In a positive reaction to the growing number of Muslim soldiers, the German army is to recruit its first Muslim imam for the growing number of Muslims in Military services.
“Islam has become the third largest religion in Germany and we are trying to figure out whether it would be possible for our Muslim soldiers to have their own chaplain,” a Bundeswehr (German Military) spokesman told the media, Anadolu Agency reported.
The army decided earlier this month to open a new branch its religious services center in the western city of Koblenz, the daily reported.
Since the 1960s the Catholic and Protestant churches have provided religious instruction for the German army, which currently has around 1,600 Muslim soldiers.
Germany has the second-largest Muslim population in western Europe after France. Among the four million Muslims in the country, three million are of Turkish origin, including 220,000 in capital city Berlin alone.
A recent poll by the Munster University found that Germans view Muslims more negatively than other European nations.
So this initiative from the military can be seen as a right step towards addressing many problems facing Muslims in Germany.
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