We are NHS Muslim network, a Staff Network made up of volunteers across the health space
As a network we have 3 key objectives:
REPRESENTATION: To represent Muslim staff in the NHS and provide a collective voice for Muslim colleagues
NETWORKING AND PROGRESSION: To provide personal and professional support for Muslim staff
HEALTH INEQUALITIES: To support the NHS and other key stakeholders in tackling health inequalities in the Muslim community
This year following the month of Ramadan, we have a range of support and engagement sessions open to all of our members and anyone who would like to join.
Our offers include
Ramadan and Eid guidance
Fasting plays an important role in many major religions and is a central feature in all the Abrahamic faiths. In Islam, adult Muslims, who are able to, are required to fast during the month of Ramadan. Fasting has been ordained to improve mindfulness of Allah (God) in Muslims’ day-to-day lives. For this reason, Ramadan is a time of prayer and self-reflection, where Muslims are encouraged to read the Qur’an, increase in their charitable giving and in worship. These acts engender a sense of gratitude, self-discipline and restraint, which should continue throughout the year.
Like last year, Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr will take place during the COVID-19 pandemic. This guidance includes specific advice around COVID-19 and implications for fasting in Ramadan for staff, and how line managers can support colleagues who are fasting.
Prayer time guidance
This guidance is designed, for managers and team members, to increase awareness relating to Islamic prayer times. It has been prepared in the spirit of creating an inclusive workplace that respects the beliefs and practices of its Muslim staff. The guidance is geared towards non-clinical NHS settings in particular.
Muslim staff make-up a significant proportion of the NHS workforce. Enabling flexibility and allowing for reasonable adjustments at work will support Muslim employees to observe their religious obligations, feel comfortable embracing their identity in the workplace and enable them to bring their whole selves to work.
Muslim Network Welcoming Ramadan – the month of change
Our yearly event welcoming the month of Ramadan and how staff can support those who are fasting while working.
06 April 14:30-16:00
The NHS Muslim Network is once again holding an annual fast-a-thon in the month of Ramadan to celebrate and create awareness of this holy month. We will see colleagues across the NHS and beyond join us to fast for all or part of the day and help us raise funds for Trussell Trust who help us better support food banks in this time of uncertainty. The Network hopes to:
a) raise awareness of the holy month of Ramadan amongst colleagues and the wider public.
Both, Muslim and non-Muslims colleagues are invited to
Get involved – Starting 11 of April
- Register your details
- Complete one full fast (sunrise to sunset) or partial half day fast (if you are able to)
- Donate to Trussell Trust Food Banks
- Tag/nominate 5 people to do the same
- Post a photo of your iftar (meal to break your fast) on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #fastathon2022 and tag us on twitter @NHSMUSLIMNET or Instagram on NHSMUSLIMNETWORK
Online Zakat session
20th April 10:00-11:30am
Microsoft Teams, open session for all members where we will be looking at the importance of Zakat, rulings of Zakat and an open Q&A with the Imam on any Zakat related queries.
Online Eid Event
10th May 15:00-16:00
Our yearly Eid event where we celebrate our achievements and complete in the famous Eid Quiz.
Managing diabetes in Ramadan
Running 17th March – 18th April 2022
Get ready for Ramadan by taking part in an online eLearning course ‘Managing Diabetes During Ramadan’. This course is suitable for anyone living with diabetes, carers and HCPs. It also provides tips for Suhr and Iftar meal plans and carb counting. The course also has a live Q&A with our diabetes healthcare professionals. Register for FREE the massive open online course.
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