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 of experience supporting vulnerable individuals with complex social and mental health difficulties. Akeela is a property development entrepreneur, and recently set up ‘Seaside CIC’ a social enterprise for homeless people with mental health difficulties. She holds an MSc in Mental Health Studies from the Institute of Psychiatry at Kings College London. In 2014 Akeela founded ‘She Speaks We Hear’ an online platform bringing together women’s voices, unaltered and unadulterated.
Sahar Al-Faifi is the regional manager of Muslim Engagement and Development (MEND) in South Wales and West England, assistant general secretary of the Muslim Council of Wales and former Chair of the Federation of Student Islamic Societies (FOSIS) Wales. She was elected as a youth leader for Citizens UK Wales, which seeks to unlock the power of civil society, widen Muslim participation and engagement and build a broad-base alliance for different campaigns that include anti-racism and anti-Islamophobia. Sahar is a graduate from Cardiff University in Genetics; holds a MSc in Biomedical science and currently is a Molecular geneticist working at the NHS.
Usman Ali is a broadcast journalist for a global news channel, and an active grassroots campaigner. He previously worked in the charity sector, developing a local community centre and spearheading homelessness projects and climate change campaigns. Usman studied at the University of Salford, and was formerly Vice President (Higher Education) of the National Union of Students. He consults on youth and BME engagement to local and international organisations.
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.
Dalwardin Babu OBE is a former Chief Superintendent in the Metropolitan Police Service. Having completed 30 years of police service, he is a non-executive Director in the NHS, and works with children in Tottenham and organisations on Equality issues. Dalwardin has a history of standing up to injustice and set up the National Association of Muslim Police to enhance the Muslim voice in policing and community issues. In recent years Dalwardin has challenged the Government's "Prevent Strategy" putting forward a more comprehensive safeguarding model that does not focus on the Muslim community; but looks at anti radicalisation as part of main stream safeguarding.
Shenaz Bunglawala is the former head of research at Mend, where she led research into Islamophobia, racial and religious equality and the impact of counter-terrorism legislation on British Muslim communities. Before that she served as head of research at Engage, an initiative designed to improve British Muslim representation and participation in media and politics. Shenaz taught undergraduate courses in political science at the LSE and King’s College, London while studying for her doctoral degree. She sat on the Research Excellence Framework 2014 expert sub-panel for Theology and Religious Studies and has advised on various AHRC/ESRC research projects. She is a director of the Byline Festival Foundation for independent journalism and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Shaykh Yunus Dudhwala is the Head of Chaplaincy and Bereavement Services at Barts Health NHS Trust. He works 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 OBE is the director of the Karimia Institute, where he works on a number of projects ranging from community development to raising educational achievements of Pakistani children to adult classes and interfaith work. He helped establish the ‘Al Karam’ Muslim boarding school for boys in Retford, where he was the head teacher for 3 years. In 2005, Dr Musharraf was awarded an honorary doctorate by Staffordshire University, for his services to the British Muslim community, and in 2009 he was awarded an OBE for his services to community relations in Britain. He is the chair of the Christian Muslim Forum, a senior trustee of Muslim Hands, and trustee of National Centre for Citizenship and Law.
Jehangir Malik OBE is the CEO of Muslim Aid a leading faith based INGO in UK spearheading strategic and governance changes since 2016. Prior to this, he was UK Director at Islamic Relief UK, one of the largest faith based international relief agencies in the country, where, in 2010 he was awarded an OBE for his services to humanity. He has worked with government departments and policy think tanks on various issues relating to community engagement, humanitarian relief and International development. A Board of Trustee at ACEVO and The Runnymede Trust and a graduate from University of Wolverhampton with an LLB (Hons) in Law.
Sajid Mohammed is the co-founder and CEO of Himmah, a social justice charity tackling poverty, race & educational inequalities through direct services, research and campaigning. Sajid also serves on various boards & advisory groups including One Nottingham, Vernon Community College and Nottingham City of Football.
Syed Musa Naqvi is the lead Urgent and Emergency Care Commissioner for NHS Stockport CCG. He holds a degree in Economics and Management from the University of Oxford, and a Masters in Economics from the University of Manchester. Musa also serves as the current secretary general for the Manchester Council of Mosques, an umbrella body representing 70 mosques and 80,000 Muslims in Manchester.
Kamran Rashid is a social entrepreneur with a specialism in young people and faith based engagement. He holds a Masters in International Politics from Bradford University, Peace Studies Department and is a nationally qualified Youth worker. Kamran has worked on many innovative programmes including launching a Muslim Youth Forum in Leeds post 7/7 which received national acclaim and established a national youth advisory group for Government Ministers. Most recently, through his social enterprise The Socially Conscious Company, Kamran has supported international charities to better engage young Muslims, supported national faith organisations to engage with national campaigns and launched a multi-faith schools programme to manage difficult conversations.
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 for the Muslim Council of Britain, leading on Islamophobia and counter-extremism. He regularly writes for the Guardian and Independent, and is a trustee of Rights Watch UK.