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.
The youth had hoped to secure a special prayer room, but the court rejected this right. However, the school was free to grant him one should it wish, the court said.
The legal appeal followed a decision by the school to forbid the student from audibly praying in public at the school.
Explaining its verdict on 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.
Germany is home to more than four million Muslims, with the greater part of Turkish origin.
ReutersLast Mod: 28 Mayıs 2010, 12:23