As many as 10,000 Muslims are set to protest in a rally against extremism in Cologne on Saturday.
The protest comes in the wake of recent terror attacks in the UK and around the world.
“The attacks by people who justify their acts by invoking Islam, without justification, are becoming more frequent,” protest organisers write on a website for the rally called NichtMitUns, or Not With Us.
“Our faith is being abused, defiled, insulted and distorted into something unrecognisable by this. Let us put a powerful sign against violence and terror.”
Dozens of organisations have backed the protest. However, one of the largest Muslim associations in Germany has refused to take part.