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Italian Craftsman Gifts Painting to Mosque in Germany

COLOGNE – 50-Year-old Italian craftsman, Sarafino Pagetti, has presented a faience painting to the Selimiye Mosque in Bamberg in Bavaria, to express his gratitude. “Whenever I came here, I was treated with a warm, welcoming feeling. I have never felt alienated, they treated me like a brother,” Pagetti, who spent last Ramadan at the Turkish …

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 …

#MeTwo Reveals Stories of Racism in Germany

BERLIN – Thousands of people in Germany have been sharing stories of everyday discrimination under the hashtag #MeTwo, following Muslim football star Mesut Özil’s resignation from the country’s national team. “When I’m the only-nonwhite person in a crowded train and the police get in, I’m the only one who is asked to show ID,” tweeted …

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 …

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 …



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