A leading Islamic academy in the city of Ghent, Belgium, has celebrated its 25th anniversary, marking a quarter century of success in teaching the Holy Qur'an and Islamic education.

Ghent is located 60 km from Brussels, with about 25,000 Muslims living there.

The Islamic Development and Research Academy was founded in Ghent in 1989 to cater to the needs of the Muslims in the region. The academy also monitors the process of providing animal meats for consumption according to the Islamic laws on slaughtering and it issues certificates for Halal food products.

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