Berlin church hosts Muslim prayer in ‘superb signal of solidarity’


A church in Germany’s capital, Berlin, has helped a close-by mosque adjust to bodily distancing tips by internet hosting Friday prayers, in a move hailed as “an amazing sign of solidarity”.

Places of worship reopened within the nation earlier this month, however worshippers should keep a minimal distance from each other of 1.5 metres (5 ft).


The Dar Assalam mosque in Berlin’s Neukoelln district, which sees lots of of Muslims on Fridays, can solely accommodate 50 folks at a time underneath the rules issued to include the unfold of the coronavirus pandemic.

The close by Martha Lutheran church stepped in to assist, internet hosting Muslim prayers in Arabic and German.

“These associations happen because of solidarity. The church saw how Muslims were suffering and asked us: ‘Do you need space to pray?’ That is an amazing sign of solidarity in these times,” mentioned Mohamed Taha Sabry, the mosque’s imam.

“This pandemic has made us a community. Crises bring people get together,” mentioned the imam, who led his congregation in prayer watched over by a stained-glass window depicting the Virgin Mary.

Samer Hamdoun, one of many Muslim worshippers, mentioned the church atmosphere took a while to get used to.

“It was a strange feeling because of the musical instruments, the pictures,” mentioned Hamdoun. “But when you look, when you forget the small details, this is the House of God in the end.”

Closer collectively

The church’s pastor, Monika Matthias, mentioned she had felt moved by the Muslim name to prayer.

“I took part in the prayer,” she mentioned. “I gave a speech in German. And during prayer, I could only say yes, yes, yes, because we have the same concerns and we want to learn from you. And it is beautiful to feel that way about each other.”

The pastor mentioned the partnership was a neighborhood resolution “to do the best in times of coronavirus”.

“This has brought us closer. Whether this partnership will go on and how it will go on, that is still open, but I think getting to know each other and what we have experienced together in this time is strengthening for whatever may lie ahead,” she mentioned.

The Islamic Council, an umbrella group of 400 mosques, mentioned in April that many face chapter as a result of the closures stretched into the holy fasting month of Ramadan, normally a significant interval for donations.

Muslims pray inside the evangelical church of St. Martha's parish, during their Friday prayers, as the community mosque can't fit everybody in due to social distancing rules,

 Worshippers should keep a minimal distance from each other of 1.5 metres (5 ft) [Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters]

SOURCE: Reuters information company