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CAIR, Local Leaders Applaud Maryland School System’s Vote to Resume Eid Equality for Students

(Baltimore, Md., 12/4/19) –  Earlier today, the Council on American-Islamic Relations and community leaders applauded the Montgomery County Public Schools Board of Education’s  decision to resume closing schools for students on Eid on the 2020-21 academic calendar after an AP exam conflict was resolved with the College Board.

SEE: Students in Maryland school system to be off on Muslim holiday ”” and Lunar New Year

College Board to expand testing options for AP exam on Muslim holiday (Washington Post)

Good News Alert: CAIR Applauds College Board’s Expansion of AP Exam Schedule to Accommodate Muslim Holiday

“CAIR applauds the board for working diligently with us and other community stakeholders to ensure that thousands of Muslim students in Montgomery County can observe their religious holiday as stress-free as possible,” said CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry. “This measure sends the message that not only are these children welcome in the Montgomery County Public School System, but also that they are celebrated.” 

Numerous Muslim organizations and leaders in Montgomery County offered reaction to CAIR after the board’s vote. 

“We applaud members of the Montgomery County Board of Education for their decision to allow students to celebrate the day with their families without concerns about missing school work.” 

– Board of Trustees, Islamic Center of Maryland 

“It’s great news to hear that Eid 2021 will now be a professional day in MCPS. I am thankful that so many in our community, including our young people, stepped forward to voice their concerns and happy that the Board of Education listened.” 

– Dr. Samir Jafri, President, Muslim Community Center

“Montgomery County’s Muslim community was startled that a day off for Eid, which had been given by MCPS in previous years, was back on the chopping block. So we mobilized quickly, talked to our elected representatives, reached out to the College Board and made sure that equality for Muslim students was preserved. It was a total team effort” 

– Saqib Ali, Fmr. MD State Delegate & Equality for Eid Coalition Co-founder 

“We at MCMC are very happy with the Board of Education’s decision to once again [close schools for students on Eid.]. We would like to highlight the support from our national elected officials as well as state and local representatives who have stood by our community’s side. Our entire community rallied behind this important matter, and we are grateful the positive outcome.” 

– Montgomery County Muslim Council 

“We are extremely happy and grateful that our MCPS Board has voted for a calendar that acknowledges Eid Ul Fitr 2021. We are especially proud of our local community leaders, parents and students who took time off during multiple occasions to show up and testify in support for equality for Eid. We hope this will not be a necessity in future years and look forward to partnering with the MCPS board to ensure this equality is a more permanent one.”

– Montgomery County Muslim Parents Coalition

“The Islamic Community Center of Potomac would like to thank the Montgomery County Public School Board of Education for their inclusive decision. We thank our elected officials and interfaith community for their unwavering support, and congratulate the entire Muslim community for coming together with unity of purpose and succeeding in this collective effort.” 

– Board, Islamic Community Center of Potomac

“This is a big victory for Muslim students being recognized in a positive way by their teachers, peers, BOE and Superintendent. They can proudly explain their holiday if being asked what is Eid. Now, they don’t have to choose between their faith and education.” 

– Samira Hussain, MCPS Parent & Equality for Eid Coalition Co-founder 

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

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CONTACT: CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry,, 410-971-6062


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