Berlin mosque flies rainbow flag in support of LGBTQ community

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7/1/22

The Ibn Rushd-Goethe mosque in Berlin said on Friday it was the first German mosque to fly the rainbow flag, a symbol of pride and diversity of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community. Located in the central Moabit neighborhood of the German capital, the mosque unfurled its flag in front of a small group of people, including Berlin’s Culture Senator Klaus Lederer. Attendees wore stickers saying “Love is Halal” ahead of a series of LGBTQ events scheduled to take place in the city in July. Mo el-Ketab, one of the mosque’s six imams, said the space was intended to be a “safe place for people who are different, so they too can experience the spiritual side of their lives.” “I hope that many other mosques will also show the flag in this way or set other positive signs for the LGBT community,” he added. The flag will remain up until the end of July, the LGBTQ website Queer.de reported.

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