German Islamic associations denied religious lessons in school

Two of Germany’s biggest Muslim federations, the Central Council of Muslims in Germany (ZMD) and the Islamrat (“Islam council”), have failed in their bid to get schools in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) to adopt Islamic religious lessons, Deutsche Welle reports.

The higher administrative court in Münster turned down the federations’ suit last week on the grounds that they did not fulfill all the criteria of a religious association as defined by the German constitution, and so could not claim the same privileges that the Protestant and Catholic churches have in Germany.