Christina Abraham talks to The Washington Post about a local teacher who was denied leave from work to preform the Hajj. The Justice Department is suing on the teacher’s behalf, accusing the district of violating her civil rights by forcing her to choose between her job and her faith.
On Friday, November 27th, Muslims all over the world and in America will mark the end of the yearly pilgrimage to Mecca, or Hajj, with communal prayers and celebrations. Each year, some two million Muslims, including thousands of American Muslims, go for the Hajj pilgrimage. This Islamic holiday is called Eid ul-Adha (EED-al-ODD-ha), or “festival of the sacrifice” and it commemorates the Prophet Abraham’s faithfulness in willing to sacrifice his son (who was then spared) at God’s command, an important historical event in Christianity and Judaism as well.
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