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Muslim Community Raises Concerns About Equal Treatment for School Holidays

Saqib Ali, a former state delegate and a co-chair of the Equality for Eid Coalition, said the Muslim community took note of a recent decision by the county’s parks department to cancel a fall harvest festival that conflicted with the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur. Ali said that for Montgomery’s Muslim community — long unsuccessful in its request that the county’s schools be closed on at least one major Islamic holy day — the difference in consideration and approach was “a bit of a slap in the face, truthfully.”