Doctors in Nottingham are offering free health checks to Muslims in the run up to Ramadan to help them prepare for a month of fasting.

The British Islamic Medical Association BIMA is working with the NHS to organise health days nationwide.

Dr Salman Waqar, president of BIMA and also founder of this initiative, said, “Ramadan is an exciting time for us and our families.”

The Nottingham events will be held:

  • Sat 18th Feb 12.30pm-6.30pm at Jamia Masjid Sultania, 54 Sneinton DI, Nottingham NG2 4LQ
  • Sat 25th Feb 12.30pm-6.30pm at Masjid Al Khazra Queensbury Street, Nottingham, NG6 ODG

The service, open to people of all ages, will include health screenings, educational sessions, and other activities to encourage physical and mental well-being during the holy period.

Issmyle is participating in this year’s Ramadan and has been for the past 13 years, since he was 10 years old. He explains why it’s an important time in the calendar and why he feels it’s important to educate other communities about his religion.

Information from Nottingham based NHS and public health providers will also be available around common conditions such as diabetes, menopause, heart disease, mental health, and respiratory disease.

There will also be opportunities to have health checks including blood pressures and blood sugars in a supportive environment.

Guidance on how to maintain a healthy diet during Ramadan, including tips on staying hydrated and making healthy food choices, during the evening meal will also be provided.

For those who maybe unsure about what this festival is, Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is considered one of the most important months in the Islamic faith. During this month, Muslims observe a period of fasting, prayer, and reflection.

Mira Khatib, Nottingham Trent University student, tells us her favourite thing about Ramadan.  

Fasting during Ramadan involves: 

  • Not eating food or drinking from dawn until sunset.
  • Increase in prayers. 
  • Reading the Quran more frequently.
  • The fast is broken each evening with a meal called Iftar.

Ramadan is considered a time of:

  • Spiritual reflection. 
  • Self-improvement, and increased devotion to God.
  • community. 
  • Family gatherings. 
  • Acts of charity and giving.

At the end of Ramadan, Muslims celebrate Eid al-Fitr, a holiday that marks the end of the month of fasting and is typically celebrated with prayers, feasts, and gift-giving.