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Germany maintains cooperation with Ditib

BERLIN. The State Secretary of the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Markus Kerber, has confirmed the cooperation between his authority and the Ditib mosque association. Younger functionaries are "rooted in Germany". On the occasion of the Islam conference on Tuesday, he told the ARD “Morgenmagazin” that he was observing a “generation change”, in which Muslims who were born here increasingly value independence from influences from Turkey.

There are now five Islamic associations that train their imams in Germany instead of bringing preachers from abroad. The reason for this is that their youth members hardly speak Turkish or Arabic any more and expressly want “supervision by German-speaking imams or religious educators”.

The religious policy spokesman for the FDP in the Bundestag, Benjamin Strasser, praised the training of imams in the Federal Republic. This could prevent preachers from abroad from being financed and controlled in their position.

Right-wing extremism is to blame for Islamism
The chairman of the Central Council of Muslims in Germany, Aiman ​​Mazyek, described the local training of imams as long overdue. "In the end, education in religion also means immunization against extremism," he told the RBB-Inforadio. Many radical believers have turned their backs on Islamic communities in Germany.

In his view, right-wing extremism favors other extremist phenomena. This then leads to a "competition" of ideologies. The aim must be to win the “extremists' environment” back for the Islamic communities and to provide pastoral care.

Suitable role models could prevent extremism
The Islamist assassin from Breitscheidplatz, Anis Amri, is said to have visited a mosque in Berlin's Moabit district shortly before his act. The attacker from Vienna also had contact with two mosques through which he radicalized himself, according to the Austrian Office for the Protection of the Constitution.

An important step in preventing Islamist radicalization is to create suitable role models for young people, said the psychologist and Islam expert Ahmad Mansour in the ARD “Morgenmagazin”. Such could, for example, be Muslims who have left their homeland themselves but have arrived in German society.

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