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Lida Ehteshami, DeBakey High School for Health Professions, 2019
I am a Muslim, and ever since I was in elementary school, I had to miss a day every year for religious purposes. This day missed was insignificant when I was in elementary school, but as I grew up, I saw that I was missing vital information from all my classes simply because of my religion.
My Jewish and Christian friends did not have this problem, because school is out on their religious holidays. Now, I would understand this if HISD had a low Muslim population, but throughout all my years of schooling in HISD, one third of the people that attended these schools were Muslim.
I would like to push for a day off for all students on Eid-al-Adha, which is a major, extremely holy Islamic holiday where Muslims pray and distribute meals to friends, family, and the poor. This would show that HISD encourages diversity and supports people of all faiths. I should not have to miss a day of valuable class time and fall behind simply because of my religion, and neither should all other Muslim students in the district, especially when people of Christian and Jewish faith do not have to experience this.
When you miss a day of class time, you have to put in additional time after school to make up tests or quizzes missed. You have to attend tutorials to fill in the gaps of information you missed; you have to do an extra amount of homework on top of your already heavy load; and you have to give up your only social period (lunch) to catch up on work. Once again, Muslims should not have to experience this just for their religion. It’s almost punishment for faithfully practicing one’s religion.
Thank you, and I hope you take this into consideration to push a bill in which Eid-al-Adha is a recognized holiday off.