The Muslim Community’s Outreach for Adopting Eid as a National Holiday
Under the Bill Clinton’s administration, the American government placed a great emphasis on religious freedom and tried to distinguish the Muslim radicals from regular Muslims.
“Under the Bill Clinton’s administration (1993-2001)
- Vice President Albert Gore became the highest ranking US official to visit a Mosque
- After President Bill Clinton’s speech on religious freedom, Friday prayers are held regularly in the U.S. Capitol building for Muslim staffers, federal employees, and other Muslims in the area.
- A crescent and star is displayed on the White House lawn alongside a menorah and Christmas tree
- Held an Eid celebration in the White House” 1
Many Muslim Americans considered the adoption of Eid as a national holiday, as an efficient way of gaining “symbolic recognition” of Islam in American society; that would create a concrete political and social platform.2
Muslims’ Grassroots Movement
A lot of actions have been carried out by the Muslim student groups on many college campuses, especially the Muslim Student Association (MSA). As a result, the entire Syracuse University officially closes on Eid. Other Muslim associations and organizations also work at both local and national levels to gain recognition of Eid in the United States. 3
- “The American Muslim Council (AMC) in Washington D.C.: a nonprofit, sociopolitical organization established in 1990 that works to promote ethical values among Muslims and the educate voters about the electoral process.
- The Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC): a bipartisan organization that also concentrates on voter education, helping Muslims understand the issues and how to make political decisions within the context of Islam.” 4
There have been several political movements among Muslim American activists to adopt Eid as a national holiday —
Eid al-Fitr as a national holiday of the United States?
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- Hasan, Asma Gull. American Muslims: the New Generation. New York: Continuum, 2000. 153. Print. ↩
- Hasan, Asma Gull. American Muslims: the New Generation. New York: Continuum, 2000. 154. Print. ↩
- Smith, Jane I. Islam in America. New York, NY: Columbia UP, 2010. 133. Print. ↩
- Smith, Jane I. Islam in America. New York, NY: Columbia UP, 2010. 134. Print. ↩