Germany’s Ibn Rushd Mosque Show Pride with a Rainbow Flag
A liberal mosque in Berlin has put up the rainbow flag before
a series of LGBTQ events in the city. Germany
One of the imams at the mosque hopes other mosques will do the same thing.
The Ibn Rushd-Goethe mosque in Berlin said on Friday that it was
the first German mosque to fly the rainbow flag, representing the pride
and diversity of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community.
The mosque’s flag was raised in front of a small group of people,
including Berlin’s Culture Senator Klaus Lederer,
in the central Moabit neighborhood of the German capital.
Before a series of LGBTQ events in the city in July, people
wore stickers that said: “Love is Halal.” Germany
One of the mosque’s six imams, Mo el-Ketab, said that the space was meant
to be a “safe place for people who are different, so that they,
too, can experience the spiritual side of their lives.” Germany
“I hope that many other mosques will also show the flag this way or
do something else good for the LGBT community,” he said.
Queer.de, a website for LGBTQ people, said that the flag will stay up until the end of July.
Germany’s Ibn Rushd Mosque
While most of the world celebrates pride month in June, two big LGBTQ
events will take place in July in Berlin.
On July 16 and 17, there is the Lesbian and Gay Festival,
and on July 23, there is Christopher Street Day (CSD).
Der Tagesspiegel, a newspaper based in Berlin, says that from the anniversary
of the Stonewall protests on June 28 to Christopher Street
Day on July 24, there will be four weeks of events.]
A member of the CSD board, Marc-Eric Lehmann, said that the rainbow flag at
the Ibn Rushd-Goethe mosque sent “an incredibly strong message”
and that it was “really important” to find a place for religion in LGBTQ communities.
He said, “Gay people can also be religious and believe in God.”
“We shouldn’t just talk about safe places in bars and clubs in Berlin;
we also need to talk about safe places in places of worship.”
Men and women can pray together at the Berlin mosque, which calls itself
the only liberal mosque in Germany. It started up only five years ago.