April Events Roundup

1. The North West region hosted a health fair at the UKIM Khizra Masjid. Over 500 people attended to check out 25 stalls including: free health checks, information from local CCGs, stalls from Cancer Research UK, Macmillan Cancer Support, and the local hospital palliative team, the “Eye Pod” from RNIB, and various health care professionals who volunteered their time to help the community.

2. In London, BIMA collaborated with The Association of Muslim Lawyers and The United Kingdom Association of Jewish Lawyers in a discussion surrounding the health and legal issues of circumcision. Along with several other British Muslim organisations, BIMA also hosted a discussion on the Government’s Prevent strategy, both its current status and its future.

3. The North East team hosted a Meet & Greet at Newcastle Central Mosque to inform local healthcare professionals and students on current and future projects BIMA is working on. If you are from the North East of England and would like to get involved, please get in touch at info@britishima.org


Attendees at the BIMA North West Health Fair

April News & Views

Firstly this month, the first study on the feasiblity of a physical activity intervention in a mosque-based setting was published in the Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health this month.

The intervention, which included aerobic as well as strength training activities, targeted South Asian Muslim women (with a mean age of 51 years old) at the risk of diabetes, and received positive feedback from participants.

The authors recommend mosque-based health interventions like this to be evaluated on a larger scale in future studies. Health promotion is one of the main aims of BIMA’s activities, and we look forward to working with mosques interested in piloting health interventions. Please get in touch at info@britishima.org

Read “A Pilot Examination of a Mosque-Based Physical Activity Intervention for South Asian Muslim Women in Ontario, Canada” here


A review in the Journal of Religion and Health this month discusses topics surrounding the Islamic ethics on end-of-life care, including Do Not Resuscitate orders, advance directives, and probity with terminally ill patients.

Read “Ethical Dilemmas at the End of Life: Islamic Perspective” here


And finally this month, with Ramadan only weeks away, a study published in the journal Appetite looked at the effect of Ramadan fasting during the long hours of the summer in Germany, and found no significant difference in depression and fatigue scores between fasting and non-fasting individuals.

Read “Effect of Ramadan fasting on fatigue, mood, sleepiness, and health-related quality of life of healthy young men in summer time in Germany here


We are always looking for relevant articles and news to include in our monthly newsletter. Please send any items to info@britishima.org

BIMA London – Prevent: Safeguarding or Spying?



We are collaborating with the Association of Muslim Lawyers (AML), Muslim Engineers’ Network, The City Circle, and the The Muslim Council of Britain on the topic of Prevent: Safeguarding or Spying?


Date: Friday 28 April 2017
Time: 6.45pm – 8.30pm
Venue: Abrar House, 45 Crawford Place, London, W1H 4LP


Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/500743613382979??ti=ia


Panel Speakers:
Max Hill QC (Independent Reviewer of Government legislation on terrorism)
Hashi Mohamed (Special Advisor to previous IR, David Anderson QC)
Kevin Courtney (National Union of Teachers)
Ismet Rawat (Association of Muslim Lawyers)
Dr Derek Summerfield (Spokesperson for Health Workers & Consultant Psychiatrist, King’s College London)

March Events Roundup

1. BIMA Yorkshire & Humber, in association with Leeds Muslim Medics, hosted an ‘Excelling as a Female Doctor’ event at the University of Leeds, where female doctors from various specialties spoke about the challenges and motivations of female Muslim doctors.

2. BIMA London held an outreach event to the homeless of London on the 11th of March. See a short video the team made on our, and keep an eye out on the group’s Facebook page for upcoming events.

3. BIMA West Midlands team organised a blood/marrow donation drive at the Solihull Islamic Education Academy.

4. BIMA North West held health awareness sessions on falls/dizziness and a multi-centre session on diagnosing and managing strokes by the public.

5. BIMA North West also held a very successful CPD seminar on ‘What Happens After Death’ at the European Institute of Islamic Sciences in Oldham with over 150 attendees. See below for the event steam

6. The BIMA Professional Development team organised a webinar where Dr. Zakia Akhter discussed work-life balance and incorporating our Islamic faith into our working lives. Look out for more webinars coming up soon.


Dr. Mohammed Iqbal, Consultant in Audiovestibular Medicine at the Salford Royal Hospital, delivering a health awareness talk on falls and dizziness.

March News & Views

Firstly this month, a study in the American Journal of Infection Control looked at vaccine compliance and parents’ stance on childhood vaccination. The study found that 85% of the Muslim parents surveyed support vaccination and were significantly more likely to be pro-vaccination than other parents from different religious affiliations.

While the sample size was small for this study, it would be interesting to see it replicated with a larger sample size with a further exploration of the reasons for the minority of Muslim parents being either anti-vaccination or hesitant about getting their children vaccinated.

Read “The behind-the-scenes activity of parental decision-making discourse regarding childhood vaccination” here


A team from the University of Birmingham will be conducting a systematic review investigating the role of imams and mosques in health promotion in Western societies.

The systematic review protocol, published in the journal Systematic Reviews, states that the review will look at, amongst other things, studies done in Europe, North America, Australia, New Zealand, or South Africa.

BIMA aims to protect and promote the health of patients and the public, and with projects like Lifesavers and the Ramadan Initiative, we look forward to reading the final published review to identify what is being done and how much of it in the field of health promotion in the British Muslim population.

Read “The role of imams and mosques in health promotion in Western societies—a systematic review protocol” here


And finally this month, another article relevant to Ramadan, which is now only 2 months away. Further to last month’s featured article on fasting and its positive impact on blood glucose, cholesterol, and triglyceride/HDL/LDL levels, an article this month in the journal Nutrition reviews the health benefits of religious fasting, including Ramadan, Orthodox Christian, and Buddhist fasting.

Read “Unraveling the metabolic health benefits of fasting related to religious beliefs: A narrative review here


We are always looking for relevant articles and news to include in our monthly newsletter. Please send any items to info@britishima.org

What Happens After Death?

BIMA North West held a very successful CPD seminar on ‘What Happens After Death’ at the European Institute of Islamic Sciences in Oldham with over 150 attendees.

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 ramadan@britishima.org

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 conference@britishima.org 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 info@britishima.org

Check out the Facebook event page here and for more information contact info@britishima.org

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.