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German President: Islam Is Part of Germany

BERLIN – The German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has contributed to the debate waged last week on the role of Islam in the central European country, voicing his strong support to the Muslim community as part of the German society “Germany should stand by former German President Christian Wulff’s assertion that Islam is now also part …

Merkel: Islam Belongs to Germany

BERLIN – In a sharp contrast to the newly inaugurated Interior minister, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has made it clear that Islam is part of the German culture. “These Muslims are part of Germany and with them, their religion, Islam, is just as much a part of Germany,” Merkel told reporters after talks with Swedish …

German Mosque Attacks: Muslims Lament Lack of Solidarity

BERLIN – As more mosques engulfed in flames, leaders of the German Muslim community have lamented the lack of solidarity from officials and public. “If mosques in our country burn, then our country burns,” Aiman Mazyek, chairman of the Central Council of Muslims, told reporters in Berlin on Thursday, AP reported. A suspected arson attack …

About 1000 Attacks Targeted German Muslims in 2017: Report

BERLIN – German authorities registered at least 950 attacks on Muslims and their mosques in 2017, according to reports released by the Interior Ministry, the Neue Osnabrueckner Zeitung reported on Saturday. Warning against the huge increase in hate attacks targeting the religious minority, the ministry said 33 people were injured in the attacks, of which …

German Court Bans Adhan in Oer-Erkenschwick

OER-ERKENSCHWICK, NR-W – A court in the western German town of Oer-Erkenschwick, in North Rhine-Westphalia, has banned the Muslim call to prayer, or Adhan, after the complaint of a Christian couple who live about a kilometer away. “The call to prayer lasts for two minutes, just around 1 p.m., but only on Fridays,” Huseyin Turgut, …

German Far-right Politician Reveals Why He Converted to Islam

BERLIN – A member of the far-right, anti-Islam Alternative for Germany (AfD) who converted to Islam recently revealed that he made the decision due to the Protestant acceptance of gay marriage which he saw as a sign of decline. “One of the reasons was the way the church has changed, which I don’t understand anymore,” …

German State Halts Religious Lessons for Muslim Students

Muslim children have been denied the right to get religious lessons in schools in Germany’s most populated district North Rhine-Westphalia following a state court decision to ban Muslim associations from introducing these lessons.

German Minister Proposes Islamic Public Holidays

The German Interior Minister’s suggestion to recognize Islamic holidays in the country has won praise of the countries Muslim community, saying the move will further encourage Muslims’ integration in Germany.

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