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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 …

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 “The idea that Muslim girls are forced to cover their hair was outdated,” Burhan Kesici, the chairman of Islamrat, told Deutsche Welle. …

German Muslim, Jewish Leader Join Hands to Rebuild Synagogue

BERLIN – Eighty years after the Nazis destroyed a Berlin synagogue, a Muslim politician and a Jewish leader are joining hands to rebuild it and build new bridges of mutual understanding in the society. “Everywhere, people are trying to split our society,” said Raed Saleh, a 40-year-old Social Democratic leader in Berlin’s state parliament, The …

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,” …



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