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[Ayna - Baghdad]
German lawmakers, who belong to the coalition government, said on Wednesday they were considering introducing a "mosque tax" law on German Muslims, noting that the proposal was similar to that of churches.
A member of the ruling coalition in Germany, deputy head of the parliamentary bloc of the Christian Alliance led by Angela Merkel, Torsten Fry, told the newspaper "Die Welt" that the mosque tax is an important step to liberate it in Germany from external influences.
In the absence of a similar tax, mosques in Germany rely on donations and grants, raising concerns that they may receive support from foreign organizations and foreign governments, which may fuel doubts at times about the possibility that mosques may promote extremist ideologies.
Concerns have recently been raised about the impact of the Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs, which is the arm of the Turkish government in Germany, on the Muslim community in the country and moving it according to its agenda.
According to German government estimates, the number of Muslims in Germany ranges between 4 and 4.7 million Muslims, not counting those who make their Islam from time to time.
Democratic Party member Berkhard Lechka agreed that the mosque tax law could help the independence of Islam in Germany, stressing that the topic was worth discussing.
"It supports the idea," said a German of Turkish origin and the foundation of the Berlin mosque, Siran Atish. "In the future, all that the Muslim community needs can be obtained from the members themselves.