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File #: 160040    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: IN COUNCIL - FINAL PASSAGE
File created: 1/21/2016 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 1/21/2016
Title: Calling upon the City of Philadelphia and the School District of Philadelphia to recognize Eid al-Fitr, the end of the holy month of Ramadan, and Eid al-Adha which commemorates Hajj, the annual holy pilgrimage to Mecca, and to observe both Eids in the same manner as other legally recognized holidays in Philadelphia.
Sponsors: Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Johnson
Attachments: 1. Signature16004000.pdf
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultAction DetailsVideo
1/21/20160 CITY COUNCIL Introduced and Ordered Placed on This Week's Final Passage Calendar - Rules SuspendedPass Action details Not available
1/21/20160 CITY COUNCIL ADOPTED  Action details Not available
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Calling upon the City of Philadelphia and the School District of Philadelphia to recognize Eid al-Fitr, the end of the holy month of Ramadan, and Eid al-Adha which commemorates Hajj, the annual holy pilgrimage to Mecca, and to observe both Eids in the same manner as other legally recognized holidays in Philadelphia.

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WHEREAS, The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and specifically Philadelphia are lauded as the nation's birthplace. William Penn founded the colony as a Holy Experiment, and example of religious tolerance, including language in the 1701 Charter of Privileges which guaranteed religious freedom to all. Long before "multi-culturalism", was a widely-accepted norm, Philadelphia was a open to all faiths, all ethnicities, and all nationalities; and

WHEREAS, Islam is currently the world's second-largest religion and it is the fastest-growing major religion and is projected to become the world's largest religious group in the second half of this century. According to a Pew Research Center estimate, there were 1.6 billion Muslims in the world as of 2010 - roughly 23% of the global population*; and

WHEREAS, Islam in America was launched as a moral and religious system that encouraged self-determination, self-development, moral discipline, and community empowerment based on virtues of freedom, justice and equality similar to William Penn's ideology. Philadelphia has become the metropolitan area with the highest proportion of Muslims in the U.S., according to many reports the City is estimated to be home to more than 200,000 Muslims; and

WHEREAS, Eid al-Adha also known as the "Greater Eid" is celebrated on the 10th day of the Islamic Month of Dhul-Hijr. Eid al-Adha commemorates the millions of Muslims participating in the Hajj, a pilgrimage to Mecca; and

WHEREAS, Muslim leaders of Philadelphia recognize astronomical calculation as an acceptable method for determining the beginning of the lunar calendar, including the month of Ramadan and S...

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