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January 2019 Newsletter

Dear <<Title>> <<Last Name>>,

Assalamu alaikum.

The new year is a busy time for all of us, a time to plan for the upcoming year and set some expectations. TeamBIMA has been busy planning 2019 for you, our members. Kicking off next month is the Cancer Screening Campaign from the Health Promotion team, and in March the Regional Events team will host networking events in every region of the country (keep an eye out in next month's issue).

Recruitment for different projects is also in full effect. Lifesavers, one of the highlights of BIMA's annual calendar, has opened recruitment. Our new Medical Relief team is also recruiting volunteers to help in a Rohingya refugee medical camp in Bangladesh. More information below.

Submissions are still open for our new academic journal, The Journal of the British Islamic Medical Association, due to launch online in a few months. Finally, we are still recruiting for writers, bloggers, and any other creative talent to have their work featured in our upcoming website upgrade. This content will be viewed by thousands of Muslim healthcare professionals in the UK and around the world. If you are interested, please send a sample of your work to 


  1. Reflection
  2. Lifesavers 2019
  3. Journal of the British Islamic Medical Association
  4. BIMA Medical Relief
  5. Cancer Screening Campaign
  6. Webinar - Culturally Adapted Pain Management
  7. North West - International Medical Graduates
  8. Scotland - The History of Islamic Medical Civilisation
  9. Members' Spotlight
  10. WhatsApp Groups
  11. MCB Visit My Mosque Day
  12. Events Roundup
  13. News & Views
  14. External Opportunities
Please consider BIMA in your charitable activities. Support us via Direct Debit here
1. Reflection

To kick off the new year, here is another tip on making charity a part of your everyday life.
"Every good deed is charity. Verily, it is a good deed to meet your brother with a cheerful face, and to pour what is left from your bucket into the vessel of your brother." (Sunan Tirmidhi)
Following this hadith provides us with a two-for-one opportunity to gain good deeds. Keep some extra food with you on your commute if you often pass through busy areas of the city. Homeless people will appreciate a smile and some food more than you know. The smile itself is charity, but the sincerity of a friendly greeting and acknowledgment of those who are often ignored is a beautiful act of charity.
2. Lifesavers 2019

In 2018, 75 mosques from all over the UK participated in Lifesavers, with over 700 healthcare professionals delivering essential Basic Life Support skills to over 3,000 members of the public - all in the space of one day!

Alhamdulillah BIMA Lifesavers has grown from 3 to 75 mosques in the space of 4 years, which has only been possible because of the passion and determination of our volunteers.

Now, we are now looking to recruit Regional teams for 2019. If you would like to use your time, skills and expertise to help run one of the largest national teaching programs in the country, please complete the form below.

Sign up for Regional Teams
3. Journal of the British Islamic Medical Association (JBIMA)
4. BIMA Medical Relief
5. Cancer Screening Campaign

Did you know that the uptake of cancer screening is really poor amongst British Muslims?

Do you want to help deliver a campaign in your local community that aims to educate, dispel myths, and address concerns about NHS cancer screening programmes?

Join BIMA in delivering a talk for our Cancer Screening Campaign in February 2019.

In 2018, BIMA conducted these talks in over 30 community centres, mosques, and radio stations nationwide, and with your help we aim to reach out to an even bigger audience this year inshaAllah.

Sign up to volunteer as a presenter below. If you are representing a mosque/community centre/radio station and want a speaker to deliver this project at your venue, please sign up using the second button below.
Deadline for volunteer sign-ups: Wednesday 30th January
Sign up to volunteer
Book a speaker
6. Webinar - Culturally Adapted Pain Management

BIMA's Professional Development team presents Culturally Adapted Pain Management, an insight into how faith and cultural beliefs can affect the way we cope with pain.
Date: Sunday, 3rd February
Time: 11am-12pm

Presented by Mr. Mohammad Shoaib, a Pain Specialist Physiotherapist and the Co-Convenor of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy’s BME network group. He has published his work on cultural adaptations for pain management, and his work was recognised by NICE as a Shared Learning Example.
Register for free today
7. North West - International Medical Graduates
8. Scotland - The History of Islamic Medical Civilisation
Dundee University Islamic Society are kickstarting Islam Awareness Week with BIMA President Dr. Sharif Kaf Al Ghazal.
9. Members' Spotlight

Dr. Ebrahim Mulla, recently elected Vice Chair of the RCGP National AiT Commitee, is keen to feed your views and thoughts into the college. Get in touch with him at

Dr. Mansur Ali has been given funding by the NHS to carry out community engagement about his research on the opt-out organ donation system introduced in Wales in 2013. 

Won an award? Written a piece for a national blog or scientific journal? Elected into a leadership role? Email us at to be featured in our Members' Spotlight.

10. WhatsApp Groups

BIMA has recently expanded its network of regional and professional WhatsApp groups. These groups are a chance to network and discuss topical issues with healthcare professionals in your specialty and/or region.

Regional groups: 

London & South East
North West
North East
Yorkshire & Humberside
West Midlands
East Midlands
Wales & West

Professional groups:
Mental Health
Infection & Pathology
Medical Students
Junior Doctors
Anaesthetists & ICM
Nursing & Midwifery
Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Please drop us an email to request to be added to a regional and/or professional network group relevant to your region and/or specialty.
11. MCB Visit My Mosque Day

#VisitMyMosque is back on Sunday 3rd March 2019.

Following on from the success of previous years, the campaign will run for its 5th consecutive year, encouraging mosques across the UK to open their doors and invite those from all faiths and none to come together to build more cohesive and stronger relationships in their local communities.
Get Your Mosque Involved
#VisitMyMosque Training Workshops

Workshops will include information and best practice on organising an amazing open day, effectively publicising your open day, engaging your mosque congregation, inviting key stakeholders, and ways to continue with community engagement after your open day.
More information on training workshops
12. Events Roundup

Our latest webinar provides an insight into HIV and sexual infections in Muslim patients and how to tackle taboos, stigma and the cultural barriers in our communities.
The new Executive Committee of BIMA had a face-to-face meeting to discuss the year ahead. Keep an eye out for the announcement of exciting projects and activities in the next few months.
13. News & Views

Genomics and gene editing has become an increasingly popular topic with the recent news of the creation of genetically engineered twins. How do we approach this controversial topic through an Islamic lens?

A new open-access e-book, edited by Professor Mohammed Ghaly, explores genomics through the lens of Islamic bioethics, with some chapters written in Arabic.
14. External Opportunities
From the South Asian Health Foundation:

The Annual Diabetes in Ramadan Conference 2019 is a free one-day conference on Thursday 21st March for healthcare professionals involved in the prevention, treatment and management of diabetes in Ramadan.
From the Human Tissue Authority:

The Human Tissue Authority want to hear your views on deceased organ donation.

Following the proposed new legislation to introduce deemed consent for organ and tissue donation in England, we will be updating our Codes of Practice on consent and donation of solid organs and tissue for deceased donation in England.

We understand that faith and cultural beliefs are important considerations in end-of-life care and conversations about organ and tissue donation. As part of our engagement we would appreciate your input in developing the HTA’s Code of Practice which will provide guidance to staff on their discussions with a potential donor’s family (those in a ‘qualifying relationship’) before an organ donation can take place, and how faith and cultural beliefs should be part of that conversation.
Complete the survey here (open until 31 January)

Rountable Event, Monday 25 February (Westminster, London)

We recognise that at this time of year you may well be very busy, but we wanted to share this opportunity to feedback to us and to give you as much notice as possible about a roundtable meeting we are holding next year on Monday 25 February in Westminster, London.

At the end of our short survey, there is an opportunity to register your interest in attending the roundtable event.

From the Initiative on Islam and Medicine:

The II&M Medical Student Internship is a competitive enrichment program that provides directed learning experiences and stipend support for medical students.

Trainees undertake a mentored reading course that introduces the critical concepts in Islamic theology and law that undergird normative ethical frameworks within Islam and covers seminal works in the extant Islamic bioethics literature. 

Application deadline: 31 January, 2019

More information here

From Barts & The London ISoc: 

We are holding our Medic Finalist OSCE and we are looking for doctors to be examiners. We would greatly appreciate your time in becoming an examiner.

We will provide lunch and refreshments, and a certificate for your portfolio.
Date: Sunday 24th February 2019
Time: 9:30-16:45
Location: Garrod Building, Turner Street, E1 2AD
Questions? Get in touch at
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