In a written internal note, a school in Wuppertal, western Germany, has asked teachers to prohibit Muslim pupils from publicly praying. The note has sparked an online debate with the anti-Islam AfD praising the measure.

"In recent weeks it has been increasingly observed that Muslim pupils in the school building are praying, clearly visible to others, signaled by ritual washings in the toilets, the rolling out of prayer mats, and taking up certain postures."

"This is not permitted."

So read an internal message to teachers at Gymnasium Johannes Rau in Wuppertal, western Germany, banning prayer for its Muslim students.

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