German Muslims have condemned the actions of Islamic State in a nationwide day of prayer and vowed to stem the tide of youngsters heading to join radical militants in Syria and Iraq.
In Berlin, where Friday prayers spilled out onto a busy central street, politicians and non-Muslims joined about a thousand faithful to protest against the radical Islamists.
They also stressed that the vast majority of Muslims are peaceful, amid continued attacks on mosques and fears of rising Islamophobia.
Authorities estimate 400 Germans have joined IS in Iraq and Syria. Leading politicians have urged the country’s 4 million Muslims to be vigilant about IS recruitment, especially on the Internet, where youngsters are increasingly lured not only by calls to join jihad but also by idealistic promises of building a new caliphate.