Berlin’s liberal mosque marks 1-year anniversary

Source: DW

In the year since its foundation, Berlin’s liberal mosque has established itself and is attracting ever greater interest. But lawyer Seyran Ates, who opened the mosque, lives with ongoing hostility and threats.

There are 15 chairs in the room. And two men with guns. Bodyguards. This is daily life for Seyran Ates, dailylife in the liberal Ibn Rushd-Goethe Mosque in Berlin. This small Islamic place of worship in Berlin’s Moabit district celebrates its first anniversary on Friday. “A great deal has already happened in the past 12 months,” says Ates. “There really is a need for a mosque like this.”

For her, it’s all about “a friendly, spiritual Islam, a contemporary interpretation.” This was why she named the mosque after the Arab doctor and philosopher Ibn Rushd, also known as Averroes (1126-1198), and the German polymath Johann Wolfgang von Goethe – two people “who did a great deal that was positive for Islam in their respective times.”

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  1. Reblogged this on Progressive Islam. and commented:
    Do not conservative, fundamentalist and extremist. Please read carefully God’s verses below:

    Freedom of religion, Speech and expression.
    Deuteronomy 30; 1,15.Today I am giving you a choice between good and evil, or between a blessing and a curse, between live and death. .You were born with the freedom of choice.

    This Golden wisdom is found also in Islam or Holy Al Quran.

    And say, “The truth is from your Lord. Now, whoever so wills may believe and whoever so wills may deny.” QS 18;29.

    And had your Lord willed, those on earth would have believed, all of them together. So, will you (O Muhammad SAW) then compel mankind, until they become believers. QS 10;99.

    QS 90:10.And showed him the two ways? One is God’s way, and second is Evil’s way. People free to choose his religion.

    QS 2:256.There is no compulsion in Faith. The correct way has become distinct from the erroneous. Now, whoever rejects the Taghut (the Rebel, the
    Satan) and believes in Allah has a firm grasp on the strongest ring that never breaks. Allah is All-Hearing, All-Knowing.

    QS 22;77 He has chosen you and did not impose any hardship on you in the religion
    QS22;78.He has chosen you and did not impose any hardship on you in the religion, And say,

    QS 18;29. “The truth is from your Lord. Now, whoever so wills may believe and whoever so wills may deny.” it is absolutely free choice.

    Freedom of Speech.
    The (faithful) slaves of the Beneficent are they who walk upon the earth modestly, and when the foolish ones address them answer: Peace;QS 25:63
    Allâh does not like that the evil word should be uttered in public except by him who has been wronged. And Allâh is Ever All¬Hearer, All¬Knower.Q. 4:(148).

    There are 2 verses in Al Quran that indicate the freedom of speech. That make Islam is beautiful, peace and mercy.
    Those who make a division in Islam.
    Surely, those who have made divisions in their religion and turned into factions, you have nothing to do with them. Their case rests with Allah alone; then He will tell them what they have been doing. QS 6:159.

    Unfortunately, extremist Jews, Christian and Muslim ignore these massages of Allah, they follow Evil to create conflict and violence in peaceful society. There no freedom of speech, expression in Saudi Arabia, Iran, Aceh, and other Islamic states. They follow Evil. They follow some of Allah’s laws and ignore the rest of them.

    They are actually hypocrisy and dangerous for humanity. Allah will disgrace in present life and on the Day of Judgement, they shall be be turned to the most severe punishment. QS 2;85.

    Most Muslim have been fallen into Hypocrites and Musyrickun. No wonder Allah has been punishing million Muslim around the world, specially in Arab countries where Islam was born. 1430 years ago.

    These are messages that we have to teach our children and next generation.

    I urge Ahmadiyyah to support LIBERAL RELIGION— instead of conservative / extremist religion.
    May Allah guide all my brothers & Sisters to the right path.Amen

    “Our Lord, give us good in this world and good in the Hereafter, and save us from the punishment of Fire.” QS 2: (201)
    For You from My Heart.
    All those who read shall pass on my words to others and those to others again; O Allah, be my witness, that I have conveyed your message to your people.

    Wassalamu’alaikum wrwb–With all My love ❤️

  2. As all religions come from the same Creator of us all we will find positive messages in all religions.

  3. The ‘hatred’ between Arabs and Israelis come from the fact that the Israelis kicked out the Palestinians from their land. It is not based on religion. But I explained that to Somi already, but ‘he does not get it’, it seems.

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