Women’s rights activist Seyran Ates describes the mosque as “a dream come true” after her 8 year campaign for a progressive mosque becomes a reality, “I couldn’t be more euphoric. This project was long overdue”.
Seyran Ates leading the prayers in the new liberal “Ibn Rushd-Goethe” mosque:
No one will be let in with a niqab or burqa veil. This is for security reasons and also it is our belief that full-face veils have nothing to do with religion, but rather are a political statement.
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. There won’t be any hate preaching against democracy here, Instead, followers can express doubt about their beliefs and approach their religion with sense and reason instead of blind devotion.