Hundreds of mosques joined open house events across Germany, coinciding with the Day of German Unity - a public holiday. Germany's largest religious minority welcomed visitors to engage in open dialogue about their faith and to learn more about Islam. With cultural events and art exhibits also part of the event, Muslims shared information about their beliefs and introduced Islam to a wide audience.
The Muslim Coordination Council in Cologne said the open house events across the country focused on young Muslims in Germany and highlighted their stories. The Council had recently launched its own youth league.
Germany's Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Manuela Schwesig, who had accepted patronage for this year's Day of the Open Mosque, stressed ahead of the events that Muslim youths were an "integral part of our society."