For parents working in a foreign country, choosing the right schools for their kids can be a challenge, especially for a Muslim family living in a community with where Muslims are the minority. Apart from hoping to get a good quality education, the family would also hope for the tolerance and the acceptance of the community itself.
Recently, a Singaporean Muslim father who is currently living in Australia, Syahrom Rahmad, shared about his daughter’s experience of going to the local Baptist College. he wrote,
“When Sumaiyah joined the local Baptist College, we were informed that she was the first hijabi student in the middle highschool college. The principal of the college took the effort to prepare a praying area for Sumaiyah.”
He elaborated further his wife had a discussion with the principal and they proposed to the board members that the hijab and clothing that cover the aurat be included as part of the school uniform.
The board members agreed on the proposal and starting 2020, modest clothing like black leggings, white long sleeve tops, and white or black hijab will be included as part of the school uniform.
Read his full post here:
When Sumaiyah joined a local Baptist College, we were told that she was the first Hijabi in the school's middle school…
We are glad that the local community went the extra mile to uphold tolerance towards each other and this is a trait that should be followed by every community today. Our differences should not set us apart, they should be the reason we stay united like unique pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.