Monday November 1, 2010
Re: Upcoming religious holiday and class presentation suggestion
Dear Mr. Bernard:
I am the father of Ali Ahmed, who is in your fourth grade class. Ali has been enjoying school and learning under your supervision. We hope he continues to do so throughout the rest of the school year. I would like to bring to your attention the issue of Eid ul-Adha, a Muslim religious holiday, which is expected to fall on November 17.
Every year, Muslims celebrate the life of Prophet Abraham. This celebration is known as Eid-ul-Adha – "The Celebration of the Sacrifice". It is a time for reflection, sacrifice, and charity, as well as joy, family get-togethers and gift-giving.
In addition, a pilgrimage to the city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia in the days preceding the holiday, is an important part of Eid-ul-Adha. This pilgrimage is called Hajj. While not all Muslims are able to complete this journey, its rites and rituals are directly connected to the life of Prophet Abraham.
I would like to suggest that Ali prepare a brief in-class presentation of his religious holiday. This will not only help him build research and public speaking skills. It will also encourage his classmates get to know him and his faith better.
Would it be possible to take some short class time (five to ten minutes) to do such a project? Perhaps it could fit in a study of world religions during Social Studies period? Your help would be greatly appreciated about this. I can help in finding any reference materials needed for the presentation. Please let me know if we can accomplish this together.
I can be reached during the day at my office at (123) 555-7890 or in the evenings after 7 p.m. at home at (123) 555-3456.
Thank you for your time and attention. I look forward to hearing from you.