end of the fasting month of Ramadan in Ljubljana on Tuesday morning, Mufti Nedžad Grabus expressed concern about what he said was growing Islamophobia in Slovenia.
Addressing believers gathered for the Eid al-Fitr prayer, the leader of the Slovenian Muslim Community spoke about the "development of Islamophobia, which is being spread to Slovenia by means of extremist and nationalist platforms in Europe and which is manifested through certain media and political concepts in daily labelling and defining of Islam as a violent religion".
He argued that manipulation of political concepts of multi-culturalism was giving rise to uncertainty among people and incited hatred, a serious problem for society.
"As European Muslims we are sensitive to any spread of hate speech, because we know from own experience it can lead to unwanted consequences as it did in the case of the Srebrenica genocide," Grabus said.
He urged those responsible to dedicate more attention to hate speech in society. "We are aware of the freedom of speech in a democratic society, but the freedom of speech cannot be an excuse to spread hate speech against others."
Grabus, who was addressing the believers at the Kodeljevo sports arena, expressed the hope that the next Eid al-Fitr prayer would be conducted at the mosque, whose construction is all but completed.
The mufti also called for modesty, spirituality and charity, warning against pride, which he said destroyed humaneness.
STA, 18 July 2018 - The Slovenian Muslim community has secured the missing funds for the completion of the mosque in Ljubljana, as Qatar will follow-up its earlier donation with a EUR 10.8m grant, Mufti Nedžad Grabus told the Wednesday edition of the daily Večer.
STA, 15 June - Mufti Nedžad Grabus, the head of the Slovenian Muslim community, criticised Slovenia for marginalising small religious communities as he addressed its main prayer for Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, on Friday morning.