Mawlana Shaykh Shahid Raza
Mawlana Shahid Raza completed his BSc in Chemistry and Biology as well as an MA in Islamic Studies. He is at present the Head Imam at Leicester Central Mosque and Chairman of MINAB (Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board). He is also the Registrar at the Muslim Law (Shari’a) Council UK; the Director of Imams and Mosques Councils UK; the Head of the Department of Imams Training and Inter-Faith Relations at the Muslim College, London; the President of the World Islamic Mission (Europe) and Founder Member (Trustee) of the British Muslim Forum, member of the National Council of Imams & Rabbis.
In 2008 he was recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list by being awarded with an OBE for his services to the Muslim community. He is the first Imam in the United Kingdom to be awarded with an OBE.
Dr Shuruq Naguib
Dr Naguib received her PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of Manchester, Department of Middle Eastern Studies. Her research covers two key strands: the classical and pre-modern intellectual and textual traditions, particularly Qur’an hermeneutics and ritual law; and Muslim responses to modernity, with a focus on how twentieth century and contemporary Muslim women scholars read the tradition to intellectually and socially develop their religious authority as knowers of the tradition. She has written on ritual purity, metaphor in post-classical Qur’an interpretation and Arabic rhetoric, feminist hermeneutics of the Qur’an, and contemporary female exegetes and jurists in Islam.
She has been involved in supporting Islamic studies in the UK through her work with HEFCE’s Islamic Studies Network until 2012, and currently through her capacity as interim Co-chair of the British Association of Islamic Studies (BRAIS).
Mufti Abdur-Rahman ibn Yusuf Mangera
Shaykh Abdur-Rahman ibn Yusuf Mangera is a British Muslim scholar educated in both the Islamic and Western traditions. He memorised the Qur’an by heart and graduated from the Darul Uloom seminary Bury, UK, and later earned a specialized licence to issue fatwā (legal responses) at Mazahir ‘Ulum Saharanpur, India. He earned his BA from the University of Johannesburg and completed his MA and PhD in Islamic Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. In 2013 he was awarded an honorary fellowship at the Cambridge Muslim College. Shaykh Abdur-Rahman has the unique experience of serving as an imam in Muslim communities on both sides of the pond, eight years in Southern California and over five in the great city of London—and his continued work as an international speaker and lecturer enables him to address and offer advice on current challenges that face Muslims in the West. He is an avid traveller and continues to teach hadith and work on scholarly publications through White Thread Press (www.whitethreadpress.com).
Shaykh Ahmed Babikir
Ahmed Babikir (أحمد بابكر), also known as Abu Bakr As-sudani (أبو بكر السوداني), is a SudaAhmed Babikir (أحمد بابكر), also known as Abu Bakr As-sudani (أبو بكر السوداني), is a Sudanese-born British Islamic scholar, Imam, murshid and television presenter.
Shaykh Babikir was born in Omdurman, Sudan. He is a descendent of the Prophet Muhammad’s companion (Sahabah), Abu Bakr, from whom he takes his name.
He studied Islamic Sciences in Sudan under Shaykh Fatih Qaribullah son of Sayyidi Shaykh Qaribullah son of Shaykh Ahmed At-Tayyib. He has certified ijazah in various Islamic disciplines, including Maliki fiqh (jurisprudence), Hadith (prophetic tradition), Aqeedah (theology), Tafsir (exegesis), Ta’wil a-ahadith (dream interpretation), Dawah, Tajweed and Tasawwuf, under the tutelage of scholars and sages of Africa and the Middle East.
As a young man, he was initiated into the Sammaniya Tariqa (Sufi order)). He was granted ijaza (authorisation) as a spiritual guide by the sage Shaykh Fatih Qaribullah. He later received ijazas from other spiritual luminaries such as Shaykh Salih Jafari and Shaykh Nazim Al-Haqqani.
Sabira relates that her desire to get involved in the community work first began in Kenya in the early 1970s and was involved in setting up the first Madrasah in Middlesex in 1977. She was also a madrasah teacher and jointly responsible in setting up various Madrasahs in Wessex in the mid-1980s. Sabira has held executive and non-executive positions at both Shia Ithna’ashari Community of Middlesex (SICM) and is currently serving as a trustee of Battlers Well Foundation (BWF), its centre (The Salaam Centre) in North Harrow. Sabira is passionate about community development.
Sabira Kanji is currently serving as the Director of Corporate Services and Finance at Social Enterprise UK and is responsible for Finance, HR and IT along with facilities.
Sabira’s senior experience varies across a range of sectors – private, healthcare, charities and not for profits. She is a Fellow Member of CIMA and has an Executive MBA from Cass Business School and a qualified trainer. Sabira holds a number of directorships and company secretarial positions, including Non-executive and Finance committee roles as part of the Corporate Governance requirements.
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