Coalition wants Montgomery County schools to close on Muslim holidays

MD-EidGroup asks staff, students to stay home, celebrate Eid al-Adha on Oct. 15
By Lindsay A. Powers,

A coalition of local Muslims and others are urging Montgomery County Public Schools to close on two holidays, which the coalition’s co-chair, Saqib Ali, framed as a civil rights issue.

Besides an amended county school system calendar, the Equality for Eid Coalition -- sponsored by the Maryland chapter of the Council of American Islamic Relations -- wants students and staff members to skip school on Oct. 15 and instead celebrate Eid al-Adha.

Supporters can sign the coalition’s online petition at As of Monday, it had about 260 signatures.

The coalition, which formed about a year ago, also wants schools to close when classes conflict with another Muslim holiday, Eid al-Fitr. However, for at least the next three years, Eid al-Fitr will fall on days during the school system’s summer break.

Both Eid holidays fall on different days each year, as they follow the Islam lunar calendar. (Read more)

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