BIMA Updated Position on Fluenz Vaccine

The British Islamic Medical Association (BIMA) is an umbrella body aiming to unite Muslim healthcare professionals. Our role as BIMA is to ensure differences of opinions from jurists are respected; to inform scholars & the Muslim community on the importance of herd immunity, and vaccine efficacy, as well as the risks of illnesses like influenza and benefits of vaccination. Influenza …

Job interview success – be yourself

By Dr Emma Wiley, microbiology registrar Interviews can often be daunting as you prepare to present the best version of yourself in both a professional and personal capacity. The more you want the vacancy, the more stressful things can become. It’s always important to take a step back, breathe and remember to just be yourself.  First impressions I still remember …

Letter to RCGP Annual Conference 2019

Dear Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, I hope this message finds you well. As the President of the British Islamic Medical Association, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for reviewing your invite to Julia Hartley-Brewer to speak at the RCGP Annual Conference. Like many others, we were concerned at her initial invitation as she has a long history …

An overview of Islamic legal and bioethical considerations regarding termination of pregnancy

 A submission to the NICE call for evidence regarding termination of pregnancy guidelines currently under review Guideline Scope Draft Guideline The UK is currently home to at least 3.4 million Muslims [1] who, to varying degrees, will refer to Islamic jurisprudential and ethical teachings to inform/guide their healthcare decisions, including that of termination of pregnancy (TOP). It is therefore pertinent …

Eid Mubarak

Assalamo Alaikom Eid-ul-Fitr is here, and may Allah bless you and your families with a wonderful Eid. Although there may be a tinge of sadness as we approach the end of Ramadan, this sadness should not prevail. We should be grateful that we have been able to participate in this blessed month, we should count our blessing that we have …

Ramadan Mubarak

“O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous.” (2:183) Ramadan is upon us and what a delightful guest it is. A holy month in which Allah offers us the biggest opportunity for redemption. It is imperative we make the most of this chance. Fasting is …

Medicines, Healthcare and the Holy Month of Ramadan

By Amira Shaikh, Deputy Senior Clinical Pharmacist; NHS 111 pharmacist advisor; Royal Pharmaceutical Society Ambassador Providing tools and resources related to understanding different cultures is essential for pharmacists’ competency to provide optimal care. While serving Muslim patients who observe fasting during the holy month of Ramadan, patient autonomy should be taken into account. Where the patient chooses to continue to …

Cancer screening awareness – importance and impact

By Dr Lubna Salim, GP وَأَنْ لَيْسَ لِلْإِنْسَانِ إِلَّا مَا سَعَىٰ And that man shall have nothing but what he strives for (Surah An-Najm 53:39). It is interesting to note that Allah says that man shall have in accordance to his efforts rather than just his actions. Striving is what is essential. All thanks to the Almighty and kudos to …

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Hijab and Bare Below the Elbows – a reflection…

Every healthcare student and professional starts their journey starry-eyed and keen to make a good impression on colleagues. Potential conflict with supervisors or disciplinary procedures would definitely be on the list of things to dread! So what do we do when a hospital policy is at odds with our religious identity and faith that we hold so dear? This is …

BIMA Statement on the RCP Assisted Suicide Poll

We at the British Islamic Medical Association (BIMA) recognise there are challenging dilemmas facing patients, their families, and their physicians at the end of life. However, we are opposed to the concept of assisted suicide. The recent efforts to change the Royal College of Physician’s stance from one of opposition to one of neutrality are troubling, and we are concerned …