Taboo-Breaking Mosque Muslim feminist plans to open more liberal places of worship

Ates has received several death threats for opening a liberal Mosque in Berlin, but this is not stopping her from opening more.

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Ateş, founder of liberal mosque,wants to have more taboo-breaking places of worship play

Ateş, founder of liberal mosque,wants to have more taboo-breaking places of worship

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On June 16, 2017, Seyran Ates broke the norm by opening the liberal Ibn Rushd-Goethe Mosque in Berlin.

As the name implies, the place breaks a lot of Islamic rules of worship.  This has not gone down well with Muslims.

Founded by Seyran Ates, the mosque aims to establish a humanistic, secular and liberal reading of Islam play

Founded by Seyran Ates, the mosque aims to establish a humanistic, secular and liberal reading of Islam

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Yet, the Turkish-born lawyer and activist has announced her plans to open another one in the United Kingdom and more in Europe.

Whilst visiting London in search of potential sites for her next Mosque, she had an interview with the Guardian.

According to Ates, her liberal places of worship is the beginning of a revolution in Islam.

The 54-year-old added that she is not the only one who wants this for Muslims.

In her words, “I’m not alone with this idea. It is a movement, it’s a revolution,” she told the Guardian.

“I may be the face of the liberal mosque, but I alone am not the mosque. We have millions of supporters all over the world.”

Seyran Ates -- who has campaigned against forced marriages, domestic violence and so-called "honour killings" among Muslim migrants -- said the project was eight years in the making play

Seyran Ates -- who has campaigned against forced marriages, domestic violence and so-called "honour killings" among Muslim migrants -- said the project was eight years in the making

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In Ates’ mosque, anyone is allowed in. Women, men, the LGBT community and anyone from all strands of Islam is welcome.

Another taboo that is broken in this mosque is admitting women without headscarves, known as burqas or niqabs.

Ates’ explanation for this is that “there is no Islamic requirement (to cover one’s head). There is no theological argument even in the most conservative interpretation of the Quran.

“It’s men saying, ‘I cover her because she is my property.’”

The mosque has received lots of criticism from many Muslim bodies for this and other taboos.

Here, men and women pray side by side play

Here, men and women pray side by side

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Turkey’s main Muslim authority, Diyanet, has called the mosque an experiment “aimed at nothing more than depraving and ruining religion.”

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Turkey’s Sabah newspaper has also called the mosque practices “the so-called prayer of the perverse”.

In fact, the founder has been forced to get a round-the-clock protection from German police, The Local reports.

Ates said, “Over social media, I have received so many death threats due to the founding of the mosque that the State Office of Criminal Investigations has determined that they must protect me around the clock.”

Lawyer and women's rights activist Seyran Ates opened the Ibn-Rushd-Goethe-Mosque with words of welcome before Christian and Jewish guests and a large media contingent play

Lawyer and women's rights activist Seyran Ates opened the Ibn-Rushd-Goethe-Mosque with words of welcome before Christian and Jewish guests and a large media contingent

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If death threats haven't stopped her, I don't think there is anything that is going to stop her from having more liberal mosques.

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