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Finding a Way Forward: Seminar & Fundraising Dinner

In the face of an ever changing healthcare landscape, new bioethical questions are emerging every day and our community is unequipped to answer them. From basic questions like “At what can we determine a patient to be dead” to more complex questions such as “What is the legal status of a 3-parent baby”, we face an incredible challenge in finding a way of addressing these issues.

On 5th December 2015, the CIM would like to invite you to attend an interactive evening discussing the way forward for our community. Hosting some of the UK’s leading scholarly figures, we would like you to participate in an interactive seminar to discuss some of the key issues at hand, alongside the opportunity to support our work in our fundraiser and enjoy a delicious 3 course meal.

The evening will offer you the opportunity to be a part of this historic journey. Dr Mehrunisha Suleman, bioethicist at Oxford University’s Ethox Centre, will be hosting an interactive session on a common ethical scenario which patients and doctors are likely to face to help you engage with the work we hope to do. This will then be followed with an auction and fundraiser to give you a chance to support our work – so be sure to bring a cheque book!

The evening will be hosted at Al Maida Restaurant, the popular restaurant serving some of the best food in Manchester. We look forward to hosting you in what is sure to be a memorable evening!

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Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad
Scholar & Professor, University of Cambridge

Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad, is a researcher, writer, academic and the Dean of the Cambridge Muslim College. He is the Director of Studies (Theology and Religious Studies) at Wolfson College and the Shaykh Zayed Lecturer in Islamic Studies at Cambridge University. He has many publications that circulate around Islamic theology, Muslim-Christian relations and received numerous prizes for his work including the Pilkington Teaching Prize by Cambridge University and the King Abdullah I Prize for Islamic Thought for his short booklet Bombing Without Moonlight.

Faraz Yousufzai
Healthcare Consultant & Performer

Faraz is the owner of FY Consulting, specialising in NHS Communications, Stakeholder Engagement and Co-production. Recently established a ground breaking Lay Partners Forum in NW London with 120+ diverse patients across 8 Boroughs to support co-production of transformation programmes including Integrated Care, Mental Health, Hospital reconfiguration and Primary Care. Faraz is also a community organiser and an active figure in the UK Muslim community. He is also owner of SilkRoad Media an independent publisher of music by his band, SilkRoad. He has performed all over the world including the UK, Malaysia, Morocco, Germany, Indonesia, Aceh and Syria.

Imam Siddiq Diwan
Imam & Hospital Chaplain, Manchester

Siddiq Diwan was born in Zimbabwe where he completed the memorisation of the Quran, he then went on to complete the six year Islamic Studies with Arabic and Urdu course in South Africa. Upon graduation in 2005 he served briefly as an Imam in Harare for two years. Thereafter, he served as Imam in Old Trafford together with serving as the Muslim Chaplain at the Manchester Metropolitan University and the Salford Royal Hospital.
Currently he is the Muslim Chaplain at the Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust which includes: Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, Saint Mary’s Hospital, University Dental Hospital of Manchester, Trafford Hospitals and Community Services

Dr Mehrunisha Suleman
Bioethicist, Oxford University

Dr Mehrunisha Suleman is currently a PhD student in Research Ethics at Oxford University and has worked with Sir Muir Gray on the Department of Health’s QIPP Right Care Programme. She has been involved in the design and construction of Population Based Accountable Integrated Care Systems, as well as developing an online tool for commissioners, clinicians and patient groups on health care systems design. She is co-editor of the NHS Atlas of Variation for Diabetes and Liver Disease. Alongside her university training and work in the NHS, she has been studying the Islamic Sciences with Sheikh Akram Nadwi and more recently with Professor Tariq Ramadan. She completed her Alimyyah degree with Al Salaam Institute in 2013.


The dinner will be held at the Manchester’s popular restaurant; Al Maida. The restaurant offers more than 50 different dishes and will be sure to please all guests attending. The address of the restaurant is below, and there should be plenty of parking space around the sides streets of the restaurant.

Al Maida Restaurant
Sagar St,
M8 8EU