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Maryland County Prohibits Hearings on Muslim Holidays


(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/10/04) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today applauded a move by Maryland’s Howard County
Council to prohibit public hearings on Eid ul-Fitr and Eid ul-Adha, the two
major Islamic holidays.

(Eid ul-Fitr marks the end of the fast of Ramadan and Eid ul-Adha comes at
the conclusion of the Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca. Eid ul-Fitr will begin
on November 13 or 14th.)

The legislation, introduced by Council Member Ken Ulman and passed with
unanimous support on November 1, bans hearings on the two “Eids,” as well
as on the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

In a letter to constituents, Ulman wrote: “I am sure you will agree that no
resident of Howard County should be forced to choose between observing his
or her faith and being an actively engaged citizen.”

The legislation does not close county government offices on the holidays,
it just ensures that hearings at which residents have an opportunity to
testify will not be scheduled. Ulman’s office said some technical details
related to the legislation have yet to be worked out.

“We thank Councilman Ulman for helping to make sure that America is a
nation that respects and accommodates religious diversity,” said Rizwan
Mowlana, executive director of CAIR’s Maryland office.

CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 29 regional
offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance
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: Rizwan Mowlana at 301-986-1900, 301-672-9355;
Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail:




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