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Thousands Protest Rising Far-Right in Berlin

BERLIN – Over 200,000 people took to the streets of Berlin Saturday, October 13, to protest the rise of far-right populism in Germany and Europe, demanding more solidarity with marginalized groups. “There are people here who want to show that they don’t support what is going on in Germany, including from established politicians, all this …

Open Day Draws Thousands of Visitors to 900 German Mosques

BERLIN – In light of the annual Open Mosque Day in Germany, thousands of non-Muslims were invited to visit mosques across the country on October 3 to encourage dialogue and help overcome misunderstandings about Islam. “This day gives an opportunity for more than 100,000 visitors to learn more about Islam and get into conversation with …

Suspected Neo-Nazis Vandalize Mosque in Germany

GLADBECK – In a new attack on mosques, suspected Neo-Nazis اhave vandalized a local mosque in the northwestern German city of Gladbeck overnight on October 1, writing racist slogans and drawing swastikas on its walls and windows. The vandalized mosque is run by the Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs (DITIB). “Such crimes can be prevented …

German Imams, Priests in a Friendly Football Match

BERLIN – A team of Muslim imams won Germany’s annual cup Saturday, September 29, in a football competition organized among religious leaders, as part of efforts of strengthening unity among the religious communities. “The Imams overcame the priests 2/1 to win the annual cup,” Khedr Moty, a German Muslim, wrote on Facebook. After the match, …

Emotional Video: German Man Converts to Islam on Deathbed

BERLIN — A video showing an elderly man reciting the Shahada, Muslims’ declaration of faith, on his deathbed has gone viral on the social media in the past few days, Khaleej Times reported on August 13. According to Khaleej Times, the man in the video is a 75-year-old German who has converted to Islam on …

Bavarian Town Votes Against Building Mosque

KAUFBEUREN – Muslims’ dream and hopes of having a new mosque in Kaufbeuren town in Bavaria, Germany, have been hit with a setback  after citizens voted on Sunday, July 22 against providing a public land for the mosque, Deutsche Welle reported. At least 45% of approximately 34,000 eligible voters took part in the local referendum. …

Thousands of Students in Germany Attend Islamic Education Classes

BERLIN – A recent German survey conducted by the media association Mediendienst Integration has revealed that around 55,000 students attend the class of Islamic education in more than 800 schools in 16 German states. “The generation of migrant workers didn’t have the courage to express its views with the same confidence that parents of the …

Ozil Kisses Bread Thrown At Him By Opposition Fans

DUBAI – Arsenal midfielder Mesut Özil’s reaction to having a bread thrown at him by fans has won him praise. After kissing the bread and touching it to his head, he carefully placed it on the ground. The incident happened during Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid in the Europa League semi-final at the Emirates …

Anti-Semitism Is a Sin: German Muslim Leader

BERLIN – The head of Germany’s largest Islamic group has said that anti-Semitism is considered a sin in Islam, and it should be tackled in the German society. “Anti-Semitism, racism, and hatred are great sins in Islam, therefore we will also never tolerate that,” Aiman Mazyek, the head of Germany’s Central Council of Muslims, told …

German Hijab Ban Met with Mixed Reactions

COLOGNE – A proposal to ban hijab for girls under 14 in Germany’s most populous state, North Rhine Westphalia, has sparked mixed reactions, drawing a dividing line between Muslims’ opposition and teachers support. “The idea that Muslim girls are forced to cover their hair was outdated,” Burhan Kesici, the chairman of Islamrat, told Deutsche Welle. …



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