Muslim doctor denied German citizenship for refusing to shake hands with a woman
In Germany, a Muslim doctor was denied citizenship for refusing to shake hands with a woman.
According to foreign media, a Lebanese-Muslim man living in Germany since 2002, who also completed his medical education in Germany, applied for German citizenship in 2012.
According to the report, the man of Lebanese descent also passed the special test for citizenship with high marks and in 2015, when he was about to become a German citizen, at the last minute he was denied German citizenship.
The Lebanese-born Muslim doctor’s request was rejected after he refused to shake hands with a female German government official while receiving a German citizenship certificate at a citizenship certificate distribution ceremony.
The decision of the German authorities to deny citizenship was also challenged by a Muslim doctor in a local court and now, five years later, the German court has also rejected his application.
The court ruled that the petitioner’s actions and fundamentalist ideology were not compatible with German society and that refusing to shake hands with a woman was a form of gender discrimination that was unconstitutional.
According to the report, in a German court, the Muslim doctor took the position that he did this because he promised his wife that he would never hold a woman’s hand.