Immediately before the Islam conference have criticised politicians and scientists dieIslamverbände and a broader representation of the liberal Islam demanded. The associations should no longer be a stooge of a foreign state and would have to represent Muslims in Germany on the ground of the Constitution, said the Ex-Green-boss Cem Özdemir, the southwest press. The bandages were removed, “far from meeting the requirements of a religious community, according to the German religious constitutional law”. Misogyny, militarism, and fundamentalism would have no place.

The Green party politician Ekin Deligöz was also skeptical of the German Islam conference. So far, the willingness “to compromise, to move and to define common goals is missing,” she told Südwest Presse. They called for a clear commitment in the policy to the Muslims in the country, “and also of all its organs and institutions”. Who is not willing to embrace them, “remain in what, in my eyes, the Islam conference is at the moment: a standstill!”

Seehofer keynote speech

German interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) keeps opened in the morning with a principle of the German Islam conference (DIK) speech. The two-day Meeting, with 240 participants, is the prelude to the fourth Phase, launched in 2006 Islamic conference and is also supposed to be a reboot in the dialogue with Muslims in Germany. The 2006 by the then Federal interior Minister Wolfgang Schäuble (CDU), the conference brings together German Muslims and representatives of the Federal government, the länder and the municipalities. Unlike in past years, fans again will take part in the future in addition to the conservative associations of a stressed liberal Islam. Some of them had criticized the associations in the past because of their conservative understanding of Islam and sharp.

The Green not to be expected that the German Islam conference will deliver quick results. “There is a fear that a lot of the debate time must be used to smooth the resulting atmospheric disturbances”, said Bundestag group chief Katrin Göring-Eckardt of the German press Agency. Seehofer had shortly after his appointment to the Federal Minister of the interior, he does not think that the sentence “Islam belongs to Germany” is wrong. He added, however: “with us Muslims, but not, of course, to Germany.”

Göring-Eckardt, called for a new beginning in the dialogue forum. She said this meant that, in Germany, more and more imams will be trained. With a view to the Turkish-Islam Association Ditib you a limited, however, there should be no recognition for associations, “the fundamental constitutional principles of our society do not accept, because they spy on, for example, your members and in fact the prolonged Arm of the Erdoğan-regime”.

The candidate for the CDU presidency, Federal Minister of health, Jens Spahn, has demanded binding rules for Muslims to integrate in Germany. “We have freedom of religion, and there are also mosques in Germany,” he told the Rheinische Post. “But Integration is to succeed over the long term only if these mosque communities understand as a German mosque communities and not, for example, as a Turkish.” Mosques should not be financed from abroad, the imams need to be trained in Germany and also speak German.

“Unilateral perception of Islam”

The Islamic scholar Mouhanad Korchide of the University of Münster, demanded that the Islam conference should give Muslims practical recommendations for action and the various intra-Islamic positions. “So far, only the predominantly conservative Islam has been given a lot of space, which has led to a distorted and one-sided perceptions of Islam.”

The Chairman of the Central Council of Muslims in Germany, Aiman Mazyek, called for concrete steps for a training of imams in Germany. It was comfortable, something to claim and to say good-bye “in the bushes”, said Mazyek in the South-Western radio to the address of the policy. It should at least be a Imamseminar developed. Mazyek showed up at the same time convinced that the majority of Muslims had long since become integrated in Germany. In the case of equal treatment, equal rights and recognition, there are still “air up”.