Tampa Muslims Push For Early School Dismissal Every Friday For Prayers

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Excerpted from BizPac Review: A non-profit Islamic group in Florida is requesting that Muslim students be released early from public schools “every Friday” so children can attend mandatory prayer services, for under Islamic law, it is “sin” to miss the obligatory prayer sermon.

The Islamic Society of Tampa Bay Area published an official permission slip on its website for parents to “request early dismissal every Friday” for their children to “attend and perform the mandatory Friday Khutbah (sermon) and prayers starting at 12:30 pm until 3:00 pm.”

The permission slip cites Fla. statutes and Hillsborough Township public school policy related to excused absences for religious observation, but fails to recognize other statutes and policies that state 180 days of school and a certain amount of hours are mandatory for each child.

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