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Sumayyah McTaggart, a confident homeschooled eighth grader, from Great Falls, VA along with her friend Iman Hazer of Dunn-Loring, VA take civics classes at Compass Homeschooling Enrichment in Oakton, VA. Fatimah Dandashi of Falls Church, VA, a seventh grader also has classes with the same civics teacher, Leila Leoncavallo.

Assigned a class project, two weeks ago, to petition the government about an issue that they were passionate about, the three formed a petition on the White House website. Inspired by the Montgomery County Equality4Eid campaign and concerned about attending class on Eid day, the three friends decided to address the issue of recognizing Eid day on the calendar.

“We knew each other from the masjid. I used to attend the masjid that Fatima currently attends. We all ended up in the same civic class and petitioned the government to recognize our holidays in public school,” said McTaggart to the Muslim Link. Meeting at the public library, it took Hazer and McTaggart a few hours to put the petition together. Dandashi approached the paper for publicity to spread the word about their petition so they can collect the 100,000 signatures needed, before the January 16, 2014 deadline. Hazer is reaching out to interfaith coalitions.

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“This year Eid Al-Adha. was on the day of science class, and I did have to go to school on Eid,” says the homeschooler, ”it was very upsetting, missing Eid prayer. I love hearing the khutbah and was upset [I had to go to school].” Fatima Dandashi has also faced the same dilemma- school on Eid day.

“We would hope that White House responds. We would all like to request Fairfax County to recognize Eid as a public holiday. We would like them to take the day off. The White House petition is an effort for publicity, to show the Fairfax county board of education how many people support the idea,” says McTaggart. Anybody who is religious would understand that struggle; they will receive our support if they have an issue, if [they] support us,” says McTaggart, wise beyond her years. The 13 year old loves to play soccer and plays for the Great Falls Soccer Club. She hopes that by the time her siblings are old enough for school they do not have to go to school on Eid day.

“The population of Muslims growing and it is not fair to have to choose between education and honoring your religious obligations,” she says.

The girls write that “our First Amendment not only forbids the favoring of one or more religions over others it also ensures that the government cannot restrict the free practice of religion. Muslims being required to attend school on Eid violates both.”

Their teacher thought it was one of the best causes that anyone had come up with and fully supports them. If you do too then show your support by signing the petition by January 16 at  http://wh.gov/l8f51.

Update: The petition is currently at 32,000 signatures. Please help them get to the 100,000 goal by tonight, Jan 16th, 2014. Since posting this anti-Muslim hate sites have linked to my news article, originally published in  the Muslim Link. Masajid listservs have become active and have been urging congregates to sign the petition. Several media outlets have also reached out to cover the story.

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56 Comments

56 Comments

  1. Taj Zekria

    January 14, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    Yes there should be days off for Muslim holidays for Muslim people

  2. Mervat Galal

    January 14, 2014 at 10:35 PM

    Yes Muslim people have to get days holiday off

    • fatimata sakanoko

      January 16, 2014 at 11:06 PM

      We request the muslim holidays off .

  3. Dzafar

    January 14, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    Hopefully this will make us all respect each others rituals. & belief. Also would be nice if we have prayer places in important places specially at airports.

  4. Farhan

    January 15, 2014 at 3:25 AM

    Muslims have right to get their demand and they deserve to get holidays on the occasion of Holy Eid in each place

  5. IRENA BINTI IDRIS

    January 15, 2014 at 3:57 AM

    Eid ul Fitri and Eid ul Adha are happy celebrations just like Christmas Passover or the New Year. I think it is only fair to allow Muslims to celebrate it like other religions. Islam is practiced all over the world and it is only fair for our Muslim brothers and sisters in the US to enjoy it too. Pray and ask help from Allah swt for this gift. Trust in the will of Allah. Love and hugs from a sister across the miles in Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia.

  6. Basmah

    January 15, 2014 at 4:13 AM

    Oh no.they need 60,000 more signatures . Only 2 days left
    Why didn’t I hear about this earlier :(

    If each one of us spreads this message and gets atleast 10 from our acquaintances , I think we could reach the target inshAllah.

    JazakumAllah khair sisters!

  7. Vicki

    January 15, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    I am neither Muslim nor Christian, but I believe that under our Constitution everyone’s religious preferences and thus holidays granted by governments, including at least public schools, should grant religious holidays equally to all faiths. If there are already “too many holidays” given during the school year, then we should decide whether we should cut back on other non-religious observances instead. Many people do not observe Memorial Day and/or Veterans Day as they used to years ago, but rather use them as “free vacation days” to head to the beach, etc. with no honoring of those persons that sacrificed themselves for our freedoms. Additionally, Columbus Day is observed by some government organizations though not others. Perhaps we should consider trading these holidays, and possibly also New Years Day, in order to be consistent with the “new reality” that the United States is no longer a “Christian only” country. I signed the petition!!!!

  8. Rania hamdy

    January 15, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    Yes Muslim people should be off on holidays to celebrate like other religion

  9. Md Rustom Ali

    January 15, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    I need holiday

    • Nasteho Hassan

      December 12, 2015 at 11:48 AM

      Yes we need day off for our holidays

  10. MAHAMADOU DIAKITE

    January 15, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    YES I NEED HOLIDAY MUSLIM IN US A

  11. Hoda

    January 15, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    Thank you Vicki

  12. mamady kebe

    January 15, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    i belive we need hoilday day off because all religion they have so

  13. alieu bah

    January 16, 2014 at 7:02 AM

    i agree with you

  14. boubakar traore

    January 16, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    It s a good idea to support that case so we all muslim can get day off in our holidays.

  15. mamadu barrie

    January 16, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    Is a Freedom country, finally islam religion have there holidays on the board as other religion.

  16. Mashal Siddiqui

    January 16, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    There should be a day off for Muslim Holidays

  17. imani k gavin

    January 16, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    Salaam walakum
    Its really sad that we Muslims been fighting for our holiday which is rightfully ours, you have Christmas, passove, easter, And you are against ours , I don’t understand why this is the most holiest days for us, When our children need to be able to celebrate their religious beliefs like every one else. AS A MUSLIM COMMUNITY COMMUNITY WE NEED ALL THE SUPPORT FOR OUR MISSION TO BE ABLE TO CELEBRATE OUR OWN HOLIDAY! !!

  18. Ange

    January 16, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    Why would we consider celebrating Muslim holidays in the United States when Christian holidays aren’t celebrated in the middle east? Stop persecuting Christians before you ask us to celebrate your holidays…..

    • BIM

      January 16, 2014 at 6:37 PM

      Yeah…that’s not how law works in the USA.

    • Atif A.

      July 28, 2014 at 10:28 AM

      Christmas is celebrated in Pakistan.

  19. Ange

    January 16, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    Maybe not, but do you really think it’s fair for Muslims to disregard other faiths and then ask for their holidays to be recognized? THAT is NOT how it works as far as I’m concerned.

  20. tieba

    January 16, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    IT IS ABOUT TIME WITH OVER 9 MILLION MUSLIM, “MORE THAN JEW’, THAT WE HAVE RECOGNITION AND HOLIDAY AT STATE AND FEDERAL LEVEL. WE ONLY NEED TWO: EID AL FITR AND EID AL ADA.

  21. Sally Magas

    January 16, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    May Allah help us Amine!!!!

  22. Asif Husain

    January 17, 2014 at 5:10 AM

    Yes, surely, Muslims should be given their holdays. Atleast Eiful Fitr and Eidul Azha should be declared holidays.
    All the Muslims across globe support this.

  23. Moustapha Meite

    January 17, 2014 at 7:24 AM

    i want holidays for muslim in usa thank’s

  24. Mangbe meite

    January 17, 2014 at 7:36 AM

    It would be nice to have this holiday for some of the students that don’t celebrate different holidays. Thank you.

  25. mamadou Diallo

    January 17, 2014 at 7:40 AM

    It is very nice to have that every that help for this one love god bless Amen

  26. issiaka samassi

    January 17, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    I’m very happy for a holidays muslim

  27. kamara mamadou

    January 17, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    My daughter and i are very happy for the muslim holiday

  28. Ladji Samassi

    January 17, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    i am very glad muslim are getting there own holiday

  29. Namory Meite

    January 17, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    i’m happy that muslim are getting a holiday

  30. Ladji Meite

    January 17, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    Allah we are having our own holiday amen thank you USA

  31. Diakite Mahadiyou

    January 17, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    Finally muslims have there own holiday

  32. Mamadou kouyate

    January 17, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    Thank Allah that muslims are having there own holiday

  33. Adama Fofana

    January 17, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    They should really make a muslim holiday

  34. Yacou Karamoko

    January 17, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    muslim holiday on the go

  35. BO

    January 17, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    Alahoo AKBAR allah is great

  36. traore bohi

    January 17, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    allah is great allah is beautiful

  37. aminata kone

    January 17, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    allah is great allah is beautiful

  38. Ibrahim Kone

    January 18, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    Allah Allah Allah only him. we love him .

  39. Ameda Lima

    January 18, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    Be fair to Muslims and let us celebrate our holidays.

  40. M zaini

    January 20, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    Please make it is this fair for muslim in the USA and thank you every body for supporting us.

  41. F Momin

    January 21, 2014 at 7:02 PM

    Finally, there is a petition to recognize Islamic holidays nationwide! There is a need for 100,000 signatures… we haven’t even hit the 7,000 mark yet. All signatures are due February 15th, 2014. Please make an account and sign both petitions. It will take only a few minutes of your time. Insha’Allah, everything will work out in time.

    Sign both of the following petitions:

    https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/recognize-muslim-holidays-throughout-school-year/x1DqFc2t

    https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/support-movement-having-muslim-holidays-recognized-school-year-throughout-united-states-america/hXwCfYPc

    And forward these links to any and everybody who will sign it.

    *Name has been changed to comply to our Comments Policy*

  42. Faruqe Ahmed

    January 24, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    thanks to the USA to recognized Muslim holidays.

  43. MAHIR KHIDIR ABBAS

    February 6, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    Allah Akbar yes for muslim get holiday off

  44. sally

    February 9, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    I want muslim holidays off

  45. abdul kadir saleem

    February 13, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    Thank you sisters and brothers or supporting Muslim holiday in tae U.S.A. My wife and myself this petition happily .

  46. abdul kadir saleem

    February 13, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    May Allah bless all people including Muslims in America . I support the petition with my family.

  47. fatemah siby

    February 16, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    I support this petition with my entire family

  48. Abdul Rahman

    March 8, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    I support the Muslim Holiday

  49. Melissa Acan

    September 22, 2015 at 9:36 AM

    Everyone has the right to be off work and school on their religion holidays. I suggest US government provides this freedom to all of their citizens.

  50. Sabir saidwal

    October 28, 2015 at 12:32 PM

    I support this petition.

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  52. Amin

    December 18, 2016 at 7:14 PM

    We owr those Brothers and Sisters defending our freedom of religion a debt those who founded this nation would appreasiate no less.

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