The prayer rug in the quiet room of Utrecht City Hall is not overlooked: ‘Little Mosque’ | interior

Because according to record company Merrill van Houl, it was “a lot of jobs in one machine,” pumped women were actually being asked to move. The former workplace of the Audit Bureau was occupied almost wall to wall with a prayer rug.

“A year after my request, we finally have our own meditation room where prayers can be performed. Carpets were my choice, beautiful, right?” tweeted group leader Mahmud Singer. By throwing bats into the chicken house, the debate is no longer just raging in the day-to-day running of the Presidium.

“A quiet room should be a quiet room. “There are criteria for that,” says VVD chairwoman Marin de Bagter. He doesn’t like to think about taking up neutral space. Prayer is possible in relation to a member of the VVD, but not exclusively to one faith. Martin Koning, head of the D66 party, agrees, but he doesn’t want to say more about it.

The municipality of Utrecht has suspended all stations. “All floor coverings are paid for by the municipality because it is a public use space,” said council spokesman Rachel Striveland (personnel and organization). According to the speaker, the design of the meditation room meets the needs of the people who use it. “You see the reflection of the city in it.”

Mary on the wall

The PVV’s attempt to present a statue of Mary and a bowl of holy water will not succeed. “The last time I looked, Maria was standing with her head against the wall and these prayer rugs were placed in the center of the room,” says Cease Boss, Stadspilang leader.

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Sungur (Think) is not aware of any harm. We have asked in the past to pray somewhere and had to do it in the pumping room. Sometimes it collides in terms of time. Nor did the women want it either.” According to him, the statue of Mary was put up out of aversion to Islam, and not out of religious conviction, and he regrets it.

After the redistribution of rooms, the room became available. Songur: “For us, the space is multifunctional. There is also room for other religions.” Wasn’t a loose rug an option? “Yes, you can also pray at home. But that was the need.”

The PVV is especially indignant, he has to tolerate the “little mosque” next to the break room, and he does not have to search long for the term “Islamization”. The party leader, David Bosch, used to rest in the special Utrecht chair brought out by former mayor Jan van Zaanen, but that is now gone. “Should I take off my shoes and socks and lie on the floor?”

ChristenUnie’s leader shows precisely the same tolerance. “Needs are different,” says party leader Rick de Graaf. He has tested discussions with Singer and Bush in the day-to-day running of the presidency, as well as on the subject, as “constructive.”

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