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Aqsa Ahmed

MA HISTORY, SOAS UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

As a 2020 History graduate, I have spent my year working in educational policy at Salford Student’s Union, implementing a student framework which introduces 'Decolonising the Curriculum'. My MA History at SOAS will give me greater insight into how communities have become collaborative and inclusive of marginalised identities. My dissertation hopes to focus on the role of Sufism in curating long lasting Islamic identities in South India. I hope to build upon this work to understand what collaborative and inclusive policy looks like, whilst adding to my portfolio of policy experience within the education sector. Outside of academics, I write for my personal blog, curate family histories and build upon decolonising campaigns.
Ali Al-Enazi

MA INTERNATIONAL JOURNALISM, CITY UNIVERSITY

As a journalist and student of politics, I have always been deeply passionate about global affairs.  As the world becomes ever more polarised, reporting on a global context, has proved to be vital in keeping the masses informed as well as providing a platform for those in need. Therefore, my desire to give a voice to the voiceless has pushed me to apply for further study in International Journalism. For many years, the Muslim community has been both misrepresented and under-represented in the media. This course will provide me with the tools to change this unjust imbalance in the industry
Mustakim Hasnath

MA TELEVISION JOURNALISM, CITY UNIVERSITY

I am continually touched by the very personal stories behind each person who I am privileged to meet through my work in journalism, be this as part of BBC documentaries I help develop and produce, or investigative features I made alongside my BA English Language and Linguistics degree. Every story told is one step forward in the interests of helping to show audiences what's really going on in the world - the good, bad, and the ugly. I have been fortunate to have been able to use my community background to aid me in ensuring those who very often feel too afraid to speak out, marginalised or voiceless in society, are given a platform and are not forgotten.
Alia Khan

MA HISTORY, SOAS UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

As a Public Affairs and Policy professional within the Children’s sector, I am responsible for championing children’s rights to security and safety by using research, case studies and expertise to influence government policy on health, education and safety for children. My job is to provide the paramount support that the most vulnerable and disadvantaged young people in society require, in particular British Muslims. British Muslim children are disproportionately disadvantaged due to systemic racism, Islamophobia and continue to live below the poverty line, which further hinders their future chances of bettering their lives as the future generation. I aspire to advocate for and bring effective representation in policy for British Muslims which supports their development from a young age and increases their prospects of success.
Khadijah Khatun

MSC POLITICS OF CRJ, SOAS UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

I am currently a Senior Communications Officer at UK Parliament. Outside of work, I am also director of Muslim Women Connect, a not for profit which supports the career development of Muslim women in the UK. I am committed to creating meaningful and impactful change through grass roots work and community development, engagement and dialogue. With this in mind, I look forward to completing a Masters in the Politics of Conflict, Rights and Justice at SOAS University of London.
TAZNIN MAHAM

MA GLOBAL PUBLIC POLICY, SOAS UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

I want to be more than a mere spectator of Muslim affairs, especially where the wellbeing of my own community is at stake. I would like to become an actor, as I believe staying silent is a form of complicity. With this in mind, pursuing Public Policy will will allow me to better understand the theoretical frameworks behind complex policy making. This is necessary to further deconstruct and decolonise the policies that are impacting Muslims in the West. I aim to influence these policies for the betterment of Muslims and the diaspora community, contributing to research in academia and instigating societal change. I’m thankful to the Aziz Foundation for identifying within me a potential catalyst for change.
Adila Mir

MPHIL MASTERS OF PHILOSOPHY IN WORLD HISTORY, UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

I was born and raised in London and also attended university there, being the first in my family to do so. As an undergraduate History student at UCL, I took modules spanning across Eurasia, the Mediterranean, and the Atlantic world, triggering my interests in the global connections that shape identities in our highly globalised society today. I believe History to be a tool of empowerment for marginalised communities and am pursuing further studies in World History to make valuable contributions to the Muslim community. Aside from academia, I take part in student activism raising awareness of the issues Muslims face both nationally and internationally, and hope to use such initiatives to tackle racism and Islamophobia in the Historical discipline as well as the wider education sector.

Salma Nizami

MA INTERNATIONAL STUDIES AND DIPLOMACY, SOAS UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

As a British Muslim woman, I have always been fascinated with the influence that religion, culture and societal values have on politics, which has subsequently led me to a Masters in International Relation and Diplomacy. Having been fortunate enough to travel around Asia and the Middle East, I came to deeply appreciate different understandings of culture, society and conflict resolution and it is with that, my interests in my own political identity grew. It is my belief that diversity is paramount in the field of both domestic and foreign relations to ensure that the policies created by the government are both inclusive and equal for underrepresented groups.
Thamsia Salam

MSC POVERTY, INEQUALITY & DEVELOPMENT, UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

As an upcoming Politics and International Relations graduate, I am excited to begin my Master’s course in the highly reputable Department of International Development at the University of Birmingham. During my undergraduate degree, I opted to tailor my degree towards policy implementation, choosing to evaluate the UK’s response to migratory flows and asylum applications as my dissertation topic. In particular, my research interests lie in the  role developmental theories have had in underpinning current pressing issues like poverty and inequality. Outside of university, I am also a writer for Muslim Census – an increasingly up and coming independent organisation engaging with data and empowering Muslims.
MOHAMMAD ABBAS

MENG MECH. ENG., WARWICK

A Masters in Mechanical Engineering will equip me with the problem-solving skills needed to face any career challenge. I aim to use this opportunity to launch a successful career in the Professional Services sector. I aspire to serve the Muslim community, especially the youth. I want to increase the representation of Muslims in professional environments and be a role model for young Muslims who need guidance on how they can achieve the careers they dream of. Aside from studies, I have a passion for sports and fitness. I enjoy volunteering, especially giving back to my community. My goal in all aspects of life is to be better than the day before.
IMAN ABDI-IBRAHIM

MSC WOMEN’S HEALTH, UCL

I currently work as a caseload midwife and have decided to undertake a Women’s Health MSc with the support of the Aziz Foundation. I have aspirations to influence policies within women’s health and undertake research into the factors that increase the maternal mortality rate for black women giving birth in the UK. I also aim to gain an insight into the barriers faced by women of marginalised backgrounds when accessing maternity care. I hope to be an advocate with my research and to create an open dialogue with women and healthcare professionals to reduce these discrepancies. I believe that empowering women to take charge of the decisions being made about them is an important step in ensuring their voices are heard.
LADAN ABDULLE

LLM LAW, UCL

As a graduate in LLB Law and Politics, I have always had a profound interest in how both the legal world and political world influence each other. This interest has pushed me to pursue an LLM and specialise in Public Law. By specialising in public law, I will be able to enhance my knowledge in areas of International law, human rights, EU law and constitutional law, which are often highly politicised areas of our legal system. This LLM will be a steppingstone into a career which will get me into the field of legal policy making. I aim to have a positive impact in our society where accountability is upheld, where those who are underrepresented and misrepresented have their rights protected and where fairness is established.
ZAHRA ABDULLE

MA SOCIAL WORK, MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY

I recently completed a BSc in Psychology at Queen Mary University where I focused on the neural impact of early development. My final year research showed me the impact early childhood experiences can have on the brain in adulthood. This is especially important for children with disabilities as early support and interventions can aid development. Working with children with special needs has shown me how children flourish when in suitable high-quality environments which meet their needs. The lack of culturally competent care can prevent Muslim families from gaining support. A Masters in social work will enable me to advocate for Muslim families in the social care field by researching the lived-experiences of Muslim families and highlighting the importance of meeting religious and cultural needs.
FAISA ABDI

MSc PUBLIC HEALTH, KING'S COLLEGE LONDON

I became interested in Public Health when I realised the scope of what is covered in the discipline. Anything that affects the health of a population falls under the realm of public health. I was particularly intrigued by the wider determinants of health, that many of us have less control of but it still significantly impacts our health and well-being. With this degree, I hope to improve the manner in which our communities tackle the leading causes of mortality and morbidity.
OSOB MOHAMED ABDI

MA CHILD STUDIES, KING'S COLLEGE LONDON

Having worked as a secondary French teacher in an inner city comprehensive school for 6 years, my career ambitions have been rechannelled to community based projects whilst on maternity leave. My interest predominantly lies with the link between community, children and school. My role as a trustee for a Somali community charity organisation based in Camden led me to organising and running school related sessions for Somali parents and, more recently, online Zoom Parents Support sessions during the lockdown. Many feel overwhelmed and lost with regards to their children’s education and the goal is to help empower them to best support their children. This MA will allow me to conduct research in this field, make important contacts and will hopefully lead to bigger community based projects which bring together local schools, community organisations and parents.
NAEEMA ABDIN

MSc MENTAL HEALTH: PSY. THERAPIES, QUEEN MARY

My interest in mental health began at the age of thirteen after reading personal accounts written by individuals coping with depression. As years progressed, I noticed mental health was not commonly discussed within a Muslim household, and likewise research on how Muslims dealt with these conditions was practically non-existent. While I knew I wanted to tackle mental within the Muslim community, through my personal experience I realised I want to specifically help underprivileged Muslim women. For this reason, I am completing a Masters in mental health therapies to become a Clinical Psychologist who specialises in the mental health of Muslim women. I aim to incorporate Islamic teachings into current therapies while also expanding the literature dedicated to Muslim mental health.
AISHA ADEN

LLM Legal Practice Course, University of Law

Law is fundamental to society because it ensures we do not transgress each other’s rights and freedoms. I am committed to pursuing a career in the law so that I can protect and champion the human rights and freedoms of people from all backgrounds including British Muslims. The LLM Legal Practice course will enable me to qualify as a solicitor and pursue a career in the law. Conducting work experience in the legal field highlighted to me that both British Muslims and people from BAME communities are overrepresented in the criminal justice system and this inspired me to do further research on the factors driving this. It also made me aware that Muslims were under-represented in the legal profession. Therefore, completion of the LLM will allow me to increase representation of Muslims in the legal profession and ensure that I can provide effective legal advice to the Muslim and wider community.
FARHAN AFFAN-ALI

MA NATIONAL SECURITY STUDIES, KCL

A graduate of BA Politics, Philosophy and Economics; I have explored the nuances of several political dynamics that influence interstate cooperation while exploring approaches to conflict, war, peace, and security. My keenest interest is how the securitisation of Muslims and Islam in the UK impacts the prevalence of Islamophobia. The MA in National Security Studies will equip me with a defined set of methodological aptitudes that can empower me to gather and analyse real-world data to test theoretically informed hypotheses about the sources, effects, and goals of numerous forms of peaceful and violent conflicts that not only result in the creation of state security and defence policies but the securitisation of ‘suspect’ communities.
FARZANA AMEHD

MA CREATIVE WRITING AND CRITICAL LIFE, LEEDS

Writing has always been a part of me; I am a storyteller. This informed my practice when I was a secondary English teacher and has followed me throughout my life. Now on a break from teaching, while parenting my two children, I have also completed a Masters in Education. I feel a Masters in Creative Writing will enhance my teaching skills for when I am back in the classroom but also create opportunities for publishing my own work in an industry that is still starkly white and middle-class. We need to normalise the presence of Muslims in mainstream publishing, amplify marginalised voices and encourage future generations to see the arts as a viable field for them.
ANFAC AHMED

MSC HEALTH MANAGEMENT, CITY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

Having worked as an NHS midwife for over three years, I have seen first-hand the poor health outcomes and experiences of BME Muslim women during pregnancy and childbirth. This is an area I became increasingly concerned about. Studying this Masters will enable me to progress on to senior leadership and management roles within the healthcare industry and therefore voice the concerns of patients who are often overlooked by healthcare systems. After all, healthcare organisations are only capable of delivering real change once these issues are prioritised and understood by those in management positions. In my free time, I enjoy long distance running and reading.
FARAH AHMED

MSC POPULATION HEALTH, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON

Due to my interest in the social and health sciences from a young age hence, I studied Psychology for my undergraduate degree. Through working in the NHS and refugee families and individuals from a minority background in the voluntary sector, I developed a better understanding of ethnic differences in health outcomes and their links to disadvantage within education, employment, housing and the criminal justice system. Through this MSc, I hope to challenge reductive, Eurocentric narratives that emphasise biology, as opposed to social, economic and political processes that engineer health inequalities. I aim to centre the insights of those with lived experience in my studies and future projects to ensure that the challenges and needs of the most vulnerable communities in the UK are at the forefront of academic research and healthcare systems.
FEZZAN AHMED

MSC GRANT MAKING, PHILAN. & SOCIAL INVESTMENT, CITY

I never completed my undergraduate degree due to personal circumstances and instead developed a career in the Banking industry. After 6 years with HSBC, I moved into my first professional fundraising role. At the Battersea Arts Centre I learnt about the charity sector and and then completed an MA in Community Organising. I continued my fundraising career in Higher Education with the University of Westminster and soon developed a social enterprise, the Jigsaw House Society, with my co-founder Kamal Sanusi – working on empowerment projects specifically designed with and for people from under represented backgrounds. Now, thanks to the Aziz Foundation I will be learning and sharing how marginalised people can organise money around the changes they want to make in their communities, via working in the charity sector or creating their own social enterprises.
MEMOONA AHMED

MA ISLAMIC STUDIES, SOAS UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

Pursuing a Masters degree is a moral obligation upon myself and a commitment to others. I refer it as an obligation because I am responsible in supporting and guiding the next generation. I want to be an example to others of the attainments and contributions to society that women can make. I am interested in this course because this will provide me with the training I need in Islamic religious material. This will allow me to use my skills and training to translate Islamic texts for madrassahs and Islamic schools to help them structure their module criteria and to use books translated into English to help them develop understanding of the Arabic texts.
MUHAMMAD AHMED

MSC ENGINEERING DESIGN, LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY

I recently completed my undergraduate degree in General Engineering where I was the recipient of the IMechE’s Best Project Award – something I never actually thought I would ever achieve. I now intend to complete a Masters in Engineering Design. I want to use my education to breakthrough into the ranks of the motorsport industry, being the amalgamation of my interests in engineering and sports in general. The British Muslim population is heavily under-represented in motorsports and I believe an effort needs to be made for this to change as sport has great influence on British culture/society.
NAHIM AHMED

MSC STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT OF PROJECTS, UCL

Over the past decade, I have been working both in the private and voluntary sectors to help people from disadvantaged backgrounds with their development. Having completed my undergraduate and postgraduate studies around Law, Community Leadership, Youth and Community work and currently working as a Youth and Community Engagement Manager, I want to take my career to the next level by directing projects that will help bring positive sustainable changes in regeneration development. I have already established enduring relationships with thousands of disadvantaged local residents and key stakeholders in order to make the society we live in a more prosperous one, full of opportunities to promote community cohesion. In July 2019, I was honoured at the House of Lords with a British Citizen Award in the Arts, which signified my commitment to helping disadvantaged young people.
NARZRA AHMED

MA MAGAZINE JOURNALISM, CITY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

My background in Physiology and Pharmacology, as well as my work as a freelance journalist, has instilled in me the importance of paying attention to detail and being accurate. Through studying Journalism at a postgraduate level, I aim to develop skills which would allow me to encourage fairer representation of Muslims, and other underrepresented voices, in the media.
ZAINAB AHMED

MA PHILOSOPHY, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON

My interests lie within the Islamic philosophical tradition and Islamic legal theory. After completing two undergraduate programmes in Arabic and Islamic studies, I applied foor an MA in Philosophy to engage deeply with three key areas: the philosophy of language, epistemology and ethics. This course will equip me with the necessary skills to evaluate assumed, yet constructed, paradigms systematically. I am interested in working with youth communities and students within higher educational settings, who are increasingly challenged with existential questions in relation to their faith. I hope to use the academic sphere to contribute to discussions on God and ethics and cultivate a safe space for young students to contextualise their religious commitments and instil confidence within them by drawing inspiration from our Islamic intellectual heritage.
AZAAN AKBAR

MSc INTERNATIONAL SOCIAL AND PUBLIC POLICY, LSE

I intend to research the intersectionality of race and class and its impact on aspiration, attainment and life outcomes. This interest has stemmed from my own experiences; being one of the few British-Asian Muslims in a majority white-working class school, in an area once led by BNP councillors, came with unique challenges. When I later returned to my school to teach, I realised that truly informed policy at all levels has the power to give students the opportunities to flourish. With experience working in education, policy and media, I am confident that my Masters will allow me to translate the findings of research into effective educational practice. It is my firm belief that the circumstances you are born into should never determine where you end up.
SAIMA AKHTAR

MA JOURNALISM: NEWS, UNIVERSITY OF SALFORD

My lifelong passion for writing, coupled with my curiosity about people and events, has inspired me to tell stories for a living. In 2019, I obtained my undergraduate degree in History & American Studies from the University of Manchester. I am hopeful that this generous sponsorship opportunity from The Aziz Foundation will facilitate my ambition of producing news content for different multimedia platforms and documentary films. As a trainee journalist, I aim to act with integrity and objectivity, in order to challenge the culture of misinformation in the mainstream media today. Additionally, I am conscious that the media industry could benefit from better amplifying the voices of ethnic minorities and Muslims, hence why I am excited to advocate on behalf of these underrepresented groups. Therefore, I believe that pursuing journalism will award me the potential to foster positive change for the wider community.
AKASHI ALAM

MPHIL HEALTH, MEDICINE AND SOCIETY, CAMBRIDGE

Having completed the first three years of medical school at KCL, I am using my intercalated year as an opportunity to explore some of the sociological and anthropological aspects of health and medicine. The largely quantitative and fast-paced research within clinical medicine can lack nuanced considerations for patients and their individual contexts. By studying within several different but related faculties of social sciences, I will be able to expand my knowledge in these areas and develop qualitative research skills. I therefore aim to contribute towards bridging some of these epistemological and methodological disparities through original research, both now and in my future career. Following this MPhil I plan to complete the final two years of my medical training before qualifying as a junior doctor.
RUFEIDA ALHATIMY

MA CONTEMP. LITERATURE, CULTURE & THEORY, KCL

Having recently graduated with an English degree, I wanted to take my research interests further by undertaking an MA in Contemporary Literature culture, and theory. My research interests lie in the fields of culture and representation, and the influence of the past on the present, all of which I can combine through this MA. Culture is both fascinating and confusing because it is something that shapes us, whilst inviting us to shape it. I want to particularly carve a space for the Muslim identity, the figure that is often cast as ‘alien’ in various literary cultures to speak to the narratives of both the past and present. I aspire to use my experiences and mobilised forces to eventually influence educational policies to promote equal opportunities and enhance inclusivity in Higher Education and beyond.
AISHA ALI

MSC MENTAL HEALTH, UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

My passion for studying mental health derives from both academic study and work which consists of working with vulnerable children with mental health conditions. From my time working within Birmingham Children’s Hospital’s ‘Health in Mind’ department, I have been exposed first-hand to children’s deteriorating mental health and well-being, witnessing a shocking rise in negative mental health within BAME communities. This inspired me to further explore studies into mental health amongst young individuals. I hope to build upon my existing skills through this Masters and use this to facilitate my future goal of undertaking a Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.
AMNA ALI

LLM BACHELORS IN CIVIL LAW, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

I graduated last year with a law degree from Oxford University and have recently completed the BPTC at BPP Manchester. With the generous support from Aziz foundation, I intend to begin the BCL at Oxford. I particularly look forward to pursuing my interest in human rights, public law and other areas. I aspire to qualify as a barrister to advocate for disadvantaged communities and give back to the very Muslim communities that assisted me in getting to where I am today.
HANA MOHAMED ALI

LLM LEGAL PRACTICE COURSE, UNIVERSITY OF LAW

As an active member of the Somali and Muslim communities, I have witnessed how disadvantaged these communities are and how difficult it is to find adequate legal advice. Studying the LLM in Professional Legal Practice at the University of Law with the support of the Aziz Foundation will enhance my legal knowledge so I can give excellent legal advice to both Muslims and non-Muslims. Furthermore, I plan to use this scholarship opportunity to continue shifting cultural attitudes about Muslim women in the legal field. Growing up, pursuing a career in law was deemed haram (prohibited) especially for a woman. So, by qualifying as a solicitor, I hope to be at the forefront of change in these communities and raise the aspirations of British Muslims.
NAFISA ALI

MSC PHYSICIAN ASSOCIATE STUDIES, BOURNEMOUTH

My decision to go into medicine was due to the fact that I always found myself helping other people during sickness and injuries. Medical professions are noble, challenging and all about patient centred care. I always try my level best to empathise with the patients and treat them the way I want to be treated. By undertaking this Masters, I hope to pursue my dream to work in the medical field and I strongly believe this will increase my confidence and allow me to develop the skills I require to improve patient care. I hope I can improve community ties and social equalities.
SAMMERA ALI

MBA BUSINESS ADMIN., CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS

I believe innovation and creativity are central to development, products or a service in any leading organisation and it is key to sustaining a business in this fast-changing world. My 15-years of existing experience in the third sector, and working with Muslim and mainstream charities and businesses, has provided me with vital understanding of management, communications, and fundraising. The additional knowledge I gain through the MBA places me in a unique position to develop teams and organisations with further depth. Currently at the British Asian Trust, I have learnt the value of social finance, making sustainable changes for the longer-term, and helping marginalised communities in South Asia. I have a strong commitment to contributing to society, as demonstrated by my service in the sector and I hope to continue to empower the diaspora communities locally and internationally.
SYED JAWAD ALI

LLM PUBLIC INTERNATIONAL LAW, MANCHESTER

My involvement in politics helped me to gain a deeper understanding of the issues that ethnic minorities face when trying to access education and justice amongst other things. I grew up in an area that reflected those struggles and I wanted to see a change. As a result, I want to practice as a barrister and advocate for people who would otherwise remain silent when facing injustice. The master’s in public international law allows me to gain specialist knowledge in areas such as International Human Rights. The master’s degree combined with my undergraduate law degree allows me to have the necessary legal knowledge to establish a practice and represent people in human rights law, immigration law, and criminal law.
ZOHEB ALI

MA POSTCOLONIAL STUDIES, SOAS UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

I read English and American Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London and decided to pursue this MA directly after graduation. My Undergraduate research and writing was primarily concerned with literature of the diaspora, the marginalised and the outsider and was supplemented by a range of literary and visual forms of creative expression. The themes, explorations, and criticisms that I engaged with in my BA were very much concerned with the history and legacy of colony and cultural imperialism left in the wake of Empire. This MA enables me to further critique these facets of postcolonial British society and culture through the lens of literary expression. The realms of Academia, particularly literary criticism, are and always have been elitist and traditional – disseminating establishment voices rather than that of the wider community. I hope to break this mould of convention in order to secure and foster spaces of intellectual and critical thought for British Muslims.
MARYAM AL-TAMIMY

MA COUNSELLING, GOLDSMITHS UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

Being a counsellor has been a lifelong dream of mine since I was a little girl, when seeking help from others was not an option. Having struggled myself, I realised that I did not want people to go through difficulty alone, and that asking for help should not be considered “embarrassing”. I want to erase the stigma of being a counsellor – especially in my community – and want people to know that there was no shame in seeking counselling services. Being a Muslim counsellor, I hope to be able to give back to my community and help people, especially since I attach a great of importance to representation. My lifelong goal is to help as many people as possible and be able to proudly represent my religion.
DILARA ALTUN

LLM MASTERS OF LAW, KING'S COLLEGE LONDON

As a recent graduate during a pandemic, I have recognised my privilege to be able to access and complete my education in a safe environment, but I am aware that this is not the case for everyone. This is one of the many reasons I am keen on dedicating my career to help marginalised communities who face injustices and ensure that they can access the same rights afforded to all people via International law. I am also interested in the use of technologies in the public sector that lead to biased outcomes resulting in injustices where people are discriminated based on their race and other protected characteristics as a result of automated decision-making systems. I have experience in working on the Syrian conflict and sexual violence where I am writing a report to address such human rights breaches. I have also campaigned against the fast-fashion industry that promotes unsustainable and unethical practices such as modern slavery industry.
BUSHRA AMJAD

LLM LEGAL PRACTICE COURSE, UNIVERSITY OF LAW

Almost half of the Muslim population resides in the most disadvantaged areas in the UK and as a minority group, are deprived of legal representation. Muslims, therefore, experience the greatest economic hardship and as a result, are more likely to have poor legal representation. I intend to study the Legal Practice Course & LLM at the University of Law with support of the Aziz Foundation. My interest in this course stems from my time working as a Caseworker for the Islamophobia Response Unit (IRU) where I was exposed to the deep structural barriers Muslim face in the world of work. I am primarily interested in using my degree to support and improve legal representation for marginalised communities.
FAIZA ASADI

MSC PHYS. ASSOC. STUDIES, QUEEN MARY

I have always had a passion for learning about Islam and clinical medicine. I believe that it’s important for us as Muslims to advance in all fields, in order to develop our communities. I have studied the Islamic theology and Arabic course and since my completion I am involved in educating students on the Alimyyah course. Through this Masters I will be able to build a strong clinical foundation within general adult & paediatric medicine and help to increase the representation of Muslim women within the clinical profession. I also hope to encourage and inspire Muslims, especially women to progress in their education and become experts in their desired fields.
ZAHRAH AWALEH

MPH MASTERS IN PUBLIC HEALTH, CITY

After ten years working in youth guidance and careers education, employment and training as a Connexions Personal Adviser with clients from diverse backgrounds, and almost four years as a healthcare chaplain in a busy acute hospital environment within a multi-faith team, the motivation behind studying this Masters in Public Health is to better understand how the social determinants of health impact the life course of individuals and communities, and therefore their life chances. I want to learn more about these social determinants so I can enter the field of public health and help develop strategies with local stakeholders, multi-agencies and the third sector to improve the life expectancy and wellbeing of local communities. In my spare time I love playing with my children, walks, reading, swimming, yoga, music, volunteering, and catching up with friends and family.
ASIM AYUB

MSC ECONOMIC HISTORY, LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS

After spending a decade at a British Islamic seminary, I’ve completed a foundation degree in Engineering and a BSc in Economics. I am currently studying for an MSc in Economic History at the London School of Economics whilst pursuing further Islamic Studies part-time. I currently work as a teacher and am the resident scholar for the Karima Foundation in High Wycombe where I’ve worked on a number of projects, ranging from youth workshops to teaching advanced Islamic studies to both adults and children.
HANNAN BADAR

MSC BEHAVIOURAL SCIENCE, LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS

Having studied a BSc in Neuroscience while also taking a year out to become a VP for my Student Union, I’ve seen the importance of applied psychology within the workplace and social settings. I look to study Behavioural Science on a Masters level to understand how we can be efficient and effective in the work that we look to do, while looking to apply that specifically to Islamic institutions, organisations and projects. I hope to also utilise this knowledge and experience to help support Muslims in the corporate workplace and the general public, to become respected leaders in their fields while also ensuring that we look to represent ourselves effectively within our local communities.
HASFA BAHAR

MSC PHYSICIAN'S ASSOCIATE, QUEEN MARY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

I believe an individual’s legacy is every life that they have touched. Others may see great philanthropic moments as a huge part of their legacy, but my understanding is that it’s what you do on a daily basis and how you can be a light to those in need of your assistance that defines this. Having completed my BSc in Diagnostic Radiography and working as a radiographer for the NHS, I am more ready than ever to do more for those who come into my care. As a Physicians Associate, I’ll be able to have more involvement with the management plans of my patients and will truly be able to go the extra mile for them. It is an honour to undertake this MSc. Increasing representation of British Muslims with postgraduate qualifications within the NHS not only breaks barriers and misconceptions but also helps develop the skillset of this ummah.
TANIA BASHAR

MA PSYCH. THERAPIES WITH CHILD., YOUNG PEOPLE & FAMILIES, ESSEX

For the last four years I have been involved with a leading mental health charity and have worked in several diversely populated schools in London using my skills to support young children, adolescents and their families. This degree will allow me to receive the training that is needed to offer a specialist service to others. My primary focus after attaining this qualification will be to work therapeutically with those from minority ethnic backgrounds.It is important to be both inspired by and inspire Muslim women who may be considering a career in this area.
MUHAMMAD BATHA

MA MASTERS IN ISLAMIC EDUCATION, SOAS UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

I have graduated from a prestigious Islamic seminary, where I obtained an Islamic Scholarship degree (‘Ālimiyyah) alongside receiving various licenses in Hadīth, variant modes of Qur’ānic recitation (al-Qirā’ah al-Sab’), Islamic finance and other subjects. My passion for education then led me to complete a Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training and teach at Muslim faith schools. I am also a keen writer and speaker which has allowed me to contribute to various local and international organisations and projects. I plan to undertake an MA in Islamic Studies in order to synergise my previous skills and knowledge with that which I will gain from higher academia. This will aid me to enhance the effectiveness of my endeavours and thus better serve the Muslim community in the current climate.
ANISHA BEGUM

MSC PHYSICIAN ASSOCIATE, SHEFFIELD HALLAM

Being the first generation in my family who has attended university and further education, I have always been a firm believer that hard work, dedication and resilience will enable you to make your mark on the world. Over the last 4 years I have been fortunate enough to get an insight of what day to day life is like in the health service for doctors and patients through volunteering. I have worked as an interpreter assisting individuals whose first language is not English and I have tutored children in my local area whose parents have struggled due to lack of knowledge of the curriculum and language barriers. I strive to ensure there is an increase in support and appropriate resources for ethnic minorities within society and local communities, especially within the NHS. I am passionate about women’s rights and I want to be a voice for the unspoken and the silenced.
JUME BEGUM

LLM IN PROF. LEGAL PRACTICE, UNIVERSITY OF LAW

As an LLB Law graduate from SOAS aspiring to qualify as a solicitor, completing my LLM with the Legal Practice Course will enable me to fulfil this ambition, thanks to the Aziz Foundation. The legal system is the governing institution of a country, and I believe it must be representative of the nation’s diversity and include Muslims. The LLM will increase my legal knowledge and gear me up to become a solicitor, and enable me to facilitate access to law and justice. Gaining amazing work experience at an immigration law firm has confirmed my desire to pursue this field and continue to make a difference to people’s lives.
SAIMA BEGUM

MSC PHYSICIAN ASSOCIATE STUDIES, QUEEN MARY

Upon graduation from St Georges Hospital, I worked at the Royal Marsden and I specialised in the oncology (Cancer) department. Working in Chelsea highlighted the lack of representation that exists within senior positions of the NHS for Muslim women and this inspired me to train myself further and educate others to both combine my love for medicine and teaching. This masters will successfully allow me to work with GP practices and provide one to one care. My research project will help identify issues surrounding ill health in poorer boroughs and enable me to tackle taboo topics in Muslim communities such as psychiatric disorders, illicit drug use and the lack of knowledge about chronic illness.
YOUCEF BOUSSABAINE

LLM BACHELOR OF CIVIL LAW, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

Having graduated from Oxford University with a BA in Jurisprudence I now look forward to further study on the BCL. Through this course I intend to develop my research interests, particularly in commercial and employment law. Moving towards practise, I hope to facilitate access to justice for marginalised and disadvantaged communities.
AFIA CHAUDHRY

DPHIL IN EDUCATION, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

My research is borne out of my own experiences witnessing the impact of socio-economic inequalities and media discourses on the educational and professional outcomes of BAME and Muslim communities. I intend to research how Muslim students engage with school history, how school history plays a role in helping manage synergies and dissonances arising from different historical interpretations, and how to mitigate for disengagement and alienation. I aim to explore how Muslim students identify and where they locate themselves within the classroom and wider British society, with the hope that findings will repudiate commonly entrenched misconceptions and allow Muslim students to find belonging in multicultural Britain.
SAMIA CHOWDHURY

LLM WITH BARRISTER TRAINING COURSE, BPP UNIVERSITY

I completed my undergraduate in Law (LLB) with First-Class honours from the University of East London in 2019. In the same year, the National Association of Licensed Paralegals awarded me the second highest grade in Level 6. Furthermore, I worked as a Vice President at UEL Students’ Union and founded many academic student groups and associations. Currently, I am working as a volunteer caseworker for MEND (Muslim Engagement & Development), focussing on hate crimes. In addition, I am passionate about working with disadvantaged people, particularly in issues relating to homelessness, domestic violence, community care and civil liberties.
SAHRA DAHIR

MSC FORENSIC SCIENCE, KING'S COLLEGE LONDON

I chose to further my studies in Forensic science, as I believe that there is no greater charity than giving justice. As an avid charity worker, I am heavily involved in countless charity projects and initiatives for emergency relief, as it is our duty follow in the Prophet’s footsteps and help others. I will use my unique skillset to stand up for and be the voice of those innocent victims that are in real need of justice. We as Muslims face a higher danger of discrimination, Islamophobia and prejudice in today’s society, which leads to injustice and false criminal accusations. Forensic science is an important discipline that is vital to the investigation of crime and exoneration, so I will be able to use a combination of intelligence and evidence collection, to help these victims, inshaAllah.
SAHDYA DARR

LLM LAW, BIRKBECK UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

I am currently Immigration Policy Manager at Open Rights Group where I lead on the organisation’s work on digital rights in relation to immigration policy. I also volunteer as an Educational Mentor with the Refugee Support Network and serve as a Trustee of the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants. My desire to study and practice the Law stems from seeing the power of law to achieve social change as well as my own experiences of witnessing and experiencing injustice. This desire has deepened as my understanding of justice through the lens of my faith has evolved. The Islamic conception of justice is rooted in moral and spiritual values and I believe that the justice system needs more people whose conception of justice lies in these values and also to better reflect the people it serves.
MARYAM DHARAS

MSC GLOBAL POLITICS, LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS

I am pursuing a Masters in Global Politics at LSE as I believe that in order to tackle the discrimination faced by British Muslims, we must first understand the political systems from which it is borne. In pursuing the study of Politics through an international lens, I aim for my research to demonstrate the need for an intersectional approach when studying the workings of nation states. This is one that takes into account the implicit orientalism within discourse towards Muslim communities, and ways in which this can be challenged through an understanding of the lived experiences of Muslim communities. I have undertaken research on the depiction of Muslim migrants within the media and, thanks to the Aziz Foundation, aim to continue to address the position of Muslims in the British political sphere at the postgraduate level.
SARAH DIAWARA

MSC INTEGRATIVE COUNSELLING & PSYCHOTHERAPY, DERBY

I am particularly interested in the inter-relational aspect of mental health between generations, in particular the pivotal role that women play in supporting the growth of balanced, resilient and pro-active community members and believe that positive social change starts with the individual. I am interested in the formulation of both a theoretical framework of the soul and of a therapeutic process that complements the paradigms we find ourselves living within. My dream is to provide a space where people of all faiths and those of none can access the benefits of Islamic Psychology. I am also interested in challenging the increasingly negative narratives about Islam since I reverted almost 30 years ago.
HANNAH DUALEH

MSC SOCIOLOGY, LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE

My political subjectivity was formed when the Coalition government came to power in 2009, drastically shaping the lives of my Somali community in Liverpool. I’ve witnessed media and political discourses in the UK obliterate the socio-economic impact of austerity on the everyday lives of Muslim women. Through both my education and work experience in the publishing industry, I have advocated for Muslim women and women of colour who are too often subject to erasure in discussions about social inequalities. In my undergrad, I merged my academic interests and activism to tackle the race and gender inequalities at the institution, commissioning historical research into the BAME attainment gap. My goal is to valorise the political agency of Muslim women, who are often removed or constructed within media and political discourse.
NISREEN EL-CARGLY

MSC CHILD PROTECTION AND SAFEGUARDING, BUCKS NEW UNIVERSITY

Having worked supporting vulnerable migrants and survivors of human trafficking for the last eight years, it has led me to want to pursue an MSc in Child Protection and Adult Safeguarding. I am looking forward to studying safeguarding in a cultural context, to research and critique current policies and practices in more depth. This course will enable me to feel more equipped and knowledgeable around legislation and safeguarding practices , in order to apply it within my role as a modern slavery response advocate and open up other pathways for me in the future.
AISHA EJAZ

LLM BAR PRACTICE COURSE, UNIVERSITY OF LAW

During the final year of my LLB, I undertook a module which comprised of meeting and representing clients who required help due to the complex welfare system. It was overwhelmingly clear to me that more than any other group of people, Muslims were the prominent minority who were coming to the clinic for legal aid. I knew then that upon completing my Bar Practice Course LLM, I would use the knowledge attained from the course and that of my undergraduate degree to provide the support and representation that these clients need. As a Muslim, I believe it is of immense importance that I make an active effort to change the narrative and by educating myself and helping others is the best way of achieving this.
MAAHA ELAHI

MPHIL CRIMINOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

Whilst studying Law at the University of Cambridge and completing the Bar Professional Training Course, I discovered my interests lie in criminal law and human rights. I developed a practical understanding of criminal justice whilst working at the Howard League for Penal Reform and for a Member of Parliament in London. My undergraduate dissertation at Cambridge was entitled ‘Is the criminal justice system institutionally Islamophobic?’, demonstrating my academic interest in the impact of criminal justice policies on the Muslim community in Britain. I have since published an article in a peer-reviewed journal, the City Law Review, on the same topic. I have also published a case-note on the lawfulness of the use of stop and search powers at border crossings, which was published by Justice. This MPhil will allow me to cultivate an understanding of the legal, criminological and sociological issues surrounding criminal justice, which will aid me in becoming a successful barrister.
WALID ELMI

MPHIL CRIMINOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

Whilst studying Social Policy, Crime and Criminal Justice as an undergraduate at the University of York, I have developed a firm understanding of the key themes and issues surrounding crime and criminal justice. I have been fortunate enough to be able to contextualise said issues through my role as a Special Sergeant in the Police. My undergraduate studies in conjunction with my role within the police have laid a solid foundation for me to embark on this Masters. The Institute of Criminology will provide the ideal environment to allow me to cultivate a more critical, deeper understanding of crime and criminological theories and debates which I can convey going into a wide range of law enforcement/government organisations, and Insha’Allah inspire more Muslims to take a similar path.
YASSER FADHL

MSC SPACE SYNTAX: ARCHITECTURE AND CITIES, UCL

I aim to specialise in areas relating to the understanding of human behaviour within the built environment such as spatial cognition, sustainable urbanism and social inclusion: experiential factors that underpin the success of the environments in which we live and experience throughout our day-to-day lives. I hope to utilise the skills and knowledge acquired by the course to develop strategies for local communities in reducing crime and promoting social inclusion. I also aim to develop an understanding of the various social factors at play within the built environment in order to diagnose the social impacts of high-density environments, particularly those driven by set processes such as transport interchanges and high-density religious complexes. The ability to consider human behaviour in my work will enable me to springboard my design abilities to unlock hidden design opportunities that otherwise could not have been considered with the ultimate aim of driving social inclusion.
REHANA FAISAL

MA CULTURE, DIASPORA & ETHNICITY, BIRKBECK

I am currently heavily involved in the faith and voluntary sector, largely through Luton’s network of Mosques. Much of my efforts have been focussed specifically on drawing attention to the context and voices of minoritised communities. This has included scrutinising the unequal opportunities and outcomes which cut across sectors; from education to the criminal justice system. Through my MA, I hope to build my understanding of how colonial histories connect with, and shape the contemporary, and use this to affect social change.
ALISHA FAROUK

MSc VIOLENCE, CONFLICT AND DEVELOPMENT, SOAS

Throughout my undergraduate studies, I developed an academic inclination toward the discourse of violence. I found detrimental gaps in its literature that can often be seen in our current socio-economic reality. I hope this MSc will place me on the inevitable path of knowledge that I’ve been yearning for and I pray for the privilege of a career that allows this knowledge to be efficiently allocated in our world. I am eternally grateful to the Aziz Foundation for this opportunity.
ASIYAH FERNANDEZ

MA INTER. COUNSELLING & PSYCHOTHERAPY, ROEHAMPTON

My previous studies and clinical experience in acute mental health and primary care have revealed the challenging societal milieu that has led to a drastic increase in mental health diagnoses among our youngest British Muslims. For many, self-harm has become their new coping mechanism, and suicidal attempts their new best escape. With long-standing taboos against mental health, our Muslim community has left them with little to nothing to offer in return. My hope is that by pursuing my qualification as an Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist for Children, Adolescents and Families, I will be able to address the realities and issues faced by young Muslims and their families to facilitate wholeness in the affective, cognitive, behavioural, and spiritual systems
FARAH GHOURI

MA FINANCIAL JOURNALISM, CITY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

At eighteen and in my first full-time job, as a cashier at the Islamic Bank of Britain in Leicester, I inadvertently stumbled across a fact that surprised me; that money is interlinked with every aspect of life, even faith. It was only later though, as an experienced management consultant and a graduate of the University of Cambridge, that I came to appreciate the astonishing disjuncture between the far-reaching ramifications of the world of finance – and the opacity surrounding it for most people. I want to be a financial journalist to provide a public service and to use the power of journalism to tell diverse stories.
SAARA GRILLO

MSC HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, ASTON

Having worked as a senior chef in the hospitality industry for three years, the absence of British Muslim representation within the workplace was noticeable. Personally, I experienced difficulties with career progression due to company norms conflicting with my religious boundaries. The number of British Muslims in higher managerial positions within the hospitality industry in the UK is quite small. It is my ambition to influence workplace policies within organisations to encourage a more inclusive culture by eliminating recruitment bias, and to improve the representation of BAME Muslims with equal career progression opportunities. By studying this Masters, I aspire to focus my knowledge on the occupational barriers faced by BAME Muslims. I am also interested in learning more about recruitment processes, employment law, diversity and inclusion.
LEEBAN GULAID

MSC ECONOMICS, POLICY AND MANAGEMENT, LSE

I am a Biomedical Scientist specialising in Haematology. I am also a part of the NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Programme. However, my real passion and area of interest is tackling the issue of poor health outcomes and health disparities for minority communities, particularly Muslims. Outside my role as a Biomedical Scientist, I work on a number of projects with the health charity Medical Information for Ethnic Minorities (MIEM). The aim of the charity is to promote and improve access to health and medical information for minority ethnic communities. This Masters will enable me to enter the next phase of my career by moving into senior roles in health policy and management as a representative and advocate for the Muslim community.
HAMZA HABIB

MA MASTERS IN ISLAMIC STUDIES, SOAS

Upon completing my civil engineering degree five years ago, I went on to do a postgraduate degree in structural design. I discovered that my passion lies in religious studies and that this was something I wanted to devote my energies towards. After completing my postgraduate studies, I began my search for knowledge more seriously, travelling to Yemen for my education and later, also travelling to Jordan, to study Islamic Studies with the scholars. Upon my return back to UK, I continued my studies at Ebrahim College. I will be undertaking the MA at SOAS university to increase my knowledge, to delve deeper into the world of academia and research, to be able to further benefit the Muslim nation in the UK and abroad.
NISA HADZIU

MSC PHYSICIAN ASSOCIATE STUDIES, ST GEORGES

I have completed an accredited BSc degree in Biomedical Sciences and the first year of an MSc in Physician Associate studies, both at St George’s university of London. The Physician Associate role was introduced in the United Kingdom due to the shortfall in the number of clinicians required to meet patient demand. Owing to the hard work and resilience required to qualify as a Physician Associate, I seek to use my role as a beautiful opportunity to display that academic success and being religiously committed are not mutually exclusive. Through this role, I also hope to be an advocate for the inclusivity of Muslims within the healthcare setting, especially in areas that may lack in cultural competency.
THAMINA HAIDAR

MA ED. PROF. PRACTICE - SEND & INCL. PRACTICE, CUMBRIA

I feel there is a ‘culture gap’ in the way parents/carers from Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups view SEND because there is a stigma attached to the whole perception of a child being labelled as SEND. Through my 15 years of teaching I have observed many situations where learners can’t be wholly supported at home due to the lack of understanding and empathy from parents/carers about SEND issues. There is a greater need for parents to be supported in learning about issues surrounding SEND. I would like to make a greater impact in the community and wider society through my understanding of theoretical practice alongside practical experience and application of the most recent theoretical concepts to do with education and SEND.
SHEHARYAR HASAN

MA PHILOSOPHY, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON

I think it’s healthy to remember from time to time that being Muslim is a choice, and not just an inheritance. Here I think a deeper appreciation of philosophy is helpful, because it’s in this subject that we can truly analyse claims and arguments on a deep level, be they our own, or those of others. Perhaps if we study it deeply we can upgrade the level of our discourse, making it more authentic and helpful for everyone; a discourse more concerned with what claim seems the most reasonable, rather than a discourse of ‘us versus them’. This Masters comes for me after having completed two BA’s: one in English from the University of Cambridge, and the other in Contextual Islamic Studies, from Cambridge Muslim College.
FATIMA HASSAN

LLM WITH BARRISTER TRAINING COURSE, BPP UNIVERSITY

Through my Masters I hope to develop and insight of what people actually go through when committing crime and how it affects everyone around us and not just the criminal. I aspire to help out Muslims and non Muslims who are struggling to gain their rights and freedom they are entitled too! After completing the LLB I’ve always wanted to peruse a career in becoming a barrister. And Alhumdullilah I am on my journey to doing so!
HIBA HASSAN

MA EDUCATION, UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

Having graduated with a BA honours in Childhood and Youth studies, I naturally became drawn to advocating for the BAME youth. Now that I have been granted a scholarship with Aziz Foundation, I will pursue a career in advocating and mentoring Muslim youth, offering guidance and support. Additionally, I believe that a Masters in Education, will give me the opportunity to work alongside other professionals in a leadership role and not limit myself to becoming a voice for Muslim male and females, but rather helping them reach their unwavering potential. As educators, we have the power to influence and make decisions to alter a child’s future and give them a chance of success regardless of the obstacles one may have faced in life.
MOHAMED HASSAN

MPHIL ECONOMICS, UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

I firmly believe that globally, the Muslim community needs to build networks, share knowledge, and expertise across the board including in areas such as health, education, law, finance and islamic studies with an understanding of the key issues that we face as a community. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity that the Aziz Foundation has given me to continue my studies of economics at the University of Cambridge. I hope to apply the technical training that I will receive on this course to ensure that the Muslim community in the UK are fairly accounted for and represented in wider society.
AMANI HASSIM

MSC MASTERS IN DIETETICS, TEESIDE UNIVERSITY

My academic background in Food science and Nutrition, and always having a yearning to help others in a clinical setting, has encouraged me to pursue a Masters degree in Dietetics. I hope to promote food and diet as a form of medicine as inspired by the teachings of Prophet Muhammed (saws) and aid those who suffer from chronic illnesses, with a particular interest in pre and post-natal nutrition. I have noticed a lack of representation of Muslims in healthcare and hope that my presence will motivate more Muslims to consider roles within STEM subjects. By using the knowledge I have gained, I hope to help the community adopt healthy eating and healthy mindsets.
HAFSAH HUSSAIN

MSC PHYSICIAN ASSOCIATE, UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD

I graduated in Operating Department Practice (ODP) from Sheffield Hallam University, where I provided skilled care and support to patients at all stages of an operation. Now, I am determined to study Physician Associate studies, as this will enable me to fulfil my passion for science and healthcare. Within this field there is a lack of Muslims, especially Muslim women. Through conversations, I can clear negative misconceptions by being a prominent and active representative for my community within the NHS. I know this will help to bridge the gap between non-Muslims and Muslims, as it will increase the space for open and honest dialogue. I’m willing to work hard towards encouraging, inspiring and educating young individuals, especially young Muslims, in order to spark the interest to pursue Higher Education.
ADAM IENT

MA PHILOSOPHY, KING'S COLLEGE LONDON

In 2015 I completed my undergraduate integrated Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from University College London. During this time I never found any strong affinity for the subject I was studying. However, soon after through my own reading I came to realise that my real passion lies in Philosophy; particularly in the fields of Epistemology, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Religion and Islamic Philosophy. I grew fascinated at how these fields shape our understanding of: where we derive our knowledge from; how we understand the world at large and how we reconcile our understandings of empiricism, rationality and revelation. I was also amazed to see how far these subjects can go in explaining wider social issues such as man’s sense of alienation in the modern world, the rise of the ecological crisis and the irreconcilable problems of materialism. These problem areas I feel need tackling now more than ever, especially in the world of academia.
FLORENZA INCIRLI

MA VISUAL ANTHROPOLOGY, GOLDSMITHS

As a History and Politics graduate and visual artist, with experience in the charity sector, pursuing an MA in Visual Anthropology equips me with the tools to develop and document contemporary transnational Muslim experiences. I am committed to a research practice both within and outside of institutional frameworks, aiming to collaborate with others to produce multi-lingual, generative work in global and localised contexts. I hope to contribute to the vastly growing catalogue of British Muslim socially-engaged art and film.
ANAS IQBAL

MPHIL, ADVANCED CHEMICAL ENGINEERING, CAMBRIDGE

A question that is often echoed in STEM is “What does a sustainable future look like?” I believe that the field of chemical engineering will play a pivotal role in harnessing high-potential technologies and applying these for the betterment of society on a global scale. I hope to develop a strong technical grounding in the field of chemical engineering to allow me to attain my chartership as a professional chemical engineer – being voice for Muslims in this space and ensuring we play an active role in these cutting-edge developments. I am particularly motivated to proactively contribute to the sustainable development of smart processes; leveraging the skills gained to drive innovation, and thus be at the forefront of revolutionary redefinition of a plethora of sectors.
NIDAA IQBAL

LLM BACHELORS IN CIVIL LAW, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

Having recently graduated with a degree in Law, I am currently pursuing the BCL master’s degree at the University of Oxford. My focus is specifically on subjects pertaining to Public International Law, and Jurisprudence and Political Theory. I also have a deep interest in the Islamic legal tradition and I intend to delve deeper into my studies in Islamic law. My aim is to inspire Muslim students, especially our youth, to aspire towards and achieve excellence in whatever field of study they choose, and to do so without compromising with regard to their religious obligations, and with the intention to serve their country and humanity at large.
SHAHENA ISLAM

MA INTEG. COUNSELLING & PSYCHOTHERAPY, ROEHAMPTON

My passion lies in being part of the conversation with regards to breaking down barriers that muslim and ethinc minority young people, and their families may face in seeking therapy, from both whithin the community and in society as a whole. From the age of 18 I felt a desire to contribute and help my community in any way I can, I have worked in various roles which included assisting people’s physical and mental wellbeing. I have also worked with young children suffering from mental health issues. I am studying a masters degree in Integrative psychotherapy and counselling for children, adolescents, and families at Roehampton University.
SHAMS ISLAM

MPHIL ECONOMICS, UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

I recently graduated from the LSE with a BSc in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics. During this, I was able to research the effects of ideological preferences on migration decisions, and I quickly realised I wanted to develop these research skills further. This is why I’ve decided to undertake an MPhil in Economics at the University of Cambridge. I plan to focus on public and labour economics, with a particular emphasis on education. An interest of mine is to explore the decision-making process of taking interest-based student loans for Muslim students, compared to non-Muslims students, and how this affects educational and labour market outcomes. Upon completion, I plan to pursue a career as a government economist within the UK civil service, with a particular interest in working for the Department for Education. I’m also considering undertaking doctoral studies mid-career, after finding the economic issues within society which most resonate with me.
ABDIRAHMAN ISMAIL

MENG CIVIL ENGINEERING, IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON

It is both an honour and a privilege to be awarded a scholarship from the Aziz Foundation. I intend to use this opportunity to complete my MEng Civil Engineering degree at Imperial College London. The course will enable me to study engineering design in more detail, alongside students from over 50 nationalities. Having already completed internships with Shell and Crossrail, I believe my masters will help me attain a management position working on mega infrastructure projects in the UK. The year ahead will be a challenging one, especially with the uncertainties surrounding Covid-19, but I’m looking forward to continuing my work as an Imperial STEM Ambassador for the 4th year running alongside my studies.
MOHAMMED ISMAIL

LLM WITH BARRISTER TRAINING COURSE, BPP UNIVERSITY

I have graduated with a satisfying First Class Honours in Law (LLB), from the University of East London (UEL) in 2019 and then served a year as the President of UEL Students’ Union. I am now working as a Volunteer Caseworker for Islamophobia Response Unit (IRU) and as an ambassador for Hope for the Young, which supports vulnerable young refugees and asylum seekers. I am delighted to have been granted a scholarship by the Aziz Foundation. It has enabled me to take a huge lead towards my long-held aspiration of becoming a barrister.
BUSHRA JALIL

LLM IN PROFESSIONAL LEGAL PRACTICE, UNIVERSITY OF LAW

As an aspiring solicitor and recent Law graduate, I intend to study the Legal Practice Course and Master’s in Professional Legal Practice this academic year. My interest in law has always stemmed from the fact that it seeps into our everyday lives with so many different practice areas available, and so has the potential to act as a means of solving challenging issues in society. Through undertaking a variety of pro bono work and local work placements, which involved working with ordinary individuals, I became passionate about increasing access to justice for marginalised communities. Further, I wish to address social inequality and the need for reform, as well as adequate representation in the legal sector and beyond.
SULEKHA JAMA

MA MIGRATION AND DIASPORA STUDIES, SOAS

By embarking on this Masters course, I hope to able to give back to my community and increase the positive representation of Muslims. The Migrant story is both rich and complex, a story that undoubtedly needs to be told. I aim to further my understanding of Migration studies and apply new skills and knowledge by helping those who are in need, particularly those in the Muslim community. This has all been made possible by the generous support of the Aziz Foundation, an opportunity that I am extremely grateful for.
DAWOOD JIWANI

LLM INTERNATIONAL COMMERCISL LAW, UCL

Having just completed my GDL, I now wish to further deepen my knowledge of the law as an academic subject but also address the real legal problems existing in the sphere of commercial law. I would like to utilise the LLM to get experience in the city, working in a law firm that undertakes major work with technology and start up clients. Through this, my main aim is to bring back the knowledge I gain, to specifically benefit Muslim startups and help provide innovative solutions to legal problems they face. Outside my studies, I aim to use the LLM to develop my general legal skills, applying them in my roles as a volunteer for the Citizens Advice adviceline and as a caseworker for the Islamophobia Response Unit (IRU).
SAFAA JUMMA

LLM LEGAL PRACTICE COURSE, BPP UNIVERSITY

My experience in working with INGs to help refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced people in conflict zones has inspired me to play a role in society where I can help marginalised people and make their voice heard. I worked at a refugee camp where I provided refugees with legal aid and advice in various matters related to migration, family reunion, resettlement and asylum seeking. With the support of the Aziz Foundation, I decided to pursue the Legal Practice Course and LLM at BPP University to become a qualified solicitor. Being a lawyer would enable me to have the power to bring justice to vulnerable people within the British Muslim community and also wider society.
M S A KARIMABADI

MPHIL CRIMINOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

Having grown up in inner-city London, I remained wilfully oblivious – best reflected in the two Law degrees I took to becoming a commercial barrister – to a criminal underworld that makes a victim of so many young people. I took the decision to commence an MPhil in Criminology after the senseless murder of my teenage cousin in hope of better understanding and helping my community. I have been immensely fortunate to memorise the Quran, learn Arabic and study the Islamic Sciences in the Middle-East; I pray Allah combines the two paths to make me an ambassador of Islam to both Muslims and people of other faiths.
FAIZAN KAYANI

MSC COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY, KEELE

So few of us are blessed with being educated to this level that it is incumbent on us to give back to the Ummah. Mental illness is highly prevalent and the Muslim community are not immune to this. With mental illness, there is a lack of awareness or acknowledgement within our community. It is an illness that manifests without being seen. As Al-Ghazali states, this is an illness that if left untreated, will grow and devour the rest of the body. For this reason, I want to bring this issue to light and tackle it to bring a real change to our Muslim community here in the UK. Muslims were once at the forefront of this endeavour and I believe that we are still the most equipped to bring about this change.
MARYAM KAYANI

MLITT, GENDER STUDIES, ST ANDREWS UNIVERSITY

Having recently graduated with a First-Class Honours Degree in Scots Law, with the generous support of the Aziz Foundation, I will be embarking upon an MLitt course in Gender Studies at St Andrews University. Alongside academia, I was employed by iSyllabus, a reputable organisation which is at the forefront of British Islamic education, where I able to network with countless Muslims from different backgrounds across the UK, providing me with an insight into the needs and demands of the British Muslim community. My long-term career aspirations are to be a research scholar and public policy advisor specialising in structural inequalities.
HUSSEIN KESVANI

MSC DIGITAL ANTHROPOLOGY, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON

After completing a BA in History at the University of York in 2013, I trained as a newspaper journalist at Lambeth College. In 2019, I published my first book, Follow Me Akhi: The Online World of British Muslims, in which I explored how digital culture and social technology influenced the way British Muslims understood themselves, their faith, and their place in the world. The book was long-listed for the 2020 Orwell Prize for Political Writing. With the support of the Aziz Foundation, I am pursuing an MSc in Digital Anthropology at University College London, where I hope to further develop on the research conducted in my book. I hope to explore the ways in which communities form in online spaces, how they relate to their offline counterparts, and how social technology influences the way in which people communicate and commemorate within established cultures.
KHIZAR KHALIL

MSC WATER SCIENCE, POLICY AND MANAGEMENT, OXFORD

One of the most pressing scientific problems today is understanding climate change and its effects on the hydrological cycle. My research at the University of Manchester focused on the use of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) to study submerged vegetation from River Mersey. Water pollution, management of floods and sea level rises are some of the challenges that remain unresolved. Thanks to the Aziz Foundation’s generous support, I will be able to further my understanding of hydrology at Oxford and make a contribution towards aiding communities particularly vulnerable to climate change.
AFZAL KHAN

MA SOUTH ASIAN AREA STUDIES, SOAS UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

During my time in my Undergraduate study of English and American Literature, I was astounded to find the lack of regard given to literature that exists outside of the Western/Eurocentric canon. I hope to use the knowledge from doing this Masters to better understand and examine works of literature from South Asia and classical Urdu and Persian poetry. I hope to disseminate this knowledge within South Asian communities as there is, arguably, little understanding of these subjects. Knowledge is a means of awakening us from our state of complacency in order to better our collective states. I hope to help reignite the love of poetry which has existed in our tradition for centuries and inculcate this love within my generation.
HAMZA KHAN

MA FILM AND TELEVISION, UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

I have come to experience the immeasurable impact of film and television in my own life. The way in which it enables me to process the world in all its glory, tragedy, beauty and struggle, the creativity and expression woven into depicting the complexity of life and the humans who live it, combined with the precise science of shooting, editing and composing the final masterpiece is something I intend to utilise and share with a wider audience in order to improve the image and quality of life for British Muslims and Muslims globally. A huge gap in this field for the descendants of diaspora is waiting to be filled, there is a lack of representation of Muslims and with my experience in directing for radio and short films as well the skills I gain from this Masters qualification I hope to fill this gap, inspire other Muslims and fix the problems of representation.
HASINA KHAN

MSC EARLY INTERVENTION IN PSYCHOSIS, KCL

Having experienced first hand the lack of mental health services within Muslim communities in Birmingham, my dream has always been to help those who are less fortunate and with limited access to such services. I recently graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Psychology with Study Abroad. I am aware of the progress that has been made in regards to widening awareness of mental health issues amongst people of colour, whilst also learning about the progress that is still to be made. I will be specialising in psychosis disorders during my Masters, whilst gaining the clinical experience necessary for a career as a clinical psychologist, by working with patients at South Maudsley Hospital. In my spare time I like to document the journey of achieving my academic goals on Youtube and hope to inspire Muslim women to strive for whatever dream they may have – however big or small.
SAHAR KHAN

MSC URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING, BIRMINGHAM

With a BSc in Geography I have solidified my understanding of the environmental, social and economic factors at play across the globe, which has allowed me to pursue a role in the Strategic Planning Policy Team at Birmingham City Council. Working in the public sector has provided me with an invaluable experience within the planning policy sphere. I am constantly deciding how to strengthen social cohesion, especially in times of diversity and inequality. Everyone has an interest in their local environment and part of a planner’s job is mediating between competing interests, which is crucial in developing efficient, eco-friendly and well-built spaces that are inclusive of all. Already half way through my MSc in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Birmingham, my ultimate aim is to utilise the knowledge I obtain to address the socio-spatial issues Muslim communities are facing.
SHAGUFTA KHAN

MA ART & DESIGN, UNIVERSITY OF BEDFORDSHIRE

Having graduated in fashion design from the University of Bedfordshire, I always had a passion to channel my creativity and explore Western fashion further. The link between culture and clothing is a strong one and I think a blend of Western and Eastern fashion has limitless possibilities. My main aim is to try and incorporate traditional hand embroidery and manipulation of fabric into contemporary fashion for women’s wear that enhances strong women and reveals cultural difference and connectivity. I aim to become one of the best known fashion designers with my own unique signature style of fashion.
SHAZIA KHAN

MA SOCIAL RESEARCH, MANCHESTER METROPOLITAN

I currently work in the charity sector focusing on international development. The main purpose of this work is to provide some of the world’s poorest communities with access to education. I am also looking to plan and develop UK-based community projects which aim to support those vulnerable to educational marginalisation.
YASEEN KHAN

LLM LEGAL PRACTICE, UNIVERSITY OF LAW

My interest in law was inspired by the roots of Islam, the key quote being ‘to save one life is like saving all of mankind’. This quote launched me into my journey of becoming a lawyer, to tackle inequality in society and to help those who otherwise would have no legal assistance. During my LLM I joined the Universities Law Clinic in providing pro-bono legal advice to people who either couldn’t afford it or had been overlooked. This passion to give back to the community drives me to undertake this Masters, which will allow me to gain more expertise in a range of fields and Inshallah enable me to help the society I grew up in. As an aspiring solicitor, I am of the firm conviction that more can be done to support vulnerable communities, and to this end I aim to improve the legal representation given to both Muslim and non-Muslim communities.
RAZNA KHANOM

MSC PHYSICIAN ASSOCIATE STUDIES, ANGLIA RUSKIN

It’s been tough, deciding where I want to go, what my next step is and how I want to achieve it. That being said, the search is what’s got me here. I want to show others that you can always take the unconventional route to reach your end game. I wouldn’t be able to get over the line without this scholarship from the Aziz Foundation but like my training officer said, ‘it’s not luck, you deserve this because you worked for it so don’t let people tell you otherwise’. In hindsight of sounding cheesy…I can’t wait to help others achieve their dreams. Support is an amazing thing. I’ve worked with patients in secondary care and I’ve also worked as an interpreter, being capable of speaking different languages has helped me bridge the gap for people who would otherwise be misunderstood. I hope to continue to the work in a way that will make healthcare more accessible. Going into my 2nd Year of MSc Physician Associate studies is an exciting time and I look forward to honing in on all my skills. I’m career driven and ambitious and still have a lot more to achieve Inshaa Allah.
IBRAHIM KING

MA EDUCATION MANAGEMENT, KING'S COLLEGE LONDON

The Prophet Muhammad (saw) said “the best of people are those who are most beneficial to the people”. My aim is to establish a legacy which benefits Muslims in education, empowering them to make positive contributions to society whilst preserving their Islamic identity. Having completed my undergraduate in English Language and Linguistics, I became interested in how education systems work and how current policies that disadvantage Muslim students can be tackled within educational settings. This led me to pursuing a PGCE, wherein I recognised that Muslim students are confronted by a plethora of unique social challenges. As Muslims, our solutions are also unique as they are derived from our prophetic tradition. Completing the masters programme will prepare me for management roles and develop my ability to lead institutions attentive to the disadvantaged voice and facilitate change in establishments where minority concerns are not heard.
SAYWAH MAHMOOD

MA INTERACTIVE JOURNALISM, CITY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

During my undergraduate studies, in Comparative Literature, I was heavily involved in student journalism and ran the student newspaper. For my degree and my work with the newspaper, I have written on issues such as colourism, far-right politics and representations of Muslims in literature. My extensive experience in student journalism has led me to embark upon a MA in Interactive Journalism. I endeavour to carry on writing about the topics I have written about previously and use dynamic methods to present them. I have a particular interest in data journalism because using data, to show trends such as increases in interactions with far-right ideology in light of various political events, provides more lucidity in reporting.
AMRO MAHMOUD

MA MASTERS IN ACTING, EAST 15 ACTING SCHOOL

As an actor, my goal is to inspire and be an example for others to follow their dreams just like I was inspired through art. I want to create impactful art that educates and empowers people, challenges underlying social issues and improves the representation of Muslims and ethnic minorities. I want to globally represent Muslims and ethnic minorities, and lead a new era of actors who share stories that transform the world for all current and future generations. By studying for an MA in Acting, I’ll learn and gain all the skills, techniques and experiences needed to become an exceptional actor, artistic creator and change maker.
MOHAMMED MALIK

MA POLITICS & INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, DURHAM

During my Politics undergrad, I realised that the foundation of society relies on political engagement as does the betterment of disenfranchised groups. A crucial part of this political engagement occurs internationally, which prompted me to study an International Relations MA. I applied for Durham University because they specialise in research surrounding the Muslim world. My hope is that this new academic venture will help me develop the skills required to impact the political landscape and uplift fellow Muslims throughout the country. Alongside politics, I also have a keen interest in sports, poetry, and reading.
SANNAH MANIR

MA HISTORY, UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER

“Women are the sentinels of the nation” – Fatima Jinnah. This quote has had a profound and thought provoking effect on my life as a British Asian woman. I understand the imbalance of representation within the British Asian and minority ethnic groups within Britain’s political and historical landscape. My aims are to be an advocate to educate wider society on the trials and tribulations the British Asian community are facing and have faced throughout history. The influence of my work will be the difference that contributes to society through further research in my MA and help pave the way to give British Asians the voice we deserve.
ZAHRA MANJI

MA BROADCAST JOURNALISM, CITY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

This year I completed my undergraduate degree in Ancient History and Classical Archaeology at the University of Warwick. My degree taught me to analyse, question sources and write with reliability, all skills I will continue to practice in my career as a journalist. I have now started my Masters in Broadcast Journalism at City, University of London, and with the support of the Aziz Foundation I hope to apply my course to the advocacy and representation of the world’s marginalised and disadvantaged communities in the media. As a journalist, I appreciate the power of truthful reporting and breaking stories that could ultimately shape the course of our society, democracy and economy.
DREN MATOSHI

MSC SPORTS MGMT, GOVERN. AND POLICY, BIRKBECK

I believe that my background in undergraduate International Political Economy and my ambitions to study Sports Management, Governance and Policy at Masters levels will undoubtedly equip me with the knowledge and skills required to implement change in the representation and development of sports in Muslim communities. It is undeniable that sports has the ability to integrate, strengthen and develop communities, so as a result, I consider that the scope and potential for change is endless, it’s just a matter of actually finding and researching effective and innovative ways of implementing it.
MOHD MEHMOOD

MA ISLAMIC ED.: THEORY AND PRACTICE, WARWICK

After completing my PGA, I intend to do the Masters in Islamic Education to further develop my expertise in the field. Currently, teaching young Muslims and serving our community, my goal is to impact society in a positive manner and bridge the gap that exists for young Muslims, Muslim women and new Muslims in the British context. I believe education is the key to a flourishing society. In a beautiful Hadith it states, ‘the ink of a scholar is more sacred than the blood of a martyr’. Thus, I wish to use a scholarly and academic approach to carry out this sacred task, to research pedagogic theories and practices to better educate our society and bridge the gaps in knowledge currently found in British Muslim communities, but also for the benefit of society at large.
LEANA MIAH

MA ISLAMIC STUDIES, SOAS UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

I am pursuing a MA in Islamic Studies at the School of African and Oritental Studies (SOAS). Previously, I have completed an Alimiyyah program from a British Islamic Seminary, and have since started my own Islamic school which caters for children, teenagers and adults. I am currently creating my own curriculum for teenagers which hopefully aims to deal with the various contemporary and intellectual challenges of the modern world. I have ambitions to move on to Doctoral research and enter the realm of academia in future, hoping to improve the perceptions of veiled women in academic, religious and societal circles.
SHAZID MIAH

MSC CONSTRUCTION DISPUTES, KING'S COLLEGE LONDON

I am currently working as a solicitor who specialises in planning, construction and development. I have worked as a senior manager for a local authority before coming to law. After training as a solicitor in a top 10 law firm and having worked for one of the largest construction companies in the UK, I am now undertaking an MSc in Construction Disputes at King’s to help me set up my own company in planning and construction. Through this, I hope to offer my services to commercial and residential clients, including faith based institutions.
MALEEHA MIR

MA MODERN LIT. AND CULTURE, KCL

Having recently graduated with a BA in English, I am determined to continue my studies in literature because of my passion for stories, alternative narratives and academia. This MA programme will expand my current knowledge and provide me with a strong foundation to pursue a career in the publishing industry. I am conscious of the lack of representation of British Muslims and ethnic minorities within this facet of the media, and seek to amplify these voices and champion these stories. This generous scholarship will enable me to pursue my ambition of creating a more inclusive space for marginalised British writers, illustrators and young publishers.
ABDUSSAMAD MOHD

MSC SOCIAL & CULTURAL PSYCHOLOGY, LSE

I graduated with a first class in philosophy and psychology and I am pursing a postgraduate Msc in Social and Cultural Psychology at the London School of Economics (LSE). Some of my interests include understanding developments in attitudes and approaches to integration/acculturation through generations of diaspora communities, identity change and formation and culture in British converts to Islam.
AMAL MOHAMED

MSC SUSTAINABLE ENERGY ENGINEERING, QUEEN MARY

I recently completed a BSc in Chemistry at University College London where I developed a special interest in green chemistry. A Masters in Sustainable Energy Engineering will equip me with the tools necessary to embark on a fulfilling career where I can apply my expertise to contribute to the needs of the renewable energy industry. Within Muslim communities, females can be placed in a box when it comes to the careers we should pursue. I would like to eradicate the perception that we should follow traditional careers and encourage females to break into male dominated careers such as engineering.
IFRAX MOHAMED

MSC MEDICAL ULTRASOUND, UNIVERSITY OF DERBY

I graduated from St Georges University of London and continued to attain professional registration as a Biomedical Scientist. Ultrasound uniquely served as a tool to use my scientific knowledge in order to diagnose and aid patients when they are in most need. Traditionally, ultrasound has been used to scan in obstetric settings, whereas now it is at the forefront of almost all aspects of medicine, from ‘rapid scanning’ in emergency settings to bedside scanning for non-mobile patients. Thus, this Masters will prepare me for a highly advanced role in healthcare, whereby non-invasive ultrasound technology will be vital in the diagnosis of disease. I aim to inspire Muslim women to not feel that practicing their beliefs means that they must compromise on their aspirations.
MUNA MOHAMED

MSC SPEECH & LANGUAGE THERAPY, CITY

I have always been passionate about supporting children and young adults with disabilities and neurodevelopmental disorders, especially those who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Thus after completing my undergraduate degree in Psychology I decided to work as a teaching assistant in special educational need (SEN) schools, supporting pupils with a range of communication needs. This led me to want to pursue a career in Speech and Language Therapy. Becoming a speech and language therapist will allow me to support individuals that have difficulties with communication, language and oral intake. In Shaa Allah with the support of the Aziz Foundation I plan on completing this masters and further specialising in supporting students with Autism.
RODA MOHAMED

MSC MASTERS IN GLOBAL HEALTH POLICY, LSHTM

I am currently a Midwifery Sister working within the NHS. My interest in exploring national and international health policy grew when I recognised the need for changing and improving the provision and access to healthcare, patient safety and communication for service users from ethnic minority and migrant backgrounds.  With this MSc, It will help me gain knowledge and understanding of how to develop and partake in educational programming, public health policy making, research, epidemiology and explore the social determinants of health. These transferable skills will allow me to instigate change within the provision of health care for these service users and explore it at a global scale.
SAFIA MOHAMED

MA INTERNATIONAL JOURNALISM, CITY

I am studying a masters in International Journalism. With a degree in International Politics with Arabic, I have always had an interest in world news. I have gained experience working in the media industry with Sky and BBC. With this masters, I hope to gain the confidence, skills and knowledge to really make a positive impact in my community.
SAHRA MOHAMED

MSC DRUG DISCOVERY AND PHARMA MANAGEMENT, UCL

My current work in Health Communications has enhanced my interest in improving health literacy in the British Muslim community, particularly in the area of vaccine confidence. I hope to use my experience in public health and social policy to address Islamic concerns surrounding vaccines and pharmaceuticals, whilst working to promote their vital uptake. Through studying this Masters, I will be able to combine my passions of science and business. Most notably, the Drug Discovery component of this degree will allow me to explore Halal-alternatives to current treatment options in the market, as well as build upon the research I conducted during my Bachelor’s thesis, surrounding ‘Novel Medical Therapeutics and Nutraceuticals’. In my spare time, I am an avid writer and poet – currently working on a historical fiction set in East Africa in the 1970s.
IBRAHIM MOHAMMED

MSC EDUCATION, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

Born and raised in Hackney from a low-income/disabled-single mother household, I became the first person in my family to not only obtain 5 GCSES and A Levels, but now study for a Masters. I’ve become an award-winning student for my research in ‘access and outreach’, and run an award-winning Blogger YouTube channel which has accumulated over 12,000,000 views. I am currently working as a ‘Project Director’ for the Social Mobility Commission and will be studying for my MSc in Education at Oxford. My research hopes to focus on evaluating current Oxbridge outreach events to help further support low income students applying to Oxford and Cambridge.
FAIZAN MOHAMMED

MTH CHAPLAINCY STUDIES, CARDIFF UNIVERSITY

After graduating with an honours degree in Sociology and Public Policy, I went abroad to complete a course in Islamic scholarship, and attainined a license to teach Islamic sciences. Upon returning, I obtained my PGCE and began teaching on a range of subjects including Religion, History and Sociology. I later joined the prison service to serve as a Chaplain. My areas of academic interest are comparative religion, contemporary culture and pastoral theology.
MOHAMED MOHAMUD

MSC POLITICS OF CONFLICTS, RIGHTS AND JUSTICE, SOAS

My name is Mohamed Mohamud and I was a civil servant working at the Central Criminal Court, Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Service which is part of the Ministry of Justice in London, UK. Having studied International Politics, I have a keen interest in Development, Conflict Resolution and Human Rights. I’m also the founder and published author of an international platform called Somali Sideways which is a photo project that is looking to focus on re-positioning perceptions of Somalis and the diaspora – a people who often suffer from negative stereotypes. I believe that marginalised groups are portrayed with negative connotations and I hope to change the misconceptions on how the world views the Somali region.
FATIMA MOOSA

MPHIL MEDIEVAL HISTORY, UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

I graduated with a BA in History from Queen Mary University of London, and have spent the past year working in the Civil Service. Now, with the generous support of the Aziz Foundation, I will be returning to academia by pursuing a Master’s degree. This course will allow me to conduct research in relatively unexplored areas of the early medieval past. I am particularly interested in cross-cultural history and interfaith interactions, and through my research I aim to promote a better understanding of the Muslim world, including the reception and impact of Islam in Europe from the early Middle Ages. In doing so, I hope to counter misconceptions and inspire greater diversity of thought in the humanities.
NADIA MOUSSAOUI

MA NEAR AND MIDDLE EAST STUDIES, SOAS

The so-called refugee crisis in Europe was the beginning of change for me. Determined to understand the causes of mass displacement better, I studied conflicts by looking into politics, history and culture in the war-affected countries. It captivated my full attention; thus, during my gap year, I have decided to go to Greece and volunteer for the first time. I have been involved in many initiatives working with people affected by forced migration both in the UK and abroad ever since. Having studied Fashion Design at the University of the Arts London, I realised that I lack a theoretical background necessary when working in the humanitarian sector. I have decided to undertake a Masters degree at SOAS to pursue further my interest in politics, but also better understand the issues of migration, refugees and humanitarian relief so that I could act towards safeguarding refugees’ rights in a more informed and effective way.
KHALED MOYEED

LLM INTERNATIONAL DISPUTE RESOLUTION, QUEEN MARY

I completed the Bar Vocational Course in 2007 and worked in the Cabinet Office as a Legal Policy Adviser advising ministers, peers and MPs on charity law. In 2013, I qualified as a solicitor at Herbert Smith Freehills, a leading international law firm working its London, Dubai and Doha offices. I specialised in international commercial and investment treaty arbitration at another law firm in the City of London. In recent years, I launched my own legal practice specialising in dispute resolution and charity law. I also entered politics getting elected as a Councillor in 2018. I am pursuing an LLM in international dispute resolution at Queen Mary University of London to help me boost my legal practice. I am active in the Muslim community providing pro-bono legal advice through various organisations.
USMAAN MUFTI

LLM ISLAMIC LAW, SOAS UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

My previous studies, Law at undergraduate level and Politics and Contemporary History at Masters level, have allowed me to explore the historical, political and philosophical themes within the Western legal tradition. However, as the relationship between the Islamic and Western and liberal legal tradition and thought increasingly becomes the subject of academic analysis, it is paramount that the Muslim community has the appropriate means to represent itself in this discussion and further the analysis. Through studying an LLM in Islamic Law at SOAS, I hope to build upon the foundation provided by my previous studies and be part of this exploration and analysis. Beyond my studies, I write for Islam21c and I have worked at a number of start-ups. In my free time, I enjoy reading and I am an avid football and boxing fan.
AIDA MUGABO

LLM INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY LAW, EDINBURGH

I am a policy professional in the UK’s Civil Service with a background in law, teaching and the social enterprise/not-for-profit sectors. I am passionate about mentoring young people, increasing access to education and leadership/community development. Through this masters, The Aziz Foundation is providing me with the stepping stone to explore an exciting and interdisciplinary area of law, whilst also providing me with a network of scholars and a real opportunity to strive for positive impact.
SAIRA MUGHAL

MSC IN LEARNING AND TEACHING, OXFORD

It was the repetition of this statement that made me realise the impact of having diversity amongst the staffing body had on the students’ motivations. Each student is bespoke in their identity and as such it is vital as an educator to have comprehension of this to allow for optimal learning and teaching conditions within lessons. Therefore, the repetition of this statement above combined with the need to understand the learner, affirmed my decision to pursue the Master’s in Learning and Teaching. I aim to research the effectiveness of the education equality policy of the school, if it celebrates the diversity of the student body and what strategies can be implemented to overcome this barrier through teacher education.
ABDULLAH MUKIT

MRES HEALTH SCIENCES RESEARCH, BRISTOL

A key aspiration for me is enabling our youth to flourish in their chosen interests; the pursuit for knowledge is an obligation for many that crafts a path of ease for our ultimate goal in life. Alongside medical studies I have interests in academia, in particular clinical research to create exceptional care providers for the future. I have been fortunate to work alongside organisations with wider focuses on engagement and development in our communities and I intend to use the skills developed during this course as a means for making an impact in our circles inshaAllah. Lastly, I enjoy cycling treks, exploring the outdoors and reading thought provoking literature.
FARIHA MUNIM

MA EDUCATION LEADERSHIP, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON

Having completed my undergraduate degree in History at King’s College London, I began teaching History at a North London secondary school via TeachFirst and was also awarded a PGDE in History Education from the UCL Institute of Education whilst teaching full time. Often frustrated with the lack of diverse and decolonised narratives within the curriculum, I began to critically think about the impact of historical absences on the minds of thousands of children in Britain. Determined to push through wider change, I intend for my MA in Educational Leadership to structure further action that encourages professionals to also work towards enacting further pedagogical change within our History curriculums across schools.
RAEESA MULLA

MSC PHYSICIAN ASSOCIATE STUDIES, BOLTON

As a biochemistry graduate, I was keen to continue exploring human physiology and medicine, but on a more practical level. Pursuing a career as a Physician Associate, I hope to develop my understanding of disease conditions, whilst positively contributing to the health management of patients to help them live healthier, fulfilled lives. As a generalist medical professional, I am particularly enthusiastic about the overlap between physical and mental health, an area the Muslim community often misunderstand and overlook. I truly believe facilitating open conversations within our communities about the impact of negative mental health, is the key to ensuring people feel empowered to seek out help and embark on the road to recovery.
MOHD MUSHARAF

MSC ADV. MECH. ENG., UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

The continuous revolutionary changes that mechanical engineering has, is, and will make in our society are not unknown to many; however, the same cannot be said for the contribution made by British Muslims in this field, which is partially due to the lack of representation therein. This is something that has incentivised me to specialise in this field by pursuing a Masters in mechanical engineering so that I may acquire a deeper understanding of the application of engineering principles. Doing so will allow me to gain chartership with the IMechE, after which I can visit schools, colleges and other educational institutes as an experienced figure in the field to offer career advice and support to young engineering prospects, especially those from underrepresented backgrounds.
ILYAS NAGDEE

MA CRIMINOLOGY AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE, SUSSEX

After graduating from my BA in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Manchester, I was elected into a range of elected roles for students culminating in being the principal representative for 1.5 Million Students of Colour in Further Education, Higher Education and Apprenticeships across the UK. My campaigning was primarily around the awarding gap, decolonising the curriculum, Students Not Suspects and the hostile environment. I have been published in the first ever International Handbook of Islamophobia (Routledge) RIFE: 21 Stories from Britain’s Youth (Unbound) and in the upcoming Doing Equity and Diversity for Success in Higher Education: Redressing Structural Inequalities in the Academy (Palgrave Macmillan). Through my MA, I hope to deepen my understanding of securitisation, abolition and restorative justice to support social change in these arenas.
SOUKEYNA OSEI-BONSU

MSC NGO MANAGEMENT, CITY

Studying BA International Relations and Social Anthropology at SOAS for my undergraduate degree has opened my eyes to the challenges faced by various marginalised communities and the reality of many under reported global injustices. A masters in NGO Management will equip me with the tools required to serve various communities in the UK and internationally, to help devise the solutions to global problems myself, and with others envision an organised, well-resourced and sustainable world. I have a passion for Black rights and run a Black rights based organisation, which a masters at City will enable me to expand and develop.
MOHAMMED PATEL

MA RELIGION, CULTURE AND SOCIETY, UCLAN

The Masters at Uclan will build on my knowledge acquired from completing a Higher Diploma of Specialisation in Islamic Law at Jamia Al-Karam. A common principle amongst the Islamic jurists is that the one who is unaware of his society and tries to give a response is actually ignorant. Therefore, whilst serving my local community, as a qualified Imam, this course will equip me to fully understand British culture and society, from a holistic point of view, and then be able to provide an appropriate answer in light of Islamic teachings. Aside from studies my hobbies include cycling and taking part in charity events.
NICOLE PELTIER

MSC DIABETES CARE, UNIVERSITY OF SALFORD

Research shows the BME population have a significantly greater risk of developing type two diabetes. Research studies recognise the need for culturally sensitive health education to better support Muslim patients and improve their health outcomes. The Diabetes Care MSc allows progression to become a diabetes specialist nurse, a role in which I can help transform current diabetes services to better meet the needs of the Muslim community.
HAJARA RAHMAN

MSC PHYSICIANS ASSOCIATE, ANGLIA RUSKIN UNIVERSITY

Following my BSc degree in Human and Medical Science, I have come across the role of a Physician Associate which caught my attention straight away. It combines my love for medicine and continuous patient care. As it’s a fairly new role in the NHS there is an ‘exciting air’ around where this the role could lead to and how it could develop, and I am looking forward to being part of this change, and its positive impact it will have on the Muslim population in underrepresented areas such as Mental and women’s health.
MOHAMMED RAHMAN

MASTERS OF BUSINESS ADMIN, UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER

I am an experienced senior manager in the charity sector working for an international humanitarian agency who is empowering people in some truly destitute areas. By studying an MBA at the University of Manchester it would allow me to streamline my management and leadership skills further and develop other areas of an organisation. I aspire to give back my expertise to grassroot organisations and help them to develop their operations to achieve their vision and transform into becoming great institutions.
MONZUR RAHMAN

MSC MATHEMATICS, UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK

Algebra finds its origin with the Muslim scholar al-Khawarizmi, yet, today, the field of mathematics is lacking Muslims. Through this MSc, I hope to inspire a new generation to take up study in the Mathematical Sciences. Having studied a BSc in maths, I learnt of the importance of maths in biological research. In particular, I hope to use algebra to study biological and molecular systems.
FAYEZ RAHMAN

MSC COMPUTING SCIENCE, IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON

Having completed my formal studies in an Islamic seminary in Blackburn, I’ve gone on to study and complete a degree in Health Sciences at the Open University. Alongside my undergraduate studies, I have worked as a teacher of Science and head of Pastoral Care, attending to the needs of young Muslim children at an Islamic secondary school. In light of this experience, I have gained an understanding of the problems young Muslims face, ranging from peer pressure to lack of representation in the community. In undertaking this postgraduate qualification, I hope to tap into the world of technology and, coupled with my experience in pastoral care, develop educational resources that will raise the standards of Islamic education and assist educators and learners alike.
HAFSA RAHMAN

MA NEWSPAPER JOURNALISM, CITY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

The media is a powerful institution, capable of persuading the minds of the masses. Graduating from Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience at the University of Westminster, and having worked at the Institute of Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience, my understanding of the human mind benefits the exploration of social issues and current affairs. My roles within the community, alongside writing for an audience, have broadened my understanding of those the media is targeted at. My particular interests lie in current affairs, and countering the misrepresentation of muslims, by coupling them with my knowledge of the human psyche to produce powerful journalism.
SURAIYA RAHMAN

MA INTERNATIONAL CONFLICT STUDIES, KCL

During a time where the Muslim community have been made to feel alienated in a country we call home and our “Britishness” called into question, the importance of tackling these issues have never been more pertinent. With my Masters, I aim to develop a better understanding of the multi-faceted challenges facing our community through an interdisciplinary approach, including political violence, identity and belonging, colonialism and immigration, to name a few. Following my Masters, I aim to work in the non-profit sector working on these issues surrounding identity politics, both with Muslims in the UK and globally. I hope to shed light on Islamophobia and identity-based violence whilst promoting policy and advocacy strategies to stamp out religious intolerance in all its forms. I am so grateful that the financial support offered by Aziz Foundation will provide me with the means necessary to see my objectives through.
TAHMINA RAHMAN

MA ISLAMIC STUDIES, SOAS UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

After graduating from an Islamic seminary with a BA (Honours) equivalent in Islamic Law and Islamic Theology, I completed a Postgraduate Award in Islamic Education at the University of Warwick. My zeal for education has now led me to pursue a Masters in Islamic Studies at SOAS university with the support of Aziz Foundation. Through this MA, I intend to gain a contemporary understanding of religion, and understand how to address current issues in an updating society. I hope to use the academic knowledge coupled with the Islamic knowledge I possess, to help individuals searching for purpose, and make positive changes in the extensive British Muslim community. One of my main priorities are to educate and encourage the younger generation to help bridge the gap that exists between traditional and modern values, without losing the essence of Islam.
ZIYAD RAHMAN

MSC USER EXP. RESEARCH AND DESIGN, KINGSTON UNIVERSITY

Having graduated with a BSc in Psychology, I have worked in both the video games and tech research industry since. I will be embarking on a MSc in User Experience Research and Design, which will equip me with the necessary skills and tools to pursue a career in user research in video games and hopefully increase Muslim representation in the game industry. Across popular entertainment, representation of Muslims is growing beyond stereotypical portrayals, however in the video game medium this has been slightly slower despite having a much greater reach. I’d like to be an example to the community of someone who has developed their everyday passion into a career and have an influence in the representation of Muslims in popular culture.
ABU RASHID

MSc ELECTIONS, CAMPAIGNS & DEMOCRACY, ROYAL HOLLOWAY

‘The ballot is stronger than the bullet.’ These famous words emphasise the importance of voting, campaigning and utilising democratic channels in order to bring about real change and progress. Although, you’d be forgiven for losing hope in recent years. But I’m still hopeful. Through greater understanding, stronger unity and a better strategic approach, I believe minorities in the UK – particularly the Muslim community – will be able to effectively influence public policy for the benefit of the whole country. And I want to help make that happen, explaining my choice of study. Previously, I read History & Spanish at the University of Manchester for my undergraduate. I then began my career as an intern in local government, and later moved into the civil service. I currently work in a strategy role at the Cabinet Office, supporting government departments set up and develop their commercial organisations.
SUMAYYAH RASHID

MSC PSYCHOLOGICAL THERAPIES, QUEEN MARY

My interest in mental health started with my desire to help people combined with a interest in the human mind and behaviour. The complexity of childhood mixed with mental health became a large point of interest to me. As a result I decided that while I’m interested in tackling mental health in the Muslim community I want to specifically specialise in child psychotherapy. As a young Muslim woman the realisation that my passion for psychology could help and benefit my own community gave me a whole new sense of purpose . My dedication to psychology is fuelled by my passion to be part of the generations of individuals who changes the narrative of mental health in the Muslim community.
MALIHA REZA

MSC PUBLIC POLICY, KING'S COLLEGE LONDON

I am beginning a Masters in Public Policy at King’s College London. In the wake of COVID-19, I became interested in Public Health Policy and responses to COVID-19 related social and economic crisis. The disproportionate number of BAME deaths reveal inequalities and while 14 per cent of the population are BAME, there is a distinct lack of representation in the Public Policy. It is crucial that Policymakers studying the discipline understand the relationship between discrimination and Policymaking. I hope to produce Policy that is designed to work with the needs of all communities by building on my academic and lived experience.
AISHA RIMI

MA MAGAZINE JOURNALISM, CITY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

I graduated with a BA in French & German from Queen Mary, University of London and spent several years working in the Higher Education sector. My interest in journalism stems from my passion for writing and developed into a greater love of storytelling and communication. I’ll be pursuing an MA in Magazine Journalism with the hopes of using my voice to bring neglected stories to the forefront. The British journalism industry is severely lacking in diversity and representation, so I want to contribute to changing that by ensuring more diverse stories are told about our communities in the British media.
HUSNA RIZVI

MA POSTCOLONIAL STUDIES, SOAS UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

Since acquiring my BA in Philosophy at King’s College, Cambridge, I’ve pursued a career in journalism and obtained an NCTJ qualification with the support of the Journalism Diversity Fund. As a result, I was able to go on to join the editorial team of the New Internationalist Europe’s largest media co-op, and a magazine which champions the cause of independent media, providing analysis through the lens of the Majority World. I will now be studying for an MA in Postcolonial Studies at SOAS, with my research interests focusing on how ‘respectable’ and elite cultural production has facilitated racist discourses in geopolitics.
SAMIRAH ROKIB

MSC PERSONALISED MEDICINE AND NOVEL THERAPY, UCL

During my BSc in Human Genetics, I was exposed to the field of Personalised Medicine. Whilst current treatments/medications are prescribed on a disease basis, there are patients that don’t respond to the treatment or respond negatively. The aim of personalised medicine is to overcome this problem by prescribing medications after analysing an individual’s genome. This field is still up and coming with new research being conducted all the time. I want to be a part of the change that is happening within the healthcare system, so I am continuing my studies by undertaking a MSc in Personalised Medicine and Novel Therapy. The Masters will equip me with the skills and knowledge to contribute to research and design within this field whilst also increasing Muslim representation in scientific research.
AMINA SAADI

MSC HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY, KING'S COLLEGE LONDON

Health Psychology demonstrates how physical and mental health are intrinsically linked, yet many individuals are unaware of the field. The diverse society that we live in today means that we should be taking a diverse approach in delivering healthcare and ensuring that regardless of your background or religion, services are accessible. Having worked at an in-patient psychiatric unit, I noticed that many Muslims were not actively seeking help for their emotional and physical well-being. I aim to increase awareness of Health Psychology in diverse communities to increase their access to services that help them manage long-term physical illnesses, whilst dealing with underlying psychological issues.
AMMAR SABOUNI

MPP MASTERS OF PUBLIC POLICY, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

In Syria, caring for someone’s injuries for months, only for a barrel bomb to kill them made me realise that my medical profession, though noble, treats but does not cure the problem. This was my motivation to seek deep-rooted change first in public health, and now in public policy. I am now completing an academic-clinical fellowship at the Centre for Universal Health at Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, where I worked on the effect of conflict and instability on non-communicable diseases and mental health. I am arriving at the Blavatnik School as an Aziz Foundation scholar, eager to use what I will learn on the MPP to address health and wellbeing inequities as root causes of instability in the UK. My interests lie in healthcare worker education in conflict, integration of refugee healthcare workers into host workforces, and morality and public policy making.
TAQWA SADIQ

MA ETHNOGRAPHIC AND DOCUMENTARY FILM, UCL

As an interdisciplinary researcher and visual artist, I am interested in how film, art, and design can be used to explore historical and post-colonial notions of identity, Islam, and social-spatial organisation. During my BA Middle Eastern Studies (University of Cambridge), I realised that the rewriting of colonially-informed narratives is essential to challenge assumptions and foster more nuanced, critical thinking within British Muslim and wider non-Muslim communities. Undertaking traditional Islamic studies at Ebrahim College and Cambridge Muslim College afforded me insight into the relevance of Islamic paradigms to post-colonial experiences. Living abroad in Iran and Jordan, revealed to me the potential to bring such useful but esoteric academic discourse into the universal language of film through human story-telling. For me, the power of visual imagery to immortalise and express concepts in a way that words cannot is evident in how Islamic heritage has successfully preserved its core ideas and values through art and architecture. Film is a relatively new media that can celebrate and contribute to this heritage.
SARAH SALIH

MSC CHILD & ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH, UCL

An area of personal interest has always been how scholars of Islam would speak about mental health and the necessity of its preservation in order for our potential as human beings to be fully actualised. After an introductory study of Islam & Psychology at the year long Qalam Seminary based in Dallas, Texas, this interest increased. I went on to pursue a BSc in Psychology at Queen Mary University. Alongside my studies, I started an organisation called CONSCIOUS aimed at putting what was learned into practise and providing a safe socio-spiritual space for young people to thrive. In my experience as a youth worker, a grounding in faith and a focus on mental wellbeing are two vital ingredients for overall communal growth. My intent for pursuing further study in these areas is to become better equipped to serve the community.
ASMA SALEEM

MSC PSYCHOLOGY, BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON

My career over the last 20 years has revolved around work within educational and community organizations. In 2015, I started an initiative to present interactive workshops for young Muslims, the workshops covered topics such as confidence building, identity, belonging and growth mindset, along with a number of Islamic themed workshops. These settings have provided young Muslims to find confidence in expression, the value of independent thought and high aspirations for themselves and their communities. The MSc in Psychology would build on my experience of teaching, community engagement and youth work that I have accumulated over the years.
MUNAZZAH SALEEM

MSC APPLIED NEUROPSYCHOLOGY, BRISTOL

I have previously completed a Bachelors in Neuroscience and Psychology from the University of Toronto with a high distinction after which I did a postgraduate certificate in clinical research. I am now pursuing my Masters in Applied Neuropsychology. Neuroscience and mental health have always been my core interests and through this masters I hope to further enhance my knowledge and develop clinical insight. I also aim to contribute in raising awareness and mitigating the stigma that is often attached with mental health. I wish to represent the British Muslim community in advocating for equal access and provision of neuropsychological services, and I understand that mental health treatment and rehabilitation options for Muslims are often shaped by religion. As such, I envision bringing science and faith together by becoming a qualified Clinical Neuropsychologist who shares the same faith ideologies as the British Muslim community.
HANA SAMAWE

MA MASTERS IN MATHEMATICS EDUCATION, UCL

I completed my PGCE in 2018 and have found much joy in being a secondary school maths teacher, despite the many gasps and sheer horror I see on people’s faces when I first reveal my career choice. Being a teacher is a humbling and rewarding experience. More so, you are not only a teacher, but you are a cheerleader, counsellor, role model, hero, motivational source and many other things. Being such an influential person in a student’s life can be profound and is an Amanah. Hence why I want to become the best teacher I can possibly be whilst representing and impacting the Muslim community. Undertaking this postgraduate degree will equip me with the skill set to really maximise my students’ engagement, progress and improve attitudes towards maths in school.
RAFIAH SATTAR

LLM BTC, NOTTINGHAM TRENT UNIVERSITY

Having recently graduated from the LLB with the aspiration to become a barrister, I will be pursuing the Barristers Training Course and LLM at Nottingham Trent University. Advocacy is at the core of my dream career and I hope to use my skills and knowledge to seek justice for both Muslim and non-Muslim communities. I aim to increase the levels of diversity at the Bar as I do not feel there are enough female Muslim candidates overcoming the intimidation caused by working within the field. I hope to inspire and assist future young British Muslims that wish to pursue the Bar through a mentoring scheme that I plan to set up once I have attained my Masters.
MARIAM SAYANI

MA EDUCATION, UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK

I began memorising the Quran at the age of 8 and completed it at the age of 12. I then moved onto studying the Alimmiyah Programme at Jameah Uloomul Quran, which entailed an in depth study of the Arabic language, Quranic Sciences, Hadith Sciences, Fiqh, Principles of Jurisprudence, and Islamic Theology. I am also a qualified teacher and have 10 years of teaching experience in both the secular and faith based contexts. I have just established Arabic with Mariam, which is an education institute dedicated to empowering women by learning the Quran, through understanding it’s true meaning with a focus on enabling women to avoid or overcome the trauma of abuse.
RAKIN SAYED

MA STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS, KING'S COLLEGE LONDON

Having completed my undergraduate studies in Arabic and International Relations and engaged in interfaith dialogue over several years, I have long been interested in the importance of language and communication. I believe that in order to effectively challenge misrepresentative narratives of marginalised communities, we must first understand how these narratives come to exist in the first place. My hope is that I can use the skills gained through the study of Strategic Communications to better understand the relationship between language and power and, in doing so, we can effectively offer alternative narratives that are authentic and true to the realities of marginalised communities.
MARYAM SHAH

LLM LAW, LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE

Having recently finished my BA in Law at Oxford University, I intend to study the LLM at LSE. From a young age I have cared about justice and equality for all. During my undergraduate, I spoke at 10 Downing Street on BAME issues; was elected as Oxford’s NUS delegate and served as Community Officer at my university Islamic Society. Through studying this Masters in Law I wish to learn how to challenge the barriers which are preventing equal treatment of Muslims and BAME individuals under the justice-system. I also wish to ensure that “freedom to manifest one’s religion” is given more respect by the Law.
AAFIYAH SHAIKH

MSC DEFENCE, DEVELOPMENT AND DIPLOMACY, DURHAM UNIVERSITY

I am a graduate from Lancaster University with a BA in International Relations. I am also a published author and my work can be found in The Tempest. Moreover, I have recently published a book, which can be found on Amazon. In my spare time, I enjoy writing poetry and listening to music.
RAJEH SHAIKH

MA CREATIVE WRITING AND PUBLISHING, CITY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

In an era of social media and globalisation, true representation of all communities in literature and television is crucial to challenge and counter problematic narratives, which are increasing in popularity. I intend to create stories about inspiring Muslims characters that would move my readers and have a positive impact on them. By pursuing an MA in Creative Writing and Publishing, this will give me the capacity to refine and improve my writing style, learn about the foundations of novel writing, challenge my thought process and introduce me to study material that will broaden my view of the world. I want to be able to share the stories of strong Muslim men and women and amplify their voices by making them relatable in the most authentic way.
YUSUF SHARIF

MSC HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD

Deciding to pursue a Master’s in Human Resource Management is a route to achieve my career goals, and a commitment I have to increase representation of British Muslims within the corporate space. While studying, I aim to actively increase my knowledge in areas such as diversity and inclusion, recruitment, training and development, as well as learning about best practice approaches to a wide variety of Human Resource concerns. I am particularly looking forward to focusing my dissertation research on the issue of diversity within the workplace. This will help me gain insight into ways to improve the progression of British Muslim talent into leadership positions across different sectors.
RUWAYDA SHARIFF

MSC INTERNATIONAL, SOCIAL AND PUBLIC POLICY, LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS

My bachelors in Development Studies from SOAS, University of London as well as experience working with a wide range of charities, local communities, politicians and schools has exposed me to the different challenges faced by society. Studying International, Social and Public Policy at the London School of Economics would equip me with the requirements necessary to evaluate policies as well as the vital tools needed to address contemporary social issues within my community and beyond. I aim to improve the public policymaking and delivery process by increasing local participation and researching the extent to which inclusive policies cover the breadth of society.
RUQAYYAH SIDDIQUI

LLM LAW, CITY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

The Law plays a pivotal role in our day to day lives. We can address many social issues especially within the Muslim community through legislation changes. Yet so many of us sit back and do not work for that change. My dream is to create educated and affluent Muslim communities where we are no longer underrepresented in politics, legislative bodies and media. Thanks to the Aziz Foundation, I am now able to begin my journey to work towards legal reform by starting the Masters of Law programme at City University of London. I am also a business owner of an online bakery platform, and aspire to raise aspirations of young Muslim women, encouraging more entrepreneurship in our community.
KHALED SOFIAN

MA CULTURE, ETHNICITY, DIASPORA, BIRKBECK

The Aziz Foundation scholarship has enabled me to pursue my Masters in Culture, Diaspora, Ethnicity whilst continuing my role working with audiences at Tate Modern and Tate Britain. The programme allows me to examine religion, race, racism, multi-culture, community and identity, at a time when division of all types are on the rise in Britain, and across the world as witnessed in our political institutions. I act in solidarity with those who tirelessly confront power and racial imbalances, from the visible advocates to everyday invisible change-makers.
FERDAOUSSE STITOU

MSC HEALTHCARE TECHNOLOGIES, KCL

After completing my BEng in Biomedical Engineering, I decided to continue my studies in Healthcare Technologies. With the Aziz Foundation support, I aim to focus on medical robotics for eye surgery. As technology is becoming a crucial part of our everyday lives, it is also having an impact in the medical field. Robotic assistance can help clinicians improve the performance of their surgeries, as well as carry out procedures that are currently impossible. I am passionate about encouraging Muslim women to join the field and lead the development of future medical devices in order to improve the healthcare sector.
IRFAN SULEMAN

MSc HEALTH & INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, LSE

Faith is instrumental to many aspects of life. Having read Global Health at King’s, I developed an understanding of the role faith-based organisations play in health promotion. My dissertation on Islamic Relief displayed how they adopt faith as a tool to create culturally relevant interventions in displaced Muslim communities. This MSc will enable me to build on this foundational research and explore how elements of faith can influence secularised health organisations. I am also passionate about encouraging Muslims to consider public policy as a career to build realisation of the impact Muslims can have on civil society. I created a Muslim network during my Civil Service internship that challenged Muslim attitudes towards the profession and emphasised the importance of having Muslims at the forefront of policy shaping roles to ensure the needs of our communities are heard.
Maryam Syed

MSC PHYSICIAN ASSOCIATE STUDIES, QUEEN MARY

After graduating with a BSc in Biochemistry and following eight months of research at the William Harvey Research Institute, I knew I did not want to pursue a career in scientific research. I wanted to do something that gave me direct interaction with people whilst using my scientific background to help them. Physician Associate Studies does exactly that – I study to the medical model thus becoming a clinician that works to serve the people but at the same time I can pursue other endeavours that I am passionate about. For example, I am the General Secretary for the London & South Lifesavers team at the British Islamic Medical Association, where we aim to teach basic life support to the community. Through many conversations, I have found that British Muslim women are underrepresented in the medical field and I aim to change that.
Omar Taalbi

MA ISLAMIC EDUCATION, UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK

Having studied under prominent sheyoukh in Makkah Ummul Quraa and Azhar University in Cairo, I have gone through an amazing journey of two different kind of Islamic jurisprudence and obtained my certificates in Hadith and Quran memorisation. I felt it was my duty as a learned British Muslim to pass this beautiful knowledge to the Muslim communities and teach them the Arabic language in its complexity in order to comprehend the holy Quran. As a result, I have been a teacher of Islamic studies, Quran hifdh and the Arabic language for over 10 years. Through this master I hope to broaden my expertise and serve the community more effectively.
Ranim Taha

MSC SOCIAL AND CULTURAL PSYCHOLOGY, LSE

In Western society, you are arguably at a disadvantage if you are black, or from a minority ethnicity. You are at a disadvantage if you are female. You are at a disadvantage if you are Muslim. I am a Black, Female, Muslim. I am keen to study an Msc in Social and Cultural Psychology to understand the causes behind the disadvantages experience by people like me in society and what has reinforced it across time. By understanding the root causes, I believe I will be able to contribute towards influencing change in the current status quo. My BA in Anthropology and Law has laid down the foundations for the development my interest in culture and society. Studying this Masters will allow me to continue to pursue this interest in depth – particularly my interest in the matters of race and identity.
Rabiah Tariq

LLM MASTERS OF PUBLIC LAW, UCL

British Muslims are one of the largest minority groups in the UK and are gravely underrepresented in the legal field. I have long been fascinated by the development of law as a response to changes in society and I believe that with British Muslims making up a significant proportion of the population it is important that appropriate protections are available to them. My ambition is to qualify as a barrister and legal academic. My aim is to practise within the realm of commercial law, focusing specifically on property law issues, with a focus on a substantial amount of pro bono work as this is the best way I will be able to contribute to communities I identify with ethnically, religiously and socioeconomically. Pursuing an LLM will enable me to further develop my organisational and interpersonal skills, as well as a nuanced understanding of taking a critical disposition.
Naila Tasnim

MSC HUMAN RIGHTS AND POLITICS, LSE

My Bachelor’s in Comparative Literature at King’s College London led me to develop an interest in the literatures of human rights and the potential of creative mediums as powerful and accessible means of communication. After working with artists and activists within the community arts sector, I have opted to study a Masters in Human Rights and Politics at LSE with the support of the Aziz Foundation. I hope to pursue further research into prejudice and its associated rhetoric in order to better understand the processes behind the dissemination of dangerous narratives about marginalised communities.
Zahra Tellal

MSC LEARNING AND TEACHING, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

After obtaining an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science, I completed a Science PGCE at the University of Oxford. Having worked in multiple schools as a science teacher and now as a head of department, it is evident to me that there is a lack of British Muslim representation in the education sector. Research shows that in spite of the multiple interventions put in place in schools to improve attainment of ethnic minority students, there is still a significant attainment gap between students of ethnic minorities and white British students. I believe as a Muslim teacher, I am in the position where I can raise questions and explore answers around the barriers that impact the youth of our communities. This course will enable me to further explore ways to help my students overcome these barriers and achieve academic success, and hopefully give me the ability to make a difference to both the Muslim and wider community.
Zakariya Tumi

MSC PSYCHOLOGY, MANCHESTER METROPOLITAN

After graduating in engineering working for a data consultancy, I took an interest in digital healthcare technologies, particularly within clinical mental health settings. I’m interested in how data-led insights and technologies can be used to discover which interventions are most effective across varying demographics. I believe digital healthcare solutions can be of particular benefit to muslims in Britain. There is much to be explored in this realm, as well as the potential benefits that communities and wider society can derive by integrating these tools to help inform decision-making in our healthcare systems.
Tasnima Uddin

BTC BARRISTERS TRAINING COURSE, BPP UNIVERSITY

Earlier this year I was listed in the top 50 most empowering Nu-Gen activists by Glamour Mag. I have an Undergraduate Degree in International Politics and after completing my LLM Law Conversion Degree last year, I then decided to commit to pursuing a career in law. The Bar is said to be one of the most elitist institutions within the UK. It is an institution that requires radical transformation which can only be achieved through more activist barristers advocating for the international working class. As our civil liberties are becoming increasingly undermined, I believe it is imperative for us to be able to assist our communities.
Kazim Ukka

MSC CONFLICT STUDIES, LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS

I aspire to enter journalism, academia or political research upon completing my master’s degree. I aim to use the specialist knowledge and skills acquired during my master’s, particularly in relation to Political Islam and terrorism, to publish work debunking the right-wing narrative that Islam is an inherently violent religion. God willing, this will help combat Islamophobia in the UK and in turn, contribute to the security of the British Muslim community and an altogether more tolerant and united civil society. Outside my studies, I write for The Muslim Vibe and volunteer as the London Chair of the Islamic Unity Society.
Atta Ul-Haq

MA EDUCATION (LEADERSHIP), UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

After having completed a BA in Law and Religious Studies and a PGDipEd, I went on to study my aalimiyyah course. I am now fortunate to have been given the opportunity to study the MA Education (Leadership) programme. Synergising my knowledge and qualifications with my experiences of having served the community in matters pertaining to education, bereavement and various other community work, I hope to use my MA to implement research informed practice to augment what I have to offer to an array of institutions. I aspire to undertake translation projects, deliver public lectures, and participate in education and enhanced community services, in addition to carrying out advisory roles across various domains of our society.
Sahiba Ullah

LLM MASTERS OF LAW, BPP UNIVERSITY

Having honourably graduated in my LLB Law degree, by the grace of God I will continue my furtherance of my legal ambitions by studying the LLM (Legal Practice). I am currently paralegaling in a reputable Law firm and writing articles in family legal development. I hope from my studies and experience I am able to benefit the community by assisting them in vulnerable moments of their lives whether that be women, individuals seeking justice and/or refugees endeavouring for a better future. I also thoroughly enjoy theoretical legal discussions and strive to influence legal policies to benefit the ummah.
Bilal Ur-Rehman

LLM MASTERS IN HUMAN RIGHTS LAW, UNIVERSITY OF READING

Having studied Law LLB at the University at Reading, I decided to continue my academic journey and study LLM Human Rights. As a British Muslim living in 21st Century Britain, Human Rights are incredibly important to me. They impact our lives not only nationally, but globally. Understanding what rights we have, and what we can do to implement them is fundamental to protecting ourselves and ensure Muslims are able to live peacefully. This is what I plan to do. To learn, understand, and work in Human Rights law in order to ensure Muslims are able to live without interference.
Maryam Waseem

MSC EXP. PHARM. & THERAPEUTICS, UCL

Studying neuroscience at an undergraduate level allowed me to understand how the brain works in health and disease, for example within psychiatric disorders. By continuing on to the ‘Experimental Pharmacology and Therapeutics’ Masters I aim to explore how best to translate what I’ve learnt from my undergraduate degree into effective pharmacological agents, particularly for psychiatric disorders. Further to this I hope to increase the representation of Muslims within mental health therapeutics research in order to allow our communities to better understand these neurological disorders and to progressively dismantle stigma surrounding mental health problems.
Yasir Yeahia

MA RACE, ED. & DECOLONIAL THOUGHT, LEEDS BECKETT

Growing up in East London I became aware of the lack of opportunities people like me faced in British society. I was empowered through my experiences to always “rise up” and grasp every opportunity that came my way. I sought after knowledge through studying at University and was particularly passionate about politics and the way society was governed, how power was determined and communities managed. After being elected as a President of my Student Union, I have worked within University institutions to understand the complexities of Muslim student needs across London and the Midlands. I now want to further my knowledge of race and decolonial thought so I can acquire the correct tools to unlock the spaces required by Muslims within society as well as establishing resources to bring communities together and eradicate existing racial hierarchies.
Aisha Younis

MA ENVIRONMENT, DEV. & POLICY, SUSSEX

Since studying Politics and International Relations for my undergraduate degree, I have actively pursued working in the non-profit media sector and in roles that impact positive social change. While working at Doc Society (an organisation dedicated to supporting documentary films), I developed and co-created the Climate Reframe project – a list highlighting 100 BIPOC voices in the UK’s environmental movement. I am now undertaking this MA with the aim to contribute to emerging discourse in environmental policy and the communities it seeks to serve.
Hasnayn Yousaf

MSC URBAN INFOMATICS, KING'S COLLEGE LONDON

Since graduating from King’s College London I have been working as a data analyst within the Lloyds of London insurance market assessing and quantifying the risk from natural perils. However, I would like to further my passion for data science but with a focus and application centred on cities and the built environment. Through this masters course I seek to enter into the emerging and rapidly evolving field of urban data science. It is vital that members of the Muslim community are embedded within this discipline not only to represent the community, but to ensure we are part of the process into how the spaces we live in are managed and developed.
Mussa Yousef

MSC DATA SCIENCE, CITY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

I have come to witness that data is rapidly changing the world. Everything we do now leaves a trail. Whether it is a transaction or a quick Google search, we are continually building our ‘cache’, which essentially makes us vulnerable. With the furthering of my education in this field, I aim to, firstly, gain insight then ultimately begin linking datasets without limitations, maximising adaptability within communities and breaking boundaries without any constraints. My wish is to inspire others with immediate effect in the field of data science, which is fast becoming a sought-after specialty. This degree will allow me to lead into an area where we as Muslims should be at the forefront.
Ahmed Yusuf

LLM LAW AND LEGAL PRACTICE, BPP UNIVERSITY

As an aspiring lawyer, I want to ensure that there is a greater representation of British Muslims in the legal sector, and alleviate many of the barriers British Muslims face when seeking to access legal services. My deep commitment to this profession stems from observing the rising number of cases relating to Islamophobia being undertaken by law firms under the guise of ‘pro-bono’ services. Siphoning such consequential and high-stake cases as ‘pro-bono’ has often resulted in a lack of enthusiasm or passion by those handling these cases. I am keen to provide an alternative avenue for British Muslims and increase access to justice for marginalised communities. Through studying an LLM in Law and Legal Practice at BPP School of Law, I intend to pursue a career that will allow me to tackle socio-legal issues such as structural barriers to accessing legal services and social inequality.
Harun Yusuf

MA PUBLIC POLICY, KING'S COLLEGE LONDON

My interest in Public Policy stems from studying Politics with International Relations at the University of Leicester as an undergraduate. Studying my chosen degree provided me with an opportunity to critically analyse regional, national and international political ideologies and institutions. In particular, I was able to consider, through a political lens, some of the world’s most pressing challenges, such as the threat of terrorism, environmental sustainability and the emergence of cybersecurity. I would like to further my education by studying Public Policy in order to develop a greater insight into the policy making process and most importantly, the complex policy issues facing the world today.
Tasnim Zaki

MSC INTL. DEVT WITH CONFLICT & HUMANITARIAN ACTION, BATH

Following much practical and research experience in a development capacity during my law degree, I have grown appreciation for the multi-dimensional impact of NGO work. This MSc will equip me with the skillset to manage humanitarian projects in areas I am particularly interested in, such as refugee wellbeing, women’s health and education. Having worked closely with vulnerable and diverse communities in the UK and abroad, more collaborative and fresher approaches are needed to tackle social justice issues and will impact how British Muslims are perceived. The MSc will also help expand my network, which I will use to encourage more young Muslim leaders from all disciplines to contribute more to the third sector, through collaboration and policy making.
Haneen Zeglam

MPHIL MODERN MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

Having recently graduated from the University of Cambridge with a degree in Politics and Sociology, I am now seeking to deepen my understanding of both fields but with a stricter regional focus. I believe that by thoroughly deconstructing and analysing common narratives surrounding the Middle East, we will find ourselves better able to tackle the challenges facing Muslims both in Britain and around the world. While the West continues to construct itself in opposition to the Muslim world, the lives and experiences of Muslims will be continually caught in the crossfire. I believe it is imperative that Muslim scholars work to redefine the commanding narratives of our world and reconstruct them on our own terms.
Maria Zitout

MA TERRORISM, SECURITY AND SOCIETY, KING'S COLLEGE LONDON

Growing up in a post 9/11 and 7/7 landscape as a visibly Muslim young woman, the War on Terror and its consequences have had a direct and involuntary impact on my worldview and how I experienced the world. My undergraduate study of History taught me nothing should be viewed in a vacuum, so I want to understand the intricacies of terrorism and radicalisation, which is a major factor in the gross misrepresentation of Muslims around the world.
Yussuf Abdi

MSC CHEMICAL PROCESS ENGINEERING, UCL

Studying this Masters, I hope to achieve a deeper understanding of the fundamentals and principles of process engineering to help better prepare me for a successful career in the Process Engineering sector. Technology, innovation and engineering are fields of ever expanding and crucial significance to development in our society, therefore it has never been more imperative for the youth in our communities to be encouraged and motivated to study STEM subjects and to establish and secure roots within these key sectors. As an engineer I hope to be at the forefront of design and innovation to inspire the youth in our community.
Samira Abdullahi

MSC DEVELOPMENT PSYCHOLOGY, KCL

Having graduated with a Bachelors in psychology, I now want to complement my general expertise with specialist knowledge in Development psychology, focussing on children and adolescents. Gaining some experience in the clinical field, when dealing with patients I have noticed a huge gap in the representation of professionals. I have seen Muslim patients for whom treatment options are influenced strongly by religion. With this degree, I want to become a qualified clinical psychologist, as well as the voice for individuals overlooked by the system.
Tasneem Rashid

MA CREATIVE WRITING, BIRKBECK

They say that the pen is mightier than the thrust of the sword, and it is this need to make a difference towards the lives of British Muslims – particularly British Muslim women of colour – that has pushed me to undertake an MA in Creative Writing. I have been an avid reader and writer ever since I could grasp a book/pen in my grubby hands, and to that end, completed my first degree in Creative Writing over a decade and a half ago. Now, I have decided to go back into education to further hone my craft and nurture my talent in order to achieve publication in the UK. Through my writing, I hope to bring a much needed lick of colour to the publishing industry, telling stories that celebrate the culture and identity of today’s British Muslim woman.
Ali Adam

PROF DOC COUNSELING PSYCHOLOGY, WOLVERHAMPTON

I am a firm believer in the power of educating the masses to bring about the necessary changes within social systems. This is particularly the case for Muslims, considering the emphasis religion places on both education and justice; so I strive to instigate change within local communities through engaging in and supporting social-political awareness campaigns. With an undergraduate psychology degree and MSc in child and adolescent mental health, I am well placed to specialise in youth mental health and to use my limited knowledge to create awareness, alongside passionately advocating for youth involvement and empowerment. As well as working as a NHS assistant psychologist, I am currently training to qualify as a psychologist-practitioner.
Vaseem Ahmed

MSC HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT, BIRKBECK

I am an award-winning Executive Recruiter and Marketeer with over 20 years experience in the Telecoms, Digital and Technology sectors. I have an excellent track record in Sales and Marketing for some of the world’s leading companies including BA and Vodafone and startups such as Vizzavi and T-Motion. Having seen a gap in the market, I established Capumen Executive Recruitment in 2010, recruiting to C-level positions for international companies such as Vodafone, Amazon, Samsung and multiple innovative startups. I am also a trustee of Redbridge Islamic Centre, managing and mentoring volunteers from the local community.
Waheed Ahmed

MSC MOLECULAR AND CELLULAR MEDICINE, OXFORD

I am a medical student passionate about academic surgery, currently studying the genetics of elastic tissue disorders: diseases which commonly inflict patients I have seen in hospital. I am on the committee of the Oxford Muslim Medics Society and hope to work closely with the Saïd Business School to develop as a MedTech entrepreneur. I have 17 publications in academic journals and 45 academic prizes and awards, including the BAPRAS John Barron Prize. Previously, I have led the Exeter Surgical Society, was a BMA national student representative, and pioneered initiatives such as the National South West Plastic Surgery Conference and Exeter Charity Week. My leadership contributions led to me being awarded Exeter University’s ‘Student Leader of the Year’.
Sibia Akhtar

MA HISTORY, UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER

I have just completed my undergraduate in History and Sociology at the University of Manchester. I have decided to embark upon a History MA, thanks to the Aziz Foundation scholarship. I wish to promote inclusivity and decolonise the curriculum, by ensuring that minority students have a voice: this is why I am a contributor for the student led magazine, ‘in: Colour’ because documenting and sharing our voices is essential in creating awareness of our history. Further, I attend talks held by ‘Race, Roots and Resistance’ whereby activists and academics address critical race issues through teaching and public engagement. I am also interested in investigative journalism and recovering the long history of state violence of ethnic minorities and bringing this to the public domain.
Nour Al Ahmad

MA ARCHITECTURE, ROYAL COLLEGE OF ART

As an aspiring Architect, I aim to utilise my skills and experiences to address critical socio-spatial issues through purpose-led design. My undergraduate studies at UCL’s Bartlett School of Architecture has reinforced my ambitions to specialise in the humanitarian and post-disaster architectural field. Upon completing my Masters, I hope to actively engage in civic redevelopment efforts within architectural practice, as I believe that this field must respond more effectively to current global crises and the ever-changing spatial needs of communities.
Aisha Ahmed

MSC COUNSELLING, GOLDSMITHS

From a young age, I always knew that I wanted to give back and help others. Having experienced my own difficulties and caring for loved ones with mental health issues, I can appreciate how important it is for us particularly within the Muslim and Asian community to provide a voice to those who may be suffering, allowing them to be heard. Studying Psychology with Counselling skills at University was incredibly insightful for me, and by studying this Masters I aim to try and further my understanding of psychiatric disorders and apply this towards helping those who may need it most, particularly those in my own community.
Khalil Ahmed

MSC ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, KING'S COLLEGE LONDON

I have a BSc in Computer Science and a year’s experience in industry at IBM as a Software Engineer. I think that, Insha Allah, just like the Industrial Revolution and the Technological Revolution that followed it, we are entering a new era driven by AI. It is therefore essential for Muslims to be represented in the AI and technology fields so that any new world will incorporate a vision of Islam and hold the best interests of Muslims and the world at large in mind.
Zahraa Ahmed

MPHIL SOCIOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

My Masters aims to focus on the disposability of life in Britain and whether certain lives are worth more than others. With rising levels of Islamophobia, racism and xenophobia evident in society, it’s important to demonstrate how rhetoric impacts the way we view human life and work towards policies that eradicate inequality. Having worked actively in the Muslim community for the past few years, I’ve had the opportunity to deliver some incredible projects and I hope to continue working towards social equality and improving community ties. In my free time I love to read and write articles for a range of different platforms.
Haamed Al Hassan

MRES VISION SCIENCES, CARDIFF UNIVERSITY

As a Junior Doctor, I have aspirations to dive deep into academia alongside my clinical commitments on the hospital floor. Having published clinical research, now, as an Aziz Scholar, I have the opportunity to pursue ground-breaking, translational research in my area of interest – Eyes and Sight. My research will look at rescuing vision loss in experimental glaucoma. I am involved with the British Islamic Medical Association (BIMA) Careers Team and also EyeHeroes, the UK’s first child-led campaign to fight avoidable blindness, as the Wales National Lead. In my free time, I like to teach, travel and play sports.
Rasha Alhaj

PHD CANCER PREVENTION, QUEEN MARY

I consider myself to be an inventor, having undertaken ground breaking research, discovering the substance in honey that inhibits the growth of breast cancer cells. I am also the founder of “The Amal Initiative”, a project to bring healing and hope to cancer patients. A particular highlight of my career thus far was receiving the Afrabia Afro-Arab Youth Award in 2015. I have previously graduated with a BSc in Biological Science from UAE University, completed an MSc in Chemical Pathology at University of Putra, Malaysia, and hold an MRes in Bioengineering from Imperial College London.
Aisha Ali

MSC MASTERS IN PUBLIC HEALTH, LSHTM

I have a Bachelor’s in Biomedical Science and hope to further enhance my career prospects by pursuing this MSc in Public Health, with a special interest in women’s health and mental health. As a Muslim, there is a lot of cultural issues and stigma surrounding these topics. I hope to be an advocate in developing policies that facilitate greater accessibility of services, open conversations, education and implementation. In my spare time, I am an avid reader, writer and poet. I believe words are powerful when used correctly, providing insight in all matters.
Hassan Ali

MA INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, UNIVERSITY OF YORK

I studied Social and Political Sciences at the University of York. My thesis examined the impact of the Arab Spring on the Gulf Monarchies and reflects my interest in studying the means through which the GCC states have attempted to secure stability. I seek to continue at the University of York by studying for an MA in International Relations, to further understand contemporary international events, their causes and repercussions in greater depth. I hope to inspire and motivate more Muslims to pursue a career within the political arena and to push for meaningful dialogue and change.
Mohamed Ali

MSC GLOBAL HEALTH POLICY, LSE

Having grasped the notion that heath is more than a medical matter during my Global Health degree at King’s College London, I have been able to critically understand and apply this approach – that these disciplines are complex and implicate others – to all fields that concern health. This Masters will allow me to have a better insight into the social determinants of health and the implication this has on the Muslim community locally and globally via policy. In my free time, I am an avid photographer and enjoy talking health on my podcast.
Mohomed Ali

MSC BIOINFORMATICS, QUEEN MARY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

After graduating in Biomedical Science from King’s College, I went on to work with communities and local councils, and undertook the IVLP with the US Embassy to better understand lobbying. More recently, I have been working in a local charity, focussed on policy around integration and hate crime. Having lately completed the ATM Fellowship, I began coordinating coding classes with youth centres and became interested in the application of technology within Biology. Further interests include the utilisation of coding, data analysis and machine learning to facilitate biology research. I hope, through my studies, to encourage Muslims into STEM as well as improve UK health outcomes.
Rubbia Ali

MSC PSYCHIATRIC RESEARCH, KING'S COLLEGE LONDON

Andalusian scholar, Ibn Ḥazm, once said, “I searched for a common goal amongst humankind, to which all would agree to strive for excellence. I have not found anything other than the vanquishing of anxiety.” The Aziz foundation has aided my journey in pursuing a career in clinical psychology by sponsoring a Masters in psychiatric research. Through this profession, I aspire to transform how mental health conditions are viewed and catered for, both socially and clinically within the Muslim and wider community. Further, I seek to bridge the gap between Islam and psychology, whilst simultaneously shattering the toxic narratives attributed to Muslim women sporting the jilbab.
Zeeshan Ali

MSC SOCIAL SCIENCE OF THE INTERNET, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

Currently working as a Media and Policy Analyst, I have a keen interest in how the representation of Muslims and Islam in discourse impacts the prevalence of Islamophobia. I believe that tech-based companies, in particular, social media platforms, are quickly garnering a monopoly over the production and transmission of discourse. I hope to utilise my MSc to investigate how the Internet, and Internet-based technologies, impact that production, maintenance and propagation of Islamophobic discourse and how this impacts the growth of far-right networks.
Ahmed Almaleque

MSC EXPERIMENTAL THERAPEUTICS, UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

I am a graduate and alumni of the University of Cambridge, with ambitions to continue onto Doctoral studies and medical research at Oxford in the next few years and become a teaching academic in the field of Medicine. Outside of academia, I continue to organise and coordinate community initiatives to serve the underprivileged Muslims in Tower Hamlets. One of the community enterprises I have recently Founded is the ‘The Community Health Education Initiative UK’. This initiative aims to inspire healthy eating in neglected communities in London with high incidence of Childhood obesity and diabetes with specialist support alongside Medical professionals in the community. In my spare time I am an ardent Hockey player who has competed on a National Level.
Aaya Al-Shamahi

MA CHARACTER ANIMATION, UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS LONDON, CENTRAL ST MARTINS

I have an academic background in Near and Middle Eastern Studies at SOAS, and I am currently a multimedia journalist specialising in the Middle East and Islamophobia in the UK. News is becoming more visual and more accessible, and so it has never been more important to use animation to tell news stories and counteract the negative portrayal of Muslims in the media. I also just love drawing for the sake of drawing, so I’m very excited to start this course and fulfil my passion.
Faiza Amin

MSC SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT PRACTICE, UCL

Volunteering to advocate for girls’ rights to education with Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) in Nepal has driven me to shift my career purpose to focus on tackling pressing challenges of social inequality. My experience working in the third sector since has made me question how solutions to these challenges can be better informed by the often diverse and marginalised communities they are designed to support. My masters will further develop my expertise as a practitioner to create innovative social development and policy solutions that put people at the centre of social change. I am excited to be able to collaborate with other Aziz Foundation Scholars who are also committed to making a positive impact on people’s lives.
Bushra Anwar

MSC PSY. AND NEUROSCIENCE OF MENTAL HEALTH, KCL

My interest in psychology developed at the intersection of my experience as a journalist and teacher, where working with individuals and on wider civil issues motivated me to understand the key determinants in personal and social development. My current work is in mental health strategy, formulating social initiatives to support and encourage behavioural change across communities in mental health and wellbeing, social inclusion and preventing violent crime. With this scholarship, I aim to develop transformative leadership and development in communities and improve representation in statutory and non-statutory sectors, implementing ground up initiatives for effective mental health inclusion and provision.
Rihab Attioui

MA POSTCOLONIAL STUDIES, SOAS UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

After attaining a BA in History and Politics from Queen Mary University of London, I am now pursuing an MA, thanks to the wonderful generosity of the Aziz Foundation. I also have ambitions to study for a PhD concerning the issue of Muslim perception in Western society. My research interests primarily consist of understanding the political nature of popular culture, with a focus on examining how rampant Islamophobia permeates the intersection of foreign policy and film. With this I hope to positively transform the discourse on Muslim depiction in Western media.
Fatimah Az-Zahra

LLM ISLAMIC LAW, SOAS UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

Through my Masters, I hope to develop my knowledge of Islamic Law and study how its universal values can benefit us in contemporary times. I will endeavour to promote and assist Muslim women in gaining better access to their rights as afforded to them by both Islamic and domestic Law. Continuing my role as a lawyer, I also aim to facilitate better accessibility to legal representation for marginalised and disadvantaged communities.
Sarah Bakhiet

MPHIL DEVELOPMENT STUDIES, UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

Formerly a graduate of History and Politics at SOAS, I now work as a Policy Advisor for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Through studying this Masters, with the support of the Aziz Foundation, I hope to contribute positively to the British Muslim community by advocating for our marginalised groups through public policy reform. The global context that is offered by this Development Studies course is crucial in developing a deeper understanding of our local context. The Aziz Foundation scholarship provides an excellent opportunity to give me the credibility, knowledge and skills to become an effective community leader.
Fatima Barkatulla

MA ISLAMIC LAW, SOAS UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

I am an author, Islamic scholar and chaplain, who has completed two Alimiyyah degrees with Distinction from two prominent seminaries in the UK. My Islamic education spans more than two decades, during which I studied in Egypt at prominent institutes including a college of Al-Azhar University. I have been a key contributor to the discourse surrounding Muslim women in the West, contributing to the Westminster Faith Debates, documentaries and live shows for BBC Radio 4, the World Service, as well as BBC television, Channel 4 and the Islam Channel. Furthermore, I was Director of Seeds of Change – the biggest Muslim women’s conference in Europe and a Dawah trainer for iERA. In 2014 I was awarded the Ikon Ukhwah International Award – for my dawah and community work.
Zoulikha Belbidia

MSC (RES.) ONCOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

The aim of my masters is to understand how DNA repair pathways are controlled, to provide approaches for more effective cancer diagnostics and therapeutics. With the Aziz Foundation Scholarship, I also aim to develop the skills required to design awareness campaigns on the importance of cancer prevention and screenings, specifically for the sensitivities of Muslim communities, by collaborating science with Muslim community organisations. In my spare time I love exploring nature, travelling and volunteering with local organisations.
Nada Charkaoui

LLM LAW, THE UNIVERSITY OF LAW

As an aspiring solicitor, I am currently pursuing my Legal Practice Course and LLM at the University of Law. I aspire to improve the legal representation given to both Muslim and non-Muslim communities, and am of the firm conviction that more can be done to support vulnerable communities. Having graduated with an LLB, I felt it only necessary to pursue a career path strongly associated with tackling socio-legal issues, as this has always been at the heart of my passion. My recent work explores the comparison between International Human Rights and the rights of Women in Islam.
Yusuf Chaudhary

MPHIL CLASSICAL ISL. HISTORY & CULTURE, CAMBRIDGE

I graduated in History at SOAS, during which time I also studied the Islamic sciences, with a specific interest in Theology and Usul al-Fiqh. My MPhil will continue my research on the relationship between the Mongol Ilkhanate and Islam, exploring various methods of legitimation used in the Ilkhanate. Through my studies, I wish to promote the study of the Humanities and the awareness of Islamic history and cross-cultural exchanges in the pre-modern world, especially in areas often understudied or misrepresented. I also aim to promote the importance of historical knowledge for Islamic sciences’ students, for whom an understanding of history is important to contextualise their knowledge.
Sara Chohan

MSC AUDIOLOGICAL SCIENCE WITH CLINICAL PRACTICE, UCL

‘Knowledge is power’ – a quote written by author Francis Bacon has motivated me to push myself throughout my educational years and gave me the courage to follow the path of boundless discovery in science. At an early age I found myself trying to comprehend the complex world surrounding us, from cells to organs to whole organisms. After studying Microbiology at Undergraduate level, I now want to combine my strongly developed comprehension of microbes and their extraordinary ability to affect our bodies in various ways, with my desire to serve humanity and therefore improve lives. This Masters degree in Audiology will enable me to treat those with hearing loss and proactively prevent associated damage by employing various testing strategies.
Raiesa Choudhury

MA SOCIAL JUSTICE AND EDUCATION, UCL

I have worked in the third sector for the past five years, specifically for education charities. Young people in schools face infinite pressures and I often work with those who are not reaching their full potential. My aim is to build their confidence and skills for when they leave school and go into the world, which they will inherit, with motivation and purpose. I truly believe education is the foundation to bettering people’s lives and that this scholarship opportunity can help me contribute towards a fair society where individuals and communities can thrive without hindrance because of race, class, gender or indeed religion.
Noshin Chowdhury

MA PUBLIC POLICY, KING'S COLLEGE LONDON

Having obtained a BSc in International Political Economy from City, University of London, I will be studying the MA Public Policy Programme at King’s College London with the help of the Aziz Foundation. My interest in Public Policy stems from my time working as a Public Affairs Assistant for a charity. I am primarily interested in using my degree to help improve social mobility for underrepresented communities in the political sphere.
Ahmed Dada

MSC POLICE LEADERSHIP, ORG. AND STRATEGY, DERBY

I have worked in the police since the age of 18 in a variety of roles and have conducted my studies alongside working full time. I am now a police officer for Leicestershire Police, with a passion for tackling Hate Crime, Islamophobia and the effects of the current Prevent policy on Muslim communities. Currently, midway through my Masters, my ultimate aim is to rise up the ranks to a position where I can influence policy, through an evidence-based approach.
Zainab Dedat

MSC CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH SCIENCES, UCL

I have just completed my undergraduate in Psychology at UCL and will use my Masters to gain valuable skills, knowledge and clinical practice to help me on my journey to become a Clinical Psychologist. With rising rates of young Muslims suffering mental health issues, and considering the great need for cultural diversity and understanding within the practice of diagnosing and treating mental health issues, it is shocking to see the low number of Muslims in psychological professions. Additionally, I aim to use my knowledge to try and destigmatise and combat the taboo surrounding mental health, particularly in Southern Asian and Muslim communities.
Meena Dost

MPAS PHYSICIAN ASSOCIATE STUDIES, ST GEORGES

The reason I am so motivated to study a Masters in Physician Associate Studies is because it combines two things I am very passionate about: my love for helping others and science. Having completed a biomedical degree, I knew that I wanted to pursue a career that would allow me to give back to the community and becoming a Physician Associate can accommodate this. Furthermore, I am entering a field where there is a lack of Muslims, especially Muslim women. Thus, I hope that I would be able to spark some much-needed conversations and clear up any negative misconceptions. In my free time, I enjoy socialising with my family and friends and reading books.
Jamil Dudhwala

MENG MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, QUEEN MARY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

As well as obtaining a BEng in Mechanical Engineering from Queen Mary University of London, I am currently an Aalimiyyah student. Helping charities in my community whilst studying, I have noticed that although Muslims have a rich history in engineering and mathematics, there is a lack of Muslim role models in senior positions within the engineering sector and very few opportunities available for aspiring young Muslim engineers. Hence, I intend to use this opportunity to prepare for a successful career as an Engineer, and to create an awareness raising platform, generating more career opportunities.
Zeena Elhassan

MPHIL SOCIOLOGY OF MARGINALITY AND EXCLUSION, UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

Both my Social Anthropology degree at LSE and my community-led activism in and outside of the University are what have inspired me to further explore inequalities in the power dynamics around us today. I will be able to immerse myself within a full-time Masters that solely focuses on exclusion and marginality in society, allowing me to place those facing overlapping and mutually reinforcing oppressions as my ultimate priority. Capturing the complexities and intricacies of Black Muslim migrant women in the UK is work I see as vital considering the focalisation of modern-day politics that erases marginalised groups’ agency, dignity and humanity. Through upholding a self-critical and intersectional framework, I aim to contribute to the dissolution of the borders that circumscribe both the academe and the community.
Yousef El-Tawil

MSC GLOBAL HEALTH POLICY, LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE

I have just completed my third year of medical school at KCL and I am now pursuing a masters at the LSE where I will read Global Health Policy. I have been involved within the Higher Education sector for a few years now, having been Vice President of my Students’ Union as well as holding numerous elected roles. I am passionate about healthcare development, education, geopolitics and social mobility. As Muslims, I am also keen for us to make an impact in our local communities as well as empower the younger generation to become pioneers in their respective fields.
Kauser Fadal

LLM MASTERS OF LAW, BPP UNIVERSITY

I am an experienced Criminal Defence paralegal specialising in all areas of Criminal Defence from initial arrest through to proceedings in the Crown Court and Court of Appeals. Having graduated from the University of Kent in 2016 with an LLB, I went on to work in a variety of roles in legal and charity administration including as an Advice and Inquires administrator for the charity Liberty and as a paralegal in another West London law firm where I gained experience in Criminal and Extradition litigation. A fellow of the Anti-Tribalism Movement, I am heavily involved in a number of initiatives targeted at the UK Somali Community, and, in my spare time, I am a keen horologist and enjoy repairing antique watches and clocks.
Danial Farooq

MENG ENGINEERING SCIENCE, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

I am committed to conducting engineering research to help preserve our degrading environment. My dissertation this year will be in the sustainable production of Butanol, which relates to research I conducted this summer at the University of Nizwa, Oman, in the bioremediation of diesel oil spills. In my own time, I am a private tutor at Titanium tutors, a competitive tennis player at Wembley and Sudbury tennis club, and an enthusiastic Arabic student, looking to progress from completing a comprehensive foundation course at The Quran institute.
Suneer Fida

MSC GRANTMAKING, PHILAN. & SOCIAL INVESTMENT, CITY

Having over 12 years of experience in the NGO sector and working with various Charities, Foundations and Trusts, I intend to use this opportunity and privilege to empower both grantmakers and grantees. I seek to ensure that grantmaking becomes more accessible to underrepresented groups in the UK. By doing so, I will bolster support for charities so they may advance in their admirable, incredible and life changing work. As an avid mountain trekker and self-confessed productivity-nut, I wile away my free time scrambling up scree slopes and learning how to improve efficiency.
Mohamed Gure

MSC SOCIAL POLICY AND SOCIAL RESEARCH, UCL

My interest in exploring Social Policy and Social Research derives from the inequalities we now deem as ‘normal’ in our society. The systemic failure of policies to protect, empower and encourage all socio-economic groups has inspired me to take an interest in attempting to comprehend the underlying structural factors enabling inequalities to subsist. I am a firm believer that we are all indebted to our society and more so to the poor and oppressed, so I hope that I can contribute in reforming the socio-political structures that fail so many.
Nadia Yahya Hafedh

MA POSTCOLONIAL CULTURE AND GLOBAL POLICY, GOLDSMITHS

I have been involved in campaigning, research and policy work on issues including Race, Grenfell and Yemen. I am particularly involved in Yemeni politics, as a Research Fellow at Adalah Yemen, and am looking to build a career in policy work. I am excited to be an Aziz Scholar and aim to use this Masters to develop further skills in policy making and launch my own non-profit focusing on uplifting marginalised voices and creating spaces of knowledge production outside of academia. I want to work specifically on community involvement in international politics and racial justice/discrimination in the UK.
Mohammed Hammad

MA ISLAMIC STUDIES, SOAS UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

I have recently been awarded as the Most Impactful Imam 2019 by the British Beacon Mosque Awards. My time is predominantly spent in serving the local community by bridging gaps in services, educating and creating new beginnings, as I feel these are all integral to shaping a healthy working society. Through my experience as an Imam and youth worker, I have found the key component for effective leadership is to navigate through contextualisation and relevance, and I hope to further build upon that through the opportunity provided by the Aziz Foundation.
Mohammed Hannan

GLOBAL MBA, UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER

I am studying for a Global MBA at the Alliance Business School, University of Manchester. After graduating in BEng Medical Engineering from Queen Mary, University of London, I now work in the Pharmaceutical industry at AstraZeneca. My core focus revolves around Islamic studies and development. I aspire to continue serving the Muslim community through authoring thought-provoking articles on Islam21C, encouraging holistic development of the youth and educating individuals to articulate Islam in a confident manner.
Tahfiza Hannan

MSC PUBLIC POLICY, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON

I graduated with a BA in History from King’s College London, and with the help of the Aziz Foundation, I intend to study Public Policy at UCL. My aim is to develop the practical skills and expertise necessary to help address the challenges caused by the structural inequalities that persist within our society. Through working in local government and working directly with marginalised groups, to mentoring students from disadvantaged backgrounds; I am passionate about empowering others and widening access to opportunities for all, regardless of background.
Hanaa Hasan

MSC DEVELOPMENT STUDIES, LSE

I am passionate about combining the social sciences with the Islamic worldview to create relevant solutions for the 21st century. Having graduated from SOAS, achieving a BSc Economics, I worked for two years as a researcher specialising in the Middle East, with a particular focus on Syria and North Africa. With this postgraduate degree I hope to further specialise in development theory, with a view to later combine this with my pursuit of Islamic studies, to arrive at policy conclusions for the Global South that are rooted in our tradition. A former television presenter and public speaker, I am also a strong advocate of Muslim women’s involvement in socio-political conversations in the community, regularly writing articles and delivering talks at universities and local events.
Mohd Didar Hasan

MA ISLAMIC STUDIES, SOAS UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

I have completed my six years of seminary studies, from which I received ijazah in hadith and studied sciences related to the Qur’an, ‘aqida and Jurisprudence. Thereafter, I progressed onto an Islamic studies programme with Middlesex university, and then, finally, a two-year specialisation course on the hanafi school of law (iftaa). In the meantime, I served as an Imam, and later founded Darul-ilm, Chatham, organising Islamic courses for children, adults and teenagers, while also serving as a khatib in Dover.
Naima Hassan

MSC VISUAL, MATERIAL & MUSEUM ANT., OXFORD

I am a recent Goldsmiths alumna who will continue on to further study at the University of Oxford. My research practice is informed by emerging critical anthropological fields that explore generative uses of colonial, mobile and subaltern archives. My dissertation uses ethnography to examine the sonic preservation of Sufi traditions in the Horn and Sahel region. In the upcoming year, I would like to orient my use of anthropological methodologies ‘in practise’ by working with community groups based in Oxford and beyond. I am also excited to continue developing projects as a curator.
Mahabiath Hussain

MPHIL BIOTECHNOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

I wish to use the knowledge gained from this Masters, in Biotechnology, to design the next generation of medical devices and drug delivery systems. I believe that the ability of modern medicine to provide a high standard of care can be enhanced through technological advancements, and my engineering background suits me to be an ideal leader. Once I start working in the medical industry, I wish to publicise the humanitarian side of Islam, that encourages caring and compassion to those suffering. The links I make will enable me to assist charities in delivering effective medical aid, such as drugs or medical devices needed in hospitals, to areas of conflict.
Mohd Zakir Hussein

MA EDUCATION, UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK

I am fortunate to have studied and graduated from an Islamic Seminary from Birmingham and Blackburn. I have a keen interest in Education and after studying a Post Graduate Diploma in Contextual Islamic Studies and Leadership at the Cambridge Muslim College, I completed a Bachelors in Education Studies. My passion for education has now led me to pursue a Masters in Education at Warwick University whilst focusing on Islamic Education. I aim to explore and understand key philosophical debates surrounding policies that impact education, educational pedagogy, curriculum and learning theories.
Nasra Hussein

MSC PHYSICIAN ASSOCIATE STUDIES, ANGLIA RUSKIN

Having recently graduated with a BSc in Biomedical Science, my part-time volunteering at UCLH inspired me with the desire to apply my research skills to patient centred care. Subsequently, I have pursued a MSc in Physician Associate Studies, where I will, inshaAllah, with the aid of this scholarship, develop the expertise and practical skills required to deliver advanced and quality healthcare. Furthermore, I aim to, and will work towards, encouraging and inspiring the next generation, particularly young Muslims to pursue Higher Education and become trailblazers in their respective fields, bi’ithnillah.
Georgia Hylton

MSC SPORTS & EXERCISE MED. - PODIATRIST, QUEEN MARY

Having graduated in Podiatry from the University of East London, with the Aziz Foundation Scholarship, I intend to further my knowledge with a Masters in Sports and Exercise Medicine, while also bringing awareness to the role and impact of Muslim women in this field. I have a particular interest in the Musculoskeletal system and how our bodies function, repair and strengthen, and hope to make a positive contribution to research and evidence based medicine. I also enjoy reading and fitness training.
Mahmoud Ibrahim

PHD SOCIOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK

My research focuses on political communication and Islamophobia, from a decolonial perspective. As a journalist who has worked in different TV/ media platforms as well as human rights and civil rights organisations, I have an interest and passion for the fairness of media framing and the objectivity in news reporting. My study builds on previous research on the representation of Muslims in the press, anti-Muslim racism in the media and political discourse. It examines how Islamophobia can reinforce prejudicial and discriminatory policies towards Muslims, immigrants and people from ethnic minority backgrounds. I obtained an MBA in corporate social responsibility from Newcastle University, and my bachelor degree was from the American University in Cairo, in Journalism, with double minors in Psychology and International Relations.
Yasmin Ibrahim

MPH MASTERS IN PUBLIC HEALTH, IMPERIAL COLLEGE

For my Bachelors, I graduated in Global Health and Social Medicine from KCL, where I focused my research on the social determinants of health. With this Masters course, I intend to gain the necessary epidemiological knowledge and statistical skills to produce meaningful public health research and evaluate related policies, particularly whether health policies are community-led and focused. Further, I shall investigate how employment conditions impact health outcomes among care workers. Upon completion, I intend to research possible solutions to the inequities in access to health care experienced by minority ethnic groups in the UK. Beyond my research interests, I look forward to learning more about health economics and digital health technologies.
Fatima Iftikhar

MSC SOCIAL POLICY AND SOCIAL RESEARCH, UCL

I am passionate about disrupting and innovating systems of work, education and charity. I graduated in Mathematics from Imperial College London. Previously the Development Director for national youth social action charity Student Hubs, I now work in the Community and Social Policy Team at the Greater London Authority. As a campaigner and activist on issues of race and inequality, my work currently focuses on community building through #POCIMPACT and systems change through #CharitySoWhite. Additionally, I am a WCMT Fellow, Trustee at Response Projects and Mentor for UpRising. In my spare time you can catch me producing plays, travelling the globe, learning to cook new recipes and looking for new books to read.
Nabeel Illahi

MSC SPORTS MEDICINE, EXERCISE AND HEALTH, UCL

After graduating from Medical School and completing my training as a Junior Doctor, I noticed that medicine in the 21st century was primarily focused on treating medical conditions through pharmacological/surgical intervention rather than addressing and preventing the cause itself. By studying this Masters, I aim to achieve my goal and ambition of making a significant change in the way the community perceives the role of sports and exercise as a treatment for both physical and psychological medical conditions. I also aim to communicate the importance of incorporating exercise into people’s lifestyle.
Hafiza Irshad

MSC HUMAN MOLECULAR GENETICS, IMPERIAL COLLEGE

I aim to use my Masters to gain a deeper understanding of Genetics in the 21st century so that I can gain a holistic view as to where I would be best placed to bring a positive impact, inshaAllah. I am also invested in working with young students, supporting them academically and spiritually to maximise their potential. I have had the privilege of working with a few cohorts of students, seeing them progress from school into University! I am now looking to create a Muslim outreach programme- Muslim Student Platform, to facilitate and organise this work.
Nazmin Islam

MPH PUBLIC HEALTH, KING'S COLLEGE LONDON

After completing a BSc in Human Nutrition, I qualified as a Registered Associate Nutritionist. In the last two years, I have been working in primary care, assessing clients at high risk of cardiovascular disease. Having worked in some of the most deprived areas of West London, I noticed that there was a lack of quality health education and interventions provided to the public. With local authorities now doing their part in tacking obesity, there still needs to be better representation for ethnic minorities, taking into consideration cultural barriers. I have a keen interest in health policy and hope this course will aid me to develop the knowledge and expertise to lead national public health campaigns as a British Muslim.
Rehanul Islam

MSC PUBLIC POLICY AND MANAGEMENT, SOAS UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

I graduated in Biomedicine, and have been gathering first-hand experience within the clinical field for over 3 years. Recently, I have been focused on Clinical Effectiveness; how I can produce and maximise results for people and patients. I have come to realise that Policies and Guidelines need to be more representative to include ethnic minorities and Muslims. I have a huge passion for implementing change to the degree that I have been proactive in a Policy Committee role for the NHS. I aim to acquire the right skills and knowledge that will enable me to fuel my passion in making positive changes to our Health Services.
Zainab Ismail

MSC DEMOGRAPHY AND HEALTH, LONDON SCHOOL OF HYGIENE AND TROPICAL MEDICINE

I am a graduate and alumni of Durham University, from which I obtained a BSc in Biological Anthropology. This scholarship is a supplement for me to be able to continue my studies, with a particular focus in Demography and Health. In completion of this course, I hope to be equipped with a better understanding of the impact of demographic challenges and opportunities in public health and health policies. This programme will develop my previous interest in population studies, providing me with the necessary statistical, epidemiological, and public health tools required to make an impact in this field. I look forward to working with my fellow scholars who are dedicated to inspire positive growth and development for all domains within the wider Muslim community.
Soheil Ahmed Javid

MA COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL CARE: POLICY AND PRACTICE, UCLAN

After graduating from an Islamic Seminary, I completed a Diploma in Social Policy at UCLAN and subsequently achieved a First Class in BA Social Work at Lancaster University. I will be undertaking this Masters with a view to proceeding to Stage 2 and completing a Professional Doctorate. This will involve me studying in the fields of community development, social work and allied professionals. My aims are to empower communities and individuals, build the recognition and status to assist others to effect change, influence policy and undertake policy research. I am also passionate about improving outcomes for looked after children and believe all children should be supported to reach their full potential and achieve their ambitions.
Ahmadullah Joyan

MA INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY, KCL

I recently completed my undergraduate studies in Politics and International Relations at Warwick, and shall proceed onto a postgraduate degree. Through the programme, I aim to develop a holistic approach to social scientific inquiry in order to, not only, facilitate a comprehensive understanding of the socio-political and economic challenges confronting societies across the globe, but also advance viable solutions for their settlement through policy-related work. Ultimately, I aspire to become an academic and apply the rich offerings of the Islamic intellectual heritage to current challenges in the realm of modern politics and economics.
Awatif Kaissi

MSC GLOBAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT, UCL

Having completed a BSc in Global Health and Social Medicine at KCL, I aim to acquire further knowledge in my field by undertaking an MSc in Global Health and Development, enabling me to explore my interest in the dynamic relationship between gender and global health. My interests also lie within the implementation of public policy and this opportunity will equip me with the skills to instigate change, as well as allowing me to raise awareness of the importance of Muslim representation in leadership roles in the field of Global Health. I enjoy volunteering with local charity organisations, going to the gym, and exploring new places.
Javed Kachhalia

MA ISLAMIC ED.: THEORY AND PRACTICE, WARWICK

‘Nurture, Educate and Inspire’ is what I live and breathe daily. There is nothing greater than those three steps in today’s Age. The Prophet (SAW) would use those three steps for the Companions. Alhamdulillah, for the past fourteen years working within the Masjid set up, I have come to the realisation that we as Muslims are falling behind in terms of nurturing, educating and inspiring our children and youth. Hence, I decided to embark on this journey to try and help the community to make the relevant changes required within the field of Education.
Elif Kalin

MPHIL DEVELOPMENT STUDIES, UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

I am a motivated and visionary Muslim with a profound concern for social justice. My deep commitment to the aid and relief projects I have led is testimony of my ambition to significantly improve and transform disadvantaged and marginalised communities whilst facilitating a better representation of my Muslim heritage. I am fascinated by the ever-changing socio-political climate and the role institutions, states and cultures play therein. I am confident that the scholarship will serve as an exceptional gateway into the realisation of my desires in building a firm foundation towards a peaceful and transformed tomorrow.
Jamshaid Karim

MRES MEDICINE, UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS

I have recently graduated with a First class in BSc. Medical Biochemistry at the University of Leeds and am now pursuing a Masters in Medical Research. I aim to enter medical school and wield the skillsets of both a scientist and a clinician. I have undertaken a range of different research projects, ranging from investigating mutations to reduce the replication efficacy of the Chikungunya virus to understanding the neutralising capabilities of native plants to reinvigorate highly alkaline waste sites. Currently, I am editor of an online publication known as ‘Living Being’ – for which I was nominated for the University’s Positive Impact Award – providing a platform for Leeds students to discuss their struggles, celebrations and triumphs.
Shabana Kausar

MA HUMAN RIGHTS, CULTURE & SOCIAL JUSTICE, GOLDSMITHS

I am an expert in ending Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) and have worked actively on a local, national and international level in tackling gender-based violence and sex discrimination. Through my work, I am aware that VAWG disproportionately affects women of colour and Muslim women in the UK, yet their voices are missing from shaping how services are commissioned, how decisions are made around legislation and how policy is shaped. The agenda is very much led by the Global North, sometimes to the detriment of minoritised women and those in the Global South. I believe studying this Masters will support me to address this gap, whilst providing me with the platform to influence the global and national dialogue which too often silences Muslim women.
Amad Kayani

MSC SUSTAINABILITY ENERGY SYSTEMS, UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

I am a mechanical engineer with a passion for green energy and environmental preservation. Since graduating from the University of Edinburgh, I have worked for international architectural design studios including Foster + Partners on various heritage and cultural projects, including the New Cambridge Mosque. My ambition is to research sustainable energy systems within the context of the built environment by focusing on buildings of cultural significance, such as faith centres. This field of study is important for the long-term sustainability of faith communities and will enable greater inclusion of British Muslim communities within the growing climate change discussion. Away from engineering, my hobbies include cycling and rock-climbing. I also play classical piano and the guitar and I am keen to explore the role of art in breaking down barriers in society.
Nusaybah Khalisadar

LLM LAW WITH HUMAN RIGHTS, UNIVERSITY OF LAW

I believe lawyers are in a unique position to act in some of the biggest global decisions, whilst also assisting in more personal situations; this inspired me to attain an LLB from the LSE. By undertaking pro bono work for domestic violence victims, I developed an interest in upholding the rights of the helpless. It became a long term goal of mine to work with Human Rights institutions, influencing policy making that focuses on the big social issues, such as furthering the voices of both underrepresented communities and wider society. I hope to serve as an inspiration for British Muslims who wish to embark on a career in law or, more generally, wish to effect great change.
Aisha Khan

MA MIGRATION AND DIASPORA STUDIES, SOAS UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

Having completed my Social Sciences, Community Development & Youth Work degree, I am currently working as the Programme Development Officer for The Ubele Initiative. In my role, I am committed to working towards increasing the leadership capacity of diaspora communities in the UK and internationally. I believe this Masters will support me to develop praxis, equipping me with relevant knowledge of migration and diaspora theories which will inform my practice. Through my research and study, I hope to inform central and local government and diaspora community organisations of the range of complex issues that are faced by Muslim communities, and in turn propose recommendations that will improve communication and understanding.
Aisha Abid Khan

MSC CHILDREN, YOUTH AND INT. DEV., BIRKBECK

As a qualified teacher, single handedly running my school’s Humanities department and attending national events, I noticed the lack of Muslim teachers, in the independent school sector, educating those with behaviour management difficulties and/or special educational needs. Through my work I aim to encourage Muslims to work in the independent school sector, where there is a considerable under representation of those from a Muslim faith background. Within the sector, I have noticed how especially vulnerable youth are and how easy it is for them to be coerced into dangerous and harmful activities. My Masters will help me focus on the development of education policy in the UK and Pakistan, specifically in the area of SEN.
Hiba Noor Khan

MA MUSLIM MINORITIES IN A GLOBAL CONTEXT, SOAS

Following postgraduate studies at the University of Oxford, I have worked in the Environmental, Charity, Development and Media sectors as well as a freelance journalist for The Independent and HuffPost. I was commissioned by Penguin to write a non-fiction children’s book in 2018 and my first picture book is due for release in 2020. My involvement in a combination of policy level and grassroots work has revealed to me the immense complexity of the British Muslim presence, and cemented my desire to deepen my historical, political and economic understanding of Muslim communities. Through this MA, alongside learning Arabic and continued religious study, I hope to utilise my skillset to contribute to society in the most effective way possible.
Maira Khan

MSC HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON

Understanding how our thoughts and emotions affect the way we behave and take in the world around us is what sparked my interest in Psychology. With my BSc in Psychology and this Masters, I hope to ultimately complete a doctorate in Health Psychology and become a lecturer. Moreover, I will use my skills to help patients navigate through their illnesses. Alongside my studies, I take part in student activism initiatives and utilise my experience in going back to my community, engaging with Muslim youth, encouraging them to be proactive, faith-driven members of society.
MOHD Mostafa Khan

MSC HEALTH POLICY, IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON

My personal and professional interests are anchored on undertaking academic research, governance policy reviews and systematic analysis on the structural and social challenges encountered by disengaged, marginalised and deprived communities in England. My background and qualifications consist of over 15 years combined frontline experience volunteering and working in an array of leading Youth and Community organisations within the charitable and Third Sector. Further to graduating with a BA Hons in Health and Social Care from the University of Derby, I am currently a Lecturer and Tutor in Higher National Diploma at a private Higher Education institution in London.
Nadia Khan

MSC SPACE, RISK AND DISASTER REDUCTION, UCL

I studied my undergraduate degree in International Relations at Queen Mary, University of London. My thesis examined the role that non-state actors play in cultivating cooperation and competition between states at a terrestrial and extra-terrestrial level. I am now interested in highlighting how space-enabled technology is utilised to tackle key developmental challenges on Earth. Through my Masters studies I would like to raise awareness about the benefits of space enabled technology to our everyday lives, and, further, I hope to encourage more women from the Muslim community to pursue a career in the space sector.
Naz Khan

LLM MASTERS OF LAW, DURHAM UNIVERSITY

I am pursuing a Masters of Law at Durham University. My work aims to cover themes of Islamic Jurisprudence, Finance and Taxation, with a view to advancing onto a PhD in the near future. With a passion for law and a dedication to helping others, I have been involved in numerous projects in my home town of Stoke-on-Trent, campaigning regularly for the local community. I hope to use this scholarship as a springboard to improve legal representation for both Muslims and non-Muslims. I am also a frequent writer on socio-legal issues; my recent work analyses the geopolitical conflict in Sudan and the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court.
Safya Khan

MSC EMPIRES, COLONIALISM AND GLOBALISATION, LSE

I am a research journalist covering all forms of hate and interfaith issues across the UK and Europe. Working for HOPE not Hate, I launched and edit LAMP, a fortnightly e-newsletter to monitor, analyse and challenge anti-Muslim hate and prejudice. I am particularly interested in countering online hate, the interactions of minority communities with each other and the state, and the rise of the far-right in Europe. I studied Neuroscience at King’s College London and did a Masters in Science Journalism at City University. Previously, I worked at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and Research Europe.
Shrooq Khan

MSC PUBLIC POLICY AND MANAGEMENT, KCL

I graduated with a BA in International Relations and Politics and went on to assume a role as a Producer and Broadcast Journalist. This exposed me to the inner paradigms that shape existing and emerging socio-political contexts. I used my platform to discuss matters concerning Muslim minorities living within the West with academics, political figures and activists. Discourse pertaining to the infringement of rights often lead back to policies that deliberately or unwittingly permitted breaches to begin with. Through this Masters, I intend on acquiring not only a greater understanding of the policy-making process but the proficiencies and practices needed to apply my learning within the field, with the aim of formulating systems to protect the rights of minorities.
Jannath Khanom

MSC INFO. SCIENCE - LIBRARY MGMT, NORTHUMBRIA

I will be studying MSc Information Science and Library Management inshaAllah to build upon my technical knowledge of information management systems. The aim is to create a simple toolbox for communities to be able to read and research well, focusing on topics that are religious and political in nature. I also aim to create an open access digital Islamic library and would love to connect with Aziz foundation scholars that may be interested.
Khadija Kothia

MSC HISTORY OF INT. RELATIONS, LSE

I have recently graduated with a BA in History from SOAS, and will now be undertaking a Masters at LSE this year, God willing. My interest lies in historiography and dismantling normative historical narratives shaped through unequal power relations, particularly in relation to transitions into modernity that have typically undermined Muslim and Subaltern voices. I have interests and experience in Islamic Sciences, contemporary politics and newspaper editorship, and in the following year, I look forward to the opportunity to build upon these interests within a wider scope of academic experience and historical knowledge.
Manar Lamzini

MSC FOUNDATIONS OF CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY, SOUTHAMPTON

Completing my masters will allow me to develop therapeutic skills that are crucial in helping clients overcome a range of problems and apply such skills in multi-cultural settings. I aim to improve the way mental health is seen within the Muslim community by incorporating stories and lessons from the Quran in the recovery process of Muslim clients. This I hope will inspire Muslims to see how useful their faith is for managing mental health conditions. In my free time I love to travel, swim and bake.
Henna Lone

MA ART PSYCHOTHERAPY, GOLDSMITHS

As a young adult, I noticed the distinct lack of support for my mental health and for others my age – especially within my community. Creativity was the outlet that aided me in overcoming the struggles of growing up and helped see me through to the other side of adulthood. I chose Art Psychotherapy because of its importance to me personally and the power creativity has in developing and strengthening communication and expression. My goal is to help others find a voice through art, just as it helped me find mine.
Ismael Madden

MA COMPARATIVE EDUCATION, UCL INSTITUTE OF EDUCATION

A teacher based in London, I have worked in several educational establishments in the UK and Japan. I hold an interest in the different forms that educational systems assume around the world, particularly in the European, East Asian and Islamic traditions. This programme in Comparative Education will serve as an academic platform, facilitating my future development. My long term aim is to assemble an amalgamation of cultural, linguistic and educational experiences, both professional and personal, into a workable and holistic education system, with a strong religious ethos, for Muslim communities.
Abdel Mahmoud

MSC COMPUTER SCIENCE, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON

Healthcare is broken, and technology is its future. I am a medic by training from UCL and I am now undertaking an MSc in Computer Science to get to grips with technology and find breakthroughs in applying it to problems within the field of healthcare. I also aim to address the lack of diversity in the technology field by empowering local communities through workshops and classes. My interests lie at the intersection of healthcare policy and technology and I have led and delivered several projects in this space including in maternal and child health, refugee health and AI in oncology. I look forward to where I can go next with this Masters.
Sahiba Majeed

MSC PHYSICAL ED. & SPORTS PEDAGOGY, BIRMINGHAM

I always saw PE as a playing field where fun was encouraged whilst learning life-long lessons on healthy active lifestyles. Instead my experiences showed me how a lack of understanding around Muslim communities harmed the experiences of female Muslims in PE. Having worked in the sports development sector convinced me of the need to research the perceptions of Sports in Muslim communities and investigate how institutions are equipping educators with the means to provide an inclusive education. The aim of this degree is to find ways we can shape the national and international sports and education industries so that Muslim females have an identity and are equally represented at all levels through a more inclusive education.
Bilal Malik

MSC DISASTERS, ADAPTATION AND DEVELOPMENT, KCL

I graduated from UCL in 2017, and during the same summer, the tragedy of Grenfell unfolded. My interest in Disasters emerged from my experience in the days and weeks that followed the incident of the 14th of June. Moreover, I appreciate multidisciplinary approaches and therefore chose a course which embodies that perspective, as I believe the human condition is multi-faceted.
Usama Malik

MA PHILOSOPHY, KING'S COLLEGE LONDON

The aim of my Masters is to assess the comparative modes of traditional Qur’anic hermeneutics and modern moral theory in order to develop a fresh criterion for methods of Islamic ethical reasoning in light of renewing socio-political realities. I seek to revisit our rich Islamic tradition and propose the epistemic basis of usul al-fiqh as a scheme for realising man’s telos, which has since been lost in the modern world. I hope to use this opportunity to work with the Aziz Foundation to empower a confident recognition of Muslim identity and collaborate on issues that are of importance to our communities.
Ikramul Hoque Miah

MAR THEOLOGY AND RELIGION, UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

As well as holding a Bachelor’s degree from LSE in Social Anthropology, I have completed the darsī niẓamī ‘Ālimiyya programme and a two-year specialisation in Islamic Law and the Science of Fatwa (takhaṣuṣ fi l-Iftā wa l-fiqh) with Mufti Abdur-Rahman Mangera. Since starting my Iftā’, I have written just over 1,000 fatwās. As an Aziz Foundation Scholar, I will complete a 40,000 word dissertation in Islamic Law at the University of Birmingham, with a primary focus on Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya, Hanafi fiqh and the Islamic Law governing Muslim Integration into secular societies.
Puru Miah

MSC PUBLIC FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT, SOAS

The aim of my Masters is to understand innovative approaches towards managing public finances both at a local and national level. With this Scholarship, I also aim to develop the skills and processes required to enable a more collaborative, grassroots-resident led approach to budget setting in local councils and public institutions. In particular, I would like to engage hard to reach demographics within the Muslim community. In my spare time, I love reading poetry and bike riding, in addition to diligently performing my responsibilities as an elected Councillor in East London.
Rizwan Mirza

MA APPLIED ANT. & COMMUNITY ARTS, GOLDSMITHS

I am an artist and arts educator, who has been involved in festivals, arts residencies and community arts education programmes – as a mentor and facilitator working with marginalised and vulnerable people – in the UK and abroad. I have a BA in Photography (Derby University) and an MA in Screen Documentary (Goldsmiths University). I am interested in exploring the role of art, within the framework of social, community, faith and spiritually engaged practice, and how through its benefits on our physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing we could create a more compassionate, engaged and inclusive society.
Karim Mitha

PHD DOCTORATE IN SOCIOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW

Muslims face their own challenges in accessing mental health care and have poorer outcomes when in treatment. Whilst there has been a recent boon in discussion regarding mental health amongst Muslim communities, this comes from an intra-community grassroots approach whilst the evidence base, which informs policy and strategy, continues to be dominated by white Eurocentric Orientalist scholars. As an academic and health professional with policy experience, I employ an interdisciplinary perspective in my work, versed in public health, psychological and sociological methods and approaches. I aim to understand empirically and investigate systemically challenges and barriers in order to overcome mental health inequalities as experienced by Muslims, and to develop this evidence base and influence structural change.
Amran Mohamed

MPH PUBLIC HEALTH, IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON

I aim to build on my BSc in Biology, to gain a wide array of skills to prepare for a career in many different organisations, from NGOs, governmental organisations, to working with the grass-roots in developing countries. I have a working background in Higher Education, Community Pharmacy and Clinical Trials. Outside of studying and working, I devote my time to outreach activities in the most socio-economically disadvantaged communities in London and Birmingham, delivering interactive workshops in STEM and beyond. Currently, I develop my leadership skills though a role as Young Emerging Leader for Ubele Initiative, as a Future Leader for Shaping Horizons and a Global Schools Advocate for UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network – Youth. I also love travelling the world, documenting trips through my blog to let my passion for writing blossom.
Islam Mohammed

MSC DIGITAL MARKETING, OXFORD BROOKES UNIVERSITY

The gatekeeping roles of media and technology platforms, which are affecting narratives about ethnic and religious minorities, are often overlooked. After graduating with BA (Hons) in Publishing and English Language and Communication, and working in marketing, I found myself interested in the direct impact marketing practices have on representation. The specialisation track of this Masters in Digital Marketing will allow me to explore the implications of marketing theory and practice on a world that is becoming increasingly international and digitally dependent.
Hanife Moumin

MA PUBLISHING, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON

I am a Business Management graduate with a First Class honours degree from Coventry University. Currently, I am studying a Postgraduate Publishing degree at UCL. I want to achieve better representation of Muslim communities in the media, and wish to do this through books. I also hope to increase the 1% representation of BAME people in children’s books.
Hafsah Mufti

MSC MIDDLE EAST POLITICS, SOAS UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

I am an Economics and Politics graduate from Queen Mary University of London and am now pursuing a Masters, with the support of the Aziz Foundation. I have interest in researching and understanding key political ideologies and the politics of national identity in the Middle East, often conflated with religious Islamic ideologies and identities. I aspire to use this opportunity to challenge the misconceptions around the two, to positively transform attitudes towards Muslims in the UK.
Habib Muhammad-Kamal

MRES MEDICINE, NOTTINGHAM

I am a fourth year medical student at Nottingham University. This year I am undertaking a Research Masters in Medicine. I have previously completed two research projects in bioinformatics and public health and would like to do more work, particularly in the use and applications of new technologies in the medical field.
Aniqah Murtaza

MA ART PSYCHOTHERAPY, SOUTH WALES

Throughout my life, I’ve always taken solace in the creative arts. Art can play an important role in restoring one’s balance whilst navigating through life and struggles with mental health. The catharsis that creating and being immersed in the arts can give you has always been something I’ve wanted to share. Through my training as an Art Psychotherapist, I aim to facilitate this for those who may find articulation of their emotions difficult, particularly within Muslim communities. With my work, I hope to encourage more Muslims to pursue similar career paths, to diversify the field of practitioners, and continue combating the stigma surrounding mental health.
Juwairiah Mussa

MA EDUCATION AND CREATIVE WRITING, GOLDSMITHS UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

I have just recently graduated with a degree in Creative Writing. My degree gave me a great opportunity to establish my own voice as a poet, and now I intend to further my studies with a Masters that combines my passion for Creative Writing and Education. My creative work focuses on giving a platform to communities who are often spoken for, such as British Muslim women. I aim to use my voice as a tool to help create understanding and acceptance within our communities.
Ebrahim Nadat

MA MUSLIM MINORITIES IN A GLOBAL CONTEXT, SOAS UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

I am an educator and teacher with over 6 years experience within the discipline of Qur’an, Hadith and Jurisprudence studies. My traditional Islamic education goes back to the prestigious seminary; Darul-Uloom Bury, where I completed the Islamic Law degree and received the Hadith certificate (Ijaza). For my secular education, I have a bachelor of arts degree in Education Studies from University of East London and a PGCE in Religious Education from King’s College London. My interests lie in educating and hoping to make a difference in society, thus I am currently a teacher of Philosophy at secondary and sixth form level, a teacher at an Alimiyyah programme and a Khateeb at a local mosque.
Mohammed Nadeem

MSC INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

I have a background in both Financial Services (Compliance) and NGOs (Fundraising), which has created a perfect synergy between the two sectors. These interests led me to explore whether poverty could be eradicated with existing resources, utilising a collective, robust, qualitative approach. This has fuelled my desire to pursue this Masters and, hopefully, to one day achieve my dream.
Aaisha Naseem

MSC DIAGNOSTIC RADIOGRAPHY, QUEEN MARGARET

My choice in studying MSc Diagnostic Radiography encompasses my immense admiration for human anatomy and physiology, whilst also allowing me to provide critical and life-saving scans to those in need. I believe it is crucial for more British Muslims to integrate within Allied Health Professional roles, as not only does it show a positive representation of Muslims in society but it also provides a solution to the continuously increasing demand for such professions. I hope to specialise in Paediatric Radiography and continue to advance in my career. In my spare time I enjoy volunteering and going on challenging hikes to admire the beautiful nature around Scotland.
Yusuf Niazi

MA THEATRE DIRECTING, MOUNTVIEW

I am a Theatre Director with a dedication to increasing accessibility to the arts. Theatre has been a huge passion of mine for the majority of my life. My plan is to use the skills I have obtained so far through work and training to help increase representation of Asian people and Muslims in theatre and help to educate people and reduce discrimination. By completing this Masters, I will be able to get the intensive professional training I have been craving and hopefully begin to turn the hobby I have loved the most for the best part of a decade into a viable career.
Saif Osmani

MA ARCHITECTURE & HISTORIC URBAN ENVIRONMENTS, UCL

Recent changes in the built environment have meant that local communities are feeling increasingly polarised from their surroundings and from one another. My socially engaged arts practice operates between art and architecture and this Masters opportunity from Aziz Foundation will enable me to examine how certain groups with protected characteristics interpret their own cultural heritage in the context of a leading global city. Planning policies found in the new London Plan and area local plans do not accurately reflect London’s diverse communities and I would like to examine the challenges of participation in community co-design in creating future spaces.
Adam Patel

MPHIL ECONOMICS, UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

Having engaged in philanthropy and local politics from a young age, the lack of senior Muslim role models in the public/non-voluntary sectors quickly became apparent. I did not feel represented at the very top. It is precisely the lack of roles models and representation that has exacerbated underachievement in British Muslim communities, while also hindering them, by absence of a spokesperson to advocate to wider society on their behalf. Rather than wait, I have decided to take action. Undertaking the MPhil will prepare me with the knowledge and skills needed to reach the highest positions in the public sector, and in the process contribute to changing perceptions of British Muslims.
Deen Patel

MA ISLAMIC ED.: THEORY AND PRACTICE, WARWICK

I have a yearning passion to educate and empower the next generation both at a micro and macro level. I have completed the Alimiyia program at the prestigious seminary, Jamiatul Ilm Wal Huda, Blackburn, where I obtained an Islamic Law degree alongside receiving license (Ijaza) in Hadith and in the variant modes of Quran recitation (Qira’ah). I am currently aiming to complete my Masters degree to provide me with the set of skills necessary to help our communities prosper both traditionally as well as academically in the education sector. My interests lie in reading and writing in both the English and Arabic languages.
Tanha Quadi

MA MIGRATION AND DIASPORA STUDIES, SOAS

In 2016 I graduated in Sociology at City University. Since then, I have worked in various organisations and institutions, exploring the culture and identity of South Asians in the UK. These experiences have shown me the importance of claiming our narrative and challenging misrepresentation through research and publication. I hope to further build upon my skills and knowledge through the opportunity provided by the Aziz Foundation in studying this MA.
Haseeb Qureshi

MSC INEQUALITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCE, LSE

My undergraduate degree in Politics and Sociology paved the way for me to study a Masters in Inequalities and Social Science at LSE. Having written my undergraduate dissertation on the Prevent Duty and the impact this has on British Muslims in regards to inequality, I decided to further explore this issue at a higher level, in a national and global context, focussing in particular on the economic, gender and racial inequality of Muslims.
Shoana Qureshi

MSC PSYCHOLOGY, NOTTINGHAM TRENT UNIVERSITY

I graduated from University in 1998 with a Bachelors in Social Policy – since then I have worked with some of the most vulnerable young people and adults around the country. I have never lost hope for a person and this drive has served me well, keeping me within local government or third sector provisions. Recently, I felt my role was becoming stagnant, mainly due to austerity. My big leap forward saw me working on a preventative and proactive approach to many of the issues that young people face today. My aim and mission are to empower parents, to reduce risks and increase connection during adolescence, and to influence policy makers.
Tayyaba Rafiq

MPHIL ISLAMIC STUDIES AND HISTORY, OXFORD

A graduate of International Relations from King’s College London and former Vice President of KCLSU, I have also undertaken both traditional and academic Islamic Studies in the UK, USA and Turkey, studying, among others, fiqh, hadith sciences, hermeneutics and intellectual history. Now as an MPhil candidate at the University of Oxford, and with the Aziz Foundation’s support, I aim to research how Islamic history, theology and Tasawwuf can inform understandings of liberation discourse. I aspire to engage Muslims with Islamic scholasticism and intend to utilise academia to better comprehend human rights practice, through faith-based research, accessible publications and policy work.
Zahra Rahim

MSC EMERGING ECONOMIES & INT. DEVELOPMENT, KCL

During my undergraduate degree, I chose to study modules in ‘Business Analysis’ and ‘Work and Employment in Context’. My interest in these areas, paired with my experience working abroad with several academic institutions, has inspired me to further my knowledge in international development, specifically in emerging economies. Through my studies, I wish to research the development of institutions and how change can be implemented within them to increase opportunities available to underrepresented groups. Aside from my academic interests, I have worked with Human Appeal on charity projects, worked as a fundraising officer for the Amnesty International Society at QMUL, and volunteered with special needs children in Morocco.
Zainab Rahim

MA POSTCOLONIAL CULTURE & GLOBAL POLICY, GOLDSMITHS

I’m a writer and editor, working in online content over the past ten years. I’m the co-founder and editor of a commentary website called The Platform, seeking to share marginalised narratives and support new writers, researchers and campaigners. I’ve also been an assistant editor on Khidr Zine since its launch, as well as other print publications. In my own articles, I explore arts and culture, local history and global politics. I’m keen to delve into the environment, climate justice, race, heritage and more history. As such, I’m delighted to return to university, following my undergraduate degree in English Literature and Language at King’s College London.
Ahsanur Rahman

MA ISLAMIC EDUCATION, UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK

I thoroughly enjoyed my recent studies, which consisted of various modules where I cross-examined traditional texts ranging from Islamic jurisprudence to the Qur’an and hadith. Studying in a conventional way at Jamiatul Ilm Wal Huda has given me a deep understanding of Islam, however I would like to take this further. The PGA and MA in Islamic Education will enable me to integrate orthodox Islam into a liberal society; build bridges between the timeless essence of Islam and modern-day Islam without any loss of values. My priorities lie in educating further generations on the nature of Islam, not its misrepresentations and media portrayals.
Sajida Raja

MSC APPLIED POSITIVE PSY. & COACHING PSY., UEL

With over two decades of experience as a Careers Adviser, I was becoming increasingly aware of the barriers faced by some young people, such as lack of self-esteem, anxiety about the future, and a sense of failure. These can all contribute to a lack of motivation and self-efficacy. Believing that strength and resilience leads to success, I wanted to explore the impact of our thoughts and emotions on the choices we make and the way we interact with others. This Masters, with its pioneering link between positive psychology and coaching, will empower me to better help my clients flourish. I also intend to research the links between Islamic teachings and positive psychology and well-being.
Tanjil Rashid

MFA CREATIVE WRITING, BIRKBECK

As a freelance writer and producer, I regularly contribute to the BBC, The Financial Times, The Times and Prospect, among other publications and broadcasters. I also write and translate fiction, examples of which have been published in literary journals such as Story Quarterly, Hourglass, Eleven Eleven and Asymptote. I’m grateful for the opportunity to focus more on writing over the next two years by completing an MFA in fiction at Birkbeck, University of London.
Anisa Riaz

MA SOCIAL WORK, UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER

Having to deal with exclusion because of my minority status, I have always wanted to go into a career that would help society progress towards implementing more inclusive measures. My undergraduate in History and Sociology allowed me to identify prominent social problems through an interdisciplinary approach. With this MA in Social Work, I will be able to put my theory into practice. Social work can empower vulnerable individuals, but I also believe it will empower me, allowing for greater growth and capacity to learn from experiences, all the while helping others fulfil their potential.
Fatima Rifat

MSC CHILD DEVELOPMENT, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON

As a child development advocate, I encourage children to challenge themselves, in order to become productive Muslim individuals. This is done through my published books and public speaking aimed towards parents. I now intend to expand my knowledge and expertise through this Masters degree and further facilitate the Muslim community through publishing, public engagement and other creative ventures. I find pleasure in reading, writing, developing projects and – best of all – spending time with my family.
Ozair Said

MSC CONSTRUCTION PROJECT MANAGEMENT, LSBU

Alongside my BEng (Hons) Electrical Engineering and Power Electronics, I have experience leading multimillion pound projects in a global engineering consultancy. My engineering background, in conjunction with this Masters, will equip me with the necessary skills to deliver value in the communities where major regeneration projects are taking place. As a STEM Ambassador, I deliver workshops to inspire students and demonstrate what an engineering career offers to people of all backgrounds. I have been volunteering at Acorn Supplementary School for over 7 years, teaching students Arabic language, Mathematics and English at SATs and GCSE level.
Sahd Sajid

MSC MOLECULAR BIOLOGY & PATHOLOGY, IMPERIAL COLLEGE

By gaining a better understanding of how pathogenic viruses such as influenza, HIV and Ebola function, I hope more effective and accessible treatments will be available for those across the world that need them the most, many of whom are Muslim. These viral infections are often deadly, especially in less economically developed populations. I feel it is incumbent on scientists today to drive forward research into viral biology to ultimately save lives. In my view, to achieve this aim it is essential that the passionate and enthusiastic young Muslims of this country fully understand the importance of this field.
Ateequr Salik

MBA MASTERS IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION, SALFORD

I graduated in 2010 and subsequently began pursuing a career in law; it was three years into this that I had a change of heart and joined the Charity Sector. Now six years on, I’m privileged to be working for the world’s largest and most prestigious Muslim NGO. I currently also serve in my spare time as a Chaplain within the Prison System. Having been out of formal education for some time, I’m hoping to pursue an MBA to gain essential skills and knowledge that I can utilise and implement within the third sector. I am also an avid hiker – nothing can please me more than an eight-hour trek somewhere remote, ideally abroad.
Mo Saqib

MSC PUBLIC POLICY AND MANAGEMENT, KCL

I graduated in 2013 from the University of Manchester in Politics, Philosophy & Economics (PPE) and have been a Liberal Democrat activist for the last ten years. Alongside my job in zero emission technology, in May 2018 I was elected as a Councillor in the London Borough of Sutton, where I have the particular focus for the delivery of social services.
Hajra Shafiq

MA ISLAMIC ED.: THEORY AND PRACTICE, WARWICK

I have studied Quranic Sciences, Arabic and Islamic studies at a Muslim Institute, and have received Ijaza (licence) to teach Tajwid. I teach Islamic Studies covering Arabic Language, Jurisprudence, beliefs, History and Citizenship. Alongside this I deliver speeches and lectures at large public gatherings and, indeed, I thrive at public speaking and this has been a real confidence builder for me. I look forward to beginning a Masters in Islamic Education: Theory and Practice this year to further develop my knowledge and skills to support communities and the youth at large. My hobbies and interests range from reading books, playing sports and going on hikes.
Samir Seddougui

PHD SOCIAL POLICY, UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL

I previously studied an MA in History at the University of Bristol, where I focussed on the theme of history from below; attempting to elevate the voices and stories of marginalised groups and individuals within society. Upon completion, I began working as project worker for the Hate Crime charity Stand Against Racism & Inequality, offering emotional and practical support to victims of Hate Crime. It was clear that a large proportion of people who had experienced Hate Crime were from Muslim backgrounds, and this triggered my interest in Islamophobia studies. My PhD will analyse the financing of Islamophobia and unpack the rhetoric of anti-Muslim organisations.
Turab Shah

MA CINEMATOGRAPHY, MET FILM SCHOOL

I have been a filmmaker for nearly a decade, producing documentaries and podcasts that have allowed me to tell the stories of marginalised and oppressed communities, both in the UK and abroad. This work has often focused on the different manifestations of Islamophobia and I have worked with a number of Muslim organisations and individuals to tackle this issue. In addition to making films, I organise and curate film screenings as part of my work with ‘Other Cinemas’, a project I co-founded with a focus on showcasing the films of a diverse range of artists. I have a BA in History and an MA in Documentary Filmmaking. This scholarship will allow me to elevate my work, experiment with other mediums and create opportunities to collaborate with other filmmakers.
Nimra Shahid

MA INTERACTIVE JOURNALISM, CITY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

My background in social research and policy, across areas including Brexit, public health and knife crime, has nurtured my interest in a new kind of digital and multimedia-based journalism. Since obtaining my English Language & Linguistics degree from King’s College London, I have produced a data-mine backed study into how social dissent developed into the #metoo movement. I have also worked with BBC News Service, Radio 4 and South on stories and debates exploring Muslims and Social Mobility, Artificial Intelligence, and Democracy. Through my Masters, I aspire to develop skills for responsibly delivering fact-based and accessible news, while enabling underrepresented voices to be platformed.
Hauwa Shehu

LLM INT. ECONOMIC LAW, JUSTICE & DEV., BIRKBECK

I am a Barrister working for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) with experience across the breadth of criminal offences from international organised crime and extradition to cases involving drugs, sexual offences, youth justice, domestic violence and hate crime. I chair the CPS Muslim Network and am Mentoring Co-ordinator for the CPS BAME Staff Network. Outside of work I am a teacher in my local Madrasa and a member of the core management team of ‘the Hive’, an award winning, bespoke women’s centre, supported by Al Madina Mosque in Barking and Dagenham. This LLM will enable me to gain skills and knowledge about how historical, current and future international developments and crisis impact on the justice system and our communities.
Salina Siddiqui

MA MEDICINE IN SOCIETY, UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD

Having completed three years of Medicine at the University of Sheffield, I am now intercalating in order to study for a Masters. This programme offers the perfect blend of biomedical research with the ethical, economic and political aspects that underlie healthcare. This course will act as a stepping stone towards a career working with the World Health Organisation. Cognisant of the huge disproportion of Muslims in medical governance and policy making, my mission is to bridge this gap. We need better representation on a higher scale, and by realising this, healthcare could improve for millions of Muslims, as well as for wider society.
Waseelah Smedley

MA GLOBAL HISTORY, UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

I have been forever fascinated by the contradictions between the practices of a people and their belief systems. Exploring how these are overcome is my starting point into an historical enquiry. As a musician, I am drawn into particularly focusing on art culture across the world and how these reflect the lives and beliefs of people. History is crucial to recontextualising ourselves and our beliefs as Muslims within the legal and historical phenomenon of Islam. By deconstructing the secular and political narrative so often taught of Islam, we can challenge dialogical assumptions leading to more fruitful discussions.
Ian Stone

LLM DISPUTE RESOLUTION, CITY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

I’ve had varied careers with experience in the military, IT and Telecommunications and Education. I’m interested in the area of mediation and other forms of dispute resolution. I see mediation as an incredibly useful format for dispute resolution as it provides a forum and an atmosphere in which parties gain understanding, become understood, and work together to explore options for resolution. By resolving disputes in mediation, parties determine for themselves what is important and ultimately, the outcome of the situation.
Anika Tahrim

MSC VIOLENCE, CONFLICT AND DEVELOPMENT, SOAS

I have recently graduated from King’s College London with a Bachelors in History and International Relations. I have chosen to study the dynamics of violence and conflict in relation to development because I believe that this is one of the biggest factors that is inhibiting successful development programmes. At SOAS, I hope to learn about development agendas and ways of thought that privilege a nation’s ability to exercise agency. By learning the nuances of development, I hope to positively contribute to the development sector in ways that do not negatively impact nations nor victimise them.
Zainab Tailor

MA ED. - CURRICULUM, PED. & ASSESSMENT, UCL

I have been working at Islamic supplementary schools for seven years. I hope to inspire change in Islamic supplementary schools by encouraging the use of diverse pedagogical approaches and by infusing creativity in the system to make learning meaningful. I aim to transform attitudes towards Islamic supplementary schools by highlighting the contributions they make to British society. I enjoy reading all kinds of literature, gardening and baking.
Almas Talib

MSC SOCIAL AND CULTURAL PSYCHOLOGY, LSE

Having completed a BSc in Experimental Psychology, I am eager to explore a psychological approach that is more aware of its own Eurocentricity and social and cultural relativity. I want to assist in the understanding of how people of colour are dehumanised and the effects of social inequality on cognition and mental wellbeing. I am interested in how this knowledge can inform a more socially aware mental health model. Ultimately, I envisage a mental health system that acknowledges all forms of structural discrimination, including anti-Muslim racism.
Nureen Tayyabah

MA ISLAMIC ED.: THEORY AND PRACTICE, WARWICK

I studied the Alimiyyah Course at an Islamic seminary and have been teaching subjects of the Islamic sciences at different institutes. I work at Islamic Help Charity as an Orphans and Childcare Programme Officer and recently launched my own organisation named TAVi – The Amatullah Vision – aiming to help women reconnect with their faith. I deliver seminars organised for the public and hold private classes teaching Arabic Grammar from a syllabus designed by myself. I completed a Postgraduate Award in Islamic Education at the University of Warwick and am currently looking forward to beginning my Masters, hoping to use what I learn to develop my own organisation as well as make a positive impact on other Muslim educational organisations.
Thahmina Thaniya

MSC INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, LSE

I have attained a BA (Hons) in History and Politics from Queen Mary University, and with the help of the Aziz Foundation, I will be studying the MSc International Relations programme at the LSE. My research interests include the differing strength and nature of Islam as a discursive and mobilising force in global politics, and different forms of transnational political violence. I hope to use this opportunity to encourage other British Muslims to add their knowledge, findings and valuable perspectives to academic discussions.
Hameda Uddin

MPAS PHYSICIAN ASSOCIATE STUDIES, ST GEORGES

I graduated in Biotechnology from Imperial College London, where I had the opportunity to explore current scientific research. However, I found myself more fascinated by the actual application of this research, which is why I have chosen the Physician Associate Masters. Also, working with my local Muslim community, I realised that there is a lack of support in areas surrounding mental health. Through my studies I aim to directly help young Muslims in their everyday stresses, as well as creating a support network for them to turn to.
Marihah Uddin

MA COUNSELLING, GOLDSMITHS UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

We all face struggles in our lives, and often our problems become overwhelming and yet we still do not ask for support. That is where we all tend to go wrong. Asking for help is not for the weak, in fact it makes us stronger. Having completed my BSc in Clinical Psychology, I aim to combat the social stigma surrounding counselling and want to instil within the community the belief that there is nothing wrong with seeking help. My hobbies also include traveling and I also aspire to provide care to Muslims in all continents Insha’allah.
Rhozina Uddin

MSC PSYCHOLOGY, LONDON SOUTH BANK UNIVERSITY

For ten years I have been part of the leadership and management team of the Ihsan Nursery and Children Centre in one of the most socially and economically deprived boroughs in the country. Improving educational outcomes for Muslim children living in deprivation has been a major focus of my career and my sole motivation for studying and working towards becoming an Education Psychologist. It is my hope that I will be able to use my experience of project management, and my knowledge of child development, to drive up education standards in areas of high deprivation, as well as carry out consultancy and outreach work in the charity/PVI sector.
Ayesha Ulhaq

MA SOCIAL RESEARCH, UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD

Having graduated with a BA in Social policy and Sociology, I am now pursuing an MA in Social Research. I am interested in the formation and development of Muslim communities in modern Britain, where young Muslims, in particular, are paving their way to success despite the rise in Islamophobia and structural inequality. By engaging with the British Muslim population I aspire to have our voices, history, and accomplishments published in core curricula of Higher Education and within academic research. Aside from studies, I am currently working at the Department for Education in user-centred policy and research.
Habib Ullah

LLM LAW, UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

I am a graduate of the world renowned Darul Uloom Bury, successfully completing the Hifdh of the Holy Quran and also the Aalimiyyah course leading to the grant of Ijazah (certification) in the Islamic sciences. Subsequently, I qualified as a Solicitor, demonstrating a keen interest in social justice through working in the area of social welfare law, advising and representing the most disadvantaged in society for more than 20 years. I am fortunate to be involved with a number of Masaajid, schools and charitable organisations where I deliver lessons, lectures and seminars with a view to empowering our community to address the challenges of life while retaining our Islamic values and ethos.
Baris Varli

MSC DEVELOPMENT STUDIES, SOAS UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

I am an aspiring academic and policy analyst, wanting to focus on the role of development discourse in public policy and international aid/intervention. Throughout my academic life I have been active in student politics, holding various positions in the Student Union. Furthermore I have embarked on several entrepreneurial projects and have taken part in a number of highly competitive internships, in addition to volunteering for domestic and international organisations. In my free time I like to focus on the Quran and listen to my favourite podcasts, as well as spending time with my family and friends.
Salman Waqar

MSC EVIDENCE BASED HEALTHCARE, OXFORD

I am a GP in Berkshire completing an MSc in Evidence Based Medicine at the University of Oxford. This is building on my work as an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow where I will be looking at the evidence base for cancer screening promotion in faith-based settings. Many minority communities in the UK, especially those from the Muslim communities, have poor cancer outcomes; in part due to poor uptake of cancer screening and late detection of the disease. My research aims to explore the evidence around faith as an effective means of engaging with cancer screening. From this I am hoping to inform policy around improving cancer screening and diagnosis by demonstrating the value of co-production with faith communities, and hopefully help save a few more lives in the process.
Miranda Williams

MA SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION, INSTITUTE OF EDUCATION, UCL

As a black Muslim teacher I feel a sense of responsibility to advocate for Muslim and ethnic minority children and their parents who may lack the cultural and social capital to achieve their best in educational attainment. This Masters will allow me to gain more knowledge on the inequalities within our education system as well as how policies are made and challenged. I intend to share this knowledge with parents in the community to empower them to get the best possible outcomes for their children.
Mohamed Yussuf

MSC COMPUTER SCIENCE, BIRKBECK

I graduated with a BSc in Information Systems from Brunel University, after which I spent several years studying Islamic knowledge. With an Aziz Foundation scholarship, I wish to reach a level where I can create applications and software that are of benefit to all people insha’Allah. My hope is that when future historians look back, they describe today’s Muslims as giants in STEM subjects, in a similar vein to how we see the great inventors, astrologists and mathematicians of the Islamic Golden Age.
Anam Zafar

MA APPLIED TRANSLATION, UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS

Many of today’s refugees and asylum seekers are Muslim. Our tendency to speak about migrants rather than asking them to speak to us is contributing to a climate of rising xenophobia and Islamophobia in the UK and abroad. With an MA in Applied Translation Studies, I want to put refugees and asylum seekers in charge of the pens, microphones and cameras that document their stories. Through my own translation services, the language barrier cannot be used as an excuse for denying these people a platform, creating a more just representation of new and established migrant communities.
Mariam Rawan

PHD THEOLOGY, BIRMINGHAM

Rawan holds an LLB Law degree from the LSE and a LLM in Human Rights, Conflict and Justice from SOAS. She has previously worked at Hackney Council and is currently Policy Officer and Researcher at the University of Birmingham. Her PhD at University of Birmingham will examine ‘Islamic Liberation Theology’.
Imaad Ahmed

MSC PUBLIC POLICY, UCL

A graduate of Warwick University, Imaad previously founded a youth development programme and is currently the director of Students4Syria; working on awareness, fundraising and outreach projects. He is studying towards an MSc in Public Policy at UCL, with the aim of entering the civil service Faststream.
Khadija Ahmed

MSC MEDIA AND COMMS, LSE

Khadija is the founder of AnotherLenz.com. Her explorations on Islam and identiy have been featured in The Huffington Post, Muslim Vibe, Sister-hood Magazine, BBC Radio and Ilm Feed. She will be studying MSc Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and hopes to pursue a career in documentary filmmaking.
Kawthar Ali

MA COUNSELLING, GOLDSMITHS UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

Kawthar has an interest in unique mental health issues faced by minority communities in Britain. She will be studying for an MA in Counselling at Goldsmith’s University of London and plans to offer specialised services to Muslim and ethnic minority communities.
Suriyah Bi

PHD GEOGRAPHY, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON

Suriyah completed her BA (Hons) at Magdalen College, University of Oxford (2014). She then went on to study for an MA at the School of Oriental and African Studies (2015), and is currently reading for her PhD at University College London (UCL).
Sabah Choudhry

MA BROADCAST JOURNALISM, CITY UNIVERSITY

Sabah Choudhry is television producer and presenter based in London. Formerly a graduate of Social Anthropology at SOAS, Sabah is studying for an MA in Broadcast Journalism at City University.
Tariq Chowdhury

MA CREATIVE BUSINESS FOR ENTREPRENEURS & EXECUTIVES, NFTS

Tariq is a filmmaker whose work has been recognised and featured at film festivals, competitions and in mainstream media. He is director of a London based production company and will be studying Creative Business for Entrepreneurs & Executives at the National Film and Television School.
Zain Dada

MA CREATIVE WRITING, GOLDSMITHS UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

Zain has a BA in Politics and History at SOAS, University of London. He was a co-president of the SOAS Students’ Union during his time there and co-founded the Decolonising SOAS campaign. He is now a co-founder of Khidr Collective and will now be studying an MA in Creative Writing at Goldsmith’s University of London.
Wasi Daniju

MA DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY, UNIVERSITY OF WESTMINSTER

Wasi Daniju is a person-centred therapist and photographer who is equally at home in portraiture, theatre photography and photojournalism . She has been taking and sharing photos for over ten years. In keeping with her involvement in community organising, Wasi considers her camera a vehicle for story-telling & testimony. She is studying for an MA in Documentary Photography and Photojournalism at the University of Westminster.
Ghada Eldemellawy

MA DIRECTING DOCUMENTARIES, NFTS

Ghada is a first year documentaries student at the National Film and Television School. She was previously Reprieve’s lead investigator in the MENA region covering cases in countries including Libya, Tunisia and Yemen. Ghada also has a wide media experience having completed placements at the Al Jazeera headquarters in Doha and Channel 4 News.
Rakaya Esime Fetuga

MA CREATIVE WRITING, ROYAL HOLLOWAY

Rakaya is studying for an MA in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, London. She has a first-class English and Creative Writing BA from Royal Holloway where she was twice awarded the Creative Writing Prize (2015 and 2016). Fetuga won the Spread the Word Poetry Competition 2017 and the Roundhouse Poetry Slam 2018. She is currently completing the RHUL Fiction Pathway MA.
Thilal Halimah

MED, PSYCHOLOGY AND EDUCATION, CAMBRIDGE

Dedicated to equality issues existent within the education sector, Thilal has a CELTA from the University of Cambridge and both a PGCE and a BA in English Language and Communications from King’s College, London. She has worked as a secondary school teacher in London and as a GCSE examiner. She is also pursuing a diploma in Islamic Studies and Arabic.
Saqib Hussain

MPHIL, ISLAMIC STUDIES & HISTORY, OXFORD

After graduating from Jesus College, Oxford, in 2002 with BA (Hons) in Physics, Saqib worked as a nuclear physicist for British Nuclear Fuels before travelling to Syria in 2005 to pursue Arabic and Islamic Studies. Upon returning to the UK, he qualified as a Chartered Accountant (ICAEW) and became a Senior Associate at PriceWater Coopers LLP.
Arwa Ibrahim

MPHIL, POLITICAL SOCIOLOGY UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

As an undergraduate, Arwa studied International Relations and Journalism and then went on to undertake a Masters in Middle Eastern Studies. After working as a journalist during the Arab Spring as a correspondent for the American McClatchy Newspapers, she went on to work as a political journalist at the London-based Middle East Eye. Her research focus was on urban inequalities, collective resistance and the social dynamics of urban renewal in London, Istanbul and Cairo.
Anthea Islam

MA APPLIED ANT., COMMUNITY & YOUTH WORK, GOLDSMITHS

Anthea Islam is studying for an MA in Applied Anthropology, Community and Youth Work at Goldsmiths. She studied Sociology at The University of Manchester and is passionate about working with disadvantaged young people in Manchester.
Farah Jassat

MPHIL THEOLOGY, RELIGION AND PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION, UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

Farah studied History as her undergraduate degree at Newnham College, Cambridge. After graduating she freelanced as a journalist for various publications including the Guardian, Huffington Post and New Internationalist. She branched into broadcast media as a BBC Production Trainee and worked on TV and radio programmes including Newsround, Night Waves and Woman’s Hour, as well as Religion & Ethics documentaries. For the past four years she has worked as a Producer on BBC Newsnight. She will be studying an MPhil in Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion at St Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge.
Samie Kayani

PHD DOCTORATE IN ISLAMIC ARCHITECTURE, LIVERPOOL UNIVERSITY

Samie is pursuing research at the University of Liverpool on the role of heritage in the contemporary age. He has an MEng and MA degree in Architecture. He is particularly interested in the role of heritage architecture in contemporary societies. In 2011 he was awarded research residency at the University of Pennsylvania. Currently, he is involved in Youth Centre development project in his home town of Watford and numerous heritage projects in the London area.
Muhammad Kazi

MST ISLAMIC STUDIES, REGENT'S PARK COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

Muhammad is a SOAS graduate who specialises in the historical-critical study of the Qur’an. His work aims to discover the complex interplay between the temporal and timeless dimensions of the Qur’an. With a view to advancing onto a PhD on the historical-critical study of the Qur’an, he is pursuing an MSt at Oxford this academic year.
Imran Khan

PHD THEOLOGY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES, CAMBRIDGE

Imran worked on an analytical Arabic poetry translation project for two years at the University of St Andrews. His PhD is critiquing the hermeneutic problematics of Muslim-non-Muslim friendship.
Nasima Khanom

PHD IN PSYCHOLOGY AND PSYCHOTHERAPY, GOLDSMITHS

Nasima Khanom is studying a Professional Doctorate in Systemic Practice at Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust. She is a consultant specialist in independent private practice working in London. Nasima trained as systemic/family psychotherapist (Tavistock) and as a clinical supervisor (AFT). She is interested in bringing cultural sensitivity and faith based spirituality into her work.
Hibba Mazhary

MSC NATURE & S.E. GOVERNANCE, OXFORD

With a BA in Geography from the University of Oxford, Hibba was Community Service Chair at Oxford’s ISOC and launched a number of initiatives to enhance local knowledge about organic farming. She will be furthering her research into policies impacting food industries as part of her MSc studies in Nature, Society and Environmental Governance.
Farhana Mayer

DPHIL ORIENTAL STUDIES, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

Since attaining her BA (Hons)/MA in Arabic with Islamic Studies from Pembroke College, Oxford, Farhana has held tertiary teaching positions in Qur’anic interpretation, Sufism and Muslim jurisprudence, and is a published academic researcher. She is also active in interfaith dialogue and Muslim interdenominational work. Her doctoral research focuses on the divine qualities as an overarching hermeneutical framework for the Qur’an and Muslim jurisprudence and the implications of that for current legal and civic concepts.
Mirina Paananen

MST ISLAMIC STUDIES AND HISTORY, OXFORD

After completing her undergraduate studies at St John’s College, Cambridge, Mirina went on to study the traditional Islamic Sciences in Egypt, Jordan and the UK, obtaining formal authorisations including Qur’anic recitation and instruction. She is a classically trained musician who specialises in recitation, anashid and conducts a Muslim children’s choir. Her research at Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford, focuses on the musical traditions of Islam.
Yasmin Rashid

MA MASTERS IN COUNSELLING, GOLDSMITHS

Yasmin is a psychology graduate and teacher. She is passionate about helping people overcome emotional & mental difficulties. She recently founded a non profit offering well-being coaching and counselling to young people using the arts, as well as community events serving disadvantaged groups. She is studying for an MA in Counselling at Goldsmiths.
Martyn Rush

DPHIL, ORIENTAL STUDIES, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

Martyn has a BA in History and an MPhil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies, which was supported by Aziz Foundation. This academic year, his research at Wolfson College, University of Oxford, will explore finance issues impacting British Muslims.
Aaliyah Shaikh

PHD HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY, CITY UNIVERSITY

With a passion for psychology and dedicated to wellbeing, Aaliyah graduated from St Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge with an MEd in Psychotherapeutic Counselling. Aaliyah is the founder of the RAHMAH Approach© to Psychology. Her research interests are in intergenerational trauma and how our earliest experiences from the time in the womb impact our life development. She was previously a chaplain and holds a MA in Muslim Community Studies, and a postgraduate diploma in Social Sciences. She will now pursue her PhD research in Health Psychology and in particular Muslims experiences of birth trauma at City University.
Hassan Vawda

MA APPLIED ANT. & COMMUNITY & YOUTH WORK, GOLDSMITHS

Hassan is a visual artist and community arts programmer. He will be studying for an MA in Applied Anthropology & Community & Youth Work at Goldsmith’s University of London and plans to explore the potential of creative expression to create expansive faith dialogues.
Shafina Vohra

PHD PYSCHOLOGY AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT, UCL

Shafina is studying for a PhD in Psychology and Human Development at University College London (UCL).
Zahra Warsame

MA INTERACTIVE JOURNALISM, CITY UNIVERSITY

Zahra Warsame established herself working in broadcast where her work as a designer includes the animated film Stuart Hall, which tackles race, gender and class in the media. She now focuses on producing multimedia journalism that aims to challenge the under representation of British Muslims. Zahra is studying for an MA in Interactive Journalism at City University.
Abbas Zahedi

MA PHOTOGRAPHY, UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS LONDON

Abbas Zahedi is an artist who constructs multifaceted situations, exploring the imaginal basis of contemporary reality. Often taking his own life as a performative point of departure; his concept of neo-diaspora for the Diaspora Pavilion (Venice Biennale, 2017) sought to disrupt notions of origin and settled identity. He is studying for an MA in Photography at the University of the Arts.
Soraya Zahid

MSC CHILDREN, YOUTH AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, BIRKBECK

Soraya studied political science as her undergraduate degree at the London School of Economics before working at the Wellcome Trust as a graduate. She has since been working as an adviser in children’s services in a local authority and currently seconded to work around children’s public health. Soraya is also a Trustee for Nida Trust and Moroccan Youth UK and is passionate about improving structures to meet the needs of children and young people. She is studying for an MSc in Children, Youth and International Development at Birkbeck College, London.