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Rohingya child refugees vulnerable in Bangladesh camps | DW English
Rohingya crisis reaches Bangladesh and other world stories | DW Documentary
No place to pray
German runaway girl who converted to Islam is found in Iraq
German girl who converted to Islam found working for ISIS in Iraq
Muslim leaders rally in Berlin against terrorism
30 imam Eropah berhimpun tolak keganasan
Islam-Kritiker fordert nach Radikal-Imam-Skandal - »Der Islam braucht eine ehrliche Debatte
2018-01-07 15:01:49 Am 7. Oktober schlug ich Thesen für einen reformierten Islam an die Tür der Moschee Dar as-Salam in Berlin. Diese Wahl war kein Zufall. Dar as-Salam, der Name der Moschee, die auch als „Neuköllner Begegnungsstätte“ bekannt ist, bedeutet auf Deutsch „Das Haus des Friedens“. Jedoch gibt es bundesweit keine andere Moschee, die in der Öffentlichkeit so umstritten ist wie diese. Immer wieder geraten sie und ihr aus Tunesien stammender Imam, Mohamed Taha Sabri, in die Schlagzeilen   Read More ...
Is Egypt failing to protect its Coptic Christians? | DW Documentary
2017-12-27 06:12:30 Egypt's government has been accused of failing to protect its minority of Coptic Christians, after a successful string of attacks by Muslim Egyptians. For centuries, Christians and Muslims in Egypt have lived alongside each other. Discrimination did occur but generally this coexistence was peaceful. The Christian community today makes up just ten percent of the population. Since the 1980’s however, Christians belonging to the Coptic Orthodox Church have increasingly been the target of violence and attacks by Muslim extremists. Guirguis Fawzy is typical of the Christian community in Egypt. Middle class, successful and well networked. Guirguis lives with his family in Suhag in the Nile Valley north of Luxor where he deals in wood   Read More ...
German far-right says churches acting like they did ‘in Nazi era’
2017-12-21 18:25:20 BERLIN, Germany — Germany’s far-right AfD party fired back Thursday at criticism from church leaders charging them with taking on the same “disreputable role they played” during the Nazi era. Religious leaders have spoken out against the anti-migrant and anti-Islam Alternative for Germany party — remarks the AfD sees as collusion with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government. “We now know that the official churches, whether Protestant or Catholic, are politicized through and through,” Alice Weidel, party co-chair, told weekly news magazine Focus   Read More ...
Persecution of Christians in the time of Communism in Russia | DW English
2017-11-08 00:09:56 100 years ago, Communists took power in Russia. The October Revolution in 1917 marks the start of suffering of Christians in Russia. They were persecuted and murdered. The new regime regime even converted monasteries like the Novospassky monastery in Moscow into where thousands of prisoners were tortured and shot. In this interview, Bishop Sava remembers the times of persecution and explains why Christendom is so important for Russia today. After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, more than 30,000 churches were built or re-opened. Today, most Russians are confessed Christians. Miodrag Soric reports from Moscow.   Read More ...
Rohingya child refugees vulnerable in Bangladesh camps | DW English
2017-10-23 18:11:21 Nearly 600,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh since August 2017. The UN says 400 million euros are needed to provide clean water, food, sanitation and shelter in the camps there. More than half the refugees are children. For more about the crisis go to: http://www.dw.com/en/rohingya-crisis   Read More ...
Rohingya crisis reaches Bangladesh and other world stories | DW Documentary
2017-10-09 06:12:48 Hundreds of thousands of ethnic Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar. Survivors of the Grenfell tower disaster in London are seeking justice. How the digital a   Read More ...
No place to pray
2017-09-22 12:14:55 Munich, Germany — The sound of Muslim prayer drifts out from the old pub onto the street, as men and women inside kneel on rugs laid down carefully minutes earlier. This is no ordinary congregation, and no ordinary place of worship. Since May, this community of liberal Muslims in Munich has been nomadic, seeking a new space to hold their Friday prayers each week   Read More ...
Exklusive Umfrage | Was die Deutschen über den Islam denken
2017-08-28 10:46:01 Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel (CDU) hat sich hinter die Aussage von Altbundespräsident Christian Wulff gestellt, dass der Islam zu Deutschland gehöre. Die Bevölkerung hat die Kanzlerin davon noch *** BILDplus Inhalt ***   Read More ...
Integration of Muslims in Germany moving ahead
2017-08-24 18:08:09 BERLIN (AP) — The integration of Germany's more than 4 million Muslims is moving ahead, especially when it comes to employment and language skills, according to a study released Thursday. The Bertelsmann Foundation said in its Religion Monitor 2017 study that about 60 percent of Muslims who moved to Germany before 2010 now hold a full-time job, while 20 percent work part-time jobs — similar to ethnic Germans   Read More ...
Imam in Switzerland Urged Burning of Muslims Who Don’t Pray, Prosecutors Say
2017-08-11 17:06:18 BERLIN — The Swiss authorities have charged an imam from Ethiopia with inciting violence by calling in a sermon for local Muslims who refused to pray to be burned alive, prosecutors said on Friday. The imam was associated with the An’Nur mosque, which had become known as a hub for Islamist extremist activity. Prosecutors in Zurich said in a statement that their colleagues in Winterthur, where the mosque was located, had charged him on Aug   Read More ...
Schoolgirl, 16, who fled Germany to join ISIS faces EXECUTION in Iraq – as dramatic video shows her being dragged from jihadi lair in Mosul
2017-08-07 21:33:00 A SCHOOLGIRL who fled Germany to join ISIS faces execution after dramatic video footage emerged showing her being dragged from an ISIS lair in Mosul. Linda Wenzel, 16, looks filthy, dazed and wounded as her capture is filmed by an Iraqi soldier from the Islamic State stronghold. Footage aired on the German newspaper Bild’s website for the first time today shows the girl, dubbed the “belle of Mosul” screaming as she is put through “walk of shame”   Read More ...
The Berlin mosque breaking Islamic taboos
2017-08-07 03:03:34 With its red-brick spire and stained-glass windows, St Johannes looks like any other 19th-Century Protestant church. Go around the back, however, head up a few flights of stairs and you come to a simple white room, with shoes neatly laid out at the entrance and patterned prayer rugs folded away in a corner. That is because this is a mosque. The room is being rented from the parish, while the church remains active   Read More ...
"Flying Spaghetti Monster" church told no advertising
2017-08-02 21:30:15 BERLIN: The ant-religion Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster can be banned from advertising its services on the outskirts of town, a German state court ruled on Wednesday. The Brandenburg court rejected an appeal filed by the group, which criticises religion as intolerant and has amassed followers worldwide, against an earlier ruling last year. "The suing party can be seen as neither a religious community nor a community with a common world view," the court said in a statement   Read More ...
'Flying Spaghetti Monster' church told no advertising
2017-08-02 20:48:57 BERLIN (Reuters) - The anti-religion Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster can be banned from advertising its services on the outskirts of town, a German state court ruled on Wednesday. The Brandenburg court rejected an appeal filed by the group, which criticises religion as intolerant and has amassed followers worldwide, against an earlier ruling last year. "The suing party can be seen as neither a religious community nor a community with a common world view," the court said in a statement   Read More ...
Ted Wilson goes on mission trip with Martin Luther
2017-08-01 12:11:45 Seventh-day Adventist Church president Ted N.C. Wilson retraced the footsteps of Martin Luther on the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation in Germany and appealed to church members everywhere to carry the torch of the Reformation to the end of time. The July 6-10 tour included stops in the German cities of Erfurt (where Luther entered St. Augustine’s Monastery to become a monk in 1505), Wittenberg (where Luther is said to have nailed 95 theses to a church door in 1517), and Eisenach (where Luther, concealed in nearby Wartburg Castle, made the New Testament accessible to ordinary Germans by translating it into German in less than 11 weeks in 1521)   Read More ...
At 15, she joined ISIS after converting to Islam. Now this German teen wants to go home.
2017-07-24 20:47:01 When 15-year-old Lisa W. started to wear long-sleeved clothes early last year, it quickly struck her classmates and teachers in the sleepy eastern German town of Pulsnitz as odd. Her conversion to Islam was noticed almost immediately in a part of Germany where only 0.5 percent of the population is Muslim and where the backlash against Chancellor Angela Merkel's pro-refugee policy had been stronger than almost anywhere else in the country   Read More ...
At 15, 'Lisa W.' joined Islamic State after converting to Islam; Now German teen wants to go home
2017-07-24 20:08:53 When 15-year-old Lisa W. started to wear long-sleeved clothes early last year, it quickly struck her classmates and teachers in the sleepy eastern German town of Pulsnitz as odd. Her conversion to Islam was noticed almost immediately in a part of Germany where only 0.5 percent of the population is Muslim and where the backlash against Chancellor Angela Merkel's pro-refugee policy had been stronger than almost anywhere else in the country   Read More ...
At 15, 'Lisa W.' joined Islamic State after converting to Islam; Now German teen wants to go home
2017-07-24 20:03:40 When 15-year-old Lisa W. started to wear long-sleeved clothes early last year, it quickly struck her classmates and teachers in the sleepy eastern German town of Pulsnitz as odd. Her conversion to Islam was noticed almost immediately in a part of Germany where only 0.5 percent of the population is Muslim and where the backlash against Chancellor Angela Merkel's pro-refugee policy had been stronger than almost anywhere else in the country   Read More ...
German runaway girl who converted to Islam is found in Iraq
2017-07-23 18:01:18 BERLIN (AP) — A German girl who ran away from home after converting to Islam has been found as Iraqi forces liberated the northern city of Mosul from Islamic State extremists, German and Iraqi officials said Saturday. She is reported to be in good health and will be interrogated next week by Iraqi officials. The 16-year-old teenager, only identified as Linda W   Read More ...
German girl who converted to Islam found working for ISIS in Iraq
2017-07-22 20:40:42 BERLIN -- A German girl who ran away from home shortly after converting to Islam has been found as Iraqi forces liberated the northern city of Mosul from Islamic States forces, German and Iraqi officials said Saturday as authorities tried to figure out what to do with her. The 16-year-old teenager, only identified as Linda W. in line with German privacy laws, is getting consular assistance from the German Embassy in Iraq, said prosecutor Lorenz Haase from the eastern German city of Dresden   Read More ...
Missing teenage German girl who converted to Islam discovered to be in Iraq
2017-07-22 20:31:37 A German girl who ran away from home after converting to Islam has been found as Iraqi forces liberated the northern city of Mosul from Islamic State extremists, German and Iraqi officials said Saturday. She is reported to be in good health and will be interrogated next week by Iraqi officials.The 16-year-old teenager, only identified as Linda W. in line with German privacy laws, is getting consular assistance from the German Embassy in Iraq, prosecutor Lorenz Haase said from the eastern German city of Dresden   Read More ...
German runaway girl who converted to Islam is found in Iraq
2017-07-22 18:06:52 BERLIN (AP) — A German girl who ran away from home shortly after converting to Islam has been found as Iraqi forces liberated the northern city of Mosul from Islamic States forces, German and Iraqi officials said Saturday as authorities tried to figure out what to do with her. The 16-year-old teenager, only identified as Linda W. in line with German privacy laws, is getting consular assistance from the German Embassy in Iraq, said prosecutor Lorenz Haase from the eastern German city of Dresden   Read More ...
German runaway girl who converted to Islam is found in Iraq
2017-07-22 18:04:39 BERLIN (AP) — A German girl who ran away from home shortly after converting to Islam has been found as Iraqi forces liberated the northern city of Mosul from Islamic States forces, German and Iraqi officials said Saturday as authorities tried to figure out what to do with her. The 16-year-old teenager, only identified as Linda W. in line with German privacy laws, is getting consular assistance from the German Embassy in Iraq, said prosecutor Lorenz Haase from the eastern German city of Dresden   Read More ...
Despite threats, woman who opened liberal mosque in Berlin keeps fighting for religious freedom
2017-07-11 15:07:53 Seyran Ates has gotten used to the hundreds of threats she receives daily. “She is the devil,” they say. “She should burn in hell.” Since founding a liberal and controversial mosque in Berlin last month, Ates has been constantly targeted by those who have a strict interpretation of Islamic law. She vows to fight for religious freedom and challenge radical Islam – even if it puts her life in danger   Read More ...
Muslim leaders rally in Berlin against terrorism
2017-07-09 21:13:14 Muslim leaders rally in Berlin against terrorism BERLIN: Around 30 Muslim leaders from across Europe gathered yesterday for a rally against terror in Berlin at the site of a deadly truck attack in December, claimed by the Islamic State group. The event, which attracted a few hundred participants, was part of a “March of Muslims Against Terrorism” by imams who set off by bus from Paris on Saturday   Read More ...
30 imam Eropah berhimpun tolak keganasan
2017-07-09 18:07:23 BERLIN: Kira-kira 30 pemimpin Islam dari seluruh Eropah berhimpun hari ini untuk membantah menentang keganasan di lokasi serangan rempuhan maut Disember lalu, didakwa dilakukan militan Daesh. Acara itu yang menarik beberapa ratus peserta, adalah sebahagian daripada 'Perarakan Muslim Menentang Keganasan' hasil inisiatif imam yang menaiki bas dari Paris semalam. Perhimpunan di ibu kota Jerman itu diadakan di Dataran Breitscheidplatz, lokasi serangan di mana seorang rakyat Tunisia yang gagal dalam cubaan mendapatkan suaka, merempuh ke arah orang ramai di sebuah pasar Krismas dengan menggunakan lori hingga meragut 12 nyawa   Read More ...
Joachim Meisner, retired Cologne archbishop, dies at 83
2017-07-05 12:07:49 BERLIN – Joachim Meisner, the former archbishop of Cologne and a prominent conservative voice in the German church, died Wednesday, his archdiocese said. He was 83. Meisner died while on vacation in Bad Fuessing, in Bavaria, the Roman Catholic archdiocese of Cologne said. Born Christmas Day in 1933 in the eastern German city of Breslau, which is today the Polish city of Wroclaw, Meisner and his family fled westward ahead of the advancing Red Army at the end of World War II   Read More ...
Joachim Meisner, retired Cologne archbishop, dies at 83
2017-07-05 11:04:31 BERLIN (AP) — Joachim Meisner, the former archbishop of Cologne and a prominent conservative voice in the German church, has died. He was 83. The Cologne archdiocese said Meisner died Wednesday while on holiday in Bad Fuessing, near the Austrian border. Born Christmas Day in 1933 in the eastern German city of Breslau, which is today the Polish city of Wroclaw, Meisner's family fled to the state of Thuringia in 1945 ahead of the advancing Red Army at the end of World War II   Read More ...
Joachim Meisner, retired Cologne archbishop, dies at 83
2017-07-05 10:41:30 BERLIN (AP) — Joachim Meisner, the former archbishop of Cologne and a prominent conservative voice in the German church, has died. He was 83. The Cologne archdiocese said Meisner died Wednesday while on holiday in Bad Fuessing, near the Austrian border. Born Christmas Day in 1933 in the eastern German city of Breslau, which is today the Polish city of Wroclaw, Meisner's family fled to the state of Thuringia in 1945 ahead of the advancing Red Army at the end of World War II   Read More ...
"Death threats every day" for woman behind new liberal mosque
2017-06-29 12:08:28 BERLIN -- The opening of a new mosque this month in Berlin further strained already-tense relations between Germany and Turkey, and has caused outrage in various corners of the Muslim world -- even prompting religious authorities Egypt to issue a decree condemning the mosque as un-Islamic. But despite recieving hundreds of death threats, the mosque's founder, Seyran Ateş, says she'll continue to fight for her cause   Read More ...
This Former MTV Icon Found Inner Peace Through Islam
2017-06-26 15:42:12 BERLIN/LONDON ― Kristiane Baker was having the time of her life. She was living her dream as a presenter for MTV Europe, brushing shoulders with celebrities like Mick Jagger and Bono on a regular basis ― and getting paid to do it. From the outside, it was everything she had ever hoped for. But on the inside, she sometimes felt a crushing sense of depression and anxiety that she couldn’t shake   Read More ...
Germany condemns Turkish criticism of Berlin's new liberal mosque
2017-06-23 17:45:56 The German government on Friday condemned Turkish criticism of a new liberal mosque in Berlin as interference in freedom of religion and opinion, adding further strain to an already fraught relationship. A number of Turkish media as well as Turkey's main Muslim religious authority, Diyanet, have poured scorn on the Ibn-Rushd-Goethe Mosque, founded by Seyran Ates, a 54-year-old female lawyer and women's rights campaigner of Turkish origin who does not wear a headscarf   Read More ...
Germany rejects Turkish office's criticism of liberal mosque
2017-06-23 15:41:59 BERLIN (AP) — The German government is strongly rejecting criticism — from a religious authority overseen by the Turkish government — of a new liberal mosque in Berlin where all Muslims can pray together. The mosque opened a week ago. On Tuesday, Turkey's Presidency of Religious Affairs said the project was "aimed at disrupting Islam's basic sources of information, principles of worship and methodology   Read More ...
Germany warns Turkey against meddling in religious affairs
2017-06-23 15:08:24 Berlin today warned Ankara against interfering in how people in Germany practised their religion, as a new row erupted over a new "liberal" mosque in the German capital. Diyanet, which oversees religious activity in Turkey, on Wednesday voiced distaste over the Berlin mosque where men and women pray side-by-side, saying it was incompatible with the principles of Islam. Diyanet's criticism sparked strong words from Germany, with foreign ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer firmly rejecting the Turkish agency's comments "which are targeted at limiting people's right to practise their religion and freedom of opinion"   Read More ...
Germany rejects Turkish office's criticism of liberal mosque
2017-06-23 15:07:52 BERLIN (AP) — The German government is strongly rejecting criticism — from a religious authority overseen by the Turkish government — of a new liberal mosque in Berlin where all Muslims can pray together. The mosque opened a week ago. On Tuesday, Turkey's Presidency of Religious Affairs said the project was "aimed at disrupting Islam's basic sources of information, principles of worship and methodology   Read More ...
Germany rejects Turkish office's criticism of liberal mosque
2017-06-23 14:43:15 BERLIN – The German government is strongly rejecting criticism — from a religious authority overseen by the Turkish government — of a new liberal mosque in Berlin where all Muslims can pray together. The mosque opened a week ago. On Tuesday, Turkey's Presidency of Religious Affairs said the project was "aimed at disrupting Islam's basic sources of information, principles of worship and methodology   Read More ...
Germany tells Turkey to back off after criticism of liberal Berlin mosque
2017-06-23 14:42:26 BERLIN -- The German government is strongly rejecting criticism -- from a religious authority overseen by the Turkish government -- of a new liberal mosque in Berlin where all Muslims can pray together. The mosque opened a week ago. On Tuesday, Turkey's Presidency of Religious Affairs said the project was "aimed at disrupting Islam's basic sources of information, principles of worship and methodology   Read More ...
German ambassador to China calls for release of bishop
2017-06-23 00:57:06 Germany’s ambassador to China has called on authorities to end the confinement of a Catholic bishop, seen as evidence of the suppression of the church within the officially atheistic country. Ambassador Michael Clauss says Bishop Shao Zhumin appears to be confined at home after having been forced to move to unknown locations four times in less than a year. Clauss said in the statement posted to the German Embassy’s website Tuesday that Shao’s “full freedom of movement should be restored   Read More ...
Taboo-breaking liberal mosque opens in Berlin
2017-06-17 20:34:17 BERLIN: 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 Friday as US-Malaysian Ani Zonneveld, one of the world’s few female imams, launched the call to prayer   Read More ...
Taboo-breaking liberal mosque opens in Berlin
2017-06-17 13:03:10 BERLIN: 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 Friday as US-Malaysian Ani Zonneveld, one of the world's few female imams, launched the call to prayer   Read More ...