To assist the Commissioners:
- by encouraging and contributing evidence from Muslim communities in the UK
- in understanding the internal dynamics of the various sections and groupings within those communities
- by making considered proposals for ideas and recommendations given their experience and networks
- by advising on the likely impact of their findings and recommendations on those communities.
- by acting as a sounding board for ideas and recommendations of the Commission
- by committing to put into action the relevant recommendations of the report
The list of individuals that shall sit on the Muslim Leadership Group shall be updated in due course.
The Muslim Leadership Group is chaired by:
Professor Sophie Gilliat-Ray
The following individuals also sit on the Youth Leadership Group (in alphabetical order):
Akeela Ahmed is an equalities campaigner specialising in youth and gender issues. She has over ten years experience of supporting vulnerable individuals with complex social and mental health difficulties. She was Chief Executive of the Muslim Youth Helpline for three years, and has advised the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), the Faith Inquiry project run by the leading think-tank Demos and The Prince’s Trust Mosaic’s Ex-Offender Programme. Since 2012, she has been a Ministerially-appointed UK government advisor, sitting on the Cross Government Working Group on Anti-Muslim Hatred based at the UK Department for Communities and Local Government. In 2014, she was appointed to the British government’s Office for the Children's Commissioner advisory panel on the Child Sex Abuse in the Family Environment Inquiry.
Sahar Al-Faifi is an executive member of Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), assistant secretary general of the Muslim Council of Wales (MCW), former Chair of FOSIS Wales, elected as a youth leader for Citizen UK Wales that seeks to unlock the power of civil society, widen the Muslim participation and engagement and build a broad-base alliance for different campaigns. Sahar is a graduate from Cardiff University in Genetics; MSc in Biomedical science and currently is a Molecular geneticist working at NHS Wales and Wales chair of Muslim Engagement & Development MEND.
Usman Ali comes from a background in community activism and charity work. He is an active grassroots campaigner and advocate for social change, with a passion for access to education and raising aspirations. Usman gives advice on political, youth and inclusivity of deprived and minority community engagement to many different organisations locally and internationally. He was formerly the first ever Muslim elected as Vice President (Higher Education) of the National Union of Students (NUS), having studied at the University of Salford.
Qari Muhammad Asim MBE is the senior Imam at Makkah Masjid (mosque), which has been recognised as UK's model mosque. He is also a senior lawyer in a global law firm, DLA Piper, specialising in Real Estate. He is a visiting fellow at Leeds Becketts University. Alongside this, Qari Asim is a member of the Government's Anti-Muslim Hatred working group, focusing on tackling Islamophobia and senior editor of www.Imamsonline.com.
Yunus Dudhwala is the Head of Chaplaincy and Bereavement Services at Barts Health NHS Trust. He is also well known in the Muslim community working across different sectors of community development, community cohesion, halal food, and bereavement. He lectures regularly in mosques and community centres in London and UK.
Dr Musharraf Hussain
Jehangir Malik OBE is the CEO of International Inspiration: a sports & international development charity and the former UK Director of Islamic Relief. Jehangir is a passionate campaigner for social justice and international development, and currently serves as a board member of the Muslim Charities Forum, an umbrella organisation of UK Muslim charities, The Runnymede Trust and the charity leaders network, ACEVO. He is actively involved in grassroots community and interfaith work. In addition he contributes to policy discussion and guidance at national and international levels on matters of international development, humanitarian assistance and BAME community engagement. In 2010, he was awarded an OBE in recognition of twenty years of work in international humanitarian causes.
Miqdaad Versi is an independent management consultant focussed on strategy and analysis, having studied Mathematics at the University of Oxford. He currently serves as the Assistant Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain. At a regional level he is the co-ordinator of the Muslim Forum of Middlesex, a coalition of Muslim institutions; and at a local level is an Executive Committee member of his local mosque SICM (Mahfil Ali), leading the inter- and intrafaith projects and part of the project team for the Salaam Centre – a construction project aimed at revolutionising community engagement. He also is an active volunteer for a range of Muslim charities and organisations including The Muslim News, the Council of European Jamaats and the World Federation. Miqdaad also has a passion for Islamic studies having studied Arabic and Islamic studies and been published in a peer-reviewed journal, and is currently actively involved in research at the Al-Mahdi Institute in Birmingham.