Mufti Zubair Butt
Mufti Abdur Rahman ibn Yusuf Mangera (Whitethread institute)
Mufti Usman Maravia
Shaykh Professor Awadullah Yusuf
Mufti Amin Pandor
British Fatwa Council
Sheikh Dr Ather Hussain
Shaikh Abu Eesa Niamtullah
Shaikh Abdullah Al Judai
The British Islamic Medical Association runs Lifesavers in order to educate and facilitate local communities and individuals with the skills they need to perform CPR.
In the past, this has meant working with teams of volunteers and mosques to directly deliver CPR training in-person. Alhamdulillah, 2019 marked an exponential expansion of our scheme, as we reached out to a total of 114 mosques and trained over 4,000 members of the public in essential life saving skills.
Key to the success of the program is our network of volunteers of whom collaborate to co-ordinate and train teams of mosque leads and volunteers to deliver the training on the event day.
Despite the recent pandemic, we’ve opted to continue with the program, re-configuring our delivery to overcome COVID restrictions. Our volunteers have been working hard to formulate the best possible learning strategies to continue to unite and inspire our community.
By employing a virtual platform, we insha’Allah aim to continue to provide the same invaluable training in a slightly different way.
Relaying our CPR training online means that no matter where you are in the country, you can access life-saving training from the comfort of your own home.
In doing this, we hope to not only overcome COVID practical constraints, but ensure that regardless of personal situation or location anyone and everyone can benefit from learning life-saving skills.
In challenging ourselves to devise a practical and effective way to remotely teach CPR skills, we hope to lay the foundations for future online courses and continue to unite, inspire and serve the community in this turbulent time.
The training will be delivered via Zoom, on the 26th of September after Dhuhr prayer.
By utilising Zoom’s Breakout room feature, we’ll create small groups to ensure that we successfully teach and deliver the training to all participants.
The training will focus on three areas:
- Recovery Position
- Management of choking
The session itself will take an estimated 90 minutes to deliver and will provide a comprehensive overview in line with the British Heart Foundation Heartstart programme.
In bringing our training online and continuing to teach in smaller groups, we insha’Allah hope to provide an opportunity to bring our community together and benefit from life-saving training.
The BIMA Hijabs & Bare Below the Elbows team has been working hard to raise awareness of faith sensitive dress code at work. Working in collaboration with the BMA and NHS Employers we are pleased to announce the publication of the new NHS National Uniforms and Workwear guidelines by NHS England & NHS Improvement.
Particularly relevant additions include:
– NHS staff may wear their full cloth headcoverings in surgical theatres – including hijabs, turbans and kippah*
– There is no need to wear an overlying surgical cap
– Alternatively a single use disposable head garments may be worn
The guidelines reinforce guidance
– Alternatives to bare below the elbows are 3/4 length sleeves or disposable oversleeves
– Full-length sleeves are permissible if not involved in direct patient care
(N.B Direct patient care has been redefined to the patient bedspace or any activity that involves patient contact)
The BIMA peer-reviewed research published in the BMJ Open is referenced in the guidelines.
Now we need you to get involved and do your part!
Hospitals retain the responsibility to implement the dress code policy. We need you to call upon your hospitals to implement the new guidance. In three easy steps
1. Find your trust policy.
Search your hospital intranet for the dress code/uniform policy
2. Email the policyholder/author (declared at the top of the policy)
Include a link to the new guidelines
Copy in the trust equality and diversity lead/chaplain/faith forum
3. Request that they undertake an equality impact assessment & implement the changes recommended in the new guidance
Highlight the section on bare below the elbows and faith headcoverings in surgical theatres
*please refer to the guidance for more details on infection control
These are the list BIMA has played an active role in the International Community Response Group (CRG), please note that this is a summary of the work involving many organisations and individuals. Given how many activities were undertaken during the pandemic it is possible that many things have been missed out from this list.
- Helping set up and organise the Indian Covid Action Team.
- Helping set up and organise the Pakistan Covid Action Group.
- Setting up the International COVID Task force along with IMANA (Islamic Medical Association of North America) and MMAC (Muslim Medical Association of Canada) and holding weekly/ fortnightly meetings. We are now joined by South Africa and Australian Islamic Medical Associations.
- Advising the Imams taskforce set up by Imam Yahya Ibrahim of Australia.
- Attending weekly FIMA Executive Council meetings to share notes on COVID response around the world.
- Drafting letter to Sri Lankan government on behalf of Sri Lankan Muslim community against enforced cremations.
- Creating poster summarising scientific argument enforced cremation for COVID.
- Discussing with Sir Iqbal Sacranie on how we can help the Sri Lankan Muslims.
- Sharing RamadanAtHome message with FIMA for their social media.
- Sharing Eid under lockdown message with FIMA members.
- Sharing Palliative care 6 audio series with FIMA members.
- Poster on safe janazah during COVID-19 for Indian CAT.
- Updating our individual, community, mosque COVID guidance for Kenya.
- Updating our individual, community, mosque COVID guidance for Malaysia.
- Updating our individual, community, mosque COVID guidance for South Africa.
- Presenting at Indian CAT medical and charities conferences.
These are the list BIMA has played an active role in the Economic Community Response Group (CRG), please note that this is a summary of the work involving many organisations and individuals. Given how many activities were undertaken during the pandemic it is possible that many things have been missed out from this list.
- Gathering a range of experts on Economic impact on Muslim community and working out what can be done to mitigate this.
- Providing assistance to mosques to help them connect to available grants for support.
- Collating information on available support to those who are self-employed and sharing in a poster format.
- Collating information on what economic support is available during the pandemic and how to access it + sharing it via poster.
- Get financial support during COVID-19 infographic created that gives different advice for employers, self-employed, employees and mosques/ charities.
These are the list BIMA has played an active role in the Mental Health Community Response Group (CRG), please note that this is a summary of the work involving many organisations and individuals. Given how many activities were undertaken during the pandemic it is possible that many things have been missed out from this list.
- Bringing together majority of Muslim mental health charities into one group to discuss, share resources and ideas.
- Monthly webinar being organised on important topics with panellists .
- Webinar/ posters created with brief details and contact numbers of all the Mental health organisations participating.
- Series of videos on Domestic Violence during lockdown translated into different languages by Muslim Womens Network.
- Regular Radio Ramadan show on Positive Minds with MCAPN.
- BIMA stress and anxiety infographic.
- Inspirited minds Look after yourself PDF covid edition
These are the list BIMA has played an active role in the Scholars Community Response Group (CRG), please note that this is a summary of the work involving many organisations and individuals. Given how many activities were undertaken during the pandemic it is possible that many things have been missed out from this list.
- Putting together scholars from range of different groups and schools of thoughts into a single group to request their opinions on issues related to COVID.
These are the list BIMA has played an active role in the Education Community Response Group (CRG), please note that this is a summary of the work involving many organisations and individuals. Given how many activities were undertaken during the pandemic it is possible that many things have been missed out from this list.
- Review of and adoption of Madrasa guidelines created by Lancashire Council of Mosques.
These are the list BIMA has played an active role in the Burial Community Response Group (CRG), please note that this is a summary of the work involving many organisations and individuals. Given how many activities were undertaken during the pandemic it is possible that many things have been missed out from this list.
- Working with National Burial Council and range of lawyers to amend the clause allowing enforced cremations.
- BIMA and National Burial Council working together to create 1 page flow chart on how to perform ghusl safely or alternative.
- National Burial Council clarifying online panic about lack of burial bags.
- MCB and NBC working on Muslim Burial FAQs to be put on website.
These are the list BIMA has played an active role in the Charities Response Group (CRG), please note that this is a summary of the work involving many organisations and individuals. Given how many activities were undertaken during the pandemic it is possible that many things have been missed out from this list.
- Bringing together via the Muslim Charities Forum the majority of main Muslim charities to discuss what can be done to assist the community during this time.
- Individual charities doing great work to help the community e.g. Islamic Relief allocated £500,000 to COVID response in the UK.
- Setting up a National Solidarity Campaign by MCF to provide assistance to individuals who are struggling from economic impact of COVID.
- MCF shared the work of Muslim charities on social media including PPE donations.
- Online App developed for volunteering activities but not launched due to time constraints.
- MCB and Launchgood (with help from BIMA) building SupportOurMosques webpage and brand and encouraging mosques to participate. Has raised more than £440,000 so far.
- Weekly webinars as well as one to one training delivered by Launchgood to mosques to help assist them moving to online donations platform and system.
- Mosques provided with different posters and social media advice to help promote SupportOurMosques page.
- Jummah Grants campaign created to incentivise weekly giving every Friday to mosques online. MCB and Launchgood combined to secure funding from charities and others + create grant giving system.
- Publicity material and PPE equipment company set up by one of the Launchgood team which with all profits going to SupportOurMosques campaign.
These are the list BIMA has played an active role in the Publicity (CRG), please note that this is a summary of the work involving many organisations and individuals. Given how many activities were undertaken during the pandemic it is possible that many things have been missed out from this list.
- Branding of CRG material.
- Promoting StaySafeStayAtHome message.
- Promoting RamadanAtHome campaign.
- Promoting EidUnderLockdown campaign.
- Bringing together most Muslim TV channels including Eman Channel, Islam Channel, Channel S, Iqra, BMTV etc… to coordinate activity and content especially in case of an emergency.
- Bringing together publicity experts (e.g. Muslim Influencer Network, Ilmfeed, individual journalists) to discuss publicity strategy for CRG activities.
- Free to print posters for mosques to put up during the COVID-19 pandemic – Infographic on avoiding spreading of fake news.
- Informing community what to expect on how to come out of Lockdown in a smart way.
- Challenging the appointment of Trevor Phillips to help in the BAME excess impact enquiry.
- CFMMUK successfully challenging misleading headline on imported COVID from Pakistan.
- MCB drafting and releasing statements on Government statements and actions
These are the list BIMA has played an active role in the Medical Community Response Group (CRG), please note that this is a summary of the work involving many organisations and individuals. Given how many activities were undertaken during the pandemic it is possible that many things have been missed out from this list.
- Providing consistent and clear medical advice to all other CGRs requests.
- Working with MCB to advocate closure of mosques 1 week before Government-mandated this by giving presentations, making phone calls and having meetings up and down the country to build a consensus of the medical emergency that was coming.
- Publishing a statement from more than 200 Muslim healthcare physicians recommending to the community that congregational prayers should be suspended.
- Calling for a lockdown one week before the government. mandated it.
- Hadiths/ ayah about how to prevent the spread of COVID poster – these were printed and shared widely.
- Hadiths about the need to avoid a 2nd wave poster shared.
- Ramadan Rapid Reviews – bringing together a crack team of experts across many specialities to do a rapid review of the literature as it relates to Ramadan + getting it accepted by Oxford CEBM.
- Organising 2 emergency COVID edition ACE FY1 induction courses for Final year medical students being fast tracked to the front line.
- Discussion with Naz Shah MP re: visitation rights.
- BIMA ghusl guidelines FAQs for COVID-19.
- BIMA Ghusl explainer video for COVID-19.
- Presenting on Hope in team of fear HAI webinar.
- Presenting on Islam Channel multiple times.
- Presenting on Channel A of Turkish TV.
- Presenting on TRT.
- Presenting on radio stations inc. BBCR4, LBC, BBC regional stations.
- Creating National funeral and burial volunteer checklist with the East London Mosque.
- Advice on visitation rights of relatives vs needs of hospital staff during COVID pandemic.
- Set of 6 videos on palliative care related to COVID and general use. These were translated into multiple languages.
- Regular COVID debrief sessions for clinicians.
- Webinar by BIMA webinar team regarding COVID.
- Guidance on 2m vs 1m rule/ masks/ indoor vs outdoor risk.
- Guidance with Malaysian org on guidance for head coverings for clinicians during COVID-19.
- Discussion with Lord Victor Adebowale (Chair of NHS Confederation) regarding being part of the Race Observatory.
- Daily podcast/ radio broadcast on Ramadan Radio throughout Ramadan on topics such as “What every Doctor wishes the public knew”, “How to avoid the 2nd wave”, “Domestic violence” and more, all from a health perspective.
- Article in BMJ by Salman and Hina (MDA) regarding COVID impact on BAME clinicians and public.
- Believers guide to COVID series – translated into different languages.
- Duaas for protection during COVID.
- Study tips during COVID video and guide.
- Guidance on who should and should not go to mosque infographic
- Guidance on screening at mosque entrance infographic.
- Guidance on what to do if someone develops COVID from the congregation infographic.
- Guidance on how to spread out the prayer spaces to reduce transmission risk infographic.
- Plan for reopening Hospital prayer rooms infographic.
- Bringing together Muslim and non-Muslim BAME medical organisations for joint action on a group.
- Using BAME medical/ healthcare groups to challenge the appointment for Trevor Phillips to BAME impact enquiry.
- Submitting written response to PHE enquiry re BAME excess impact
- Leading the next steps discussion on how to challenge the BAME excess impact report.
- Promoting Nightingale mosques through webinar and helping provide SOP for any other mosques that may be interested in setting up a similar system.
- Promoting the NW COVID group Eid poster competition.
- Promoting the NW COVID stay at home this Eid messages in different languages and hosting on BIMA youtube.
- Presenting at Racism, Islamophobia, COVID triple pandemic for ELM
- ACE-PreReg and ACE DFT events being planned for induction into pharmacy/dentistry.
- Dr Saeed presenting at COVID-19 Acute cardiovascular and internal medicine webinar for Sudanese Medical Association.
- Keeping a record of all Muslim healthcare professionals who have passed with COVID.
These are the list BIMA has played an active role in the National Community Response Group (CRG), please note that this is a summary of the work involving many organisations and individuals. Given how many activities were undertaken during the pandemic it is possible that many things have been missed out from this list.
- Bringing together informal network of Muslim organisations an individuals to tackle the COVID-19 emergency for Muslims in UK.
- Working together with Muslim Council of Scotland (MCS) and Muslim Council of Wales (MCW) to tailor advice and guidance to their areas respectively.
- Working with BIMA to advocate closure of mosques 1 week before Government mandated this – the importance of this cannot be overstated. This took dozens of meetings and hundreds of conversations with many different people from scholars and Imams to microbiologists and community leaders to build a consensus that this action needed to be taken and taken quickly.
- Key points infographic for UK Muslim community about Coronavirus.
- COVID-19 toolkit for Muslim community covering communication plans, avoiding hoarding, volunteering and tips during self-isolation.
- Weekly webinars bringing together experts from across the Muslim community to educate, inform and direct COVID response.
- Setting up, delivering and promoting the RamadanAtHome campaign.
- Putting out Ramadan Factsheet with summary of key points for medical and general public.
- Ramadan Under Lockdown advice to Muslim community – National, Scotland, Wales.
- Survey of mosque committees, scholars and community leaders about their thoughts on mosque reopening.
- Regional webinars run in each region by MCB (in Scotland by MCS/ in Wales by MCW) as a listening exercise to gather experiences, ideas, concerns and expectations from mosques directly from the ground.
- Gathering expert lawyers, health and safety specialists and others to vet all advice on mosque reopening + help answer queries from mosques.
- Creating 9 step guide on how to reopen mosques.
- Creating summary 9 step guide on how to reopen mosques + translating into multiple languages.
- Organising training programme with 2 webinars aimed at the COVID safety officers and volunteers on mosque reopening.
- Organising public awareness with 2 webinars aimed at general community on mosque reopening.
- Collating the best Risk Assessments available and sharing them on the MCB website + having them reviewed by Health and safety experts.
- Speaking on online meeting for Princes Trusts regarding impact of COVID on BAME community.
- Every time a government guideline or update comes out – the MCB produces a a summary of what this means for the Muslim community.
- Capturing 100+ local Muslim community initiatives and volunteering activities for COVID-19 – from delivering food packs to front line workers to provide shopping to elderly neighbours.
- BIMA and MCB advising the Abdullah Quilliam Mosque on their PPE initiative to provide PPE at bulk price to mosques across the country.
- Advising Salahspace app team on GDPR requirements and registering with ICO.
- Hajj webinars organised by CBHUK x 3 answering questions by the community about Hajj cancellation.
- Presenting on Al-Balagh webinar on COVID-19 and reopening mosques.
On 2nd April 2020 following peer reviewed research in the BMJ Open and a grassroots campaign from BIMA, the BMA and NHS Employers, NHS England and NHS Improvement updated the National Uniforms and Workwear policy for the NHS. See the new guidance here.
This means that for the first time in the history of the NHS, national guidance now recommends:
🥁NHS staff from a variety of faith backgrounds may wear their full cloth headcoverings in surgical theatres- this includes hijab, sikh turbans and jewish kippah
🥁They do not need to wear an overlying surgical cap
🥁If trusts refuse to allow this against national guidance then single use disposable head garments may be worn instead
🥁Alternatives to bare below the elbows have been re-emphasised for example 3/4 length sleeves, disposable oversleeves or full length sleeves if not giving direct patient care
🥁Crucially direct patient care has now been redefined to the patient bedspace or any activity that involves patient contact- this means that if you are sat at the nurses station or have just walked onto a general ward you no longer need to be BBE (unless you are in ED, ITU or in surgical theatres)
🥁The document also directly references our research, cites BIMA members as authors and names BIMA as a collaborating organisation
Please bear in mind hospitals retain responsibility for setting their own local dress code policy, this guidance is not mandatory for trusts and BIMA still advises that staff and students be compliant with their local policy or seek local exemptions from infection control teams.
However it brings trusts in line with the legal requirement of public sector equality duty, provides a national standard for best and uniform practice and has been developed in association with national experts in infection control including the Healthcare Infection Society and the Infection Prevention Society.
Trusts that do not follow this guidance continue to have responsibility to conduct equality impact assessments. If staff can demonstrate a negative impact on their training or career, religious harassment or bullying or a negative impact on working relationships due to hospitals not offering these options they leave themselves open to challenge.
A national campaign by NHS England, NHS Employers and the BMA will follow to raise awareness of the change in policy and call upon hospitals to implement the new guidance.
We also call upon our members to approach infection control, equality and diversity teams, chaplaincy/faith networks and local union representatives to inform them of the change.