Day of the open door in the Ahmadiyya Mosque in Bruchsal, Germany

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The Bruchsal Ahmadiyya Mosque will also present itself at the open day. 450 people regularly come to the services, but the mosque is also a regular contact point for the homeless.

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Open Day: In the Bruchsal Mosque Ahmadiyya at Eisenbahnstraße 8 there are editions of the Koran in over 30 languages. Photo: Werner Schmidhuber

von Werner Schmidhuber

“We open our doors wide. In doing so, we are setting an example for openness, hospitality and transparency," is how the imam of the Bruchsal Mosque Ahmadiyya, theologian Mahfooz Ahmad, explains the open day offered at Eisenbahnstraße 8.

“We also want to take away fears. Show that we stand for peace. Everyone is welcome here.” The place of prayer was inaugurated ten years ago. Since then it has experienced an upswing.
The Day of the Open Mosque in Germany has been an annual event since 1997 and falls on October 3rd, the day of German unity. Those responsible attach great importance to this: A mosque should not just be a place where Muslims gather to pray together. Because it is also a place of encounter, dialogue and neighborly togetherness.

The faithful meet for prayer five times a day: before work, after work and in between. From 6.15 a.m. to finally 9 p.m. Friday prayer is compulsory.

450 persons attend the mosque regularly

The religious community in and around Bruchsal counts 450 people. As can be seen, most have their roots in Pakistan, but are also of Turkish or Indian descent. A number of converts belong to the group.

There are two large prayer rooms in the mosque, and a temporary solution is available in the event of large crowds. The children go to the Koran school once a week, where the imam teaches: in German, that's important to him.

Gender segregation is practiced

The women enter their own prayer room through the front entrance, while the men use the rear entrance. Gender segregation is practiced.

But there are also joint programs, emphasizes Hala Ahmad, such as themed evenings on issues of partnership between men and women. "We don't feel left out," she told the press.

Feeding for 50 needy people every Sunday

At the top are two men: the imam, who is responsible for everything spiritual, and a president, Raza Munawwar, who is responsible for secular matters, such as organizational tasks. Four months ago, the young imam, just 24 years old, took over the management function in Bruchsal.

The preacher proudly refers to the food for the homeless that is offered every Sunday. On average, 50 needy people come. "Our community lives entirely on donations," he reports.

Flyers in the mailbox aroused curiosity

Every year, around 150 women and men visit the mosque on the open day. The first guest in 2022 was a young man from Bruchsal: He found a flyer in the mailbox that made him curious. Now he wants to know what's going on there. In the prayer room next door, a young German woman is interested in Islam.

There are several contact persons in the mosque ready to get in touch. They offer an exchange of information and opinions that, as they say, "throws a new, unprejudiced light on Islam and provides information about the faith and teachings of Islam from a wide variety of perspectives."

Exchange of information for everyone

In Bruchsal, everyone can look behind the scenes of the Islamic religious community and learn how people who belong to another religion live it.

Why is the mosque called that? In the religious world, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community plays an important role. Founded in India in 1889, with many millions of members in over 220 countries worldwide, it is the largest community among organized Muslims.

source https://bnn.de/kraichgau/bruchsal/tag-der-offenen-tuer-in-der-moschee-ahmadiyya-in-bruchsal

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