July 3rd, 2010 10:52 EST
It Is Time for Muslim School Holidays
A group of Muslim parents and their supporters gathered on the steps of City Hall today where they called on Mayor Michael Bloomberg to recognize Islamic holidays on the school calendar.
The coalition of religious, immigrant and labor groups is asking the mayor to honor a City Council resolution calling for two Muslim holy days -- Eid-ul Adha and Eid-ul Fitr -- to be added to the school calendar.
Muslims from New York gather on the Steps of City Hall where they called on Mayor Michael Bloomberg to recognize Islamic holidays on the school calendar.
PIX 11 News contacted Faiza Ali, CAIR-NY Community Affairs Director and Steering Committee Member of the Coalition for Muslim School Holidays.
"This is important for the Muslim students because currently they are forced to choose between going to school or observing one of the holiest holidays in their religion. So, it puts an unfair burden on Muslim children," said Ali.
The current school calendar recognizes major Christian and Jewish holy days like Christmas and Yom Kippur, but no Muslim holy days.
"We are not trying to comprise the calendar, or make students go to school less. There is a way for the department of Education to adjust the calendar to accommodate the Muslim holidays," said Ali.