German Universities Close Down Muslim Prayer Rooms on Campus…Muslims Are Irate
German universities in Berlin, Dortmund and Duisburg have closed rooms for Muslim prayers on their premises because they want to be fair to other religions which do not have a room dedicated to them, German Economic News reported.
German universities have closed prayer rooms, citing safety concerns and a desire to be fair to other students of different religions, German Economic News (DWN) reported on Monday.
Technischen Universitat Berlin President Christian Thomsen told the Suddeutsche Zeitung earlier this month that having been used for decades, the prayer room closed on March 14 because Muslims now have enough places to pray in Berlin.
He said that the university had also designated a gym to be used for Friday prayers, but recently 600 people have been praying in a 300 square meter space, which presents health and safety dangers.
“There was the idea that we are excluding many religious groups if we provide this only for Muslims,” Thomsen said.
“It was about a fundamental question: do we want religious events at our university? I think that universities and religion should be separated,” he explained, adding that now there are enough places of worship in Berlin to make a prayer room at the university unnecessary.
Last month the University of Duisberg-Essen (UDE) gave a similar explanation for the impending closure of its prayer room.
“The prayer room was established over 20 years ago, at a time when there were few mosques in the city. That has changed in the meantime,” the university stated, explaining that a non-denominational quiet area will take its place.
“A room for silence will be created that is open to all confessions. Because students and staff from more than 130 countries study and work at UDE, a space
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