The Ibn Rushd-Goethe Mosque in Berlin has become the first in Germany to put a rainbow flag on its walls in support of LGBT people on the occasion of LGBT Pride Month. This event took place on Friday in the presence of the front of the mosque and representatives of associations defending gay rights. The gay rainbow flag was placed on the outside wall of the mosque in the central Moabit neighborhood before Friday prayers. Many of the people who attended the event wore small rainbow-colored posters and abaza in Arabic and German “Love is Halal”.
The Ibn Rushd-Goethe mosque was founded five years ago and is considered the only liberal mosque in Germany. The mosque allows men and women to pray together, as well as being open to gay worshippers.
During the event, Mo Al Kitab, one of the mosque’s six imams said, “The mosque provides a safe place for people who are different, so that they can also experience the spiritual side of their lives.” “I hope many other mosques will also display the flag in this way or put other positive signs for the LGBT community,” he continued.
Mark-Eric Lehmann, board member of the Christopher Street CDC Association, said hanging the flag sends an incredibly strong signal. It is really important to find a place for religion in LGBT communities.” He added, “Different people can be religious and believe in God.”
Berlin is hosting two major LGBT events this month, the Lesbian and Gay Festival on July 16 and 17 and Christopher’s Day Street on July 23.
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