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|Life in Germany|
|06/27/01 at 06:51:55|
May be the German sisters on the board can give us an idea if this is typical of life there.
Teacher banned from wearing Muslim headscarf loses appeal
A German court has rejected an appeal by a teacher who wants to wear a Muslim headscarf in class.
A judge said wearing the garment would violate the duty of the state and teachers to maintain neutrality.
Ferestha Ludin, 29, lost the original case last year but has said she will take her appeal to Germany's highest court if neccessary.
A German of Afghani origin, she has argued that not being allowed to wear the scarf violates the freedom of religion guaranteed in the German constitution.
But Judge Gerhard Riedinger said wearing the headscarf could disturb the "peaceful co-existence" of students from different religions and backgrounds and keeping peace between such groups took priority over the ability of teachers to display their religious identity.
Ms Ludin now teaches at a private Islamic school in Berlin.
In other cases courts across Germany have also sided with school officials to ban teachers from wearing Muslim headscarves.
|Re: Life in Germany|
|06/27/01 at 11:36:16|
|As salamu alaykum,|
I spent eight years living in Germany, before I returned to New Hampshire. Yes, it is very difficult living in Germany when you wear hijab. The one sister that I know who got a job working in a public school had to take off her hijab. It is difficult to get any type of job if you wear hijab. I must admit that there is a big difference between the States and Germany. Next year I'll be interning in a public school and they don't have a problem with the hijab or me praying dhuhr al hamdu lillah.
As salamu alaykum
|Re: Life in Germany|
|06/27/01 at 16:29:20|
|Ban on Muslim Headscarves (France and Germany)|
"Verily the disbelievers are to you an open enemy" [TMQ 4:101]
The courts of two so-called modern western tolerant liberal democratic
countries, Germany and France, issue rulings blatantly discriminatory and
hateful to Islam by refusing Muslims the right to wear the head scarf. If
they wore mini-skirts or skin tight pants or see-through blouses etc it
would have been OK in a secular system but a head scarf as obliged by Islam
is not acceptable! If they promoted homosexuality or promiscuity etc it
would have been OK in a secular system but Islamic values are unacceptable!
In short, if they were kuffar or submitted to kufr it would have been OK but
being a Muslim or trying to follow Islam is not! Is this not secular
fundamentalism against Islam? But in a secular system, secular
fundamentalism is approved and propagated; it is Islam that is hated!
Muslims better wake up and realise that all kufr systems are against Islam,
though some are more clever at hiding this and fool naive Muslims. Muslims
will NEVER achieve their full rights under a kufr system fighting against
Islam; rather their rights can only be truly achieved under an Islamic
State. So why do we not work for the establishment of that State where
Muslims can leave tranquilly under the only government which supports and
protects them and establishes the noble Shari'ah?
German Court Backs Ban on Muslim Headscarves for Teachers
A German court on Tuesday upheld a ban in the southern state of
Baden-Wuerttemberg on Muslim teachers wearing a headscarf in the classroom.
The states' administrative court rejected an appeal by the teacher, Fereshta
Ludin, who had refused to remove her headscarf (hijab) in the classroom and
was subsequently told by state education authorities that she could not work
as a teacher in the state.
Ludin, a 29-year old Afghan-born German, had argued that the right to
religious freedom protected her decision to wear a headscarf.
The judges ruled, however, that teachers had a legal responsibility of
"neutrality" and that duty took precedence over religious freedom. A
spokeswoman for the Central Council of Muslims in the western city of
Cologne slammed the judgment as a "career ban" for those who practiced
The court upheld a preliminary judgment by a lower court in favor of a
restriction set by the school board in the state capital Stuttgart.
"I feel reduced to this small piece of cloth," Ludin said in reaction to the
Ludin said that she had no intention of promoting Islam at work or
proselytizing, but was simply practicing her own religion.
Her lawyer, Hansjoerg Melchinger, indicated that his client might appeal the
case to the Constitutional Court, Germany's highest court.
In July 1998 the Baden-Württemberg education authorities decided that Ludin,
one of the applicants for a primary school teacher's post, should not be
appointed because, as a believing Muslim, she wanted to wear her religious
scarf during school hours.
In a number of press articles attention was drawn to numerous objections
raised by parents during the young lady's period as a teaching assistant.
The Baden-Württemberg minister of education supported the decision as to
In a press release she argued that teaching while dressed with the scarf
were inconsistent with the principle of religious neuprality, which were
binding not only on the state, but also on teachers in their function as
Source: Islam Online
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