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March 6, 2015 11:39 am

New York Becomes First Major City Government to Observe Muslim Holidays

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that his city’s public schools will now close in observance of the two most holy days of the Muslim faith, Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.

While New York City is not alone is recognizing the Muslim holidays, with other municipalities in Massachusetts, Michigan, and New Jersey giving their students off on those holidays, New York—with its 1.1 million schoolchildren—is the first major metropolitan city to do so.

The move also fulfills a campaign promise by de Blasio, who said it was a “matter of fairness” that the Muslim holidays be recognized.

Estimates of the Muslim population of New York City range from 600,000 to up to 1 million, The New York Times reported.

For years, New York City has recognized major Jewish holidays such as Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Passover. Like Jewish holidays, the Muslim ones will change year to year because the Muslim calendar follows a lunar cycle.

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  • The reason NYC schools first closed on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur was because there were so many Jewish teachers and principals who would be off those days that schools could not function. This reasoning avoided stepping over the line separating church and state. To close schools in order to ‘honor Islam’ is quite different. It sounds like a political grab for votes. It should be tested in the courts.

    • Renee

      I cant agree more in that the so called new “muslim” generation seem to be overwhelming and even in South Africa other ethnicity groups are starting to follow these extremists…they cant hide anymore behind the real extremist as they are all the same
      They are weak minded in that they also hide behind innocent people. their practice of the “faith” is how to maim, kill and scare the human race who are actually very normal
      In my personal opinion when I see a muslim in any place at any time, whterh it be a child or an adult, I make sure that I remove myself from that immediate facinity in order to prevent possible extremism and not become one of their victims

  • Rosemary

    DeBlasio is a moron and a pawn. New York City will go down the tubes with him as Mayor. It is already showing signs of reverting to the hole it was when Dinkins was Mayor. Who will support all the unproductive losers who reside here existing on handouts when the people who actually work and support them are no longer interested in living here? I, for one, am leaving this city and taking my tax money with me until DeBlasio is gone. Many of my friends and acquaintances are planning to depart as well.

  • SOMEDAY schools will be open for all holidays. This is already happening. Where school districts use to not have school on Rosh Hashanah and Yom KIPPUR now they are. Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg

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  • Don’t agree. This country was founded on Christian values.

  • Are the muslims our friends

    Why are they are being allowed to immigrate in such numbers to the US at this time of war?

    Their numbers are probably added to by the old fashion of some African americans to imitate kareem.

    When will the African americans realize their ancestors were enslaved by arab and Black muslims and sent to the Americas and study Torah instead?

    Israelites outnumber muslims probably 3 to 1 in the US and 2 to 1 in New York State, how can these people live near each other? What will happen when Israelites outnumber all the other ethnic groups in Metro New York?

    • Renee

      They are all over………trust me when they convert normal Christians to their faith we should be very very scared, their extremism is unhealthy and nauseating to the entire world
      Life has no value to them they will slit their own mother’s throat for a mere butter bean. The wont think twice to use their own child as a suicide bomber just so that they can then claim victory…..and I still wonder what kind of God do they worship. what God will instruct you to take the life of another, except Lucifer the Devil. They walk around discriminating against all that live and breathe just because you dont pray to the same faith
      My description for them is the spawn of the devil