- The Washington Times - Monday, November 1, 2004

ATLANTA (UPI) — Muslim students in Georgia’s largest school district would be excused for Friday prayer under an agreement between Muslim leaders and Gwinnett County school officials.

A tentative compromise was reached in a meeting last week in which district officials proposed three options that Muslim leaders planned to circulate at five mosques in suburban Gwinnett, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. They expect to choose one option this week.

Three years ago, the school wouldn’t allow Khalid Rashied’s eldest son out of last period to go to prayers required of Muslims on Friday afternoon.

With the help of the Council on American-Islamic Relations this year, Mr. Rashied renewed his request and, after going to last week’s meeting, is confident a solution would be reached.

The options include taking online classes in the sixth and final class periods, using an existing program that allows students to miss each day’s final class period for religious study away from school, and missing sixth period for prayers and returning to school for an after-school class.

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