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The customer chose a series of 4 WuduMate Modular units to complete the refit of the mosque ablution area.

With the all white surround, the large mirror, white seat tops and white base covers, this area now looks really peaceful.

WuduMate Classic wudu sink

This WuduMate Classic model, is one of 2 that were installed in an ablution area at a Johnson & Johnson office in the USA.

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We are very proud to be sponsoring the Ihsan award for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion at this year's Islam Channel Business Awards.

The awards ceremony will be hosted by the BBCs Asad Ahmad.

The Islam Channel Business Awards were due to take place in 2020, but were postponed for two years because of the pandemic. They offer a place to celebrate the best of Muslim entrepreneurial talent.

There are 15 original awards, which companies were nominated for in 2020. The list is below, and you can see the companies and individuals which have made the final for each award here.

  • Start-up Business of the Year
  • Family Business of the Year
  • Micro Business of the Year
  • Small Business of the Year
  • Medium Sized Business of the Year
  • Technology Business of the Year
  • Food and Beverage Business of the Year
  • Travel and Tourism Business of the Year
  • Professional Services Business of the Year
  • Fashion Business of the Year
  • Businessman of the Year
  • Businesswoman of the Year
  • Financial Services Business of the Year
  • Real Estate Business of the Year
  • Community Business of the Year

New Awards this year

The Ihsan award for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion is one of three new awards being presented for the first time at this year's ceremony - as a result it is one of the awards that is still accepting nominations up until Friday 14th October.

Ihsan is an Arabic term for excellence; for doing something in the best way possible. This is a special award, open to any non-Muslim business which makes Muslims feel genuinely welcome by ensuring that they are included in all aspects of business life.

At WuduMate we feel passionate about this mission. For the last 15 years, we have been assisting businesses, and the managers and designers of public buildings, with multi-faith spaces, and how they can be designed and fitted out in a way to make the daily Muslim pre-prayer ritual as comfortable and convenient as possible.

As our founder Nigel Bromilow said "WuduMate would certainly have entered this new award in 2022, but it is a great honour to be asked to present it to another company that is joining us on this path."

The other new awards that are still open for nominations are as follows:

Rising Star Business Award  

This award is for businesses founded since 2019 or born from the pandemic.

Resilience Business Award

An award for businesses that have demonstrated resilience and innovation during the pandemic  

You can nominate a business for one of the three new awards by filling in the Nomination Form on or before Friday October 14th 2022.

We are very much looking forward to attending the Islam Channel Business Awards ceremony, to meeting the inspirational Muslim business leaders of our time, and celebrating those businesses who are joining us in trying to make the business world a better place for Muslims.

WuduMate Compact ablution sink installed in the ablution area of a military base

The WuduMate Compact fits beautifully in a small area in the bathroom at this military base.

Madina Masjid has completed a refit of their ablution area. They used the WuduMate Modular Stool with black base covers and beech seat tops which have been stained black.

National Inclusion Week is an annual event organised by Inclusive Employers, aimed at raising awareness of good practice in Diversity and Inclusion. This year's theme is The Power of Now.

At WuduMate we have been assisting employers for over 15 years, to understand the cultural and religious requirements of their employees, and to design and fit multi-faith areas, that meet the needs and preferences of those people who are likely to use them.

Our booklet Diversity Matters - a Guide To Best Practice Multi-Faith Room Design is freely available on our website, click the image below for an instant download.

This booklet condenses everything that we have learned about the religious needs and preferences of many diverse groups - what they would ideally like to find in a multi-faith area, and also things that they would prefer not to see, which might render the space uncomfortable for them.

Image of a booklet entitled Diversity Matters - a Guide to Best Practice Multi-Faith Room Design

Why is it important to cater for your employees' religious and spiritual needs?

If you don't practice a religion yourself, you might find it hard to imagine why a religious person needs to worry about their religion while they are at work. Many people feel that religion has no place in the workplace.

To be honest, many religious folk would agree with this opinion - they certainly do not want to cause any fuss, or to make an issue of their religion, and they really do want to keep it mainly personal. They only ask that they may have some time to pray or contemplate each day - just a few minutes.

This is particularly important for devout Muslims, who should pray (perform salat) five times a day, and it is thus likely that one or more of these prayers will be required to take place during working hours. Muslims are also required to perform ‘wudu’ before salat, a washing ritual which involves washing the face, hands, arms and feet before each prayer.

Most other religions do not have a daily prayer requirement, but some people may still wish to visit a ‘quiet’ space, whether to read a religious publication, or just to find solace for a while as a break from a busy work schedule. Some may have suffered a bereavement, or might want to 'just take five minutes' in the midst of a stressful working day.

In such a way, a multi-faith room is sometimes referred to as a ‘quiet room’, and as such is a useful resource for all members of the workplace community, irrespective of religion.

What are the benefits to the company?

We have seen lots of testimonials on social media from people expressing their gratitude that their spiritual needs were being met at work. These posts are being liked, shared and commented on by thousands of others.

Taken all together, it would seem that the main benefits to a company of providing a multi-faith area, are an increase in staff morale and productivity, and for the company to get a reputation as a good place to work.

Here are some examples, with links to the full post on social media. Wouldn't it be good if your employees talked openly about your company this way?

"This is the best prayer facility that I've had! Thank you Amazon London!

A dedicated ablution room with towels for drying and a large comfortable prayer room with huge windows. These make me feel like my needs as a Muslim are acknowledged, understood, accepted and cared for.

It's things like this thoughtful set-up that go towards making workplaces inclusive and accessible."

Atikah Z

https://www.linkedin.com/in/atikahamalina/

This post received 7,068 likes, 177 comments and 107 shares

"Some of you may know that Muslims wash their hands and feet before praying which is always a pain to do in western countries. So I was amazed to notice these beautiful Ablution seats at one of Microsoft's newly refurbished buildings #inclusivitythroughaction."

Humayun R

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/humayunr

This post received 96,327 likes and 1,743 shares - comments are turned off

"BT's office has very impressive amenities, but I was pleasantly surprised with the prayer space in particular.

I was able to comfortably remove my hijab and perform ablution to prepare for prayer.

It meant a lot to me to be able to comfortably pray, as I was able to return to my desk re-energised and refocused, which is one of the great benefits of the five daily prayers which Muslims observe and helped me feel so much more motivated.

This for me is a great example of inclusivity, and I hope these facilities become standard in all offices that are looking to attract female Muslim talent."

Nuzhah M

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/nuzhahmiah

"We love to see religious inclusion and that is what I found at Sky today.

They built an ablution room, a wet room where Muslims can comfortably make wudhu, without making a mess in the bathrooms.

I love it when an employer REALLY acknowledges and supports their employees."

Mubina K

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/activity-6961006991603290112-N_k1

Conclusion

The provision of a suitable prayer room and amenities, can really improve staff morale, and can make a huge difference in the lives of your employees.

Our booklet Diversity Matters will help you to design and specify a space that will work well for people from all cultures.

This WuduMate Mobile unit is installed in the offices of Mind in the UK.

The WuduMate Mobile is not plumbed in, it can therefore be moved to whichever room it is needed in and causes a minimum of disruption.

The WuduMate Mobile can be wheeled to disabled people for use, rather than the disabled people needing to go to the ablution area, and the bowl can then be positioned easily for wheelchair access.

WuduMate Mobile with the seat and bucket stored

This smart and functional WuduMate Compact unit, can be found in the multi-faith area of Curry's at Cribbs Causeway Retail park in Bristol.

A WuduMate Compact Ablution sink, installed in the multi-faith room of Curry's at Cribbs Causeway, Bristol

The multi-faith area at this company, includes separate ablution rooms for men and women. Each one is fitted with a WuduMate Classic, with non-slip matting.

We supplied a WuduMate Classic to form part of a home bathroom makeover in the UK recently.

It blends in beautifully with the other appliances chosen by the customer and with the overall decor in the bathroom. They have created a peaceful, relaxing place to make wudu in comfort.

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