An Islamic group has slammed a new law which stops German Muslims from stating their religion in their birth and marriage certificates.

Aiman Mazyek, general secretary of the Central Council of Muslims in Germany (Zentralrat der Muslime in Deutschland, ZMD) criticized the change in the law, stressing that it was “unacceptable”.

“The change is opposed to the German constitution that calls for equality between all religions and ethnicities and will lead to racism and division among people,” Mazyek told a German news agency on Sunday.

He also added the new law will turn Muslims in Germany into second-class citizens.

Islam is the third largest religion in Germany but the European country has often been accused of hostility towards the faith. Critics accuse the country of imposing discriminative laws on its 3.3 million Muslim citizens, such as the legislation passed in 2006 that banned teachers in schools and universities from wearing a headscarf.

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