I think that Islamic feminism might agree that the campus should be closed on Eid holidays because for many Muslim families and students, it’s not just about equity and sparing students the hassle of makeup work but connecting with their religious identity. Many Muslim parents worry that children are more likely to lose their sense of identity when they aren’t able to celebrate their holidays. I agree with this because We’re a minority. It’s important that Muslim students grow up with traditions.
If we don’t celebrate the holidays, we won’t have any traditions to inherit and pass down to our future kids, when I look at non-Muslim students and families I know they’re having fun. There’s the dinner, the decorations, the gifts. They really get to experience Christmas. I need to make sure I have the same thing going on for Eid,But when the kids have to go to school, you can’t give them that experience.
It’s really frustrating. I also believe that having excused absences and no tests on Eid days don’t solve the problem. There are field trips and sports and other activities that go on. Like for me I have a studio of art class and if I miss it will be hard for me to catchup also Those who are absent will still be missing a lot, many students in MCTC are disappointed that this Eid is not an official holiday, but we are hopeful it may be before we graduate college.
I love being home from school on Christian and Jewish holidays so they can be with their families and celebrate. It’s an awesome thing. And I think more people will feel that way about Muslims. On the other hand, as much as I would love that the campus should get cancelled for Islamic Eid holidays, I feel like and I know for sure that it’s not going to be fair to other non-Muslim students who practice different religions if that the campus gets closed on Muslim Eid holidays and not their holidays. I believe that canceling classes for Eid would not enable us students to cultivate more the virtues, skills and capabilities to fulfill the purpose of higher education. Because In most U.S. public school districts, the number of religious minorities is small. But in Minnesota Country, about 10 to 20 percent of students are Muslim. Students in MCTC want MCTC to be closed on the Muslim holidays both Eid al-Adha, the Feast of the Sacrifice. And Eid Al-Fitr. Whenever I have Eid on school days, I have to be dropped off of school (be absent) and then it goes on my report card, and I do not like how that goes. Some Muslims students also want schools to close on Eid al-Fitr at the end of Ramadan. I think something should be done about this matter but cancelling for the whole campus should not be a choice.According to Nussbaum Education is a social investment. It’s important that women and men should be shaped and modeled with education. If students were to miss classes, it wouldn’t benefit society. I welcome the fact that school officials in other localities have given Muslim students permission to miss classes on religious holidays. But I think it is unfair for Muslim students in MCTC to miss class when other students are in school. Classes are still in session, so we still miss classroom instruction. Teachers still teach. If there are exams that will be scheduled for Eid day, there will still be exams as students we will miss out on if we decide to take off from school. Minnesota has some of the best schools in the United States. People from around the world live in the country. Local residents celebrate many different holidays. last year, Eid al-Adha was celebrated at the same time as the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur. Schools in the county have been closed on Yom Kippur since the 1970s. Back then, school board officials found that 15 percent of the students and teachers were out of school on the holiday. If a religious group is large enough, it may be able to pressure a school to close because so many students will be absent on that faith’s holidayIn our school, we are taught to utilize our abilities to impact our communities. We are also taught to value diversity, and to respect those with beliefs that differ from our own. I want to be more inclusive. That is why, alongside a community of my fellow students at the Minneapolis community and technical college, I am advocating for a more moderate solution to Muslim students falling behind in college classes on Eid holidays, because it’s not going to be fair for non-Muslim students to get their learning interrupted. Because of the media is going to make the Muslim student’s standout if the whole campus gets closed only on Eid holidays. And if the school were to agree it may create hatred between students who practice different religions because non-Muslim students might feel that Muslims are being favored over them. And also, I don’t think it’s going to be fair enough to other non-Muslim students to not have their holidays get recognized.MCTC Community District provides students and staff with several breaks throughout the school year, particularly for religious holidays. During the holiday break in December, which lasts a full two weeks, students from other faith traditions are allowed to celebrate their holidays without missing their academic responsibilities. By contrast, we Muslims are obligated to miss school in order to commemorate our sacred holidays, even though the district includes a large population of Muslim students. That leaves us behind our classmates, and we are forced to catch up for doing nothing more than observing our religious holidays. However, in order to solve this problem no absences should be count against our records, and no exams should be given that day. Or in class homework’s. It would only be fair if it’s the same for the other students observing holidays. Maybe they could bring a note saying they are having a holiday and be treated as similarly as the Muslim students.