CAIR demands Maryland schools close for Islamic holidays


Photo credit: Tom Fedor/The Gazette
Zainab Chaudry, Council on American-Islamic Relations

On the one hand, it’s a good idea to be respectful of religious holidays. However, in a nation like America that has people from every faith on earth, if all of us took a holiday every time some religion had a holy day, we’d never get anything done. The Council on American–Islamic Relations would apparently be just fine with that, according to

Standing in front of the Montgomery County Council Office Building in Rockville, Northwest High School senior Anhar Karim said he is one of many students in the county who have faced a hard decision related to two Muslim holidays.

Karim said that when a holiday conflicts with school, he can either celebrate and miss class or go to school and miss the celebration.

“We are forcing our students into an unreasonable decision,” said Karim, who is president of the Montgomery County Muslim Student Association.

Karim and other speakers urged Montgomery County Public Schools to close when classes fall on Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr during a Monday press conference held by the Maryland chapter of the Council of American Islamic Relations and the Equality for Eid Coalition.

Eid al-Adha celebrates sacrifice to God and falls on Oct. 15 this year. Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan and was Aug. 8. The dates of the holidays change because of the Islam lunar calendar.

The coalition, which is sponsored by the council, formed about a year ago to pursue a long-standing goal for the school closures.

Percentage wise, there really aren’t very many Muslims in the United States and once you get outside of say, Michigan, you could probably make just as good a case that Hindus, Scientologists, and Voodoo practitioners deserve holidays off as Muslims. That’s not a slap at Muslims; it just the demographic reality of the country. So, no, schools shouldn’t be taking Islamic holidays off.

 Quiz: Do you qualify for CAIR’s Islamaphobe list?

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  • watcherofolde

    They don’t have a leg to stand on. There IS no ”Christmas break” anymore, it’s ”winter break”..there is no ” Easter break” either, that’s ”spring break.” So they can blow it out their portholes.

  • Broke Obama

    Take it back to Islamia dudes . If you want to celebrate it go ahead . We Americans will stick to our holidays thanks .

  • Cheryl Feis Quinton

    When I went to school, The Jewish kids took off their holidays, Catholic kids took off their holidays, why is this kid so conflicted. It’s your holiday take it off..

  • Richard Loyal French

    Islamic Muslims are Satan’s Minions

  • Melanie Matrascia

    Unfortunately this so called religion is being forced upon us all! Because our government doesn’t have a backbone and will do anything to get a vote, they will submit to this BS!

    • Terry Burroughs

      And because they think they are special. They enjoy seeing Americans kiss their ass. It makes them even more sure they will be able to take over America one day.

    • doximom

      And the fact that Obama is muslim doesn’t help a whole lot either.

  • xnavygunner

    Sod the muzzies.

  • princesssong

    Yep GO Home, we don’t need you and you don’t belong here!

    • doximom

      And for those born in America who consider themselves Americans, take off the headgear and outfits and assimilate into OUR culture…..or go to a country where you will be more mainstream. Bye!

  • goldengekko

    Go back to your countries and celebrate your holidays there. Stop trying to push your religion on us. Go back and stay there!

  • doximom

    They will push and push and push and push until they get what they want and what they want is to take over the country.



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