We held our first Association Meeting by zoom on Saturday, and were delighted with the turnout. It literally was good to see you all there! You can find the minutes of the meeting here.
One interesting question that came up was whether it is acceptable to the Muslim to use hand sanitiser, because it contains alcohol. I have since heard from an ADI member of the Muslim community who very kindly sent in this quote from Dr Asim Yusuf, scholar, chair of British Board of Scholars and Imams and consultant psychiatrist for the NHS –
“While we try to survive a global pandemic, most Muslims will pay attention to health guidelines and use the products as much as necessary. It is Islamically halal (permissible) to do so too. Most Muslims will agree that anything that’s a necessity is allowed, meaning alcohol-based cleaning products that don’t have an intoxicating effect are halal. Dr Asim Yusuf, scholar, chair of British Board of Scholars and Imams and consultant psychiatrist for the NHS tells Metro.co.uk: ‘The use of alcohol-based hand sanitisers is something that some Muslims are concerned about, given the well-known prohibition of alcohol consumption in Islam.
‘It should be noted that the majority sect, Hanafi School of Islamic law, explicitly permits usage of such products for cleaning.’ He adds: ‘We would strongly recommend that this is followed by Muslims in order to maximise personal safety and hygiene and reduce transmission of coronavirus. We also should bear in mind the central importance of avoiding harm to oneself and others in our religion.”
The quote comes from an article in The Metro, and you can read the full item here.
Of course if you have a student who doesn’t wish to use hand sanitiser the other options would be clean disposable gloves.
Thanks to Paul Wilson of the Mid Powys group who kindly sent in this link to a BBC article that’s worth a read.
The following is from an email to the parent of a candidate who had written to DVSA because they had seen ADIs out teaching – “Currently driving instructors should only be teaching critical workers who have applied for an emergency driving test. We are keeping this under review and will provide further information as soon as we can.
Private practice should only be considered if learners are preparing for an essential driving test and the person who will supervise you has been living in the same household. Any practice should be in addition to previous training with a professional instructor. You should also check the that car is safe to drive and that appropriate insurance is in place.”
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