A ‘feminist’ Mosque opens in Germany and is criticised with the hashtag #MosquewithoutIslam
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- A self-proclaimed Muslim feminist called Seyran Ates has opened a Mosque in Germany
- A 54-year-old Turkish Kurd, she is both well known and polarizing in Germany’s Muslim community of more than 4 million.
- “The intention is to give liberal Islam a sacred space,” Ates said. “I feel very discriminated by regular mosques where women have to pray in ugly backrooms.”
- In London a female-founded Inclusive Mosque Initiative opened its doors in 2012. Female imams routinely lead prayers in spaces that welcome male and female Muslims of any sect — gays and lesbians included. More recently, mixed-gender or all-female prayers have spread to boutique mosques from California to Switzerland to Denmark.
- The debut of her mosque brought a round of fire on social media from critics. “#Mosque without #Islam. Those who know Ates know that she is in favor of an Islam that is not based on its sources,” tweeted the advocacy group Generation Islam.