German church opens doors for Muslim prayers

Muslims pray inside the evangelical church in Berlin Germany

Church Opens Up Its Doors to Muslim Worshippers So They Can Have a Place to Pray During Quarantine

The church, a red-brick neo-renaissance building in Berlin's Kreuzberg district could hardly offer a sharper contrast to the cultural centre in Neukoelln where the Muslim congregation is accustomed to gathering.

A church in Germany's capital, Berlin, has helped a nearby mosque comply with physical distancing guidelines by hosting Friday prayers, in a move hailed as "an wonderful sign of solidarity". Worshippers have also been required to wear masks and maintain six feet of distance during the prayers.

Throughout the month of Ramadan, Muslims abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and sex from dawn to dusk. Normally families and friends go gada to break dia fast and attend communal prayers, but for Berlin - as e be for many kontris - dis year celebration don dey affected by coronavirus.

Although the nation suspended religious services back in March as a means of curbing the COVID-19 outbreaks, they recently started allowing worshippers to gather in groups of up to 50 people at a time.

Atiku noted that the "current situation of the COVID-19 pandemic is a test from Allah, and having fasted as we are enjoined as Muslims, let us continue to remember that it is part of our faith to protect all lives and to abide by regulations from those in authority, especially during a time of great uncertainty like this". "Crises bring people together".

"These associations happen because of solidarity. The church saw how Muslims were suffering and asked us: 'Do you need space to pray?' That is an incredible sign of solidarity in these times".

Even the church's pastor took part in the service. "Whether this partnership will go on and how it will go on, that is still open, but I think getting to know each other and what we have experienced together in this time is strengthening for whatever may lie ahead", she said. "They had freely given over the land to the Muslim community, he said". She said the spirit of Ramadan has prevailed. "They provided dinner and lunch for us and we are grateful".

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