A Warm, Fluffy Mosque Inside a Church in Berlin — “Interfaith” in Action

Gates of Vienna, by Baron Bodissey, June  22, 2017:

The “interfaith” movement has reached an important milestone: a mosque has been constructed inside a church in Berlin. Everyone is excited and happy about this significant event, which allows people of all faiths to come together under one roof in peace and harmony and etc blah yak.

Many thanks to Ava Lon for translating this TV news report, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling. Vlad has added some instructive footage by Maj. Stephen Coughlin about the significance of the “interfaith” movement in the Muslim Brotherhood’s long-range plans:

Video transcript:

00:00 Today in Berlin a mosque is opening for moderate Muslims, where men and women
00:05 will pray and preach equally. This is a little unusual in most mosques. The founder is
00:10 a woman of Turkish background, an activist for Women Rights, Seyran Ateş.
00:13 For this mosque she is renting a room in St John’s church in Berlin-Moabit.
00:16 Ateş is hoping she’ll soon have her own mosque.
00:25 Now to Michael Wöhnlieber, who is standing right now where this mosque, this prayer room,
00:30 was opened today in Berlin-Moabit. A mosque on Christian land.
00:35 This is already an unusual constellation, Michael.
00:40 Yes indeed. Very unusual. Here is St John’s church, an evangelical church;
00:45 on the third floor, underneath there is for example a youth room, a confirmation room; and here
00:50 on the third floor we are standing in the Ibn Rushd-Goethe mosque.
00:55 We could call it a multi-religious center,
01:00 and with me there is right now the press officer for the Ibn Rushd-Goethe
01:05 mosque, Mrs. Marlene Löhr. Mrs. Löhr, why Goethe? This is immediately striking!
01:10 Goethe had already very early built bridges between our Christian world and the Islamic world.
01:15 He was occupied with Islam in a very friendly way. And we would like to show our appreciation,
01:21 and that’s why we took him along to our prayer room. —This is something very special.
01:24 This isn’t only the name, but you would like to — over and above the religions —
01:30 to have an effect on Muslims. What does it mean, exactly? —We would like to show that there is
01:35 a liberal/moderate voice in Islam. We would like to build a House of God for those moderate Muslims
01:40 so they could pray, talk with each other and congregate, and that’s why
01:45 we decided to found this mosque. —So Sunni, Shia, Alewites: all will be here together?
01:50 Yes: for the first time in Germany, all will pray under the same roof, something very special,
01:55 since it is very divided within Islam itself, so we are looking forward
01:58 to bringing all together under the same roof.
02:01 Especially the fact that men and women pray together. Isn’t that usually unknown among Muslims?
02:06 This should be a [good] sign as well. —That’s exactly right! And this is a sign as well:
02:11 We want to demonstrate that we desire an end to the divisions
02:16 among patriarchal structures which in traditional Islam are often practised.
02:21 We want to show we are all together; we all pray together; we don’t want to delimit.
02:26 Perhaps let’s have a first little look. It’s still a bit simple.
02:31 It’s opening today at noon, and we can see in the background
02:36 there are final preparations, there are shelves being built, where shoes will be placed:
02:41 it’s also important; and perhaps back to Mrs. Löhr.
02:46 It is also — in certain circumstances — practising a way of believing
02:51 that offends, may we say that? And that means that there is police
02:56 protection? Why? —Well, we will simply be informed,
03:01 they will watch the event, so we will be safe here, but the positive
03:06 feedback that we receive during recent weeks was definitely stronger.
03:09 So from that point of view it’s not that dangerous or in such need of protection,
03:16 but we are very happy that so much positive feedback is coming in.
03:21 Is it possible that you would like to proselytize a little in the Muslim
03:26 community? Maybe with one or another youth who is thinking
03:31 about the radical trends in Islam, pull him in here, perhaps, and tell him:
03:34 “Look, look, one can practise Islam in a different way.” —We would like
03:41 to create a house, a House of God for all those who don’t feel comfortable
03:44 with traditional Islam and how it is practised by most. And of course
03:52 there could also be youths who say they have no roots, they don’t know…

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