Source: Huffington Post
An important group is rarely asked about the topic of Islam in Germany: Muslims themselves.
Germans head to the polls on Sunday in a national election that will prove crucial for the future of the county, the European Union and the leadership of Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Among the central themes of the months-long campaign were Islam and the assimilation of Muslim immigrants in German society.
In the wake of the refugee crisis and several recent terror attacks in European cities, political candidates and experts discussed topics like hijab bans, Islamic ideology and how the millions of Muslims in Germany should be integrated into society.
But as these high-profile public figures debated on talk shows or spoke out during campaign rallies, Germany’s Muslim community was hardly ever asked to weigh in on the Bundestag election.
More than 1.5 million of Germany’s 61.5 million eligible voters are Muslim. HuffPost Germany spoke to 10 of them about German politics, the parties’ different programs and their hopes for the future.
“Muslims are not a security risk!”
Gül: I often have the feeling that Muslims are perceived as a security risk. As if we were not interested in living in peace.
What we really need in politics are new approaches and real visionaries. All the talk about integration means little to people with an immigrant background who actually grew up here.
We want to live in a country where Muslims have the same opportunities in the labor and housing market as other Germans. It is not really authentic that parties say they ascribe to these demands but make little real commitment to them.
Ugurlu Soylu, graduate economist from Manheim and pioneer of Islamic banking:
“Islam is not a problem to be solved!”