Resistance to Mosque Construction


Last week, the Administrative Court in Arnsberg/ North Rhine-Westphalia had to deal with a lawsuit against the construction of a mosque (by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Group) filed by a local resident. The presiding judge indicated very early on that the lawsuit was not likely to be successful. However, not the lawsuit filed be the resident, but changes in the development plan for the local area might impact on the plans to build the mosque. It is now the task of the local council to amend the development plans for the area – which is decisive for the Muslim community’s plans to build their mosque. While the community is awaiting a final decision, they emphasize the existing positive relations with other Christian communities in the area.