L̶i̶b̶e̶r̶a̶l̶ Apostate mosque in Berlin draws criticism from Muslim world

“The high number of Muslims frightens Europe, and for that reason the Europeans are attempting to market a new form of Islam that conforms to life in Europe,” wrote Manhal al-Ahmad on DW’s Arabic Facebook page. “I believe that they won’t achieve their goal. In the end they will give up and eventually come to understand that this fight against this religion was wrong.”

The impression still exists in Muslim countries that the West wants to impose its lifestyle on the Muslim world, according to Rainer Sollich, head of DW Arabic’s online department. “Those who oppose all reformist ideas within Islam are also taking advantage of this agenda,” he said. “It’s a very populist agenda. It works, because many people in the Muslim world are jumping on it and many genuinely feel that way.”