Muslims want more flexibility for religious holidays

The Federation of Islamic Associations wants to discuss religious holidays as part of the Government’s constitutional review. They are planning to petition the Government to make Christmas and Easter holidays transferable so that they can be taken on Muslim religious festivals

Association president Anwar Ghani says at present, Muslims have to take up to four days’ annual leave to celebrate religious holidays such as Eid-al-Fitr which marks the end of the month of Ramadan.

“It would be really a lot nicer if we had the provision to substitute one or two days of the other holidays so that we can, without sacrificing the annual leave, enjoy the festivities and feel that we have been included in the provisions of leave.”

Business New Zealand chief executive Phil O’Reilly says in principal, there will be a lot of sympathy for the idea of transferring holidays.

However, he says it is not practical – especially when considering all the various faiths and the holidays they may have



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