On the 20th of July MINAB hosted a workshop in Birmingham for Muslim faith leaders and the general public on the upcoming legal changes that would affect the British Muslim community; Relationship and Sexual Education and organ donation. The objective of the workshop was to inform members of the public and hold a consultation for the local community in Birmingham. 30 members of the local community made up of Imams, community leaders and activists, general members of the public and health practitioners attended this workshop.
From spring 2020, all adults in England will be considered to have agreed to be an organ donor when they die unless they have recorded a decision not to donate or are in one of the excluded groups. This is commonly referred to as an ‘opt out’ system. There are many myths surrounding organ donation such as if it is permitted in Islam and the actual process of qualifying who is able to donate.
Mufti Faiz Rasool explored the issue of organ donation and what Islamic texts say about the matter whilst Dr Itrakji an NHS practitioner for over 20 years explained the organ donation process and the need for more BAME members to register to donate.
The topic of RSE was also discussed. The guide for the teaching of Relationship & Sex Education (RSE) are being changed the by the Department for Education following consultation and calls for evidence. The effect of such change is that:
- Relationship Education will be taught as standard in all primary schools in England
- Relationship & Sex Education will be taught as compulsory in all secondary schools in England
MINAB has been speaking with Imams and Mosque congregations and listening to their concerns and opinions on teaching Relationships and Sex Education (RE & RSE) in primary schools. We have also been liaising with the Department for Education and other stakeholders to understand the perspectives of all parties that have vested interest in the RSE debate.
As the new laws are coming in next year on RSE, the group held a discussion on what issues affecting the communities and how to better prepare for the eventual changes.
Overall this was an educational workshop and a chance to discuss and share opinions between a diverse group of participants from different sects and backgrounds.