The Ibn Rushd-Goethe Mosque, Germany’s first “liberal” mosque, opened Friday as part of a movement against conservative Islamic values, including the wearing of full-face veils.
Seyran Ates, a German lawyer and Muslim feminist born in Istanbul, Turkey, wanted to build a “liberal” mosque where all Muslims can pray together. She wanted to create a space where men and women, straight or gay, Sunnis and Shiites, who in other parts of the world are engaged in bloody conflicts, would be encouraged to sit side-by-side.
Last week, her vision became a reality as dozens of people came together in Berlin to inaugurate a new house of prayer that preaches religious freedom and equality.
From New York Post:
“We want to send a signal…