Jews, Jains, Hindus, Sikhs, and Muslims Hail Decision Prohibiting Exams on Religious Holidays

September 5, 2006

Source: New York Daily News

On September 5, 2006 the New York Daily News reported, "A Queens state senator and an array of clergy yesterday hailed a new law that prohibits the state Education Department from scheduling statewide exams during religious holidays. 'The law is now on your side,' declared state Sen. John Sabini (D-Queens). The law was spurred after statewide English exams for third-graders were scheduled during the Muslim holidays of Eid-al-Adha and Eid-al-Fitr during the last school year. 'Countless Muslims will benefit from this law,' said Imam Qazi Qayyoom of the Muhhamadi Community Center of Jackson Heights, Queens. 'It's very important because now we can be with our children during our auspicious holidays. We're excited that the problem we had in January will never happen again now.'"