WHAT THEY SAY: “It’s about fairness. Islam is the fastest-growing religion in the city, so why shouldn’t we have our holidays recognized?” WHAT THEY MEAN: “Crucial to Muslim advancement and the ultimate goal of making Islam dominant in America is the establishment of Islamic institutions.”
Fundamentally, this (institutional establishment) means building the masjids (mosques), schools and civic centers that will teach, guide and socialize this segment of the ummah. Unfortunately, there have been several recent campaigns seeking to halt Muslim progress on both these fronts.
The Coalition of Muslim School Holidays, the organizational body that’s headed this campaign, is holding a rally at City Hall to put added pressure on the mayor. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the most Muslim-friendly dhimmi in the country, who has the final say on which holidays are approved, said “No, we need more school days, not less.Establishing more holidays would encourage every religious group to demand that their holy days be recognized.”
One member of the Coalition spoke at the masjid I attended for jumua prayer and he called on the members of the community to come support this effort for, to paraphrase, last time something like this was held, there were more Jews and Christians than Muslims. On the other hand, though, the fact that this campaign is getting widespread non-Muslim Leftie support bodes well for the future of Islam in America. Muslim Matters
Muslims groups here are pressing city officials to close public schools on two of the faith’s holiest days, just as schools do for major Jewish and Christian holidays. Muslim groups have asked the city to cancel classes on Eid Ul-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, and Eid Ul-Adha, which marks the end of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca.
“This city is supposedly the most diverse city in the world. The city’s laws and rules have to reflect that,” said Councilman Robert Jackson, a Muslim from the borough of Manhattan. “I am hoping that pressure from the Muslim community will help Mayor Bloomberg decide, in the best interest of himself politically, to incorporate these two holidays.” (Sounds like a threat to me) Wall St.Journal