Muslim Pupil Not Allowed to Pray At German School

May 27, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Sify News

A Berlin pupil does not have the right to perform 'namaz', Islamic prayer rituals, at school, an appeals court in the German capital ruled Thursday.

In a decision that overturned a lower court ruling, the appeals court said that a curtailing of the teenager's right to religious freedom was justified as it would protect the constitutional rights of other pupils and their parents.

Those rights include freedom of belief and entitlement to a calm educational environment, it said.

Yunus, a 16-year-old Berlin pupil, had initially been granted the right to pray once a day, during a break. However, the appeals court considered that ruling to endanger peaceful relations at the school.