Mosque in Naples to be inaugurated by mid-2008

A 1,000 square meter mosque is scheduled to be opened soon in Naples. “For a number of years we have had various problems with some of those living close to the mosque because there are so many Muslims present during Friday prayers at the mosque that they tend to take up space on the adjacent streets and block traffic for hours,” said Abdullah Cozzolino, the director of the Naples Piazza Mercto Mosque. Around 4,000 Muslims currently attend this mosque, but several informal prayer areas have popped up to deal with prayer overflow. The new mosque, which is scheduled to open before the beginning of summer, will also include a cultural center and have facilities to host conferences.