Head of the Center for Islam in Munich Benjamin Idriz
German Muslims have called on Berlin to take legal action against websites which provoke Islamophobia and endanger peaceful coexistence in the European country.
Head of the Center for Islam in Munich in the state of Bavaria, Benjamin Idriz, called on the German government to resort to the constitution and exercise more supervision over the websites which contain insulting material against Islam, dpa reported.
The center says it expects German authorities to counter extremist movements which seek to jeopardize peaceful coexistence in the country, Idriz further explained.
The moderate cleric specifically mentioned the offensive anti-Muslim remarks in the German website pi-news, a far-right news outlet which as a part of its agenda opposes the spread of Islam and Islamic teachings across Europe.
Meanwhile, Bavaria state officials argue that by virtue of the law on freedom of expression they cannot take any action against the website.
The reaction by German Muslims comes amid the recent terrorist attacks in Norway.
On Friday, at least 76 people were killed and scores injured in twin shooting and bomb attacks in the Norwegian capital, Oslo, and a nearby island.
Elsewhere in the UK, Muslim leaders have called on governments across Europe to wake up to the threat of anti-Islamic extremism and stop pandering to far-right nationalist movements that have made inroads in politics from the Netherlands to Austria.