Due to the Wuhan Coronavirus, public religious services may not be held in Berlin. In compensation, churches are allowed to ring their bells, and in order not to discriminate against Muslims, mosques are also allowed to broadcast the call to prayer. In an unfortunate setback for “social distancing” in the German capital, the ululations of the muezzin induced a large crowd of the faithful to gather in front of the mosque, all of them ignoring the two-meter rule.
Many thanks to MissPiggy for translating the German portions of this RT video, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
MissPiggy has also translated texts about the call to prayer in Berlin. First, a tweet from the Berlin police:
About 300 people gathered in front of a mosque in #Neukölln today during prayer calls. The Imam, the OA @BerlinNkl & our colleague, only partially succeeded in persuading those present to keep their distance. The prayer was ended prematurely in agreement with the Imam. #covid19
— Police Berlin Einsatz (@PolizeiBerlin_E) April 3, 2020
See also this article (in German) with several other videos. A translation of the article:
Berlin Neukölln: Corona party with “Allahu Akbar” calls (Video)
After a call to prayer from a Berlin mosque (since Corona lockdown now allowed), which is under supervision by German domestic intelligence, about 300 people gathered yesterday in Neukölln with calls of Allahu Akbar. The police barely managed to stop people from gathering or make them keep the required distance form each other, etc. Our video of the day comes from Berlin and shows scenes that took place yesterday in front of the Neukölln “meeting place”. Philosophia Perennis abstains from any commentary; the images and context speak for themselves. The video also shows a policeman running through the crowd, before disappearing behind the gate of the mosque. However, the police seem to have dispersed the “event” after all.
This can still be seen in the following video report. Just 20 minutes after the publication of our article, the YouTuber has set his video to private. There are many other people who have taken pictures.
Equal rights for all? Really?
The Bundestag member Nicole Höchst: “Huh? The prayer could be ended in agreement with the Imam.” We can all be glad that the imam agreed. Or else…?
What would have happened without this agreement? Why was this agreement so important that it even needs to be mentioned here? What would be done if, for example, Catholics were to gather? What would be done if demonstrators gathered for Germany?
According to further information from the police, the leaders of the Neukölln Mosque have assured the police that they will announce on social media that the faithful do not have to appear in person in front of the mosque at the call to prayer.
|00:07||(Sign) “I hear your call” — Call to prayer as a sign of solidarity in the Corona Crisis.|
|00:59||It is a sign of cooperation, of pulling together, and a sign of solidarity.|
|01:06||Our society needs that in times like this. In times of crisis, when people are afraid,|
|01:12||are in despair and don’t understand what is going on.|
|01:17||There’s an enemy on the prowl that is invisible.|
|01:21||Religion is there to provide cohesion, peace and security.|
|01:30||(Sign) From April 3, 2020 at 6pm there will be a Christian and Muslim call to prayer daily and at 1:30pm on Fridays.|
|01:34||The congregation want to convey hope, assurance and solidarity through this action.|
|01:46||There will be no prayer gathering. Everyone on the street|
|01:50||please maintain the required distance from one another.|
|03:05||The bells will ring today at the same time that|
|03:08||the muezzin performs the call to prayer in our neighboring mosque. We aren’t allowed|
|03:13||to call them to our houses of worship, but we can remind them that they can pray to God.|
|03:16||It’s a sign of solidarity between the Muslims and the Christians here in Berlin-Neukölln.|
|03:22||We want to show that this virus doesn’t recognize the difference between religions.|
|03:30||It doesn’t avoid places of worship, and that is why we aren’t able to meet physically.|
|03:35||However, we are sending a message of unity and solidarity.