Muslim officer in Pennsylvania allowed to attend Jumah
Alhamdulillah (praise be to God), a Muslim police officer at a Philadelphia-area high school will now be allowed to attend Jumah prayers following the intervention of both CAIR-CPA and of the many concerned Muslims who contacted school district officials to request reasonable religious accommodation.
In June, CAIR-CPA held a news conference outside the offices of the School District of Philadelphia to challenge "stonewalling" by district officials over the request of the Muslim employee to attend the religiously-mandated prayers.
"We would like to thank all those who contacted the school district to ask that the Muslim employee be granted reasonable religious accommodation. The resolution of this case shows that religious rights and practices need not conflict with an employee's responsibilities or with an employer's workplace requirements," said CAIR-CPA Chairman Dr. Saleh Malik.
The school district had denied the officer the right to attend the prayers after he returned from a two-month leave of absence. (He volunteered to give up his lunch break four days each week to make up for the time lost. Other officers agreed to cover his absence.) Prior to going on leave, the officer had been allowed to take two hours off each Friday to attend the prayers.
CAIR offers a booklet, called "An Employer's Guide to Islamic Religious Practices," designed to prevent such incidents from occurring. That booklet may be obtained by contacting CAIR's Publications Department at 202-488-8787, or by e-mailing email@example.com.