just as much meaning in celebrating christmas on 25 dec as there is on doing Hajj on a date arbitrarily picked by Muhammed2) Christmas is an arbitrary day in the celebration of the birth of Christ. No one really knows when Christ was born. If you look at the history of Christmas, you will see its predominantly a celebration of the winter solastice . Its a pagan holiday that was substantially hijack by the Roman Catholic church (see also Easter). Though I'm sure God appreciates the special attention given his son on that date, true Christains should celebrate the birth, the death and resurrection of the son every day. Celebrating these things just one day per year.... well, for that you will be struck eternally dead. (in short, celebrating the birth of Christ on Christmas day means nothing)
and the ritual of the Hajj has been changed, by men, for the sake of convenience, not authorized by Allah, as well. what's your point?3) There have been major changes to what has been expected by God of Jews/Christians over time (like blood sacrifice), but these changes have been authorized by God himself. The changes that have been come from Rome or any other church body should deal only with those that wish to celebrate mass as Catholics or worship in whatever church body, as that is as far at that authority extends. What Christians should or should not do its biblical, and that hasn't changed in 1800 years or so.
only an arrogant know-it-all would be offended by someone asking legitmate questions. religion of "peace" my ass. you got pissed off by me simply asking a question.4) You, who is outside the religion of Islam, telling a muslim it should be ok to do is X, Y, or Z is offensively arrogant and bigoted, when you have no real understanding of its doctrine.
Here's what you're forgetting, its not your place to decide whats "reasonable" in a person's faith and therefore what they can and cannot do. You're also forgetting that the Hajj isn't like Christimas in the least. Its something thats held at one specific location, which happens to be in a country run by a religious dictatorship which will only allow you to come at that specific time, AND the Hajj requires a strict schedule and resources beyond the capacity of a normal individual to acquire. Its not like most Christmas celebrations were you buy some gifts whenever you feel like it, wrap them whenever, throw them under a tree and just take the day off work.
I made no assertion that they should or should not do anything.
I simply asked a legitimate freaking question. ie, they already changed major parts of the ritual to accomodate the ever growing number of hadjis, why can't they change the date?
the fact that certain people lost their freaking minds and started attacking me speaks volumes about "the religion of peace".
this is correct. the days off in the summer do not count as "vacation" because the money they are paid was earned during the contract year.
most districts also provide additional paid "personal" and "sick" days as part of the fringe benefits package.
it is these paid personal days that a teacher can accrue and use at his/her discretion.