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Baltimore Schools Favor Christian, Jewish Holidays Over Islamic Ones

by Dave Reynolds

May 11, 2005 – Muslim community activists say they will continue to push for the Baltimore County Public School district to recognize the two most significant Islamic holidays in the same way it does Christian and Jewish holidays -- by giving students the days off.

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The Baltimore Sun reports that Bash Pharoan, president of the Baltimore County Muslim Council and member of the school calendar committee that advises the district's superintendent on school holidays, has been working with other Muslims for over a year to have schools closed on the holy days of Eid al-Fitr, which celebrates the end of Ramadan, and Eid al-Adha, an annual feast marking the end of the pilgrimage to Mecca.

The proposed 2006-2007 calendar does include days off for Christian and Jewish holidays.

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