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Delaware City Allows Religious Attires at Swimming Pools

The city of Wilmington revises its dress code to allow longer clothing

Delaware City Allows Religious Attires at Swimming Pools
Eden Park pool in Wilmington, DE. Photo credit: www.wilmingtonde.gov

Young Muslims in Wilmington, Delaware, are set to enjoy the summer breeze at pools after the city council revised its dress code policy to allow religious clothing, American Bazaar Online reported.

“Today is a day to celebrate the work and bravery of the Darul Amaanah families in ensuring that their public pools are open and welcoming to all,” said Muslim Advocates Senior Staff Attorney Juvaria Khan.

“Thanks to their efforts, now all Wilmington families can benefit from clear clothing policies, culturally competent staff and an extended pool season.”

Last summer, children attending the Darul Amaanah Academy were repeatedly harassed and denied access to public pools because of their modest religious clothing, such as headscarves, t-shirts, or leggings, which allegedly violated a “no-cotton” policy.

The Muslim students were wearing Islamically-proper garments, unlike the revealing swimming costumes. In fact, Islam’s code of modesty extends to all aspects of one’s life, including attire.

In response, Muslim Advocates sent the city a cease and desist letter. Thereafter, having received no satisfactory response, Darul Amaanah staff, families, and children, represented by Muslim Advocates, filed suit in August 2018.

The city later agreed to a settlement that ensures this kind of discrimination will never happen again and rewards all Wilmington families with an extended pool season.

Muslim Advocates is a national civil rights organization working in the courts, in the halls of power and in communities to halt bigotry in its tracks.


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