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Germany: Muslim car-pool service
Islam in Europe
Selim Reid (24) is the founder of MuslimTAXI, a Muslim ride-sharing service. The service is free, and is ad-supported. He says he thought of the idea because of complaints he heard that regular carpools don't implement gender discrimination.
Reid immigrated from Iraq to Germany with his parents in 1996. He studied automotive and aircraft technology in Hamburg. He says he once organized a ride for his parents from Hamburg to Berlin, but when he brought his parents to the meeting point, it was clear that the driver did not like foreigners. The driver assumed the parents couldn't understand German and since they couldn't get off in the middle of nowhere, they had to listen to his rants the whole way.
Reid says his service is no different from how some Christian communities organize to help their members. He says non-Muslims are also invited to join.
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