It has been 100 years since Islam was recognised as an official religion was recognised in Croatia.
A delegation from the Islamic Community in Zagreb, led by Mufti Aziz Hasanovic met with Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandic on January 15, 2016, to discuss preparations for the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the recognition of Islam as an official religion in Croatia, reports HINA.
Events will be held all over the country where there is a sizable Muslim community, including a tolerance concert at the Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall on 22 April. A special ceremony will be held in the Croatian parliament on April 27, the 100th anniversary of the decision to declare Islam as an officially recognised religion.
Other events will include an exbition of Muslim art at Zagreb’s Mimara museum and a conference with representatives of 50 Muslim communities in Europe.
Croatia is a predominantly Roman Catholic country (86.2%, compared to 1.47% Muslims), but Mufti Hasanovic confirmed Croatia’s multiculturalism and high standards in respecting religious and minority rights, despite tensions due to global events including the refugee crisis which has seen more than half a million people pass through Croatia since September.