Muslim Leader Asks Teaneck, N.J. District To Close School On 2 Muslim Holidays

March 23, 2012 12:00 AM

Muslim Leader Asks Teaneck, N.J. District To Close School On 2 Muslim Holidays
" TEANECK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — School districts have traditionally identified religious holidays for closing school. Now a Muslim leader is asking for equal time, closing schools on two Muslim holidays.

With north Jersey’s Muslim community growing in recent years, and Teaneck having two mosques, there is a call for the town’s schools to observe Muslim holy days, and close, reports CBS 2′s John Slattery.

“A lot of Muslims living in Teaneck, and it’s just natural we want our holidays to be recognized just as other faith groups,” said Waheed Khalid of the American Muslim Union.

Khalid and members of a local mosque said there are 300 to 500 Muslim families in Teaneck.

He wants the school district to close schools on two holidays called Eids — the first one at the close of Ramadan and the second two months and 10 days later, and he’s got support.

“I say, why not? We have Christian holidays, and there are Jewish holidays in there,” resident Inran Khaja said "

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