Ahmadiyya Mosque Berlin

The Ahmadiyya Mosque in Berlin is Germanys first Mosque which played a fundamental role in the promotion of Islam in Germany – it is here that some of the first German translations of the Quran took place and, although the site still performs its primary function as a place for the faithful to pray every Friday, the mosque itself serves mainly as a tourist site, providing tours and information to those interested in the mosques history.

History

Despite substantial damage during WWII – which the Mosque survived in what has been described as a ‘miracle’ – and numerous islamophobic arson attacks (the most recent being January 2011) the Mosque remains the oldest Mosque in Germany. Its exterior architecture is inspired by Indian Prices burial tombs, and despite being completed in 1926 still strikes an imposing presence in the area. Construction began by the laying of the cornerstone in 1922 by Maulana Sadr-ud-Din with finance for the build coming from Ahmadiyya Anjuman Isha‘at Islam- the aim being to introduce and spread the teachings of Islam in Germany.

Modern Times

Whilst newly built mosques in Germany and the rest of the European Union are sometimes subject to strict building requirements so as to blend in with local buildings and not to offend locals, and other places of worship take place in homes or abandoned churches, the Ahmadiyya Mosque sits in full Islamic splendour with traditional glass dome and 90ft high minaret, amongst well maintained gardens in a prominent position. Its initial task of introducing Islam to Germany complete, the mosque is now well placed in the locality to provide community outreach and witness to the wider population.

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