Ramadan and exams, 2017: information for schools and colleges

15 May 2017

In 2017, Ramadan coincides with the examination season, as it did last year.  

ASCL has worked with a wide spectrum of British Muslims from a range of theological persuasions, including both Sunni and Shia, to produce an information paper for schools and colleges to help leaders initiate discussions with Muslim students and their families on how best they can balance their Islamic obligations and do well in their exams.  

The paper is endorsed by a number of Islamic scholars, imams, chaplains and leaders, all of whom are listed in Section 7 of the paper (comments from some of the contributors following the paper's original publication in 2016 can be read here).

This information paper does not recommend any particular interpretation of Islamic law or practice, and is intended as a positive opportunity for engagement with students and families so that they can make decisions for themselves.

The paper explains that:

  • there is a wide and diverse range of possible interpretations of Islamic law. Islam encourages critical reasoning and while individuals may seek advice from religious leaders, they have the right to make their own decision

  • young Muslims, and their families, will need to balance their obligations as Muslims with their studies and the importance of examinations for their futures, noting that the pursuit of education is also a religious and moral duty for all Muslims

  • children and families should be informed of the flexibility Islamic law offers to delay or exempt themselves from fasting and late-night prayers if they believe their performance in exams could be affected

 

Ramadan and exams 2017: information for schools and colleges 
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