2020-21 Scholars

Our Scholarship programmes support exceptional men and women who want to facilitate better representation and contribution of the Muslim community to civil society, and raise aspirations and standards within British Muslim communities.
Our 2020 Scholars:
Mohammad Abbas
MEng Mechanical Engineering, University of 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.

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.

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.

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: Psychological Therapies, Queen Mary University of London

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.

Ladan Abdulle

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.

Aisha Aden
LLM Legal Practice Course, BPP University

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, King's College London

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.

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, Philanthropy and Social Investment, City University of London

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 for 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, London School of Economics and Political Science

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: Broadcast, 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, University of 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 Contemporary Literature, Culture & Theory, King's College London

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.

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.

Nafisa Ali
MSc Physician Associate Studies, Bournemouth University

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.

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.

Hana Mohamed Ali
LLM LPC, 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.

Sammera Ali
MBA Masters in Business Administration, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London

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, University of 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 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.

Farzana Amehd
MA Creative Writing and Critical Life , University of 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.

Bushra Amjad
LLM Legal Practice Course and Law of Masters, 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 Physician Associate Studies, Queen Mary University of London

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 University of London

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 and Political Science

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 and Political Science

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 Physicians 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 Psychological Therapies with Children, Young People and Families, University of 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 Ziyad Batha
MA 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 University

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 Professional Legal Practice, The 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 University of London

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.

Nisreen El-Cargly
MSc Child Protection & 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.

Afia Ahmed 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 BTC, 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.

Maryam Dharas
MSc Global Politics, London School of Economics and Political Science

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.

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.

Sarah Frances Diawara
MSc Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy, Derby University

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.

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 University of London

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 University of London

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 Westcott Fernandez
MA Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy for Children, Adolescents and Families, University of 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.

Leeban Gulaid
MSc Executive MSc Health Economics, Policy and Management, London School of Economics and Political Science

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.

Saara Grillo
MSc Human Resource Management, Aston University

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.

Hamza Habib
MA Islamic Studies, SOAS University of London

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 University London

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 N M Haidar
MA Education Professional Practice – SEND and Inclusionary Practice, University of 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.

Fatima Hassan
LLM with BTC, 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.

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.

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 Dietetics, Teesside 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.

Florenza Incirli
MA Visual Anthropology, Goldsmiths University of London

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, University of 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 Integrative Counselling Psychotherapy, University of 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 BTC, 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.

Sulekha Jama
MA Migration and Diaspora Studies, SOAS University of London

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.

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.

Dawood Jiwani
LLM International Commercial 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 LPC, 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.

Abubakr 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 University

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 of 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, University of 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, King's College London

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, University of 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 University

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 Practise, 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 University

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.

Adam Lent
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.

Saywah Mahmood
MA Interactive Journalism, City University 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 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 Zeshaan Malik
MA Politics & International Relations, Durham University

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.

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.

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.

Dren Matoshi
MSc Sports Management, Governance and Policy, Birkbeck University of London

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.

Muhammad Sultaan Mehmood
MA Islamic Education: Theory and Practice, University of 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 in Modern Literature and Culture, King's College London

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 Mohamed
MSc Social and Cultural Psychology, London School of Economics and Political Science

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 University of London

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 University of London

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

I am currently a Midwife Coordinator managing a fast-paced high risk labour ward. My interest in national and international health grew when I was previously the lead specialist for FGM- providing surgical and holistic care for women in the community. However, I still felt the need to do more, especially for ethnic minority groups and migrants where there are obvious gaps in the provision and access to healthcare. With this MSc I will gain knowledge and understanding of how to develop and partake in educational programming, public health policy making, research and 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 University of London

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

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.

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.

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.

Mohamed Mohamud
MSc Politics of Conflicts, Rights & Justice, SOAS University of London

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 University of London

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 University of London

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, University of 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, University of 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, University of 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.

Raeesa Mulla
Msc Physician Associate Studies. University of 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.

Fariha Munim
MA Educational 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.

Mohammad Musharaf
MSc Advanced Mechanical Engineering, 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, University of 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 University of London

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 Hasan Patel
MA Religion, Culture and Society, University of Central Lancashire

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.

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.

Hajara Abdul 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 Alaur Rahman
Master of Business Administration, 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.

Suraiya Rahman
MA International Conflict Studies, King's College London

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 Experience 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 and Democracy, Royal Holloway University of London

‘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 University of London

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 Master 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.

Asma Saleem
MSc Psychology, Brunel University

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 Neurospychology, University of 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.

Sarah Salih
MSc Child & Adolescent Mental Health, University College London

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.


Hana Samawe
MA 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

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.

Ruwayda Shariff
MSc International, Social and Public Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science

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.

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.

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 University of London

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 Berrak Stitou
MSc Healthcare Technologies, King's College London

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, London School of Economics and Political Science

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 University of London

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, London School of Economicsa and Political Science

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 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, London School of Economics and Political Science

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 (Conversion), Manchester Metropolitan University

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, 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.

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.

Kazim Ukka
MSc Conflict Studies, London School of Economics and Political Science

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.

Sahiba Ullah
LLM 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 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-Saeed
MSc Experimental Pharmacology and 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, Education & Decolonial Thought, Leeds Beckett University

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, Development and Policy, University of 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 International Development with Conflict & Humanitarian Action, University of 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.

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.

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.

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