October 3rd: German Reunification And Open Mosque Day

03.10.2011

More than 500 mosques throughout the Germany opened their doors to non-Muslims on October 3rd, the “Day of the Open Mosque”. Since 1997, many Muslim communities have been inviting visitors and given them an opportunity to learn about Islam and their culture on October 3rd, which is also the day of German Reunification. The day constitutes a key event to promote better understanding and inter-faith dialogue. Politicians such as Baden Württemberg’s Integration Minister Öney emphasized the symbolic importance of the even taking place on the same day as German Reunification – it shows that Muslims, too, are a part of Germany.

Open Mosque Day Welcomes Non-Muslims in Germany

An estimated 2,000 mosques and Islamic prayer halls in Germany opened to the public during a holiday Wednesday, with non-Muslims invited to come in, look around and ask about Islam. Open Mosque Day has been an annual event in Germany since 1997. Despite the added strain of observing Ramadan at the same time this year, Muslims agreed to keep the customary date, the public holiday of German Unity Day.