A US professor’s thoughtful act for his Muslim students is giving us all the warm fuzzies…
Studying can be taxing enough on a normal day – let alone during the fasting period. But imagine how you would feel if your final exams fell during Ramadan?
It’s a real problem for many Muslim students at the University of Washington, where finals take place during the Holy Month.
But according to the Seattle Times, a group of professors at the university’s Bothell campus are now keeping their classroom doors open until midnight, so fasting students can sit their exams after sunset.
The kind-hearted gesture was initiated by biology professor Bryan White, who last year noticed one of his Muslim students struggling during her exam – despite getting good grades throughout the quarter.
He realised she was finding it hard to concentrate because she was so hungry.
This year, he decided to do something about it. The professor scheduled two exams – one in the morning, at the normal time, and another at 10pm, to give Muslim students a chance to break their fast before taking the important test.
Inspired by White’s example, two other professors at the university have decided to do the same.
“To me, this was a very simple thing,” White told the Seattle Times. “It’s not uncommon for me to be at work until midnight anyway.”
His students disagree. “This might not seem like a lot to Dr. White, but it really means a lot to us,” Zoha Awan told the newspaper.
“To see even something this small … it does make a big difference.”
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