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Belgium: Truck company set up mini-mosque for customers
Islam in Europe
Degroote Trucks en Trailers, a Belgian company selling trucks, set up a little mosque on their premises for their customers. According to the owners they're catering to a large part of their clientele that otherwise had to pray in the cafeteria.
The company has been selling second-hand trucks for over 40 years. Manager Hans Termote says that at first most customers were Belgian, but that has changed. Today more than 90% of the trucks are for export. Half their clients come from Africa and the Middle East.
Most shoppers come to check their trucks personally. The owners set up a small cafe to offer their customers a restful place. Often they found Muslim customers there praying in a corner, and those customers would go to the toilet to ritually wash their feet and ears. They wanted to meet their customer's needs by offering them their own prayer space.
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