Muslim Students

In An American Classroom

The History

ALLAH is GOD Creation (Adam and Eve) Angels Satan Qur’an-Islam’s holy book Messengers Eternal life Jesus was a prophet

A Way Of Life
Religion is not separate; it is a complete way of life. Prayer: Every day is a day of worship (five times a day). Congregational prayer is on Fridays in a mosque. Men and women are separated for prayer.

5 Pillars Of Islam
“The Foundation and strength of their faith.” •  Faith (iman)-belief in ALLAH and   Mohammed. • Prayer (salah)-five times a day (dawn, noon, mid-afternoon, sunset, and nightfall). • Charity (zakah)-giving money to the needy. • Fasting (sawm)-during the month of Ramadan. • Pilgrimage (hajj) -to Mecca, once in their

Customs & Community
Strong belief in marriage/family. Strong sense of community. Education is highly valued. Modest dress for men and women. Women cover hair-“crown of her beauty.” “Men are protectors and maintainers of women.”

•Eidul Fitr: Celebrates the end of Ramadan. •Eidul Adha: Celebrates end of pilgrimage/Devotion and obedience of Abraham to sacrifice his son. (Sacrifice animals/give meat to poor) The dates vary according to the lunar calendar. Both are major celebrations with congregational prayer, dinner, presents,

Important Issue For The Teachers Of Tomorrow

The Facts
Fastest growing religion in the world Soon to be second largest religion in the world 40% of Muslims in the U.S. are African American families who have converted Prayer 5 times a day Friday Worship Fasting during Ramadan

What You Need To Know
Excused absences Don’t celebrate birthdays Can’t mix with the opposite sex State-wide testing during their holidays Appropriate Dress Different Dietary Needs

What The Experts Say

School Responsibilty
Public schools have been urged to make accommodations for Muslim students so that they can practice their faith. The biggest problem for schools has come in the PE classes. Schools have been respectful with allowing students to wear the modest clothing that their religion requires and they also may refrain from social activities if they choose.

Balance Is Key
Schools struggle when it comes to what extent they can meet the needs of those students without mixing religion and school. Schools have been finding it tough to strike a balance between the academic needs of the students and the religious needs of the students.

Providing school lunches is an issue that needs special attention as well.  Schools need to make sure that they know and understand the dietary requirements of a Muslim child.  Prayer rooms have become an important topic as well.   Many feel that prayer rooms push the line when it comes to religion in schools.

Student Observation

Observation Of The Child
  Wore a head covering Always wear clothing that covered her entire body. With the exception of her head and hands. Very studious. Very shy and reserved. Not boisterous. Does not interact with a lot of the students. The child has a small group of friends. Usually the child is not allowed to socialize with another child of the opposite sex. However in a classroom setting it is understandable, but during recess and free

Will The Child Learn In The Regular Classroom?
Due to the child's culture academically the child would do well. Due to some social restrictions, there is a possibility that the child will not be socially rounded.

Accommodations Educators Can Make

For The Parents
Know the dates. Talk to the parents. Make yourself available. Make arrangements to meet with the other teachers.

For The Students

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Class Rules. Cultural Diversity Program. Create a “Classroom of Learning”. Make yourself available. Make yourself APPROACHABLE! Create a class library. Be considerate of their beliefs – such as grouping with the opposite sex, gym clothes, talk of holidays in the school

"I am not a teacher of knowledge; I am a teacher of children."

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