Know Your Rights | Ramadan Accommodations

Updated March 8, 2024

We often hear from Muslim community members who want support in exercising their religious freedom. With Ramadan upon us, we’ve put together a pamphlet to help community members understand how they and/or their loved ones can observe Ramadan while in school, at work, or confined in a carceral facility (such as a prison or jail). Intended as broad and general guidance, this pamphlet does not offer any legal advice.


This Pamphlet Includes:

  • Information about rights to religious accommodations in schools, the workplace, and carceral facilities
  • Letter templates* for making requests for religious accommodations from schools and colleges and for flagging denials of religious accommodations within prisons
  • Best practices on how to request religious accommodations from an employer

*While we do not include a template for daily or Jummah prayer accommodation requests, you can tailor the included templates for such requests.

What is Religious Accommodation?

Oftentimes, observing Ramadan within a given setting can require asking for things to be done differently from how they’re normally done, in order to enable Ramadan observance. Broadly speaking, this is referred to as seeking a “religious accommodation.” A “religious accommodation” is an agreement between you and a given institution that enables you to practice your religious beliefs within the institution, without unreasonably interfering with the institution’s interests.

Several factors can be legally relevant to whether an accommodation is due, including but not limited to: whether the institution is public or private, the institution’s interests in continuing to do things however it normally does them, the cost to the institution of accommodating the request, the type of accommodation sought, the number of people seeking accommodations, and/or the financial capacity of the institution.

Download Individual Info Sheets

Download Accommodation Letter Templates