Educator's Guide to Islamic Religious Practices


The guide is part of the Muslim civil rights organization’s anti-bullying campaign and is designed to combat bullying and to help create a more welcoming atmosphere for Muslim students in Ohio’s school districts. “This guide is intended to help teachers, administrators and educational staff understand the needs of their Muslim students and families. We believe that education is the most important part of a young person’s life, and we want to help facilitate healthy and supportive classrooms for all students,” said Jennifer Nimer, CAIR-Columbus executive director.
The Educator’s Guide contains information about some common Islamic religious practices such as types of dress, dietary restrictions, daily prayer times, and major holidays. It also explains some of the legal responsibilities of public schools under both Ohio and federal law, and suggests some common ways that Muslim students and families can be accommodated in the classroom.

School districts can request free copies of the guide by emailing or contact
Jennifer Nimer, Executive Director, 614-451-3232,; Romin Iqbal, Legal Director, 614-783-7953,

A recent survey conducted by the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (IPSU) found that 42 percent of Muslim students in grades K-12 have reported bullying because of their faith.  Even more alarming was the finding that one-in-four bullying incidents of Muslim students involved a teacher or school official.  
SEE: IPSU’s 2017 American Muslim Poll: Key Findings