Ramadan Initiative 2017 Recruitment


LAST CHANCE to become a Ramadan Initiative teacher.

The Ramadan Initiative aims to increase awareness amongst healthcare professionals and advise them on Muslim patients who fast during Ramadan, looking at practical considerations to help optimise their healthcare.

Last year was incredibly successful, with the team delivering 20 teaching sessions across the UK – from hospital grand-rounds to GP practice updates – and presenting a poster at a national conference at UCL.

This year we intend to expand our reach nationally, focusing more on primary care, particularly in areas with a large Muslim population.

What will a teacher need to do?

📕 Book a teaching session in your chosen area
📕 Attend the monthly training webinars
📕 Deliver the ready made presentation and collect feedback using ready made evaluation forms

Examples of where to present are hospital grand rounds, specialty department meetings, GP surgeries etc.

What will BIMA provide?

📕 A certificate of participation for your portfolio
📕 FREE training and troubleshooting webinars including Fiqh of Ramadan training
📕 A regional lead to support you through the process
📕 Peer support via Whatsapp
📕 Email support via a clinical and islamic advisory panel
📕 Access to an e-resource bank

Applications will be closing soon. If you would like to present at a session please register your interest at the following link:


This is a great chance to be part of an exciting and expanding project and to develop your presentation skills, enhance your portfolio and work for a good cause. Teachers can be of any grade from medical student up to consultant level.

If you have any further queries please contact [email protected]

2 Days To Go! – National Conference 2017


Just 2 days to go till our first ever national conference!

We’ll be posting live on all our social media platforms this weekend.

Follow the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat @BritishIMA #WhatsYourLegacy #BIMA17

3 Days To Go! – National Conference 2017


There are only 3 days left until BIMA’s National Conference this weekend!

Tickets have sold out, however, we are offering a platform for people to communicate and transfer tickets.

Please leave a message on our Facebook post below. Once you have identified someone to transfer tickets to/from, please email [email protected] and we will facilitate refunds and reissuing of tickets.

Refunds are only being offered to facilitate transfers of tickets.


Islamic Medical History – Interview with Mr. Sharif Kaf Al-Ghazal

Islamic Medical History will be one of the key themes discussed at the upcoming BIMA National Conference 2017.

Watch this interview with Mr. Sharif Kaf Al-Ghazal, consultant plastic surgeon, honorary senior lecturer at the University of Leeds, and leading international expert on Islamic medical ethics and history.

BIMA London Community Impact Projects


BIMA London has partnered with 5 London universities (King’s College London, UCL, Barts & Queen Mary, LSE & St George’s) to organise an activity day for the homeless this Saturday (11th March) at Victoria Terrace Gardens in Westminster.

This will include personal hygiene stalls, basic health checks, employment information and provision of many other services. We want to provide a dignified novel experience to help the homeless population fight their way out of the poverty cycle.


As a charity group, we need funds to purchase equipment for the day and food for the homeless attendees.

Help us fund this event:



Doctors can sign up to help with the health checks we will be carrying out by emailing [email protected]

Check out the Facebook event page here and for more information contact [email protected]

BIMA London 

National Conference 2017 – Professor Maureen Baker



Professor Maureen Baker CBE, immediate past chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners, will be speaking in the Professional Development, Leadership and Advocacy session at the BIMA National Conference 2017.

Professor Maureen Baker CBE DM FRCGP is the Former Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners (2013-2016) and Strategic Adviser for Patient Safety in HSCIC. She has previously held appointments with the National Patient Safety Agency, NHS Direct and University of Nottingham.

Additionally, she is a Visiting Professor of General Practice at the University of Sheffield. Her work in patient safety includes establishing a formal clinical safety management system for NHS CfH; the development of safety standards for health IT for the NHS in England; and the development of e-learning modules in patient safety for doctors in training.

National Conference 2017 – Professor Clare Gerada


BIMA is honoured to welcome Professor Clare Gerada MBE at the BIMA National Conference 2017.

Professor Gerada is a London-based GP and the Former Chair of Council of the Royal College of General Practitioners from 2010-2013; she was the first female Chair for over half a century.

She is currently Medical Director for the NHS Practitioner Health Programme (PHP), a service which provides help to sick doctors and dentists, and has held a number of national roles including Senior Policy Advisor, Department of Health Drugs and Alcohol; Director of RCGP Substance Misuse Use Unit & was Chair of RCGP National Expert Group on Substance Misuse. In both of these roles, Professor Gerada provided national leadership in substance misuse, developing the RCGP Certificate in Substance Misuse and supporting the creation of shared care working across England.

Professor Gerada was named one of Britain’s top 100 most influential women by BBC Radio 4’s Women’s Hour.

National Conference 2017 – Sheikh Abdul Hakim Murad



Shaykh Abdul Hakim Murad will be giving the closing session on spirituality at the BIMA National Conference 2017.

Shaykh Abdul Hakim, also known as Dr. Timothy Winter, is a leading scholar, researcher, writer and academic. He is currently the Dean of the Cambridge Muslim College, Director of Studies (Theology and Religious Studies) at Wolfson College and the Shaykh Zayed Lecturer in Islamic Studies at Cambridge University.

He has published and contributed to numerous academic works on Islam, including as Director of the Sunna Project, and is a leading figure in inter-faith activity, notably as one of the signatories to the Common Word statement. He is well-known as a contributor to BBC Radio 4’s ‘Thought for the Day’.

National Conference 2017 – Sheikh Asim Yusuf



Dr Shaykh Asim Yusuf will be speaking on Mental Health at the BIMA National Conference 2017.

Dr Yusuf is a Consultant Psychiatrist with a special interest in Spirituality and Mental Health. He has received twenty years of rigorous theological training and has been granted an ijaza to instruct students in the art and science of Islamic thought by scholars from four continents.

He is the founder and Director of the Path to Salvation Diploma in Classical Islamic Studies, one of the largest Muslim grass-roots teaching organisations in the UK, and of the Islamic Ethics and Global Citizenship Initiative. He serves on the advisory panel of the Islamic Medical Ethics Council, as well as being in an advisory capacity to various community initiatives and charities.

National Conference 2017 – Professor Aziz Sheikh



Professor Aziz Sheikh OBE will be a keynote speaker at the BIMA National Conference 2017.

Professor Aziz is a Professor of Primary Care Research & Development at The University of Edinburgh, where he is also co-director of its Centre for Population Health Sciences and the head of its Allergy & Respiratory Research Group.

He is a global leader in primary care research and on the epidemiology and management of anaphylaxis, bringing allergy research into primary care and leading the development of UK, European and international guidelines.

He also leads research on asthma management in General Practice and has led UK research into ethnic differences in health in primary care. In 2014 Professor Sheikh was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for Services to Medicine and Health Care by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.


February Events Roundup

1. BIMA London hosted a string of events last month, tackling taboo subjects in the 3rd annual RUMS medical conference (Life Behind A Label), addressing the issue of mental health in the Muslim community (Undermind), and bringing together several Muslim doctors to speak about juggling faith, family and a medical career (Striving for Excellence).

2. Doctors and medical students joined the BIMA Yorkshire & Humber team in hosting a free health advice session in Leeds.

3. The History of Islam & Medicine Exhibition, in collaboration with IMed Birmingham, was held over 3 days at the University of Birmingham. If you are interested in getting involved with the Islamic Medical Ethics and History team please check out the recruitment section below.

4. BIMA North West held its 5th and 6th themed health awareness sessions, this time addressing diabetes and dementia. As always, more sessions to follow in the near future, including a series in multiple locations on stroke and its management.

General Pharmaceutical Council – Public Consultation

The GPC have launched a consultation on religion, personal values and beliefs in delivering person-centred care in pharmacy.

The consultation concerns wording on personal values and beliefs in the new standards for pharmacy professionals, due to come into effect later this year.

The consultation is open until 7 March 2017. More information here

February News & Views

Firstly this month, a study published in the Journal of Religion and Health investigated the effect of listening to Qur’anic recitation on depressive symptoms in haemodialysis patients in Iran. The authors found that listening to the Qur’an being recited had a soothing effect in Muslim patients similar to the widely used music therapy, which subsequently reduced depressive symptoms calculated using the Beck Depression Inventory-II assessment tool.

Read “The Effect of Holy Qur’an Recitation on Depressive Symptoms in Hemodialysis Patients: A Randomized Clinical Trialhere


With Ramadan just over 3 months away, another article published in the Journal of Religion and Health found that fasting may have a positive impact on blood glucose, cholesterol, and triglyceride/HDL/LDL levels.

The study analysed and compared participants’ blood samples collected on the first and last day of Ramadan (the authors did not include a mid-month sample, which would have provided a better understanding of the progression throughout the month of the different blood parameters measured).

The authors conclude that the positive biological effects of Ramadan come from improved blood glucose and lipid profiles instead of weight loss, although this may vary on geographical location and participants’ diets. This study was conducted in Pakistan and on healthy patients (many studies are done on diabetic patients), and it would be interesting to see the results of a similar study done in the UK with its longer fasting hours.

Read “Study of Human Biochemical Parameters During and After Ramadanhere


And finally this month, with gender equality (in scientific research, in Islam and within Muslims) perennially being a hot topic, an article in the Journal of Religion and Health found an increase in female representation in studies relating to Islamic bioethics in the past 15 years, both in Muslim-majority as well as non-Muslim-majority countries, with the authors arguing against the popular idea of female oppression in Muslim-majority countries.

Read “A 15-Year Review of Trends in Representation of Female Subjects in Islamic Bioethics Researchhere


We are always looking for relevant articles and news to include in our monthly newsletter. Please send any items to [email protected]

January News & Views

Following on from last month’s article about medication regiment adjustment for patients during Ramadan, and the finding that the most frequently discussed disease between patients and their pharmacists is diabetes, a study published this month in the journal Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy looked at pharmacist awareness of diabetic patients in Australia, concluding with the need for more cultural competency and a proactive approach from pharmacists in discussing fasting and medication before Ramadan begins.

Read “Pharmacists’ perspectives about their role in care of patients with diabetes observing Ramadanhere


Continuing with the theme of cultural competency, another article published in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management investigated the usefulness of a 1-hour educational intervention provided to palliative care clinicians in America in changing their notions on Muslim patients’ beliefs regarding end-of-life decisions.

The article also includes a useful appendix for palliative care specialists, summarising the Islamic viewpoints on disease and death.

Read “How Islam Influences End-of-Life Care: Education for Palliative Care Clinicianshere


And finally this month, an essay by Dr. Aasim Padela in the journal Developing World Bioethics looks at and argues for the state’s duty to provide universal healthcare coverage from an Islamic perspective, specifically using the concepts of huquq Allah (‘rights of God’), maslahah mu’tabarah (public interest upheld by Islamic scripture), and fard al-kifayah (communal obligations), and how American Muslim healthcare organisations have used these ethico-legal constructs to support healthcare reform in the United States.

Read “Social Responsibility and the State’s Duty to provide Healthcare: An Islamic Ethico-Legal Perspectivehere


We are always looking for relevant articles and news to include in our monthly newsletter. Please send any items to [email protected]

January Events Roundup

1. Christmas saw volunteers from BIMA North West helping out at the Unitarian Chapel in Oldham, giving free health advice and working with the UKEFF food bank, a regular food hub operating every Monday at the Unitarian Chapel helping the poor and needy with social and drug/alcohol recovery services. BIMA North West intends to volunteer regularly at this food hub and if anyone would like to give some time volunteering on Mondays please get in touch with us.

2. BIMA North West also held the third of its health awareness sessions on paediatric first aid. The next sessions will be on eye conditions related to diabetes, and another on dementia.

3. Our East Midlands team hosted a networking dinner at the An Najeeb restaurant in Leicester, where Professor Saad Amer (consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist) delivered a talk entitled ‘Abortion and Contraception: An Islamic Perspective’ which received very good feedback from attendees.

BIMA North West at Unitarian Chapel in Oldham