By: Savannah Smith | 05-28-2017 | News
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Muslim Students Demand Prom Reschedule Because It's Ramadan

Muslim students at the Brooklyn Technical High School petitioned their school to postpone their senior prom date scheduled for June 3 because it is in conflict with the Ramadan period.

Ramadan is the yearly holy month for Muslims that requires them not to eat and drink from sunrise to sunset. The senior prom at Brooklyn Technical High School has been set to start at 7 p.m., while the sun is still out. The dance was planned months ahead. The school said that dinner would be served at 9 p.m.

Muslim students are still not satisfied with the adjustment, arguing that aside from the food and drinks issue before sunset, they are also not supposed to listen to music during Ramadan.

More than 250 students signed a petition requesting for the prom reschedule. It said in part that: "with Tech's Muslim population being so vast, it is clear the scheduled date will heavily affect the attendance of this significant event of our high school experience. If no action is taken, Senior Prom truly wouldn't be open to every senior who wants to go."

The dates of Ramadan vary each year because the holy observance by Muslims depends on a lunar calendar making it hard for the school to schedule the prom event around it. The school has denied the request, and the prom is set to go on June 3 as scheduled.

Another student suggested no events with music be scheduled at all during the entire month because, well, that's not allowed.


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