About ten couples have a Muslim wedding in the Czech Republic every year, Vladimir Sanka, director of the Islamic Centre in Prague, has told CTK, adding that most of the couples are foreigners but there are also Czechs who have adopted the Islamic faith.

For a Muslim marriage to be legal, the couple must have a civilian wedding first, Sanka said.

Muslims were registered as a religious group in the Czech Republic only in 2004, but the state has not yet granted special rights to them, that Christians and Jews, for example, enjoy.

The special rights include the right to establish schools, assist in prisons, military and hospitals, and conclude legal marriages.

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