Preparing for Ramadan This Year

March 21, 2021

As the month of Ramadan swiftly approaches, we offer the following programs to provide teachers and employers a better understanding of fasting, as well as suggestions for how to best accommodate Muslim students and essential workers who are fasting during this month.

Tuesday, March 30th: Muslim Teens Speak:
Balancing School, Ramadan, and COVID-19
4:00 – 5:00 PM PST

Students have faced untold challenges switching to fully remote learning in the last year. As we approach Ramadan, which begins this year on Tuesday, April 13, while many schools are still social distancing and others are beginning to open, Muslim students may experience additional strain on their attention and mental health. To address these needs, ING invites parents and educators of Muslim students to join a special webinar where we will hear from Muslim teens directly on what they have been experiencing, and how they can be best supported while balancing school, social distancing, and fasting. Register here to join us on Tuesday, March 30th from 4:00 – 5:00pm PST.


  • Humza, INGYouth Speaker
  • Raza, INGYouth Speaker
  • Soha, INGYouth Speaker
  • Omar, INGYouth Speaker


  • Ishaq Pathan, ING Bay Area Director

Wednesday, March 31st: Supporting Muslim Essential Workers
During Ramadan
12:00 – 1:00 PM PST

Essential workers have been on the frontlines of providing critical services to communities across the country, including Muslim doctors, police officers, teachers, and frontline workers. It is through their courage and dedication that the rest of society has been able to quarantine safely. As we approach the second Ramadan while social distancing, ING invites you to join us in conversation with Muslim essential workers from various sectors to discuss their experiences, and how the public can support them through the most important spiritual time for Muslims. Register here to join us on Wednesday, March 31st from 12:00 – 1:00pm PST.


  • Dr. Hasan Shanawani, Board Chairman, American Muslim Health Professionals
  • Yousef Shansab, Commander, Union City Police Department
  • Hazem Tabahi, Vice-President, Pita Inn Chain in Chicago Area


  • Rahimeh Ramezany, ING Program Manager

Thursday, April 1st: Ramadan Inclusion: How Educators Can Accommodate Their Muslim Students During the Spiritual Season
4:00 – 5:00 PM PST

Educators have their work cut out for them balancing the needs of all their diverse students, and this is the case more than ever as we enter the one-year anniversary of social distancing safety measures. For educators who have Muslim students in their classrooms, they may understand the importance of Ramadan, but may not feel equipped to properly support students participating in fasting and other special rituals of the month.

Join ING for a conversation, as our speakers discuss the challenges Muslim students may face while fasting, and best practices for parents and educators during the month of Ramadan. Register here to join us on Thursday, April 1st from 4:00 – 5:00pm PST. Panelists:

  • Tony Thurmond, California State Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Brisa Camacho-Lovell, ING Bay Area Board Member & Educator
  • Ishaq Pathan, ING Bay Area Director


  • Tabassum Haleem, ING CEO