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We received this Testimonial from Imam Nadim Ali of the Community Masjid of the West End of Atlanta, Georgia.

The Masjid recently installed a series of WuduMate Modular units in their wudu area.

When our old wudu station needed repairs at our Masjid, which is housed in a structure that is nearly 115 years old, I said to myself that there must be a better way to do this. So I did an online search and found WuduMate.

We decided to give them a try, and when the units arrived, we were impressed with the quality and the design. At last, Muslims can stop putting their feet in the sinks.

Once the units were installed, just  before this year's Ramadan, everyone that saw and utilised the units were impressed with the comfort that the units provided while making wudu.

Thank you, WuduMate, for having the creativity and ingenuity to provide this much-needed product and service for the Muslim community.

Imam Nadim Ali - Community Masjid of Atlanta

We are proud that the Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice, and Belonging, in collaboration with the Muslim Student Association, Student Life and Student Senate at Inver Hills Community College in the USA, has chosen 2 WuduMate Mobile units to meet the ablution requirements of their students and staff.

The WuduMate Mobile does not need to be plumbed in - it can be filled from a mains tap (faucet), wheeled to where it is needed, and then wheeled back for the waste water tank to be emptied.

It is a very convenient model where daily use is low, and the prayer room does not have plumbing nearby. Having two units allows for the set up of separate male and female ablution areas, which is preferable if space allows.

Are you ready to unlock the full potential of your diverse workforce? At WuduMate, we're well aware of the challenges involved in creating an environment where everyone feels included and valued. We believe that embracing diversity isn't just a box to tick - it's the key to fostering innovation, boosting retention, and creating a workplace where every individual feels valued and respected. 

Here are five powerful ways to transform your workplace into a vibrant hub of inclusivity: 

1. Empower Through Education:

Kickstart your journey towards inclusivity by emphasising the importance of diversity education. From frontline employees to top-level managers, Diversity training should be a compulsory training module across every organisation, ensuring all staff are able to apply inclusive principles to everything they do. 

A good training programme should address all types of diversity, including race, culture and religion. It should teach employees how to embrace our differences and use them to create great work, and never to discriminate, judge or dismiss them. 

2. Neutralise Bias in Recruitment: 

Unconscious bias can unknowingly seep into the hiring process, hindering efforts to build a diverse team. Blind hiring techniques, neutral language in job descriptions, and objective criteria can ensure that every candidate has a fair chance can help to make sure that no biases creep into play. 

Employees of different cultures

3. Respect Religious Holidays:

Imagine a workplace where every employee feels empowered to celebrate their religious holidays without fear or hesitation. By honouring diverse religious observances and offering flexibility in time off, you demonstrate genuine respect for your team's beliefs. 

4. Inclusive Dress Codes:

When it comes to dress codes in the workplace, it's essential for businesses to strike a balance between professionalism and inclusivity. While enforcing a dress code, whether it's a uniform or not, is reasonable, accommodating religious garments can sometimes be challenging.  

In the UK, employers are obligated to "reasonably accommodate" the beliefs and needs of their staff under the Equality Act 2010. However, there are instances where safety concerns may arise, such as in manual labour roles. In such cases, it may be necessary for employers to restrict certain items of clothing if they pose a health and safety risk.

The key to maintaining inclusivity and respect is to find a middle ground that prioritises both cultural diversity and workplace safety. By adhering to health and safety regulations while remaining open and accommodating to religious attire, businesses can foster an environment that embraces diversity while ensuring the well-being of all employees. 

5. Multi-Faith Spaces for Spiritual Reflection:

As an employer, demonstrating a willingness to accommodate your employees' religious beliefs and needs is paramount. Providing a designated space for prayer. meditation or reflection, is a tangible way to show support for diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Providing a segregated ablution area with appropriate washing appliances for male and female Muslims, who perform a ritual ablution practice called wudu before each of their prayers, will help to make the experience even more meaningful for those employees.

While it's not a legal requirement, creating such a space aligns with best practices for fostering a truly inclusive multi-faith environment. In cases where space constraints limit the availability of a dedicated room, a viable compromise could involve scheduling specific times for prayer in a meeting room.  

People of all religious faiths and none, may have their own preferences and requirements when it comes to the design of your wellbeing or multi-faith room. It's a good idea to consult with a diverse sample of your staff at the planning stage, to discover what kind of space they would ideally like to see. We have listed some common things that people ask for in our booklet Diversity Matters - Guide to Best Practice Multi-Faith Room Design, which will help you with the design and specification process.

Conclusion

Embracing diversity not only enriches the workplace culture but also yields numerous benefits, including heightened innovation, improved retention rates, and enhanced employee satisfaction. To bridge the gap between HR managers' perceptions of inclusivity and the actual beliefs of employees, proactive measures must be taken to ensure that all cultural values are acknowledged and respected in a professional manner. 

If you'd like to explore how incorporating a WuduMate ablution appliance in your workplace can enhance inclusivity and accommodate the diverse religious needs of your workplace, don't hesitate to get in touch with our team on +44 (0)1784 748080.  

We're here to provide guidance and support to help you create a truly inclusive environment where every one of your employees feels valued and respected.  

We were very pleased to hear from the Newcastle Hospitals Charity this week. They have been fundraising to set up a wudu facility for staff patients and visitors to the Freeman Hospital

They chose the WuduMate Classic for the wudu area and this has now been installed.

The following case study comes from the Newcastle Hospitals Charity Impact Report for 2023/24, which can be downloaded here

Wuḍu is the Islamic procedure for cleansing parts of the body before prayers and is a vital part of daily life for practising Muslims. The Chaplaincy team at Newcastle Hospitals were concerned that staff facilities for the practice of Wudu at the Freeman were substandard and not in keeping with the Trust’s aim to create a workplace where people feel valued.

The team received a grant for the conversion of an existing storeroom at the Freeman Hospital into an ablution room for use by Muslim staff, patients and visitors. The grant enabled a complete refurbishment of the space including asbestos removal, improvements to the walls, flooring and ceilings, and internal decoration. It is expected that the facility will be used on a daily basis by Muslim staff, patients and visitors.

Katie Watson, Head of Chaplaincy of Newcastle Hospitals said:

“This facility will have a huge impact on the spiritual and theological wellbeing of our Muslim staff, as well as on patients and their relatives. The grant enables us to support, retain and care for our Muslim staff by ensuring that their dignity and beliefs are recognised.”

A large company in the United States has set up a multi-faith space in a zone in their warehouse. They chose the WuduMate Mobile for the male and female wudu ablution area, as it does not require any plumbing. The unit is filled and emptied at the nearest water supply and can then be wheeled to where it is needed.

The chaplaincy team at McMurry University in the USA has enhanced their multi-faith room, with the addition of two cubicles for male and female wudu, each one containing a WuduMate Mobile.

The WuduMate Mobile does not need to be plumbed in so this was a fairly simple installation - all that was needed was to construct two areas that are separated by a wall and curtains, so that males and females can perform wudu in privacy, and then the units could be wheeled into place.

The new wudu units have been very well received. We received this testimonial along with the photographs:

We just got the washing stations assembled & installed last week with the help of one of our Muslim student leaders. They work very well and have helped make our Multi-Faith Prayer Room more fully functional and welcoming. Attached are a few photos of the washing stations in the prayer room stalls. Thank you for the wonderful product, it’s been a great experience for us and a wonderful gift to our student community.

Rev. Ricky Harrison
University Chaplain and Director of Religious & Spiritual Life
McMurry University

We are very proud that La Guardia Airport in New York chose to fit out their ablution room with four WuduMate Classics. One of them has been positioned at a distance from the others, with a grab bar on the wall, so that it can be more easily used by people with limited mobility.

More information about the WuduMate Classic
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Download our Guide to Best Practice Multi-Faith Room Design
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This Australian Police force chose the WuduMate Classic for their ablution room.

WuduMate Classic is an easily installed wudu washing appliance designed for commercial buildings such as offices, schools, hospitals, prisons, public buildings and leisure venues.

With an integral, virtually indestructible seat, which has been tested to over three tons, the WuduMate Classic is suitable for installation in the most inhospitable environments such as prisons, inner-city schools and unmonitored public places.

The WuduMate Classic comes with purpose-built taps, which have been designed with the spout in a comfortable position for wudu, and the fall of the water positioned to minimise splashing. Not only does the WuduMate Classic provide the user with a safe, comfortable position for wudu, but it also benefits building owners and facilities managers by protecting the fabric of buildings from water damage.

This customer had a space in their home bathroom area that was just perfect for the WuduMate Classic. They installed a towel rail directly above the unit to facilitate drying the feet after wudu. The unit blends in beautifully with the marble wall and floor tiles, to provide an area that is perfect for safe and comfotable wudu before prayers.

The Mobile World Congress in Barcelona is the largest and most influential event for the connectivity ecosystem. According to their publicity, tens of thousands of senior executives from the top global companies, international governments and trailblazing tech businesses converge at MWC Barcelona.

So we were very pleased to hear that this prestigious event provided prayer facilities for its Muslim guests, and chose the WuduMate Mobile to set up a temporary ablution area for men and women within the exhibition space.

The WuduMate Mobile is perfect for events like this, as it does not need to be plumbed in, and can be wheeled to wherever it is needed, and then wheeled to the bathroom facilities to be emptied and refilled with fresh water.

The stool is movable so guests of different heights can have the seat at the distance they need from the water supply and the stool can also be removed for guests who prefer standing wudu or wheelchair users.

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