Berlin, March 3: A high school in the Germany’s Western Wuppertal city has banned the Muslim students from praying within the premises.
A circular was issued by the school authorities to the teachers at the Gymnasium Johannes Rau school asking them to identify names and report any cases of Muslim students praying in school management.
The circular further stated that the ban should be carried out in a friendly manner and not lead to any kind of violence.
“In recent weeks, it has been increasingly observed that Muslim pupils in the school building are praying, clearly visible to others, signalled by ritual washings in the toilets, the rolling out of prayer mats and taking up certain postures. This is not permitted,” the document stated reportedly.
This incident, however, is not the first time that Muslim students are being prohibited from praying in the school premises. In 2011, a high school student from Wedding, Berlin had approached a court after he was prevented from praying. Germany’s Administrative Court had however rejected his plea by stating that “his prayers would disturb the school peace.”