World Bulletin / News Desk
A German ordered a gymnasium in Berlin to provide a Muslim student with a prayer room, German media said.
On March 10, 2008, in expedited proceedings, a Berlin administrative court said the Diesterweg Upper School must provide a 14-year-old Muslim student with a space to perform his daily prayers in sxhool grounds, but not in the classroom, Deutsche Welle said.
The ruling from the expedited proceedings is a stopgap decision, until the full court hearing takes place. A date for full proceedings has not yet been set, DW said.
According to the court, the Muslim student sought the ruling because his religion requires him to pray five times a day at specific times. Yet the school had not allowed him to pray, citing its constitutional neutrality law, which stops the state from identifying with any given religion in a public institution.
The judge, however, cited German Basic Law, which allows for freedom of religion. This basic right doesn't only apply to internal freedom, but to external freedom, the justice decided. This includes the freedom to pray, including Muslim prayer.