Demographers say that Islam is one of the fastest growing religions in the United States and around the world. By 2050, Muslims are anticipated to be the second largest religious group in America. American Muslims are found in all sectors of society. This presence is perhaps most evident in the public school system, where Muslim students of various racial and ethnic backgrounds make up an increasing percentage of the student population. Studies show that most Muslim children are enrolled in public schools, a demographic that should be addressed when dealing with issues of diversity and accommodations.
Across faith communities, religious practices have many similarities, although the details of time and practice may differ from one religion to another. The information contained in this booklet is designed to assist teachers, principals, administrators and other educators in formulating and implementing policies and programs that will help to create a supportive academic environment. It also serves as a guide for the accommodation of religiously-mandated practices of Muslim students and their families. This guide outlines general Islamic beliefs and practices. However, individual applications of these observances may vary.EducatorGuide