Authorities in Cologne, Germany have announced that the Azan will be allowed on loudspeakers on Fridays. Cologne Mayor said: "Our Muslim citizens are an integral part of our city. Hearing the call to prayer alongside church bells shows that we value diversity”.
Press reports said that the Muslim soldiers in the German army are disappointed at the lack of Muslim spiritual care, especially after their number approached 4000, whereas soldiers of other religions whose number does not exceed 300 are offered spiritual care.
Reports of the German Foreign Intelligence Service indicated that the threat posed by ISIS and Al-Qaeda has not receded yet and that, despite the success achieved in combating terrorism worldwide, the number of groups practising terrorism has increased.
The German government has expressed its concern after a (BfV) report revealed a rise by 3.8% in far-right extremists in Germany in 2020, noting that the most dangerous of these movements are "Citizens of the Reich" which do not recognize the state.
The German government welcomed opening the first Department for Islamic Studies, considering it the beginning of the graduation of German imams accepted and trusted by the Muslim community, and capable of spreading true Islam and fighting extremism.
The Federal Public Prosecutor General of Germany, Peter Frank, considered right-wing extremism to be the No. 1 threat to democracy, pointing out that the far right groups ideology has spread rapidly over the past few years, especially among advocates of violence.
After a successful experimental phase for more than 10 years, the state of Bavaria in southern Germany introduced Islam in about 350 primary and middle schools as an optional course, to join many German states that focus on equality and respect for religions.
The 27th of May, 2021 is the date chosen for the ceremony to lay the foundation stone of the "House of One" in Berlin. It is a building that will contain worship places for Muslims, Christians and Jews under one roof as a symbol of religious coexistence.