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New York Mayor announces academic holidays on Muslim festivals

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NEW YORK: The New York’s Mayor, Bill de Blasio, has announced plans to implement a policy allowing public schools to be closed for holidays on biggest Muslim festivals including Eid-ul-Adha and Eid-ul-Fitr.

The Muslim holidays when Big Apples schools will be able to shut down are Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, The Daily Caller reported.

‘Eid al-Fitr’ marks the end of Ramadan and has no set date while ‘Eid al-Adha’ celebrated in the fall and honours Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son on God’s command. As part of the holiday, Muslims who can afford it are expected to sacrifice their best domestic animal (cow, goat, camel, sheep, etc., depending on the region).

Estimates of the number of Muslims in New York City vary between 200,000 and 1,000,000.

A website called A Journey Through NYC Religions to be 600,000—roughly seven percent of the population.

Muslim groups like the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations applauded the plans.

”The NYC Muslim community looks forward to finally having the Eid holidays recognized in our public schools.

It will be gratifying to know that Muslim children will soon no longer have to choose between honoring and celebrating their faith or missing class,” said CAIR-NY Executive Board Member Zead Ramadan in a press release .

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20 Comments »

  1. Yes, thank you!!!

  2. good

  3. Finally, equal appreciation for other religions than just “christian”

  4. He still defends aparteid. He is still a piece of shit to me.

  5. de Blasio was bought by AIPAC, he’s damaged goods.

  6. Only a matter of time before Mayor de Blasio is called out for “enforcing Sharia law” by the teabaggers.

  7. This is probably the only thing I will ever agree w/ DeBlasio on. This was passed when Bloomberg was in office, Bloomberg just wouldnt sign off on it. “Mayor Bill de Blasio gave an unannounced speech at a Manhattan gala of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the leading pro-Israel lobbying group, assuring its members that “part of my job description is to be a defender of Israel.”” http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/25/nyregion/de-blasio-in-private-speech-to-aipac-stresses-commitment-to-israel.html?_r=0

  8. Clothings Line Sialdia Diatta thought you might think this is cool

  9. Oh yes absolutely sister Brooke I advocated for that and was looking forward to it …. Great stuff, gotta love and respect the country we live in …

  10. It’s not yet the federal holiday… It would just make it so schools in New York would have off. But it’s a step in the right direction :-) Clothings Line

  11. It seems that the balanced approach would be to find days to honor all the major faiths in the school system. Or keep the schools open and actually learn about these holidays and use them as a way to increase the knowledge of the school children.

  12. And conservative heads explode as they denounce him as a Socialist/Commie Muslim Obama-lover.

    Pass the popcorn – it’s starting to be fun.

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  14. Where was he when I was a kid? Equal treatment what a concept!

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  16. Mayor de Blasio is not a liberal. He just looks that way because every other politician has drifted further to the right. By most historical standards he’s a moderate Republican or far right Democrat. He still supports Wall Street (which owns NYC) and supports Israel. But he’s smart because he took a page out of Obama’s book regarding lying to get into office. I’m pretty sure if you look ahead 2-3 years he won’t have done 95% of what he promised to ordinary NYC citizens during the election. Status quo row, row your boat gently up the Hudson…..

  17. Yay!!!! The facist government and its hypocritical puppet is making laws that make my religious holiday official!!!

    As if we ever needed it to begin with. Why do we need government to acknowledge our holiday to feel better? Isnt that silly? They have to give us that day off anyway if we ask for it.

  18. The Mayor is also expected to implement “Marry a 9 yr old girl” Day” “Honor Killing” Day, “Arranged Marriage” Day and “Sharia Law” or “Wife Beating” Day…. Exciting Times here in Infidel Laden Land… … ;-)

  19. where is the islamophobia then? what are you guys actually complaining of? stop killing non muslims aronud the world and youll get your islamophobia wiped out rapidly!

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