A ‘liberal mosque’ where all Muslims can pray together regardless of their gender, sexuality or branch of Islam has opened in Germany.
The Ibn Rushd-Goethe mosque, which is housed inside a Protestant church in Berlin, is the first of its kind in the country.
Sunni and Shiite believers are encouraged to preach alongside one another and women will not be allowed to wear veils.
Women’s rights activist Seyran Ates, who has campaigned for a progressive place of worship for Muslims in Germany for eight years, said: ‘I couldn’t be more euphoric, it’s a dream come true. This project was long overdue.
‘There’s so much Islamist terror and so much evilness happening in the name of my religion … it’s important that we, the modern and liberal Muslims, also show our faces in public.’
Ms Ates told Der Spiegel newspaper that headscarves are banned at the mosque.