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German city to recognize Islamic holidays

German city to recognize Islamic holidays

Authorities in Hamburg have become the first in Germany to officially recognize Islamic holidays so Muslim employees and students can celebrate them at home.

The decision forms part of an agreement between the north German city and local Muslim groups. Similar agreements exist with Christian and Jewish communities in the city.

Hamburg’s mayor, Olaf Scholz, said Tuesday that he hopes the deal will serve as an example for other German cities.

Authorities estimate some 150,000 Muslims live the city of almost 2 million people.

The growing public presence of Islamic culture in Germany has sparked anger among conservatives and far-right groups.

Police in Berlin are on alert for possible violence this weekend after a small far-right party said it plans to stage protests outside mosques in the German capital.

Associated Press, 14 August 2012

See also Spiegel Online, 15 August 2012


  1. If other faith groups have similar pacts its only fair muslims it also.

    A bit more on it:

    What is off is this:

    “These community groups, representing the Hamburg’s 120,000 Muslims, have agreed to recognize the “basic values of constitutional order,” to reject “violence and discrimination based on origin, sexual orientation, and faith” and “religious and political viewpoints,” and to recognize “equality between genders.”

    Shouldn’t they be doing all that already if that is German law even though some of it is against islamic law.

  2. I used to work in a gov agency that allowed 2 extra holidays per yr. for everybody, we were told they were for religious observances.

  3. Like New York City. 🙂

  4. Alhamdulillah! Wish the U.S. would recognize Muslim holidays. 🙁

  5. if we’re gonna recognize one religion’s Holy Days we are ethically bound to recognize them all… so either we stop giving people time off for Christmas, Easter and a few others I can’t think of at the moment or we add a whole bunch but make them so only the adherents of the religion that celebrates them gets the day off or we end up with no one working a good portion of the work days due to religious holidays…

  6. REally! X-tians get their holidays off but other religions don’t!

  7. Maybe if companies/government recognized all holidays but give a few days to everyone to take their own holiday off that would be nice. 🙂

  8. Agreed Haneefah. Why is it acceptable to honor only one religion and not value the beliefs of others?

  9. One word….. Alhamdulillah

  10. It makes sense that Christian holidays are recognized in the US because the majority of the population celebrates them. In pockets where a different religious group is the majority, other holidays are often recognized. For example, here in Michigan, some school districts with large Muslim populations take the eids off. Nice to see more global recognition.

  11. Bravo!!!

  12. well done

  13. when I was in High School Jewish Holidays weren’t recognized, takes time to educate the unwashed masses that the rest of us are also important

  14. So do any of the islamic hellholes extend this courtesy to other religions?

    Strange that years ago my company did that without any remark.

  15. “REally! X-tians get their holidays off but other religions don’t!”

    What about the people with no religion? Can we just take time off whenever we like?

    Christmas and Easter are traditiona; holidays in the UK – they were traditional celebrations before christainity even existed.

  16. Anon,

    I can say proudly that my homeland has extended this courtesy to non-Muslims of Bangladesh. If you have any doubt, you may check the list of holidays in Bangladesh.

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