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Common Accommodations for

Muslim Students  

BY AMEENA JANDALI   

The Islamic Networks Group conducts a cultural competency seminar for K-12 administrators and teachers titled “Understanding Muslim Students: Fostering an Inclusive Environment.” Some common accommodations that might be requested for Muslim students are these:

DIET: Muslims do not eat pork or pork by-products, including gelatin and marsh-mallows.

ATTIRE: While the modest dress known as hijab is not required until puberty, sometimes girls begin wearing it as young as 7 or 8. Awareness, understanding and zero tolerance for teasing make all the difference to a young girl.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION: In middle and high school, Muslim students of both genders may request to wear sweats or longer shorts.

PRAYERS: During the winter months, some students may request a quiet place to perform the noon prayer. On Fridays, some high school students may request to be excused during or after lunch for weekly congregational prayers.

FASTING: When Ramadan falls during the school year, fasting students may ask to be excused from lunch and strenuous activity, such as running.

HOLIDAYS: Muslim holidays follow a lunar calendar, which moves earlier 11 days every year and makes it challenging to track. Excusing absences and allowing makeup tests or assignments is appreciated by Muslim students.  

 

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