International CRG Activities

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.

  1. Helping set up and organise the Indian Covid Action Team.
  2. Helping set up and organise the Pakistan Covid Action Group.
  3. 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.
  4. Advising the Imams taskforce set up by Imam Yahya Ibrahim of Australia.
  5. Attending weekly FIMA Executive Council meetings to share notes on COVID response around the world.
  6. Drafting letter to Sri Lankan government on behalf of Sri Lankan Muslim community against enforced cremations.
  7. Creating poster summarising scientific argument enforced cremation for COVID.
  8. Discussing with Sir Iqbal Sacranie on how we can help the Sri Lankan Muslims.
  9. Sharing RamadanAtHome message with FIMA for their social media.
  10. Sharing Eid under lockdown message with FIMA members.
  11. Sharing Palliative care 6 audio series with FIMA members.
  12. Poster on safe janazah during COVID-19 for Indian CAT.
  13. Updating our individual, community, mosque COVID guidance for Kenya.
  14. Updating our individual, community, mosque COVID guidance for Malaysia.
  15. Updating our individual, community, mosque COVID guidance for South Africa.
  16. Presenting at Indian CAT medical and charities conferences.

Economic CRG Activities

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.

  1. Gathering a range of experts on Economic impact on Muslim community and working out what can be done to mitigate this.
  2. Providing assistance to mosques to help them connect to available grants for support.
  3. Collating information on available support to those who are self-employed and sharing in a poster format.
  4. Collating information on what economic support is available during the pandemic and how to access it + sharing it via poster.
  5. Get financial support during COVID-19 infographic created that gives different advice for employers, self-employed, employees and mosques/ charities.

Mental Health CRG Activities

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.

  1. Bringing together majority of Muslim mental health charities into one group to discuss, share resources and ideas.
  2. Monthly webinar being organised on important topics with panellists .
  3. Webinar/ posters created with brief details and contact numbers of all the Mental health organisations participating.
  4. Series of videos on Domestic Violence during lockdown translated into different languages by Muslim Womens Network.
  5. Regular Radio Ramadan show on Positive Minds with MCAPN.
  6. BIMA stress and anxiety infographic.
  7. Inspirited minds Look after yourself PDF covid edition

Scholars CRG Activities

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.

  1. 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.

Education CRG Activities

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.

  1. Review of and adoption of Madrasa guidelines created by Lancashire Council of Mosques.

Burial CRG Activity

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.

  1.  Working with National Burial Council and range of lawyers to amend the clause allowing enforced cremations.
  2. BIMA and National Burial Council working together to create 1 page flow chart on how to perform ghusl safely or alternative.
  3. National Burial Council clarifying online panic about lack of burial bags.
  4. MCB and NBC working on Muslim Burial FAQs to be put on website. 

Charities CRG Activities

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.

  1. 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.
  2. Individual charities doing great work to help the community e.g. Islamic Relief allocated £500,000 to COVID response in the UK.
  3. Setting up a National Solidarity Campaign by MCF to provide assistance to individuals who are struggling from economic impact of COVID.
  4. MCF shared the work of Muslim charities on social media including PPE donations.
  5. Online App developed for volunteering activities but not launched due to time constraints.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Mosques provided with different posters and social media advice to help promote SupportOurMosques page.
  9. 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.
  10. Publicity material and PPE equipment company set up by one of the Launchgood team which with all profits going to SupportOurMosques campaign.

Publicity CRG Activities

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.

  1. Branding of CRG material.
  2. Promoting StaySafeStayAtHome message.
  3. Promoting RamadanAtHome campaign.
  4. Promoting EidUnderLockdown campaign.
  5. 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.
  6. Bringing together publicity experts (e.g. Muslim Influencer Network, Ilmfeed, individual journalists) to discuss publicity strategy for CRG activities.
  7. Free to print posters for mosques to put up during the COVID-19 pandemic – Infographic on avoiding spreading of fake news.
  8. Informing community what to expect on how to come out of Lockdown in a smart way.
  9. Challenging the appointment of Trevor Phillips to help in the BAME excess impact enquiry.
  10. CFMMUK successfully challenging misleading headline on imported COVID from Pakistan.
  11. MCB drafting and releasing statements on Government statements and actions 

Medical CRG Activities

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.

  1. Providing consistent and clear medical advice to all other CGRs requests.
  2. 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.
  3. Publishing a statement from more than 200 Muslim healthcare physicians recommending to the community that congregational prayers should be suspended.
  4. Calling for a lockdown one week before the government. mandated it. 
  5. Hadiths/ ayah about how to prevent the spread of COVID poster – these were printed and shared widely.
  6. Hadiths about the need to avoid a 2nd wave poster shared.
  7. 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.
  8. Organising 2 emergency COVID edition ACE FY1 induction courses for Final year medical students being fast tracked to the front line.
  9. Discussion with Naz Shah MP re: visitation rights.
  10. BIMA ghusl guidelines FAQs for COVID-19.
  11. BIMA Ghusl explainer video for COVID-19.
  12. Presenting on Hope in team of fear HAI webinar.
  13. Presenting on Islam Channel multiple times.
  14. Presenting on Channel A of Turkish TV.
  15. Presenting on TRT.
  16. Presenting on radio stations inc. BBCR4, LBC, BBC regional stations.
  17. Creating National funeral and burial volunteer checklist with the East London Mosque.
  18. Advice on visitation rights of relatives vs needs of hospital staff during COVID pandemic.
  19. Set of 6 videos on palliative care related to COVID and general use. These were translated into multiple languages.
  20. Regular COVID debrief sessions for clinicians.
  21. Webinar by BIMA webinar team regarding COVID.
  22. Guidance on 2m vs 1m rule/ masks/ indoor vs outdoor risk.
  23. Guidance with Malaysian org on guidance for head coverings for clinicians during COVID-19.
  24. Discussion with Lord Victor Adebowale (Chair of NHS Confederation) regarding being part of the Race Observatory.
  25. 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.
  26. Article in BMJ by Salman and Hina (MDA) regarding COVID impact on BAME clinicians and public.
  27. Believers guide to COVID series – translated into different languages.
  28. Duaas for protection during COVID. 
  29. Study tips during COVID video and guide.
  30. Guidance on who should and should not go to mosque infographic
  31. Guidance on screening at mosque entrance infographic.
  32. Guidance on what to do if someone develops COVID from the congregation infographic.
  33. Guidance on how to spread out the prayer spaces to reduce transmission risk infographic.
  34. Plan for reopening Hospital prayer rooms infographic.
  35. Bringing together Muslim and non-Muslim BAME medical organisations for joint action on a group. 
  36. Using BAME medical/ healthcare groups to challenge the appointment for Trevor Phillips to BAME impact enquiry.
  37. Submitting written response to PHE enquiry re BAME excess impact
  38. Leading the next steps discussion on how to challenge the BAME excess impact report.
  39. Promoting Nightingale mosques through webinar and helping provide SOP for any other mosques that may be interested in setting up a similar system.
  40. Promoting the NW COVID group Eid poster competition.
  41. Promoting the NW COVID stay at home this Eid messages in different languages and hosting on BIMA youtube.
  42. Presenting at Racism, Islamophobia, COVID triple pandemic for ELM
  43. ACE-PreReg and ACE DFT events being planned for induction into pharmacy/dentistry.
  44. Dr Saeed presenting at COVID-19 Acute cardiovascular and internal medicine webinar for Sudanese Medical Association.
  45. Keeping a record of all Muslim healthcare professionals who have passed with COVID.

National CRG Activities

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.

  1. Bringing together informal network of Muslim organisations an individuals to tackle the COVID-19 emergency for Muslims in UK.
  2. Working together with Muslim Council of Scotland (MCS) and Muslim Council of Wales (MCW) to tailor advice and guidance to their areas respectively. 
  3. 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. 
  4. Key points infographic for UK Muslim community about Coronavirus.
  5. COVID-19 toolkit for Muslim community covering communication plans, avoiding hoarding, volunteering and tips during self-isolation.
  6. Weekly webinars bringing together experts from across the Muslim community to educate, inform and direct COVID response.
  7. Setting up, delivering and promoting the RamadanAtHome campaign.
  8. Putting out Ramadan Factsheet with summary of key points for medical and general public.
  9. Ramadan Under Lockdown advice to Muslim community – National, Scotland, Wales.
  10. Survey of mosque committees, scholars and community leaders about their thoughts on mosque reopening.
  11. 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.
  12. Gathering expert lawyers, health and safety specialists and others to vet all advice on mosque reopening + help answer queries from mosques.
  13. Creating 9 step guide on how to reopen mosques.
  14. Creating summary 9 step guide on how to reopen mosques + translating into multiple languages.
  15. Organising training programme with 2 webinars aimed at the COVID safety officers and volunteers on mosque reopening.
  16. Organising public awareness with 2 webinars aimed at general community on mosque reopening.
  17. Collating the best Risk Assessments available and sharing them on the MCB website + having them reviewed by Health and safety experts.
  18. Speaking on online meeting for Princes Trusts regarding impact of COVID on BAME community.
  19. Every time a government guideline or update comes out – the MCB produces a a summary of what this means for the Muslim community.
  20. 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.
  21. BIMA and MCB advising the Abdullah Quilliam Mosque on their PPE initiative to provide PPE at bulk price to mosques across the country.
  22. Advising Salahspace app team on GDPR requirements and registering with ICO.
  23. Hajj webinars organised by CBHUK x 3 answering questions by the community about Hajj cancellation.
  24. Presenting on Al-Balagh webinar on COVID-19 and reopening mosques.

NHS National Uniforms and Workwear policy update

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.

Top Tips for Studying During Ramadan and Lockdown

Struggling to balance Ramadan and studying?

Many of us have had disruptions and adjustments made to our exams and assignments. In these unique circumstances with our Ramadan spent in Lockdown, we can often feel overwhelmed and our motivation dwindles. 😰📚

Worry Not!

BIMA have put together these TOP TIPS FOR STUDYING IN RAMADAN & LOCKDOWN. With a change of mindset and applying these top tips, we hope you can maximise your productivity both academically and spiritually insha Allah! 📈🏆🤲🏼

Poster:

Video:

Guide To Safe Wearing of Headcoverings/Hijab During COVID-19

📝There has been guidance from NHSE on appropriate levels of PPE in different clinical settings. Head coverings, however, have not been advised or mentioned.

🤲🏼 Many Healthcare workers wear head coverings as part of their faith – including Muslims, Sikhs and Jews.

📝 We have developed brief but clear guidance on head coverings. This is to facilitate good practice and minimise any risk of infection to patients.

See full PDF here: BIMA COVID19 Hijab Statement

Nightingale Mosque: COVID-19 Community Mosque Support

📿 Do you want to be part of the National Effort against COVID-19 and use your mosque as a Nightingale facility?

📣Join BIMA as we discuss the Masjid Ghousia Community Mosque Support, led by Dr Mohammad Jiva MBE in Bolton.

🏨They are working with the NHS to create a 60-bed unit in the mosque, open to all, to relieve pressure on hospitals.

📣Find out what work is required and how you can look to set up something similar in your area: from commissioning, logistics, infrastructure, workforce and funding. A short presentation by Dr Jiva followed by an extended Q&A, open to all members of the community. Mosques and community clinical practitioners strongly recommended to join live.

📣Register live event on:

🗓 Tuesday 7th April
⏰ 8pm
💻 bit.ly/BoltonCMS

 

[email protected]
www.britishima.org/covid

Calming the Heart: Pt II

Calling all frontline healthcare workers!

Feeling overwhelmed? Low? In need of a spiritual boost?

Join us online this evening for part 2 of Calm during the storm

This is the second in an uplifting self care series “Calming the Hearts of the Helpers” by Shaykh Idris Watts – especially created to support our frontline workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

Weekly spiritually uplifiting webinars brought to you by BIMA People

Let us help you, our helpers on the frontline, experience the calm that comes from recentering through spirituality in the midst of calamity.

At BIMA we value our healthcare workers and feel it is important that you take care of yourself as well as others during this difficult time.

Register now: bit.ly/calminghearts

Missed out on the first episode?

Watch it now:

For queries, email: [email protected]

BIMA: Unite | Inspire | Serve

Muslim Mental Health in the pandemic

Muslim Mental Health Organisations Unite!

Muslim Mental health during the pandemic poster

Asalaamu ‘alaikum,

Muslim mental health organisations in UK have united to provide a range of services to tackle mental health problems arising from the coronavirus pandemic.

Each organisation specialises in a different aspect of mental health.

Please share this with those who may be suffering – whether anxiety, loneliness due to isolation or just want to talk – we are all here for you.

myh.org.uk  |  inspiritedminds.org.uk  |  mcapn.co.uk  
britishima.org  |  sakoon.co.ukmwnhelpline.co.uk
mindworksuk.co.uk  |  approachableparenting.org.uk