BIMA Virtual Lifesavers 2020

Introduction 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 …

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: …

ACE FY1 2020

BIMA proudly presents our ACE FY1 course! Hit the ground running and be that confident FY1 (or FY0 👀) who knows what to do and how to do it! Due to Covid-19 this is an extra special edition and will be online only for the first time ever! Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better …. it’s FREE! …

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 …

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 …

BIMA statement on the Government’s proposed “opt-out” system for organ donation after death in the United Kingdom

  Opinions within the Muslim community There are a range of opinions present within the Muslim community as to the permissibility of organ donation after death. While there is evidence that a majority of Islamic scholars and Muslim health care professionals are proponents for it (with varying conditions needing to be satisfied), there is unfortunately relatively little clear evidence on …

BIMA statement regarding the erasure of Dr Bawa-Garba from the Medical Register

  The British Islamic Medical Association (BIMA) is compelled to add its voice to the growing body of concern regarding the prosecution and erasure of Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba, following the tragic death of Jack Adcock in 2011. We extend our heartfelt sympathies to Jack’s parents who have suffered an unimaginable loss and we respect the legal process and the General …

Reflection – Salah

Working in healthcare is hectic. Patients and administrative tasks, among other things, occupy a substantial amount of our time. At times these duties seem to be never-ending, and as a result we may miss praying our Salah (prayers) in the appropriate time. Salah is an important part of a Muslim’s daily routine. It helps us take a break from what …

August News & Views

An article this month in the journal Developing World Bioethics argues against the prohibition of surrogacy by many Islamic scholars, challenging the arguments against surrogacy which include concerns over gene mixing and the involvement of a third party. Read “Reexamining the Prohibition of Gestational Surrogacy in Sunni Islam” here _______________ A study in the journal Religions exploring the problem of OCD washing subtype (repeating Wudu …

August Events Roundup

1. In preparation for Lifesavers 2017, regional training days were held in 8 locations around the country, with an attendance of over 120 mosque leads & volunteers. More on the list of 60+ mosques involved in delivering Lifesavers involved here. 2. BIMA East Midlands held a well-received social in Leicester, giving local Muslim healthcare professionals a chance to network and enjoy …

July News & Views

Firstly this month, a study in the Journal of Religion and Health identifies the different trust issues among American Muslims regarding their attitudes and behaviours towards healthcare, which could help healthcare professionals (and others involved in designing health intervention programs) gain the trust of the Muslim patient population. Read “The Types of Trust Involved in American Muslim Healthcare Decisions” here _______________ A review …

July Events Roundup

1. BIMA Trainees organised the the national FY1 Induction event took place on Saturday 22nd July nationwide in 4 locations- London, Birmingham, Leicester and for the first time in Leeds, Yorkshire. The event was a huge success with over 150 signups nationwide. 2. BIMA sent 12 delegates from all over the UK to attend the Federation of Islamic Medical Association’s …

June News & Views

Firstly this month, a study in the journal Aging & Mental Health examining the association between refugee mental health, past traumatic experiences, and religious observance found that refugees with a higher level of religiousness did not show higher levels of PTSD after exposure to war trauma compared to those with a lower level. The authors argue that religious observance provides a buffering …