HARRISBURG, Pa. (RNS) – When Harris Zafar’s oldest child starts middle school in the fall, Zafar plans to sit down with the school administration for a talk.
“Here’s the deal,” Zafar said he’ll explain. “We’re Muslim and my son is going to have to leave early on Fridays. We’re going to need to have a conversation about how to make sure he doesn’t fall behind in class.”
Zafar, who works in software development in Portland, Ore., has long negotiated with his own employers for hours off on Fridays – longer lunch breaks, half-day schedules on that workday and extra hours other days – so he could attend Islam’s weekly prayer service. Known as Jummah, or the day of gathering, it is somewhat comparable to the Christian or Jewish Sabbath… read more at source.
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