New York: The ongoing campaign for equal opportunities received the greatest success when the New York public school declared holiday on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha for the first time in the history of US. There are 1.1 million students in this public school. Declaration of holiday on Eid-ul-Azha is the greatest success for this movement in the wake of 9/11 attacks in 2002 which is certainly a big achievement. The Muslims in America have been complaining that after 9/11 attack, not only in US but also in the entire world, Muslims were being discriminated under the Islamophobia. 1800 Public Schools in New York will remain closed on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha. These schools will also remain closed a day before Eid-ul-Azha on account of Yom Kippur which is a Jewish festival. Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio had already declared this policy in the month of March itself wherein it was mentioned that all the public schools in New York will remain closed on the occasions of Eid-ul-Fitar and Eid-ul-Azha which are the two main festivals of the Muslims. In addition to it, these schools will also remain closed on the occasions of the festivals of the Jews and the Christians.
After this announcements, the activists of equal opportunities and social services opine that in this manner, Islam has also been included in the mainstream of the US which is a good gesture. It will facilitate to deal with Islamophobia. The inclusion of holidays on the occasions of Eid-ul-Fitar and Eid-ul-Azha is perceived as a great success for the Muslims in US.