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Patients family say ‘thank you’ to Shaykh Ahmad Faruq Siddiqi

Shaykh Ahmad Faruq Siddiqi, is a chaplain at The Royal London Hospital and he spent the peak of the pandemic facilitating virtual last farewells and prayers for dying loved ones and their families. 

The chaplains across the trust played a vital part during the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic and worked tirelessly to support families and patients through the difficult and emotional time. 

Patients and staff have sung Faruq’s praises; he has been described as a “phenomenal” support for staff and the heart of the hospital, working on our critical care and Covid wards here and at NHS Nightingale in Excel, at any time of day or night patients and staff needed him. 

One family member who has praised Shaykh Ahmad Faruq Siddiqi, is Munadiah Aftas, whose grandfather, Mr Shamuz Miah, sadly died from Covid-19 on 29 March.  

Munadiah explained that Faruq was pivotal in making sure the family had good regular communication with their Grandfather while he was in hospital, something that could have proved difficult due to the visitor restrictions that were put in place in order to help keep people safe from Covid-19.

Faruq set up video calls with all of Shamuz’s loved ones, from across the world, so they could speak to him before he passed away, as well as organising Shamuz’s favourite food to be taken to him whilst he was in hospital.  

When Shamuz sadly passed away, Faruq organised another call with all the family, so they could be involved while he performed duas (prayers), a profound act of worship in the Islamic faith.  

Munadiah said: “Imam Faruq came as a saving grace and a beacon of humanity at a time that was so uncertain for us all. We’ll be forever grateful for what he did for us and feel we can never repay him.”  

Faruq shared: “I am very fortunate to be part of a wonderful multifaith chaplaincy team who were all extremely busy helping patients, families and staff during the pandemic. To be with patients and families at their most time of need and to support them is a great honour and privilege. During Covid-19 we had to improvise using technology to ensure that families were still connected and received their spiritual care. I felt it was important to carry on providing this crucial support despite the risks to enable families to receive some comfort”. ​

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  1. abu sufian Friday, 3 July 2020 at 12:07 PM

    Thank you for your kind and caring work br Faruk
    may Allah reward you for all that you are doing.

  2. Sohaib Anwaar Friday, 3 July 2020 at 11:40 PM

    Excellent work Imam Shaykh Faruq. You are an inspiration. We should keep up the good work as much as we can do. Real happy to know that there is a significant good work you are doing in your role as a chaplain that has a huge impact on the lives of staff and patients. I honestly want to express my respect and admiration.

  3. Sohaib Anwaar Friday, 3 July 2020 at 11:41 PM

    Excellent work Imam Shaykh Faruq. You are an inspiration. We should keep up the good work as much as we can do. Real happy to know that there is a significant good work you are doing in your role as a chaplain that has a huge impact on the lives of staff and patients. I honestly want to express my respect and admiration.

  4. Hena Khatun Monday, 6 July 2020 at 11:02 AM

    Its difficult to put in words how much you are appreciated by all. An amazing person to work with. your support and compassion goes a long way. Your calmness gives everyone the peace they are looking for. May Allah bless you with eternal blessings. ameen.

  5. Alii Chattaroo Wednesday, 8 July 2020 at 05:54 AM

    always a kind guy. Not only in pandemic

  6. Rukaya Sunday, 6 September 2020 at 08:30 AM

    My family and I were supported by Shayk Iman Faruq with great empathy and when we were in need at the sudden and untimely death of my Father. This was during the pandemic time, but was non covid related.
    My siblings and I are forever grateful for his support and I especially with my first conversation when he said 'Yes, it is possible!'
    May Allah swt reward you infinitely for your hard work and efforts! Aameen