Walloon region of Belgium officially recognises mosques
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Belgium's French-speaking region has officially recognised 43 mosques, thus giving Islam the same rights as accorded to other religions in the region. They will be permitted to build minarets on their mosques, and Imams will be added to the government payroll, as is the case - for example - with Catholic priests.
Moves are afoot to apply for official recognition of a number of mosques in the other two main regions of Belgium:, and Flemish-speaking .
Most of the immigrant population in Belgium are Muslims, but until now the mosques were not yet officially recognised. The traditional faith in Belgium is. Other minor faiths are , , and .
also recently applied for official recognition as a religion in Belgium.