ASCL Ramadan Guidance

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gra­cious, the Most Merciful.

As-salā­mu ‘alaykum wa-rah­mat­ul­lāhi wa-barakā­tuh (Peace, Bless­ings & Mer­cy of Allah be upon You).

This state­ment is being issued on the 21st of May 2018 and super­sedes all pre­vi­ous state­ments on the subject.

We are dis­ap­point­ed in the Ramadan guid­ance issued by The Asso­ci­a­tion of School and Col­lege Lead­ers (ASCL) and believe that the ASCL has over­stepped its remit by offer­ing reli­gious advice. ASCL is meant to be a sec­u­lar organ­i­sa­tion but they have over­stepped by issu­ing a “Fat­wa” which is nei­ther their place nor with­in their purview. 

The (Mus­lims) who have endorsed this “Fat­wa” from ASCL should stay with­in their area of exper­tise and we advise them to read the evi­dence (in its entire­ty) and con­sid­er pulling their endorse­ment. Your endorse­ment has caused con­fu­sion amongst Mus­lims that they should not fast dur­ing Ramadan. Stud­ies have demon­strat­ed that fast­ing does not sig­nif­i­cant­ly influ­ence mood and fatigue. 

We advise stu­dents to make a timetable bal­anc­ing revi­sion, rest and prayers and not to unnec­es­sar­i­ly exert themselves.

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