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Muslims in Germany protest against extremist Islamic State group

  • Muslims protest against the terror of the Islamic State militants after the Friday pray in Berlin, Germany,  Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. The Central Council of Muslims in Germany called for rallies against the terror in nine German cites. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

    Muslims protest against the terror of the Islamic State militants after the Friday pray in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. The Central Council of Muslims in Germany called for rallies against the terror in nine German cites. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)  (The Associated Press)

  • Muslims protest against the terror of the Islamic State militants after the Friday pray in Berlin, Germany,  Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. The Central Council of Muslims in Germany called for rallies against the terror in nine German cites. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

    Muslims protest against the terror of the Islamic State militants after the Friday pray in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. The Central Council of Muslims in Germany called for rallies against the terror in nine German cites. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)  (The Associated Press)

Thousands of Muslims in Germany have taken part in a "Day of Peace" to protest against the Islamic State extremist group.

The event was organized by mainstream Muslim organizations to emphasize that the vast majority of believers reject the group's ideology and its brutal actions in Syria and Iraq.

The head of Germany's Central Council of Muslims, Aiman Mazyek, said the protest Friday was also directed against racism and intolerance in general, citing recent attacks on mosques and synagogues in Europe.