Syosset: The successful efforts of Dr. Uzma Syed bore fruits when the Syosset School District approved the Eid-Ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Adha as official school holidays.
Dr. Uzma Syed who is a proud Hyderabadi and wife of Mr. Faisal Zakariya, successfully led the campaign along with the members of the Syosset community. The community worked with Muslim families to collect signatures for a petition to have the district recognize both Eid holidays as district holidays and have school closed in observation.
Dr. Uzma addressed the community and able to impressed about the need of holidays. The proposition was discussed and unanimously approved during the Board of Education meeting and will be enacted for the 2017-2018 school year.
The effort was a testament that religious and cultural diversity is still valued in America and our communities are willing to support the needs for Muslims in those communities.
This move will definitely motivate other Muslims in the US to be more involved in their local communities to drive change.