Cancel classes in observance of Muslim Holidays
Imagine taking an exam or doing a presentation on a religious holiday CUNY STUDENTS OF MUSLIM ORIGIN FACE THIS PROBLEM EVERY Year . They either have to come to school for a presentation ,a midterm ,a final exam and miss the religious observance or they can miss the academic requirement and ultimately pay the price with a lower grade for not fulfilling the requirement . CUNY has class cancellations in observance of other religious holidays Easter, Christmas Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and many others. but we do not have class cancellation in observance of any Muslim holiday although we have a large population of Muslim students . Petition: We, the undersigned, believe that CUNY should cancel classes in observance of the two most significant Muslim religious holidays. Eid al-Fitr (1 Shawwal) is one of the major holidays it comes at the end of the holy month of Ramadan and celebrates the end of the fasting. The holiday comes on the first day of the 10th month in the Islamic lunar calendar. A morning sermon and prayer is held, a feast is the high point of the day. Eid al-Adha (10 Dhu\'l-Hijjah) is another major holiday of Islam. According to Muslim tradition, it celebrates the sacrifice that Abraham was willing to make of his own son Ishmael when he was commanded to show his commitment to Allah. At Allah\'s direction, the angel Gabriel substituted a lamb for Ishmael, after Allah was convinced that Abraham would indeed sacrifice Ishmael to prove his faith. On this day, Muslims celebrate in several ways. A morning sermon and prayer is held, a large feast is the high point of the day. The name of the holiday, Eid Al-Adha, means \"The Feast of the Sacrifice.\" An animal is sacrificed, in much the same way that Abraham sacrificed a lamb. One-third of the meat is given to the poor, and the rest goes to the holiday feast. Children get gifts to commemorate the holiday, and special prayers are said throughout the day. Eid Al-Adha takes place on the 10th and last day of the Hajj, the celebration of holy pilgrimage to Mecca, in the 12th month of the Islamic lunar calendar. (In 2006, this is January 10 on Western calendars.) Muslims the world over are encouraged to make a pilgrimage to Mecca and celebrate. CUNY should adapt the academic calendar i.e. CANCEL CLASSES two days PER holiday because the sighting of the moon varies.