Wednesday, November 30, 2011
German court orders School Provide room for prayer for Muslim Students ;Germany’s top administrative court has ruled that students don’t have the right to pray while in school if a conflict is created.
German federal administrative court, on Wednesday (30/11),issued a decree encouraging for Muslims in the country. How not,the court issued a decision that ordered every school in Germanyin order to provide the kind of Mushala for Muslim prayers.
The exit decision stems from the story of M. Yunus. 14-year-oldstudent who was banned from midday prayers in the school hall in Berlin. Although the case of a place of worship for Muslims in schools has been ongoing for a decade. However, this decisionmarks the first time the courts handle these cases, the website www.dw-world.de reported
"I think the case has affected both sides. Now, we've almostreached the final stage and that's why the law is now turned into apolitical debate," said Aiman Mazyek, of the German Central Council of Muslims.
"In the past, the school is more pragmatic and relatively morerelaxed about this issue, but now pushed back." continued again.
Experts on Islamic Sabine Damir-Geilsdorf from the University ofBonn, said the same thing related court decisions. He said theschool usually has a flexible approach related to a place of worship for Muslim students.
"The majority of Muslim jurists agree it's possible to shorten orcombine the worship due to illness, travel, or requirements in the workplace," he said.
German court rules Berlin student doesn’t have right to pray while in school
Germany’s top administrative court has ruled that students don’t have the right to pray while in school if a conflict is created.
The court on Wednesday upheld a decision by a lower court which had denied that right to a Muslim student who had demanded a private prayer room at his Berlin high school.
The Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig said while the decision did not prohibit students in general from praying during breaks, the Berlin student did not have a right to pray.
The court said praying should be banned if the religious act can cause religious conflicts at the school — which it said was the case at the Berlin school. The court also said the creation of a separate prayer room would go beyond the capacities of the Berlin school.
1. Muslim men depart after attending afternoon prayers at the predominantly Turkish Sehitlik Mosque October 3, 2008 in Berlin, Germany. October 3 is open house day at Berlin's mosques and the day coincides with German Unity Day (Tag der Deutschen Einheit). Berlin has approximately 80 mosques that serve the city's over 100,000 Muslims.
(October 3, 2008 - Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images Europe)