UK: Primary schools ban Muslim pupils from fasting during Ramadan

A primary school trust has banned Muslim pupils from fasting during Ramadan, claiming the tradition can be harmful to the health of young children.

Barclay Primary School in Leyton, east London, issued a letter to parents informing them that it would not allow children attending school to fast in order to ‘safeguard the health and education of the child’.

The move has been slammed by members of the Muslim community who said schools should seek to support parents instead of ‘blanket enforce’ their own rules when it comes to religion.

h/t Suze

  • dagawker

    Hungry for stupidity.

  • simus1

    At a minimum, surely the inbred congenitally deformed stupid fat muslim pupils could be allowed to follow their wonderful religion’s exotic dictates. “Fasting” all day and then pigging out after dark must be one way they can show all infidels how really holy people manage their lives to the benefit of all.

  • Gary

    I remember hearing one muslim in the USA denouncing these islamofascists imposing Halal rules or ramandan fasting on others as they mentioned how they make the effort to do a few extra prayers in the morning so they don’t disrupt their job , then they also eat extra food in the morning to carry them over at work . They included that non-muslim co-workers are not expected avoid eating snacks or lunch while they fast .
    Sadly , Obama is allowing millions of the islamists to pour into the USA that will one day dominate the schools and workplaces to impose Sharia and Halal rules on the even Moderate muslims along with infidels.

    • tom_billesley

      You’ll have to eat your ham sandwich under a burkha so that mahometan co-workers are not offended.

  • Sharkibark

    This is the same educational system that feeds halal food to all it’s students???

    • tom_billesley

      I bet they still purhase the usual quantity of halal food to be served up during ramadan. Perhaps for ramadan they could switch from “no pok” to “ol pok”.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        I love that youtube bit.
        I love that youtube bit.

  • Abu Nudnik

    Simple solution: take kids out of school for a month and home-school there.

    • Waffle

      Nusnik, think about what you’re advocating. Can you imagine what they’d be teaching them at home?

      • Abu Nudnik

        A) They already can so that’s a push, B) Following the courses or their kids fall behind.

      • They are already taught it, I’m afraid.

      • Abu Nudnik

        They’re already doing that!

  • SDMatt

    It’s not the fasting that I mind, it’s the nauseating farting that comes shortly after they cram their gobs with food after the fast.

    How exactly is “bend over and think of England” going to enforce this?

  • moraywatson

    Children should not be involved in enabling or promoting the political beliefs of their parents, until they are old enough to vote.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Still, you gotta tell them how the world is so when they are ready to vote they do the right thing.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    In Judaism, children are not required to fast on Yom Kippur until they turn 13, and even then, the fasting requirement is waived if the person has health problems.

    • Same thing in Catholicism.

      But, you know, measuring sense and ritual is just not the done thing in some circles.

      • DVult

        They’re not fasting. They’re only not eating during the day. Big deal.

        • That’s kind of like fasting.

          • DVult

            Point taken but how about fasting for a full 24 hours or more? I can go all day without eating anytime without too much suffering if I can eat in the morning and when I get home. I call that skipping lunch.

          • Well, sanctimoniousness is the name of the game, so…

  • It should be up to the parents.

    That being said, starving for twelve hours is incredibly bad for one’s health and expecting everyone to abide by this is bonkers and will only lead to hostility.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      God wants me healthy and happy.

    • eMan14

      Fasting can be good for the body. But I think they have it backwards. Fasting should be done overnight. it makes no sense to do it during the day.

      • Ramadan isn’t fasting, it’s nocturnal binge-eating. I’m no fancy big city theologian, but I’m pretty sure that the point of a religious fast is not to make you spend every waking minute obsessing about food. Which is what Muslims do. They calculate literally to the minute the time when they’re allowed to start chowing down. They wake up in time to have a huge, elaborately prepared meal in the dark. Their sleep patterns go to hell and they actually tend to gain weight.

        • Bingo.

          If Muslims want people to believe the struggle is spiritual, they might want to act like it.

      • Overnight when one sleeps.


        Fasting seems less about foregoing food or favourite foods for spiritual reasons and more like doing the done thing. There isn’t even a real sacrifice as one is not sacrificing food but just putting it off temporarily.

  • Joy Freiheit

    A handy reference work on Islamic law, which can be read online, is a book generally known as “Reliance of the Traveller”:


    i1.1 Fasting Ramadan is obligatory for:

    (a) every Muslim (O: male or female) who:

    (b) has reached puberty;

    (c) is sane;

    (d) is capable of bearing the fast;

    (e) and if female, is not in the period of menstruation or postnatal bleeding (nifas).


    i1.2 The following are not required to fast:

    (1) (non-(a) above) a non-Muslim (O: meaning that we do not ask him to, nor would it be valid if he did (N: though he is punished in the next life for not doing so));

    (2) (non-(b)) a child;

    (3) (non-(c)) someone insane;

    (4) or (non-(d)) someone whom fasting exhausts because of advanced years or having an illness from which he is unlikely to recover.

    None of the above-mentioned is obliged to fast or to make up missed fast-days, though someone who misses a fast because of (4) above must give 0.51 liters of food (def: h7.6 (A)) for each fast-day he misses.