Monday, October 3, 2015
Dear Mr. Staten:
Greetings of Peace. We are the parents of Ameen Thawban, who is a grade five student in your class.
We would like to bring to your attention the upcoming Islamic month of Ramadan, its implications for Ameen and what you can do as his homeroom teacher.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the lunar Islamic calendar. This year, it is expected to begin on October 5th, depending on when the new moon, which indicates the beginning of a new lunar month, is sighted.
Muslims are required to fast during this month. The fasting entails abstaining from food, drink and sex between dawn and sunset each day during the month of Ramadan, which lasts 29 or 30 days.
Although Ameen is not yet at an age where he is required to fast, he looks forward to Ramadan every year. Last year he fasted the entire month of Ramadan without it negatively affecting his health or his marks!
We would like to encourage Ameen’s participation in Ramadan again this year to cultivate his spiritual growth as a Muslim. We hope that you will support us in this decision, in the interests of Ameen, other Muslim children like him in your class, as well as tolerance and openness to diversity as part of the children’s learning experience.
We have enclosed a sheet from the website of the Council on Islamic Education (www.cie.org) about Ramadan which can give you more information. This sheet also provides some excellent ideas of activities teachers can use in class to increase awareness and understanding of Ramadan. We would also encourage having Ameen and other Muslim students do presentations explaining Ramadan for the benefit of the class.
We would like to meet with you to discuss and seek your advice on further issues surrounding religious celebrations and holidays, so that Jameel and students of other religious backgrounds can not only grow academically in your class but spiritually as well.
If you can kindly contact us so that we may set up a meeting this week or next week, it would be greatly appreciated. You may call us at home at (123) 555-0000 in the evenings or Mr. Thawban’s office during the day at (123) 444-0000.
We look forward to hearing from you. Thank you for your time and attention.
Mr. Affan Thawaban and Mrs. Afshan Jameel