Bolton School Sixth Form Girls

Girls Discuss Ramadan on Woman’s Hour

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Appearing on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour programme, two Y13 Bolton School girls, Aliyah Patel and Zayna Quereshi, offered a student’s perspective on fasting and exam-taking in the Holy month of Ramadan. Each year the religious observation starts 10 days earlier and for the past few years has fallen at the same time as GCSE and A level exams. Both girls, who spoke eloquently and knowledgeably, told how many Muslims choose to fast from puberty onwards and how they have both done this annually from the age of 12. Whilst this was tough at first they both quickly got used to it. They told how the decision to fast had been taken jointly with their parents. One girl had taken 23 (GCSE) exams whilst fasting but felt it had not negatively impacted her. Both agreed that fasting could improve your focus and concentration and could build mental strength. They added that you can take a day off fasting if you are unwell or if you are on your period. 

You can listen to their contribution to the discussion here, listen from 21:41.

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