Construction of German Mosque Halted After Activists Mark Territory With Crosses
Construction of the first mosque in Thuringia has been hampered by opposition from right-wing activists who have hammered ten crosses into the construction site in a sign of protest, Sputnik Deutschland reported.
Muslims in Erfurt, the capital of Thuringia in east-central Germany, are being discouraged from building a mosque there by right-wing extremists who have rammed ten crosses into the planned construction site.
The group, called “Citizens for Erfurt,” planted the crosses at the beginning of March. According to the local MDR news network, the owner of the construction site is planning to take legal action against the group, which maintains a Facebook page with its activities.
The mosque is being constructed in the settlement of Marbach for the local Ahmadiyya Muslim community, a sect of Islam which was founded in 1889 by Indian religious leader Mirza Ghulam Ahmad. Ghulam Ahmad claimed he was the Messiah and Mahdi prophesized by Prophet Muhammad. In this way, Ahmadi Muslims differ from the rest of the Muslim world, which is still awaiting the second coming of Jesus.
However, Imam Said Ahmad Arif, imam of local Ahmadi Muslims, told Sputnik Deutschland that the demonstration won’t stop the construction of the mosque.
The community “will not allow ourselves to be provoked.”
“This is not something that scares us,” Arif explained. He said that local people in Erfurt have given the community “incredible support.”