Rehanah Sadiq was born in Gujranwala, Pakistan, and has lived in Britain since 1961. Her love and commitment for her faith and her search for answers on living in Britain as a Muslim, led her to study Islam through contemporary Muslim scholars in the West from 1980 onwards.
She has worked as a Muslim chaplain for two Birmingham NHS Hospital Trusts since the year 2000, helping to develop both respective Chaplaincy departments into pro-active multi-faith teams.
She has been counselling in the Muslim community for over 30 years. In 2006 she qualified as a psychotherapist from the University of Central England in Birmingham.
Since 2011 she has been a Faith Advisor to West Midlands Police Chaplaincy and involved in Faith Input Training for the Force. She has been a member of the WMP Faith and Chaplaincy Liaison Committee since 2013.
She was selected as a chaplain in the London2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and then for the Glasgow2014 Commonwealth Games.
She continues to be involved in multi-faith Chaplaincy training and in inter-faith community activities locally and nationally.
Much of her time is spent in a consultative role on various national chaplaincy-linked projects and research projects in the UK and abroad.
In 2014 she worked in consultation with the World Health Organisation in providing information from a Muslim perspective, and in the development of the ‘Safe and Dignified Burial Protocol’ for patients who died from suspected or confirmed Ebola virus disease in West Africa.
Her aspirations include writing a book and furthering study in Arabic and Islamic jurisprudence in a Chaplaincy context.