(NEW YORK, NY 10/15/04) – The New York office of the Council on American
Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today applauded the decision by the New York
City Department of Education to allow students at Brooklyn International
High School to attend religiously-mandated services every Friday during the
holy month of Ramadan.
The decision by the Board of Education comes amidst the circulation of a
petition by the students of the high school to attend Friday prayer
services during the holy month of Ramadan. The students have also claimed
they were denied to attend religious services last year. According to Sara
Newman, the school’s first principal, a third of the students are Muslim.
TIME OFF IS GIVEN FOR RAMADAN FOR STUDENTS AT BROOKLYN SCHOOL
“We commend the students of Brooklyn International High School for working
to protect their right to reasonable religious accommodation,” CAIR-NY
Executive Director Wissam Nasr. “The Department of Education also deserves
credit for being sensitive to the needs of Muslim students.”
CONTACT: CAIR-NY, Wissam Nasr (917) 751-1017