photo series: Ahmadiyya
Debates on Islam in Germany rarely feature the Ahmadiyya community (AMJ), a reform-oriented movement – but for 90 years, it is part of our society. Ahmadis are well integrated, open-minded, socially active and law-abiding. In 2013, the Ahmadiyya was the first Muslim community to be recognized as statutory corporation, meaning they are allowed to raise taxes and graveyards. However, the community makes it only to the headlines, when conservative initiatives want to preclude their mosque-construction and equate them with Islamists. Many Muslims, on the other side, allege, that Ahmadis are heretics. In some Muslim countries they face brutal persecution. For my feature, I travelled to several German cities to portray the AMJ and to show that Islam can coexist in symbiosis with German society, belongs to our country and does not pose a danger.