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tension and backlash against Muslims in Europe
German court denies Muslim right to
pray at school
A Berlin court has rejected a legal bid by a 16-year-old Muslim student
to be granted the right to conduct Islamic prayer rituals at his school.
Explaining its verdict Thursday, the regional appeal court said that
upholding peace in the school took precedence over the student's right
to religious observance.
The court said the school in the Wedding district of Berlin was attended
by Muslims from several branches of Islam, including Sunni, Shi'ite and
Alevi children, and that there had been conflicts between the various
groups over religion.
The legal appeal followed a decision by the school to forbid the student
from audibly praying in public at the school.
The youth had also hoped to secure a special prayer room, but the court
said he had no right to this. However, the school was free to grant him
one should it wish, the court said.
Germany is home to more than four million Muslims, with the greater part
of Turkish origin.
(Reporting by Dave Graham, editing by Mark Trevelyan)