Sen. John Sabini announces his bill by the Razi School.

Muslim students will no longer have to choose between taking a state-mandated exam or celebrating religious holy days if legislation proposed by state Sen. John Sabini becomes law.

Standing with teachers, parents and students outside the Razi School in Woodside last week, Sabini (D-Jackson Heights) announced a bill that would prohibit the state Board of Regents from scheduling tests during the Muslim holy days.

Third-graders at the school were disrupted in January when a state-mandated test was given during Eid-al-Adha, a time when observant Muslims do not attend class and when Muslim schools are closed, school officials said.

“The students should not be forced to chose to test or celebrate their holiday,” said Sabini, a member of the state Senate’s education committee. “It is an extraordinarily bad public policy that we intend to change.”

The holiest days on the Islamic calendar, Eid-al-Adha and Eid-al-Fitr are multiday observances equivalent in significance to the holiest days of the Jewish or Christian religious year.


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