A Church Berlin hosted some Muslims who were unable to fit into their mosque for Friday prayers because of social distancing guidelines.
Dar Assalam mosque in the Neukölln district normally welcomes hundreds of Muslims to its Friday services. But due to social distancing, it could only accommodate 50 people at a time under Germany’s .
During the month of holy fasting for Ramadan, the nearby Martha Lutheran church assisted, by hosting Muslim prayers in Arabic and German.
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“It is a great sign and it brings joy in Ramadan and joy amid this crisis,”
said Mohamed Taha Sabry, the mosque’s imam, who led his congregation in prayer watched over by a stained-glass window depicting the Virgin Mary.
“This pandemic has made us a community. Crises bring people get together.”
Locations for worship, were made open on the 4th of may in Germany. After being shut down for weeks due to the coronavirus lockdown. Worshipers are asked to maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 metres from one another.
“It was a strange feeling because of the musical instruments, the pictures,”
said worshipper Samer Hamdoun.
“But when you look, when you forget the small details, this is the House of God in the end…”
The Islamic Council, a group of 400 mosques, said in April that many face bankruptcy because the closures stretched into the holy fasting month of Ramadan, usually a vital period for donations.