Muslim Students Petition White House for National Recognition of Islamic Holidays in Schools

Heather Clark
Christian News Network
January 17, 2014

Look, they’re just as American as we are.

A group of three Muslim homeschooled middle school students from Virginia are petitioning the White House for recognition of Islamic holidays in public schools nationwide.

According to The Muslim Link, Sumayyah McTaggart of Great Falls, Iman Hazer of Dunn-Loring and Fatimah Dandashi of Falls Church created the petition for a civics class assignment as they all attend Compass Homeschooling Enrichment in Oakton. The class had been assigned a project to create a government petition surrounding an issue of their choice.

As the students said that they were concerned about having to attend class on Eid al-Adha last October, a Muslim observance that centers on Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son, they decided to petition for recognition of Islamic holidays.

“We knew each other from the masjid. I used to attend the masjid that Fatima currently attends,” McTaggart told the publication. “We all ended up in the same civics class and petitioned the government to recognize our holidays in public school.”

The petition, posted on the White House website, calls upon Barack Obama to work toward greater inclusiveness in the nation, asserting that some Muslims must choose between their religion of their education on Islamic holidays.

“With the growing population of Muslims in the United States of America (including first, second, third, and fourth generation) we believe it is high time that Muslim holidays are recognized by schools throughout this nation,” the petition reads. “Unfortunately many Muslim families are forced to choose between their children’s education and their religious obligations.”

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