New York City public schools add two Muslim holidays
In a recent press statement, Egypt's Dar al-Ifta commended the promise of New York's Mayor Bill de Blasio to add the two Muslim feasts, al-Fitr and al-Adha, to the public schools vacation calendars. This step comes as an attempt towards sharing feasts with Muslim children, who account for about 10 percent of New York's public school students.
Egypt's Dar al-Ifta confirmed that this positive step roots the culture of coexistence, integration, spreading love among people and motivating Muslims, who are part and parcel of the American fabric, to engage in the community.
From its part, Dar al-Ifta called upon other American states to follow in the footsteps of New York since it is not the first city to add Muslim holidays as part of its public holidays—some districts in Vermont, Massachusetts and New Jersey have included the Islamic holiday as part of the spirit of coexistence. According to the United States Census Bureau, Muslims represent around 8 million people of US citizens.