At least three universities in Germany have shut down mosques, prayer spaces and "silent rooms" after their use by Muslim students violated several laws this year. And Muslims are starting to react.
First, here is an article originally from Der Westen but translated into English by the people at Gates of Vienna about closure of a prayer space at Essen University:
According to this newspapers’ research, non-Muslim students are discriminated against by fundamentalist Muslim students. At Friday prayers, they are regularly hindered from using an elevator which leads to the prayer room on the fourth floor. But the University Directorate “clearly objects” to the impression that a “fundamentalist regime” was spreading in the prayer room’s vicinity.
The prayer room “R12 T04 E96” has been controversial for years. In 2007, the University tried in vain to close the room with reference to an acute shortage of rooms, hate preachers, and occupants foreign to the university. Talks with Muslim students led to a compromise.
Are students of the university Duisburg-Essen discriminated against by fundamentalist Muslim students, just because they are “infidels” from a Muslim perspective? As this newspaper learnt from a reliable source, during Friday prayers, disturbing restrictions were regularly enforced on the campus in Essen.
Next, a video of a Muslim defending the Islamic take over of these supposedly multi-faith spaces at universities. It shows a TV panel discussion featuring an attractively hijabbed young woman named Hatice Durmaz of the Council of Muslim Students and Academics.
Pay attention to the maneuvering by Ms Durmaz in this clip. When confronted with facts that she has previously denied, she skillfully changed direction: She insists that Muslims are not responsible for the discrimination against women and infidels that is so blatantly manifested in these “silent rooms”:
And what happens in these neutral prayer rooms? From the University of Dortmund:
At the University of Berlin:
Muslim students, upset by the closure of the "prayer spaces" at the Univeristy of Berlin, hold mass prayer rituals on public streets and related spaces.
One can't help but wonder: If Muslims are allowed to block streets with Islamic rituals, should the rest of us be allowed to drive through mosques?
But at least the German authorities at the university level have decided to actually apply German law, and close these rooms down. Unless others follow their lead and close down these areas, the future becomes easy to see.
And it's Islamic.