We have had some incredible people join our mission, here are some of their stories:
Intissar Kherigi is a co-founder of the Jasmine Foundation, a ‘think and do tank’ in Tunisia specializing in citizen participation in decision-making and youth empowerment, and the application of social science research to create innovative social solutions. . She holds a BA in Law from Kings College, Cambridge University and a Masters in Human Rights from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is a qualified solicitor and has worked in the UK House of Lords, the United Nations and the European Parliament. She has worked as a researcher at the House of Lords in London, the UN Security Council in New York, and the European parliament in Brussels, and is currently a PhD student in Comparative Political Sociology at Sciences Po in Paris. Her academic research focuses on decentralisation, regional inequality and local governance reforms in post-revolution Tunisia
FOSIS President 2014-15 who passed in service. Bashir was an advocate for fundraising and charity as a means to restore humanity to the world. His fundraising inspired others to ignite change in their communities and globally. Aged 26, he was President of The Federation of Student Islamic Societies (FOSIS) when he tragically died in a drowning incident in 2015. Thousands of people attended his funeral from all over the UK. Before he passed away, Bashir had pledged to raise £165,000 for Penny Appeal to build 50 wells, providing clean water to tens of thousands of people across East Africa. FOSIS continues to honour Bashirs legacy by awarding the Bashir Osman legacy award yearly to FOSIS alumni who gave outstanding service to the organisation.
Imam, broadcaster and politician. FOSIS alum from the 1980s. British Imam, broadcaster and politician. He is well known for being a television presenter on political discussions and on Muslim channels. In 2014, he was recognised in the Muslim 500 as one of the most influential Muslims in the world today. He is the co-founder of the Barefoot Institute for Muslim relationships. As part of his passion in community work; he has been involved in community development and cohesion work as well as capacity building programmes. In addition to being a public speaker; he is active on social media and expresses his ideas on various topics in articles, books and media platforms.
Humanitarian. FOSIS president 2001-2004/. He is a trustee of AVECO and Charity Futures. Currently CEO of Syria Relief, the largest Syria-focused NGO in the UK. Formerly, he was CEO of Human Appeal from 2010 to 2018, Under his leadership, Human Appeal became one of the fastest growing charities in the United Kingdom. He is also treasurer and a trustee of the Muslim Charities Forum, of which Human Appeal is a member. Moqbel earned his BA and MA in Islamic Studies from the University of Jordan (Amman) and holds a diploma in Muslim Chaplaincy from the Markfield Institute of Higher Education (Leicester). He previously served as a Muslim faith adviser to the University of Nottingham. In 2017, Othman Moqbel was nominated for the BOND Humanitarian Award.
Abdullah Jibril Oyekan
FOSIS general secretary 1965 and President 1967, and chair of The Muslim Editorial board 1968-1970. A Ph.D holder in Chemical Engineering from the University of London, Dr. Oyekan’s civil service career took him to the Federal Ministries of Industries, Mining, Power and Steel, Education, Works and Housing, Petroleum Resources, as well Defence. He also served as Director of Petroleum Resources. He has also served on the boards of several government and international organisations, including: the Federal Superphosphate Fertilizer Company; the National Fertilizer Company of Nigeria (NAFCON); the Petroleum Training Institute (PTI); the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN); the African Petroleum Producers Association (APPA); the World Petroleum Congress; the World Energy Conference and the West African Gas Pipeline Project. Dr. Oyekan has also served as Chairman of the World Petroleum Congress (Nigerian Chapter). He is a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers, Fellow of the Petroleum Training Institute, and a holder of the National Award of Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR).
Scholar, award-winning writer, cultural critic and public intellectual. Ziauddin was FOSIS general secretary 1971. He is the author and editor of more than 50 books, and was named by Prospect magazine as one of Britain’s top 100 public intellectuals as well as The Independent newspaper calling him: ‘Britain’s own Muslim polymath’
Professor and academic. FOSIS alum from the 1970s.
Salim T S Al-Hassani is President of the Foundation of Science, Technology and Civilisation (UK) and Emeritus Professor of Mechanical Engineering and a Professorial Fellow in Humanities at the university of Manchester. Awarded Fellowship of the British Science Association for his work on the promotion of Science within Muslim culture.
He is also the Founder of the portal: www.Muslimheritage.com, has published numerous papers in international journals and books and is Editor of the book “1001 inventions: The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Civilization”, which is published by National Geographic with a forward by HRH Prince Charles, which has been built into a global education initiative including a book, award winning film and teacher’s pack. He has received numerous international awards and was repeatedly mentioned amongst the world’s most influential 500 Muslims in the category of Science and Technology, UK.
Adil Salahi was FOSIS President in 1965. He is a scholar, author and translator, who has written or translated into English various books on Islam. Shaykh Adil Salahi has a varied background in English Literature and Islamic Studies, with professional accolades that include institutions as diverse as the World Health Organisation and the Markfield Institute of Higher Education. His main career has been in broadcasting and print journalism, which has seen him spend time on Syrian radio and at the BBC Arabic Service. He was also the editor of Islam in Perspective, a twice-weekly full-page column in Saudi’s daily newspaper, the Arab News for over 30 year . His writings include the acclaimed Muhammad: Man and Prophet, Muhammad: His Character and Conduct, Pioneers of Islamic Scholarship, Al-Adab al-Mufrad: A Perfect Code of Manners and Morality and he continues to publish in the Arab broadsheets, always offering his unique perspective on Islamic history and Quranic study.