The family believes the actions are part of the “unconstitutional” and “racist” practices of denying Muslim pupils their religious rights at prestigious Gauteng schools, and has threatened to take the fight to court.
Ashton International College’s Benoni, Ekurhuleni, branch has been found by a Department of Basic Education (DBE) legal opinion to have acted unconstitutionally by refusing to allow the pupil to grow his beard.
The pupil’s father, who will remain anonymous to protect his son’s identity, labelled Ashton College “Islamophobic and racist” after the school allegedly told the parent that the pupil should either shave his beard or leave the school. According to his father, the boy decided to follow the Hanafi School of Islamic Jurisprudence, which obliges males who have reached puberty to grow their beards.
Despite a formal application made by the father, the school declined the request and supposedly issued the ultimatum for the pupil to shave or leave.