A German pastor has decided to hold a Muslim funeral for a 17-year-old who died fighting for Islamic State in Syria, leaving many outraged. Pastor Sieghard Wilm of the protestant St. Pauli Church in Hamburg is stirring strong emotions after he made the choice to hold a Muslim funeral in his church for 17-year-old ‘Florent’, who died fighting for the Islamic state in Syria in July. The funeral will take place today.

It was confirmed that Florent had sent an audio message back to Germany shortly before his death, saying that he had become disillusioned with the terrorist group. This led to speculation that members of Islamic State had killed him themselves. Mr. Wilm said he has dealt with worse criticism in his life than holding a funeral for a terrorist and explained his motivations in an interview with SHZ.de. READ MORE