Bin Laden’s Death awakes humiliation on German Muslims:

Posted: June 3, 2011 in Germany, News Stories
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Mahmoud Tahreq is heading to one of Nuremberg’s few Mosques to pray the daily five times prayers. Born and bred in this German community in Nuremberg,  Tahreq is a German muslim with that claims to suffer everyday discrimination in Germany.

“People sometimes do not come closer to me when I wear Islamic an dress,” said Tahreq. “In worst cases, they even leave the buses and the trains when I get in.”

The death of the Al Qaeda leader, Osama Bin Laden, according to him, has awakened fear and tensions on the for muslims living in Germany. The 28 year-old is a student of Machine Construction at the Friedrick Alexander University in  Erlangen and Nuremberg.

He say he believes in Islam and happy to be a Muslim but emphasizes that the news of Bin Laden’s death has put him and many others in an awakened set of public humiliations.

Imam Dr. Bünyamin Garder attests that there has been a growing tension for Muslims since the Al Qaeda leader’s death.

“A lot of Muslims often get publicly humiliated in Germany and it is disheartening for me as a German and a Muslim,” says Dr. Garder. “This humiliation had self been minimized but Bin Laden’s death has shaken things up again.”

In Erlangen, a twenty-kilometre city away from Nuremberg, the municipal council partners with anti racial campaign group Freundeskreis Tambacounda to raise issues of increasing discrimination in the cities. The council and its partner organize art events in schools and public places to identify and discuss racial issues in communities.

David Herensberg, Head of International Affairs, Erlangen Rathaus said “The art events help people and most especially the young ones to see what they do that is discriminating and why they need to have a change of behavior.”

Abdou Karim Sane, Director Freundeskreis Tambacounda “We brought up the initiative ‘Bilder im Kopf’ in order to help change the thoughts of people, so we all could live in harmony. The events started in Hannover and it is spreading nationwide.”

“Bilder im Kopf” meaning images in the minds of people aims to raise more awareness of racial segregation. The events, however, do not make the amount of necessary impact enough for Mahmoud to move around Nuremberg without being afraid getting attached.

Mahmoud Tahreq “I get afraid sometimes in Nuremberg. When I wear an Islamic gown for prayers, I cannot dare go to every community. Why should the others get to practice their religious faith and not us?”

Although there hasn’t been report of physical attack on Muslims in the cities of Nuremberg and Erlangen, Mahmoud says he fears some people and societies get more intolerant to Muslims. He states he hope that people will get to put a distinction between a terrorist group and a peaceful religion.

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    Not only in Germany but also in other countries, the muslim are facing the same situation like Tahreq. Hopefully it will awake the muslim and give them a thought about their present footsteps.

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