Muslims in Frederick County are not sure it is the right time to request the same religious recognition that the Montgomery County school system is giving its Muslim residents.
Montgomery County decided to close schools on an important Muslim holiday, Eid al-Adha, starting next year. The Frederick County school system is in the final stages of setting the school calendar without recognizing that holiday, or another major day for Muslims, Eid al-Fitr.
Eid al-Adha occurs during the lunar month that includes the hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. Eid al-Fitr is the first day of the month after Ramadan’s month of fasting, and it is of particular importance, said Dr. Syed Haque, president of the Frederick County Muslim Council.