Abul Baraa studied Chemical Engineering at UCL, and now works full time for a major Engineering firm. Throughout his time at university, he was involved in Islamic Society da'wah and wrote a number of articles for the society's periodic newsletter. Abul Baraa is a firm believer of the necessity to continue Islamic Studies throughout working life, and is a regular attendee of a number of weekly circles. He has completed an in-depth study of Imām al-Nawawi's 40 hadīth with Ustādh Alomgir Ali, and has created a blog with summarised bullet-point commentary on each hadīth, which can be found on www.hadithcommentary.wordpress.com.
A concerned Muslim with an interest in international law, domestic and foreign policy, history and contemporary ideologies and thinking such as neoconservatism and secularism and their impact on society and in particular Islam and Muslims.
AbdulRahman El-Nounu is a Mechanical Engineer by profession having completed a MEng and is currently pursuing his doctorate (EngD) as a Manufacturing Research Engineer.
He is actively involved in arranging Islamic structured courses with international Dawah institutes and delivers basic study circles in his locality while attending regular Tafseer classes. AbdulRahman’s research and political activism focuses on international affairs and he is an author to Islam21c on current Middle-Eastern issues.
Abdul-Rahman studied International History covering topics such as WW1, WW2, The Cold War and Civil Rights in America. He worked as a youth worker for a number of years assisting in the social, educational and physical development of young people and currently works in Recruitment. He takes a particular interest in the impact of domestic politics on the Muslim community.
Abu Zakariya works as an IT Consultant. He lives in the UK with is wife and three children. He has had a lifelong interst in comparative religion. Abu Zakariya authored the comparative religion blog www.manyprophetsonemessage.com where he shares his knowledge and experiences of dawah with a focus on Islam and Christianity.
Ustdah Alomgir has a BA in Arabic & English language and has studied Arabic and Islamic studies in Cairo. He is currently pursuing a degree in Shariah at al Azhar University in Cairo. He has translated a number of books and holds weekly Tafseer classes in London and is a regular Khateeb in a number of mosques in London. He also taught Arabic and Islamic studies at the Tayyibun Institute in London and is currently an instructor for the Sabeel retreats and seminars.
Abu Talha has been regularly involved in teaching and speaking about Islamic issues for over fifteen years.He undertook his Arabic and Islamic studies at the renowned Islamic University of Madinah where he graduated with BA (Hons) in Shariah and a Diploma in Arabic language. While in Madinah he was blessed to learn from some of the scholars in the Prophet's Masjid. Formerly, he worked as a full time Imam and Khateeb at an Islamic centre for a number of years. Along with his Islamic education, Abu Talha is a qualified and experienced language teacher and holds a Masters in Education and Applied Linguistics.
Afia Ahmed is a BA History student at SOAS University of London. She is a political activist, and is currently the president of the Muslim Students Association and the Co-President of the Christian-Muslim Dialogue Society. In 2013, Afia studied Arabic in Egypt, and her areas of interest now include current events, secularism and feminist thought.
Ahmad has a BA in International Relations and Journalism and an MA in International Security Studies, during which he spent a year as the Head of Media for a national student organisation. He presented the findings of his undergraduate research at the House of Lords, on the representation of Muslim students in the British press. He has a wide range of media experience having written for several online and print publications as well engaging in television and radio interviews. He is an active member of Islam21c's Middle-East Current Affairs Team.
Ahmed Hammuda is the Middle East Editor at Islam21c and one of our regular contributors. His interests lie mainly in the field of Middle East Affairs and how they reflect on Muslims living in the West.
He is an accomplished Electrical engineer by trade and has been involved in various Dawah activities over the course of his education and working life. He has transferred the same analytical approach required in engineering into a careful and measured approach in his views on politics.
Ustadh Ali Ihsan Hammuda is an educator and writer on Islam. He is of Palestinian origin but was brought up in the UK and although an architect/planner by profession, he currently works with Al-Manar (Cardiff) as the English Islamic programmes officer.
Ali is known as the author of various books including 'Origins of the Mosque of Cordoba' and 'The End of Times', and continues to deliver sermons, lectures and regular classes across the country. He is a regular writer on Islamic issues to a wide audience.
Ali R Ilyas is a 23 year old Trainee Solicitor at Lloyds Solicitors in Longsight, Manchester. His interest in human rights activism, specifically in women's rights, led him to become a Director of the emerging Luna Women's Foundation, which has a specific aim to target gender inequality. Apart from being involved in several community organisations and his political role as the Chair of his local Labour Party, Ali enjoys writing creative stories, articles, poetry and performing spoken word poetry.
Amar Alam has studied an undergraduate Psychology degree and completed an MSc within the same field at University College London. He regularly has academic articles published in medical journals and writes articles on various Islamic topics using a social framework for a number of media outlets.
Asim Qureshi is a Human Rights Lawyer and is Co-DIrector of CAGE UK (previously known as Cageprisoners) where he works as the senior researcher. Asim has led investigations into Pakistan, Bosnia, Kenya, Sudan, Sweden, USA and around the UK. With his team of researchers, he has written and published many reports exposing the use of unlawful detention, rendition, and torture in the 'war on terror'.
He is also the author of the book, "Rules of the Game: Detention, Deportation, Disappearance". The work analyses the global detention policies in the 'War on Terror' post 11th September 2001 and the impact on those most affected.
Bilal Abdul Kareem is a former programme director at an international Islamic TV network. He is a director and producer of many films and documentaries as well as a presenter. Bilal has been documenting foreign fighters in Syria for the last two years, and has produced reports with Channel 4, BBC, Skynews, and the Dutch program Newseur.
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Dawuud Kangudi Loka is a business student at Holborn College. Raised in Germany in a Congolese household Dawuud was able to speak up to three languages. He travelled across the globe participating in da'wah initiatives. As an artist and creative he is been behind many online campaigns such as Da'wah men in Brazil. He is also contributor on the Internchange blog.
Dilly Hussain is the deputy editor of British Muslim news site 5Pillars. He is also a political blogger for the Huffington Post and a features writer for Al Jazeera specialising on human rights. He regularly appears on Islam Channel, Russia Today, BBC Look East, BBC South and BBC radio stations discussing Middle East and North African politics, as well as domestic stories concerning British Muslims.
Dr Reza Pankhurst is a political scientist and historian, specialising in the Middle East and Islamic movements. He has a doctorate from the London School of Economics, where he previously completed his Masters degree in the History of International Relations.
Shafiul studied Medicine at King's College London. Currently, he is working as a Foundation Year 2 medical doctor rotating in general practice medicine. During university, he served as Islamic Society President and was involved with medical student representation. He has led on multiple Muslim community based projects, regional health campaigns in inner-city London and medical relief work abroad. Active academic interests include faith-based public health promotion, health infrastructure in humanitarian crisis zones, medical education and pursuing studies in the Islamic sciences.
Dr Shameela Islam-Zulfiqar is a proud mother of four, a medical Doctor and a humanitarian activist. She is due to complete a Masters degree in Disaster Management and Conflict Resolution at the University of Manchester. Dr Islam-Zulfiqar has assisted on humanitarian aid convoys to Syria on several occasions since the start of the Civil War, delivering aid to those most in need and treating the injured in Syrian hospitals. She has also volunteered in humanitarian missions to Gaza, Pakistan and Bosnia in the aftermath of the floods there earlier in 2014. She is also a member of the Board of Governors at a school in Trafford Council.
Fahad Ansari is an Immigration and Human Rights Solicitor, Writer, Activist. He has also authored a number of articles and reports on international human rights, social discrimination and anti-terrorism legislation to mainstream papers and policy makers.
Fatima went on to study Arabic and Islamic studies in Egypt at prominent institutes such as Al Fajr Center, Qortoba Institute and a college of Al Azhar University and is training to be an Islamic Scholar at a seminary here in the UK and through regular visits abroad.
She has been an important contributor to the discourse surrounding Muslim women in the West. She contributed to the Westminster Faith Debates, documentaries and live shows which have been broadcast on BBC Radio, the World Service, as well as BBC Television, Channel 4 and Islam Channel.
Additionally, Fatima has written for the national newspaper The Times and contributed to Times Online's Faith section on topics promoting the understanding of Islam. She has contributed to a number of Muslim publications such as Al-Jumuah Magazine, Emel Magazine, The Muslim Weekly and SISTERS Magazine.
Currently Fatima is Director of SEEDS OF CHANGE - the biggest Muslim women's conference in Europe and lecturer for iERA. Her most recent project is Secrets of a Muslim Women.
Friends of Al-Aqsa is a UK based non-profit making NGO concerned with defending the human rights of Palestinians and protecting the sacred al-Aqsa Sanctuary in Jerusalem. This vision is supported by various international groups and organisations. Friends of Al-Aqsa was first established in 1997 and now has an international support base.
Ghulam Esposito Haydar is a qualified Pharmacist and currently works in the Greater Manchester area. He has a special interest in Neuropsychiatric disorders having completed undergraduate elective modules in this area as well as completing a masters theses on this subject. He is highly active in the Da’wah and New Muslim Support circles in his city – Manchester. He sits of the board for the Myriad Foundation and fulfils the role of head of Public Relations as well as leading on their services, My Cancer Buddy and the Manchester New Muslim Network.
Dr. Haitham al-Haddad is a jurist and serves as a judge for the Islamic Sharia Council (UK & Eire). He has studied the Islamic sciences for over 20 years under the tutelage of renowned scholars such as the late Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia as well as the retired Head of the Kingdom's Higher Judiciary Council. He specialises in many of the Islamic sciences and submitted his doctoral thesis on Islamic jurisprudence concerning Muslim minorities.
Shaikh Haitham is highly respected having specialised knowledge in the field of fiqh, usul al-fiqh, maqasid al-shari'ah, ulum al-Qur’an, tafsir, aqidah, and fiqh al-hadith. He provides complex theories which address the role of Islamic jurisprudence within a western environment whilst also critically re-analysing the approach of Islamic jurists in forming legal rulings (ifta’) within a western socio-political context. He has many well known students most of whom are active in dawah and teaching in the West.
The shaikh is an Islamic jurist (faqih) and as such is qualified to deliver verdicts as a judge under Islamic law, a role he undertakes at the Islamic Sharia Council as Islamic judge and treasurer. Dr Haitham al-Haddad also sits on various the boards of advisors for Islamic organisations, mainly in the United Kingdom but also around the world.
Hamza Andreas Tzortzis is an international public speaker on Islam, a writer, lecturer, instructor and researcher. He is particularly interested in Islam, politics, western and Islamic thought and philosophy.
Hamza delivers workshops, seminars and courses on the foundations of Islamic thought. He is an instructor for iERA and AlKauthar Institute. Hamza has also delivered a short course on the intellectual foundations of Islam for the Islamic Online University for their Diploma course.
Hamza is one of the main initiators of the contemporary emergence of Muslim public debaters and speakers using western and Islamic philosophy to defend and explain Islam. Hamza heads the research team and Lectures for iERA.
Hamza Imran Nisar is a Law student. He is currently completing his LLM at SOAS in International Law. He graduated with an LLB Law degree from Brunel University London. He also recently completed the Sabeel Development course with MRDF. His interests lie in Post-Colonial theory, International Criminal law, the law of Armed Conflict, and Islamic law. He volunteers for CAGE as a caseworker and research assistant. He was part of FOSIS's London student affairs team and was an active member of his ISOC. He has a keen interest in history and politics, and is currently learning martial arts. He hopes to pursue a PhD in the near future.
Imran became a Palestinian rights and Islamophobia a ctivist shortly after gaining his Masters in Physics. During hisyears of activism, he has worked with a diverse range of activist organisations, specialising in social media and grass roots activism, as well as commenting on issues of Islamophobia on platforms such as 5 Pillars, PRESS TV & BBC Asian Network, and he writes in his personal capacity. He also blogs posts on poetry and philosophy. His twitter handle is @imranshah884.
Ismael Abdela is an Anthropology graduate from the London School of Economics. He spent some years studying Islamic Sciences in Qaseem, Saudi Arabia. He is now a keen social entrepreneur. Ismael likes to write about spiritual reflections, social commentary and tafsīr. He is particularly interested in putting religion in conversation with the social sciences.
Ismail Patel (born 1963) is a British optician, and founder of Friends of Al-Aqsa, in Leicester, about 1995.
He is an advisory board member of the Conflicts Forum, director of IslamExpo, and a member of the Special Advisory Board of Clear Conscience. He writes commentary for The Guardian, and The Independent, Aljazeera English, and Arabian Business.
Khuram Malik is the Founder and Chief Strategist at Stratagem.io, a consultancy that helps businesses figure out how to get from 'here' to 'there'. He is also the author of the upcoming book series, Billion Dollar Muslim: Spiritual Inspiration for the Muslim Entrepreneur.
Mohamed Soudan is the Foreign Affairs Secretary of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party in Egypt, and took a leading role in its formation. During Mohamed Morsi's presidency he also acted as the Chief Consultant Engineer to the Governor of Alexandria.
Mohammad is currently Head of Community Development at the Islamic Education & Research Academy (iERA). He is also a specialist in effectivity and performance management and provides training in those fields. He galvanised his experience at Xerox and the AlMaghrib Institute (not to mention his Qur'an classes for children).
Moulana Yunus Dudhwala is currently the Chair of the Halal Monitoring Committee (HMC). He has been involved in certification of the Halal industry over the past ten years. He is also Head of Chaplaincy & Bereavement Services at Barts Health NHS Trust, located in an area with one of the most diverse populations in the country. He started providing spiritual care to patients on a voluntary basis in 1998, prior to his appointment as the first person from a minority faith to head a chaplaincy service in the NHS. In 2010, he was awarded the NHS employee of the year for his exemplary work as a Muslim chaplain. He has also served as a mosque Imam in Seven Kings and East Ham and also worked as a full-time Imam at the high security Belmarsh Prison. Originally from Blackburn and a graduate of Darul-Uloom, Bury and Al-Azhar University, Cairo, he is a regular speaker at Islamic events and mosques around the country.
The foundation strives to articulate Islam in a modern context and address the unique situation and challenges faced by Muslims in the West. An integral focus as a means to this end is the study, analysis & presentation of classical Islamic scholarship and its contemporary application.
Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani is a Hanafi Islamic scholar from Pakistan. He served as a judge on the Federal Shariat Court of Pakistan from 1981 to 1982 and the Shariat Appellate Bench of the Supreme Court of Pakistan between 1982 and 2002. He is an expert in the fields of Islamic Jurisprudence (fiqh), economics and hadith. He also held a number of positions on the Shariah Boards of prestigious Islamic institutions, and is one of the most influential Islamic authors outside the Middle East.
Muhammad reverted to Islam from agnosticism 10 years ago. He works in allied health and as the secretary of his local mosque. He continues to try his best to understand the challenges of the dunya in the light of revelation and tries to bring his experience of previously being a British non-Muslim to his da'wah efforts.
Muhammad has lived in the Middle East for eight years. He holds a B.A. in International Affairs from Qatar University and is currently pursuing an M.A. in International Politics at the University of Manchester in the UK.
Rabah is a law graduate with a specialism in human rights and international law. He is currently undertaking the Bar Professional Training Course in London.
He writes with an interest in human rights, law, and politics, and has been published on the Guardian, Huffington Post UK, New Statesman, and others.
Ustadh Abu Rumaysah Refi Shaafi was born and brought up in High Wycombe. He studies with Shaykh Haitham Al-Haddad and Shaykh Abu AbdiRahman Al-Libee. He graduated from Imperial College from the faculty of Computer Sciences. He is currently a Java Programmer Manager. He is the chairman for the WISE (Wycombe Islamic Society). He is very active in his local community especially with his Masjid and working with youth via Islamic Scouts He has translated a number of books such as The criterion between the friends of Allah and the friends of shaytan, The relief from distress (the dua of Yunus Alayhisalam, both by Ibn Taymiyyah and many others. He has also written an explanation of Surah Al-Faatiha called ‘The spiritual cure.’ He currently gives weekly circles in High Wycombe and Watford. He is also a Lecturer for MRDF.
Saadia Humayun is pursuing Biomedical Engineering. She currently works as a Motion Graphic Artist for LiveDeen and Azan, two non-profit Da'wah organisations in Pakistan that conduct Islamic workshops and conferences inviting scholars from abroad. She also volunteers at AlKauthar Institute and blogs in her spare time at callofthedusk.wordpress.com.
Sadia Habib taught English at Key Stages 3, 4 and 5. She is a PhD candidate in Educational Studies at Goldsmiths University of London. She is also an editor for The Sociological Imagination.
You can follow Sadia on Twitter @educ_research
Sairah Yassir is a graduate in French and International Politics who currently works in research of alternative civilisations contributions to science, technology and civilisation. She is active in local Palestine action and community campaigns in Manchester and has a keen interest in social and political affairs.
Saleem is a Muslim Chaplain, with a rich background in Islamic knowledge including Islamic Creed, Principles of Islamic jurisprudence and Principles of interpreting the Qur'an.
Saleem has been very active in the field of dawah ranging from grass-roots dawah stalls to delivering lectures at Universities and also internationally, such as at the prestigious American University of Beirut (Lebanon). Saleem is a regular participant on radio phone-in debates and has presented numerous television shows on channels such as Islam Channel and IQRA TV, explaining Islam in a positive light to the general public.
He also serves as Imam and khateeb at a number of Mosques in London. Saleem is a great defender of Islamic orthodoxy and believes Muslims should derive inspiration from their long scholarly tradition. Currently he is a lecturer and trainer for iERA and is Head of Communications.
Salim Bhorat runs a business and technology consultancy. He was part of the first Muslim group to join the Stop The War coalition—JUSTPEACE (Muslims for Justice and Peace)—when it formed in 2001 and continues to work on such causes. He is also a part of the Independent Muslim Forum in Bolton which provides an independent Muslim voice to promote cooperation, consensus and unity on the Muslim affairs in the wider community. He is also involved in a service for finding brothers and sisters good Muslim marriage partners with a concern to keep people upon the Dīn.
Sheikh Shaqur Rehman has completed a PGCE along with an MA in Applied Linguistics. He preceded his secular studies with a traditional Islamic education beginning in Egypt in 1999-2001 which he further developed in Syria and Saudi Arabia whilst teaching English in various universities and institutions. During his Islamic studies, he managed to memorise the Holy Qur’an and attain authorisation (Ijaza) in recitation and various Islamic sciences including theology and jurisprudence. Shaqur is currently a teacher at Al-Noor Primary school and a Lecturer in Islamic studies at the Tayyibun Institute and MRDF and Imam of Redbridge Mosque, London.
Shifaa Choudhury graduated from BSc Psychology at The University of Birmingham and is currently studying a diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Previously on the Admin team for MRDF, Shifaa aspires to be a published writer and counsellor. As of yet, she has started her own blog and facebook page to help those struggling with mental health issues.
Sofia is an activist, writer and aspiring journalist. She currently resides in Manchester and works in the Health Care sector. She is the founder of Muslim Women Against Femen and #MuslimahPride. Find her on twitter @sofiaahmed1.
Abu Haneefah is an educationalist and student of knowledge. He has worked extensively in community projects in the UK. He holds regular study circles on reflections on the Qur'ān and his field of expertise is the tarbiyya of young people.
Steeve has been involved in da'wah and community work in France and in the UK for about 10 years. Since 2010, he has been launching and heading “Muslim Now” the new Muslim department of the Islamic Education & Research Academy (iERA). He specialises in developing effective structures to educate and empower new Muslims so that they can establish firm foundations and become strong believers, insha Allah.
Najla has a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from City University, an MA in Islamic Studies from Markfield Institute, accredited by Loughborough University, an MA in Woman and Child Abuse from London Metropolitan University, as well as a Post Graduate Certificate in Islamic Counselling also accredited by Loughborough University and a TEFL certificate.
She currently lives in Egypt with her husband and kids, where she studies Qur'an and Arabic Language privately.
Yasmin Khatun is a journalist and producer, working in both print and broadcast. At the Islam Channel she produces news programme The Report and works on investigative documentaries. In her written work she contributes to various publications including The Huffington Post, writing about current affairs, ethics & fashion.
Yasir Reda is currently working as an IT consultant having graduated from university with a Bachelor's degree in Information Systems. He is a keen reader of Islamic literature and of Egyptian origin.
Although he has grown up in the UK, Yasser is an avid political activist and is proud to have been involved in some of the protests against the police and army post-coup in Cairo, Egypt. Yasser's work stems from a combination of experience, reading and close correspondence with people directly involved and affected by current affairs in Egypt and the Middle-East and is an author for Islam21c
Yazan has an MSc in International Development from Bristol University and is an ardent Palestine activist, taking part in many initiatives in support of the Palestinian cause. Yazan has engaged in arranging student exchange programmes between Gaza and the UK and is a keen researcher and academic on the issue, delivered research papers at universities including Oxford surrounding the Palestinian identity problem.
Yazan left the UK just over a year ago to work with a relief agency working with Syrian refugees on the Jordanian border. Through this work, he has come heard many first hand accounts of the Syrian struggle and the suffering of the refugees. He is now a regular contributor for Islam21c alongside the Middle East current affairs team.
Yusuf Patel is the founder of SREIslamic, which provides advice, support and training to parents concerned with how Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) is taught in schools, particularly at the primary level. SRE Islamic has conducted seminars across the country since 2008 to inform Muslim parents of their legal rights in the area of SRE as well as running workshops covering the responsibility of Muslim parents to impart age appropriate sex education in line with their values. Yusuf works in an education capacity for a charity that supports homeless people, refugees, young people and families in need; he is also a trustee of a Muslim education center that provides nursery and primary education with an Islamic ethos.
Z.A Rahman is a community activist and a member of a large Mosque in the UK. He graduated in Law, specialising in discrimination law and now works for a leading national company. He has a keen interest in politics and history, particularly Islamic history. He also enjoys traveling and has visited numerous countries in the Middle East and North Africa.