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CAIR-NJ Welcomes Addition of Muslim Holiday to Clifton School Calendar

CAIR logo(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., 3/15/16) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today welcomed a decision by the Clifton Board of Education to include Eid al-Adha in the 2016-2017 school calendar.

SEE: Clifton Board Oks Day Off Next Year for Muslim Holiday

[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.  In the 2015-2016 school year Eid al-Fitr will fall on a Sunday. The second holiday, Eid al-Adha (EED-al-ODD-ha), comes at the end of the Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca.]

“We applaud the Clifton Board of Education for taking this important step toward inclusiveness and recognition of the civil rights of Muslim students,” said CAIR New Jersey Executive Director Jim Sues.

Sues noted the efforts of high school senior Kaity Assaf and the other Muslim students of Clifton whose work resulted in the decision to add the holiday.

He said other school districts nationwide are now recognizing Muslim holidays.

SEE: CAIR-NY Applauds Addition of Muslim Holidays to NYC School Calendar

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.

SEE: An Educator's Guide to Islamic Religious Practices  

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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CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Executive Director James Sues, 908-668-5900, 908-267-3119,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR Communications Coordinator Nabeelah Naeem, 202-341-4171,

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