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Hundred of Mosques across Germany Open their Doors to Visitors.

03 October 2015

Hundreds of mosques joined open house events across Germany, coinciding with the Day of German Unity - a public holiday. Germany's largest religious minority welcomed visitors to engage in open dialogue about their faith and to learn more about Islam. With cultural events and art exhibits also part of the event, Muslims shared information about their beliefs and introduced Islam to a wide audience.

Muslims in Germany hope in this way to eliminate prejudices and encouraging cultural exchange.

"Unfortunately we are witnessing a growing fear of Islam and growing hostilities against Muslims in German society," Ender Cetin, the chairman of the Sehitlik Mosque Association in Berlin, told journalists during the "Open mosque day" event.

"Our German guests here are often asking us questions on violence and terrorism and whether they have any root in Islam. We are telling them the real values of Islam, informing them about our activities against extremism. We are trying to reduce prejudices against Muslims," Cetin said.

Stefan Streicher, a young German who visited a mosque for the first time told Anadolu Agency that he was impressed by the visit to Berlin's Sehitlik Mosque.

"That is a beautiful building. Taking off shoes before entering the mosque was not something common to me. Overall, I had a positive impression," he said.

Sabine Schwanz stressed that as a Christian, it was interesting to learn more about Islam. "These kind of events help reduce prejudices," she stressed.

The Muslim Coordination Council in Cologne said the open house events across the country focused on young Muslims in Germany and highlighted their stories. The Council had recently launched its own youth league.

Germany's Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Manuela Schwesig, who had accepted patronage for this year's Day of the Open Mosque, stressed ahead of the events that Muslim youths were an "integral part of our society."

The Muslim Coordination Council is made up of a number of Islamic organizations across Germany, including the Turkish-Islamic Union of Religious Affairs (DITIB), the Union of Islamic Cultural Centers, the Islamic Council, and the Central Council of Muslims. It organizes the annual open house events on 3 October to dispel common myths held against Islam.

Nurhan Soykan, secretary general of Germany's Central Council of Muslims, underlined the fact that with growing migrant numbers and a rising Muslim population, young Muslims would soon become vanguards in establishing the image of Islam in Germany.

She added that in addition to their work with young people, mosques across Germany were also addressing the needs of refugees, which she said was their highest priority.

The annual event began in 1997, deliberately choosing to take place on the day Germany celebrates its reunification. The Central Council of Muslims said it used this date to express how Muslims felt connected to Germany's narrative and evolution.

The Central Council of Muslims said that this year more than 100,000 visitors visited over 1,000 mosques in Germany.


"Germany's mosques open their doors to visitors" Deutsche Welle October 3, 2015

"Mosques open doors to non-Muslims in Germany" World Bulletin October 3, 2015

Abu Juwairiya

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Jazakallah Khayrun Brother for the post and may Allah reward you.

What features or additional objectives can be set in invitations to Islamic events and places. These are some things that might be beneficial. Other people are free to speak of their own recommendations.

1. Distribution of free or cheap Islamic literature
2. Other Islamic events of more a more specialised and advanced nature on the tenets and specifications of Islam and the life of a Muslim (including the different roles of men and women)
3. Speakers with specialist Islamic knowledge who can answer questions and engage with people in a friendly manner
4. Ordinary Muslims taking an interest in the event/s and helping with teaching individuals if necessary
5. Muslim restaurants opening their doors to Non Muslims for Islamic victuals [this is not to say that they don't, but to have specific days where special invitations are set to entertain and educate them as events]
6. Creations of Islamic departments in Masjids of native language Da'wah specialists who take care of Non Muslim affairs and help cater for interested Non Muslims in every way