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Imam Dr. Benjamin Idriz

Benjamin Idriz was born in Skopje, Macedonia, finished training as Hafiz (Quran scholar) at the age of 11 years, and continued to recite the Quran regularly at the Aladscha Mosque in Skopje. He attended Al-Furqan Institute for Islamic Law and Arabic Literature in Damascus, Syria. At the European Faculty of Islamic Studies (IESH) in Château Chinon in France he received his diploma in Islamic theology and religious principles in 1998. He received his Master "Contemporary Islamic Thought" at Al-Ouzai University in Beirut, Lebanon in 2014. Since 1995 he been the imam of the mosque in Penzberg, Germany. The Islamic community in Penzberg has become a paradigm of Islam in Germany, and publicized in many TV and documentary programs. The Eid prayer was broadcast from the mosque in Penzberg in 2015, transmitted by public TV stations for the first time in the history of Germany. Over the past twenty years he has been actively involved in public life, both in the local region and in Germany. As to his religious and social commitment, suffice it to say that he has had published some five hundred articles in German newspapers and magazines, and that there was a documentary made about him. He is the author of the book "Gruß Gott, Herr Imam" and co-author of the book titled "Islam with a European face." Known nation-wide, he was appointed as Chairman of the "Munich Forum for Islam" which is planning the construction of the "Munich Islamic Center," a large meeting area, mosque and museum.