Wednesday, February 2, 2011

German Extremists Protest Building of Mosque; Mosque in Cologne Will Be Largest in Germany

Several dozen right-wing extremists protested today (February 2, 2011), as the top beams were added to Germany's largest mosque, under construction in the city of Cologne, according to the Earth Times website.

Ditib mosque federation said the building would not only be "a home for the Muslim community," but also a place to meet non-Muslims, at the topping out ceremony which traditionally marks the moment a building's roof structure is completed.

The mosque -- designed for 1,200 people -- features a 37-meter-high dome and two minarets standing 55 meters tall.

"Interreligious and intercultural dialogue will be revitalized by this mosque," said Bekir Alboga of Ditib. He stressed that non-Muslims were also welcome to attend the sermons, which would be translated into German.

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