Berlin’s Martha Lutheran church in Kreuzberg opened its doors on Friday to Muslim worshippers who could not be accommodated in a nearby mosque.

The BBC reported that, with Germany permitting religious services from 4 May as long as worshippers were separated by at least a metre and a half, the Dar Assalam mosque in the capital’s Neukölln district could only hold a fraction of its congregation.

Relief was provided by the Martha Lutheran church.

Muslim worshipper Samer Hamdoun told Reuters: ‘It is a great sign and it brings joy in Ramadan and joy amid this crisis. This pandemic has made us a community. Crises bring people together.’

He added: ‘It was a strange feeling because of the musical instruments, the pictures … but when you forget the small details this is the house of God in the end.’

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