A church in Berlin, Germany has opened their doors to Muslim worshippers due to the physical distancing guidelines, according to a report from Reuters.
Worship centers were reopened in the country, but worshippers had to maintain a minimum distance of not less than five feet.
The Martha Lutheran church in Berlin offered help to the nearby Dar Assalam mosque in Berlin’s Neukoelln district, which sees over hundreds of Muslims on Fridays, but due to the restrictions and physical distancing policy, could only accommodate 50 people at a time.
The mosque’s Imam, Mohammed Taha Sabry said it was “an amazing sign of solidarity in these times.”
In his words he said, “These associaltions happen because of solidarity. The church saw how Muslims were suffering and asked us: ‘Do you need space to pray?’ That is an amazing sign of solidarity in these times.”
Samer Hamdoun, one of the Muslim worshippers, mentioned that it took a while before they could get use to the church environment.
“It was a strange feeling because of the musical instruments, the pictures, but when you look, when you forget the small details, this is the House of God in the end,” he said.
The church’s pastor, Monika Matthias, who also took part in the prayer said she ‘felt moved by the Muslim call to prayer.
“I took part in the prayer, I gave a speech in German and during prayer, I could only say yes, yes, yes, because we have the same concerns and we want to learn from you. And it is beautiful to feel that way about each other.”