Prom night conflict pits Muslim, students vs officials of the education

The sun is set at the request of the student provided to change the date of their prom.

Students at an elite New York City high school petition to change the date of their senior prom scheduled for June 3 – because it is in conflict with the Islamic observance of Ramadan, but the school has denied the request, the New York Post reported.

“I think it’s a bit unfair, because there is a large population of Muslims in the Brooklyn Tech”, Pikeeza Shabbir said.

The annual holy month for Muslims, it is required that the observers not consume food or drink from sunrise to sunset. The Brooklyn Technical High School senior prom starts at 7 o’clock — while the sun is still out.

The dance was planned months in advance, New York education officials told CBS2, so it will not be shifted. The dinner is expected to be served after sunset, at 9 pm

Still, Muslim students said that eating after sunset is not the only problem; they say that there are other religious rules that play a role.

“You’re not supposed to listen to music during Ramadan, so it is not really allowed,” Shabbir said.

More than 250 students have signed the petition, which calls a number of the school’s Muslim students would not be able to attend because of the schedule with the annual holy month that requires Muslims to fast during the day.

The petition is:

“In 2017, Ramadan is expected to begin in the night of either May 26 or 27. Brooklyn Tech Senior Prom is scheduled for 3 June, a week in the month of Ramadan. The start of this requires a lot of responsibilities to participants and Tech Muslim population is so large, it is clear that the scheduled date will strongly influence the presence of this important event of our high school experience.

A change to the date, still a week and a half earlier to make so many more people to take part. If no action is taken, Senior Prom would really not open to any senior who wants to go.”

The dates for Ramadan each year because the holiday is based on a lunar calendar.

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