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How Schools Can Help Accommodate Muslim Students During Ramadan

(May 10, 2019) Rawan Hamed (at left), Faizan Syed (center) and Imam Djilali Kacem talked about what the Muslim holiday Ramadan is all about and how schools can help accommodate students fasting during the month on Friday's talk show.
Evie Hemphill | St. Louis Public Radio

This week marked the beginning of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Many Muslims locally and around the world are observing this holiday by daily fasting, increased religious observance and self-reflection. For the next few decades, the month will take place within the school year.

The Missouri chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations recently released “An Educator’s Guide to Ramadan and Accommodating Muslim Students” to help schools better understand and accommodate Muslim students during this time. It gives clarity on things such as whether students should participate in physical education and how to deal with medication for fasting students.

Joining guest host Jim Kirchherr on Friday's St. Louis on the Air to talk about how schools can help Muslim students observing their religious obligation were CAIR’s executive director Faizan Syed, O’Fallon Township high school student Rawan Hamed and Imam Djilali Kacem of Dar Al-Jalal Islamic Center.

Listen to the full discussion: 

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