(HARTFORD, CT, 3/17/14) -- The Connecticut chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CT) today welcomed the recognition of Muslim school holidays by the New London Board of Education.
In its school calendar for the year 2014-2015, listed religious holidays include Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. [NOTE: Eid al-Fitr, which comes at the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan, is the first of the two major Muslim holidays. The second holiday, Eid al-Adha (EED-al-ODD-ha), comes at the end of the Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca.]
A note to the listings states:
"While school is in session on the following dates, teachers are asked to be mindful of these religious holidays and to refrain from scheduling tests or major activities on these dates. Also, in accordance with Board policy, students will be excused from school if they observe these holidays."
"We welcome the inclusion of Islamic holidays in the school calendar because it will serve to enhance the learning environment for Muslim students," said CAIR-CT Executive Director Mongi Dhaouadi.
CAIR offers a booklet, called "An Educator's Guide to Islamic Religious Practices," designed to help school officials provide a positive learning environment for Muslim students.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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