School Kids to Sing 'Allahu Akbar' at Holiday Concert

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Parents in Minnesota are not happy that a holiday concert at their children's high school will feature a song celebrating Ramadan in which their kids will sing, "Allahu Akbar."

The CBS-affiliate WCCO is reporting that Blaine High School's concert will also include Christian and Jewish songs. The only ones listed are the Christmas songs Away in a Manger and Silent Night. It is not made clear that all verses of these songs are being sung or if they have been edited in any way.

Ramadan, which is a summer holiday in the U.S., celebrates with a song titled, Eid un Sa'Eid. Here is a sample of the lyrics:

Ramadan has come and gone
Eid has dawned upon us
Thank You Allah for this blessed day
It's a time of happiness, a time of joy
Thank You Allah for this blessed day
Eid-un Sa'eed-un
Yawm-un farhaan-un
Yawm-un jameel-un
Eid-un Sa'eed
Eid-un Sa'eed-un
Yawm-un jameel-un
Yawm-un farhaan-un
Eid-un Sa'eed
All over the world
Under the big-blue sky
Muslims unite to worship Allah
It's a time of brotherhood, a time of peace
Muslims are singing praises to Allah
Allahu Akbar
Allahu Akbar

According to WCCO, the Anoka-Hennepin School District has received a dozen complaints from both parents and outsiders. In a statement, the district defended the song choice:

Songs are not performed in a worship setting or to promote religion, but rather in [an] educational setting where students are learning and performing music.

The district says they must give equal time to all cultures and backgrounds that are represented at its school. Anyone that feels uncomfortable singing the songs doesn't have to.

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