The British Board of Scholars & Imams

Month: April 2020

A Matter of Life and Death

A Matter of Life and Death

The Ethics of Resource Distribution, Intensive Care and Treatment Choices in the Light of the COVID-19 Pandemic


This guidance will lay out an ethical framework, sourced from the Islamic tradition, which can guide Muslim stakeholders in their decision-making regarding resource allocation and end-of-life care.  It will address patient/family-level, clinician-level, and policy-maker level considerations, while recognising that every decision should be contextual and multi-faceted.

To read and download the full guidance in pdf please click Matter of Life & Death – BBSIG-06

Welcome Ramadan!

Welcome Ramadan!

In the name of God, merciful to all, compassionate to each!

Another Ramadan as dawned upon us, all praises are for God. Although this Ramadan will not be like other ramadans we have had. We will make the most of it, God willing. The doors of our mosques are closed but the door of God is always open. From everyone at the BBSI, may you all have a blessed and fruitful Ramadan.



Ramadan in the era of Covid-19

Ramadan in the era of Covid-19

Ramadan in the era of Covid-19 | BBSI guidance for Ramadan | BBSIG-05 | 2020/1441 H

The BBSI is an apolitical national assembly of imams, traditional scholars and Islamically-literate Muslim academics formed to facilitate scholarly intra-Muslim research and dialogue. Our aim is to provide authoritative ethico-theological guidance and leadership on matters relevant to Muslims, whilst promoting wider community welfare. It primarily seeks to do this by developing theological leadership that can authentically represent the rich scholarly inheritance of Islam, whilst responding flexibly to the context of modern times. Its ultimate aim is to both serve and represent the Muslim community in an ethical, inclusive, professional and scholar-led way. The BBSI especially takes seriously the responsibility to provide theologically grounded, practically focussed, holistic and – above all – cool-headed and far-sighted guidance to the community in times of generalised anxiety and panic.

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, and in consultation with community organisations, health and medical experts, the BBSI has been providing ethico-religious guidance to the community. Muslim health workers and professionals, religious and community leaders, and institutions have been requesting the BBSI to communicate a comprehensive yet non-exhaustive guidance for the month of Ramadan and fasting. The BBSI is acutely aware that the Muslim community will likely not able to perform some of the communal activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as attending the mosques and arranging large iftar (fast-breaking) gatherings with friends and family.

Given this, the BBSI would like to remind all Muslims that Allah – the All-Merciful and Generous – has promised that He will reward us for simply having the intention to do good, even if we are unable to perform what we intend due to forces beyond our control. We take solace from this and exert our efforts to fulfil our duties and responsibilities as best as we can. ‘Allah does not burden a soul beyond its capacity’. (Q, 2:286)

To read the full guidance paper please click BBSI Guidance for Ramadan COVID-19 – BBSIG-05

NB: any amendments to the pdf will be uploaded on this page.

Webinar with IR and WHO

Webinar with IR and WHO

WEBINAR: Join us this Wednesday at 2pm BST, as we discuss our newly launched #COVID19 religious guidelines on keeping safe this Ramadan! 🌙

Our guests panelists include health and religious expertise: Dr Jaffar Hussain @WHO, and Sheikh Fahimul Anam (executive board member of the BBSI)

Moonsighting Debate: Seeking Harmony Amid Confusion

Key Message: 

Matters related to Ramadan timings fall within the derived aspects of the law (Sharia), where differences of opinion are acceptable and even considered a mercy, provided they do not lead to inter-communal disharmony. We do not promote any single view but recognise that all these opinions are the fruits of the diligent labour of qualified scholars, and are within the parameters of the law. No viewpoint has a definitive and unequivocal sacred text by which it may gain monopoly over others, though some positions are more textually and classically evidenced than others. We believe that maintaining ties of mutual love and harmony is a far greater obligation than rigidly sticking to one’s opinion in such derived matters. However, it is past time to build local consensus on these issues, given the animosity and strife that such differences create. The BBSI extends an offer, considering its unique ecumenical position bridging scholarly, ethnic and regional groups, to come together as a single Muslim community in the UK to find a way forward so as to ensure fidelity to tradition, ease for the community, and inter-communal harmony.

To read the full report and guidance please download by clicking Moonsighting Debate – Seeking Harmony Amid Confusion – BBSIG04