Organisational structure

According to their respective tasks, the religious, cultural, and social services of the IGMG are either offered by the central administration or by the regional or local communities. The smallest units of our religious community are the local mosques. It is them which provide the necessary infrastructure – such as praying rooms and imams – for the daily religious practises. Beyond that, the women’s and youth departments also operate locally. They not only carry out activities for general purposes but primarily focus on the needs of each of their target groups.

 

The IGMG maintains local mosque communities in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, England, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway.

 

The local communities are structurally bound together under regional organisations, of which there are 30 altogether. 15 regional organisations are located in Germany. They are Hamburg, Bremen, Berlin, Hanover, Northern Ruhr Basin, Ruhr Basin A, Düsseldorf, Cologne, Hesse, Rhine-Saar, Stuttgart, Swabia, Freiburg, Northern and Southern Bavaria. The regional organisations in other European countries are the following: 4 in France (Paris, Strasbourg, Lyon, 10 Annecy), 2 in Austria (Austria-1 and Austria-2), the northern and southern parts of the Netherlands (2 each). In the remaining European countries (Switzerland, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, and England) the IGMG is represented by only one national organisation each.

 

On the one hand, the regional organisations constitute a linkage between the IGMG centre and the associated local communities. On the other hand, they coordinate the work of the local communities. They are above all responsible for the coordination of religious and educational services and for the arrangement of cultural events. The cooperation between the associated local communities as well as their mutual exchange of experiences are among the tasks that our regional organisations undertake as well. Furthermore, they are in charge of coordinating the imams in the communities.

 

The central administration in Germany is responsible for the coordination of all religious, educational, and social services within the community. It develops and provides the organisation’s general strategy regarding essential topics. Moreover the central administration organises – in cooperation with the regional and local communities – religious and social services which can not be accomplished locally or regionally, such as the hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca), the Udhiyyah campaign (sacrifice), prayer calendars, or the solidarity fond of the burial services. The centre is also in charge of the assignment
and further training of the imams.

 

On the local level the IGMG incorporates 514 mosque communities, 323 of which are in Germany. Besides there is the altering quantity of women’s, youth, sports and educational facilities. The IGMG maintains a total number of 1833 local facilities and for the time being has got around 87,000 members. Friday prayers are regularly attended by approximately 300,000 persons.

 

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