Germany’s first liberal mosque opens in Berlin

By Stefan Dege | Deutsche Welle

Opening its doors Friday on the third floor of St. John’s Church near Berlin’s Tiergarten, the Ruschd-Goethe mosque is named in honor of the Arabic Islam scholar, physician and philosopher Ibn Ruschd (1126-1198), and the German poet and philosopher, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832).

Women and men shall pray together and preach together at the mosque, while the Koran is to be interpreted “historically and critically.” The mosque is open to all, with one exception. “No one will come to our mosque with a niqab or burqa,” said founder Seyran Ates in an interview with “Spiegel-Online.” The full veil ultimately has little to do with religion but is a political statement, she believes.