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German TV gives first ever live coverage to Muslims on Eid prayer

01:09 PM | 17 Jul, 2015
German TV gives first ever live coverage to Muslims on Eid prayer
BERLIN (Web Desk) - German TV has broadcast live Muslim Eid prayers from a mosque in a town near Munich, a move that is the first of its kind in the country’s history.

The prayers, at 4:45am local time on Friday, were aired from the Penzberg Mosque on public TV and radio broadcaster Bayerischen Rundfunk.

The sermon marked the beginning of the Eid el-Fitr holiday and the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

Lead preacher Benjamin Idriz hailed the move as historic for Muslims in Germany [Photo provided by the Penzberg Mosque]

The broadcast was part of a wider two-hour coverage on the Muslim holiday that will include the sermon, narration of the Islam's holy book Quran, Islamic chanting, and speeches by Christian Catholic and Protestant priests.

Ahead of the sermon, Benjamin Idriz, the preacher who led the prayers, told Al Jazeera the move was historic for Muslims in Germany.

"In the sermon, I will deliver messages to both Muslims and non-Muslims in Germany. I will talk about the common values, and will urge the German society to open up to Muslims and visit their mosques, and also urge Muslims to open up to the German society,” the Macedonian-born German preacher said.

The emergence of “extremist groups” like the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has added psychological pressure on Muslims in Germany, the 43-year-old preacher said.

He said that broadcasting the Eid programme will help the Muslim community feel more welcome and as an integral part of Germany.

The move comes just two weeks after German Chancellor Angela Merkel attended an iftar, the meal to break the Ramadan fast, for the first time as the head of government. At the event, she said that Islam “is a part of Germany”.

At least 1,000 worshippers were expected to perform prayers in the mosque in the Bavarian town of Penzberg, with many coming to the small town of from elsewhere in the country.

The prayer hall of Penzberg Mosque, one of the most prominent Islamic places of worship in Germany, has a capacity of 300 to 400 people. The organisers had equipped other rooms in the mosque to accommodate the crowds.

The cubic mosque, built in 2005, has an impressive contemporary architecture, with steel sheets covering the minaret in the form of Arabic calligraphy.

Germany is believed to be home to nearly four million Muslims.

More than 200,000 asylum seekers registered in 2014, most of whom came from African and Middle Eastern countries.

The rise in asylum applications has been followed by a growing trend of xenophobic attacks targeting non-European migrants. In 2014, there were 150 attacks by right-wing groups in Germany on accommodations housing asylum seekers.

Earlier this year, a grassroot movement by the name of PEGIDA, or Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West, organised protests that Merkel called “racist”.

Idriz had told Al Jazeera that, in his Friday sermon, he would call on Germans “to take care of refugees and help them integrate in society”.

Source: Al Jazeera

The author is working as Editor Digital Media for Daily Pakistan and can be reached @ItsSarfrazAli.

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 26 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains stable against US dollar in the open market on February 26, 2024 (Monday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302 for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 26 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94

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