Liberal mosque opens in Berlin

A police car is parked in front of the St Johannis Protestant church which houses the Ibn Rushd-Goethe-mosque in Berlin yesterday. Founded by Seyran Ates, the mosque aims to establish a humanistic, secular and liberal reading of Islam. – AFP pic, June 17, 2017.

WITH a mission to spread a liberal form of Islam, a mosque where men and women pray side by side has opened its doors in Berlin, complete with female imams.

The Arabic phrase “Allahu Akbar” (‘God is greatest’) resonated through the crowded Ibn-Rushd-Goethe-Mosque yesterday as US-Malaysian Ani Zonneveld, one of the world’s few female imams, launched the call to prayer.

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