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Preparing for Ramadan in a lockdown

A virtual event with The City Circle

Quran and misbaha

Date: Friday 17 April 2020

Time: 19:00 - 20:15 BST

Venue: A comfortable place of your choice!

Tickets: Free – Click here to book your place

With Ramadan fast approaching but the world still under lockdown, join us for a virtual discussion about preparing for the holy month.

Ramadan is a month for fasting, spirituality and contemplation. It is also a time for reigniting connections with one’s family, friends and local Muslim community. This year, Ramadan will be very different for most of us. As the coronavirus requires us to abstain from social contact, mosques will be closed and iftar gatherings prohibited. During this new reality, how can we manage our physical, psychological and spiritual health? To help us understand, City Circle will host our first ever virtual talk.

Shaykh Haytham Tamim will discuss the purpose of Ramadan, the challenges we should anticipate and give guidance on establishing a spiritual focus at a time when we have to forego established customs, such as congregational prayer.

Dr Hina Shahid will advise on how best to prepare ourselves physically and mentally, through diet, sleep and exercise. She will also discuss what exactly we can and can’t do while complying with the government’s requirement to stay home.


As usual, we want to make the session as interactive as possible, which means that we want to hear from you with your questions. Please email and we will put your questions to our panel.


Shaykh Haytham Tamim, Founder of the Utrujj Foundation  @TamimHaytham

Shaykh Haytham Tamim is the founder and main teacher of the Utrujj Foundation. At Utrujj he has provided a leading vision for Islamic learning in the UK, which has influenced the way Islamic knowledge is disseminated.

His extensive expertise spans over 30 years across the main Islamic jurisprudence schools of thought. He has studied with some of the foremost scholars in their expertise; he holds some of the highest certificates in Quran, Hadith and Fiqh.

He gave his first sermon to a large audience at the age of 17 and went on to serve as a senior lecturer of Islamic transactions and comparative jurisprudence at the Islamic University of Beirut (Shariah College).

Shaykh Tamim has continued to teach; travelling around the UK, Europe and further afield, and won the 2015 BISCA award (British Imams & Scholars Contributions & Achievements Awards) for Outstanding Contribution to Education and Teaching. He serves on numerous boards and panels.

Dr Hina J Shahid, Chair of the Muslim Doctors Association  @hinajshahid

Hina is a GP working in London and Chair of the Muslim Doctors Association. She qualified as a doctor from University College London with first prize in Psychology, Sociology and Epidemiology and also holds a BSc in Pharmacology from UCL and MSc in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She is a university tutor at Imperial College Medical School for Personal and Professional Development and is a GP Appraiser. Hina has worked extensively on mental health issues in the Muslim community and with a number of charities in the UK and internationally on migrant and refugee health projects. She is currently studying a diploma in Islamic Sciences and is particularly interested in integrating Islamic spirituality with mindfulness and compassion-based approaches to mental health and wellbeing.

Additional details

The discussion is free and open to all, both in the UK and worldwide. To join us, please remember to book your place in advance. If you have any questions, please contact the event organiser

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