A major issue of concern for many Muslims is being able to offer their daily prayers, and prayer in public school has always been an 'issue'. A lot of parents at Parkdale are frustrated that their kids cannot pray in school.
"We got into major trouble last year as we were hiding and praying in congregation," Hayat says as he soberly wraps up the leopard print prayer rug in his family's prayer room. Last year, the principal, Cheryl Logan told the students that they could not pray in congregation..
At a recent bullying seminar hosted by CAIR at Dar-us-Salaam, Hayat consulted with Todd Gallagher, an attorney with CAIR. Habeeb also spoke with a local lawyer to learn more about the laws. As the MSA President who will graduate in May, Hayat maintains that it is his responsibility to pave the way for students who will follow him.
It’s not that students of any faith can’t pray in school, no matter what the general public thinks. They can. And Muslim students do, in empty classrooms, under stairwells, and library corners. They just can’t do it with the support of the school, because that’s a violation of the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause.
What this means is that the school administration cannot lead prayers or mandate that students attend prayer.
The ruling according to the First Amendment Center “requires that teachers and administrators neither promote nor denigrate religion — a commitment to state neutrality that protects the religious freedom of students of all faiths and no faith.”
The U.S. Supreme Court banned official prayers in public schools, but religion is not taboo in schools. That's because the same First Amendment that separates church and state also gives students like the Marsos the right to freely practice their faith.
So instead of making it a public issue, Hayat and the Parkdale MSA decided to continue the gentle and diplomatic approach. The MSA invited parents and Principal Logan to an MSA meeting and they discussed the process of getting permission to pray in congregation for Dhuhr salah. Principal Logan said she would need to see report cards and good behavior. But 4 weeks passed without results.
Hayat and his peer's parents continue emailing their requests and recently have convinced the administration.
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