Shura (شُورَىٰ) is the Arabic word for mutual consultation. It is of such importance in Islam that a chapter of the Qur’aan is named after it: Chapter of the Mutual Consultation (Chapter 42). In the 38th verse Allah is describing the believers and mentions that they are those who have their affairs determined by consultation among themselves.

Following this Quranic advice we are open to any and all suggestions and questions so don’t feel shy to contact us on the emails listed below, In Shaa Allah (Allah willing)!

Bassil Alaeddin
Bassil AlaeddinPresident

Bio: President

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

My name is Bassil and I’m an engineering student at Trinity College. Since coming to Cambridge, ISoc has been like a second home to me, and as President I hope to replicate this feeling to current and future members of our Society.

The welcoming and collective atmosphere exhibited by ISoc is unique, and In Shaa Allah this sense of togetherness within the ISoc community will be maintained and strengthened over the coming year. In Shaa Allah ISoc will continue to develop and provide a social space for Muslims, as well as the resources and opportunities to enhance their faith and knowledge in Islam.

ISoc exists to cater to the needs of Muslim students, so please feel free to reach out to myself or anyone from the committee if you have any questions or queries.

Rana Rofifah
Rana RofifahVice President

Bio: Vice-President

Assalamualaykum warahmatallhi wabarakatu.

I’m Rana – a second year studying Geography at Sidney Sussex College. Born in Jakarta and now based in Greater Manchester, I have always been eager to seek out and get involved in local Muslim communities. Since starting at Cambridge I have loved meeting new people and connecting them together, helping to form friendships to last a lifetime inshAllah.

As VP, I manage the internal operations within ISoc. I hope to embrace the strengths of each shura member and work to serve our growing Muslim community here in Cambridge. Please don’t hesitate to reach out!

Mahi Islam
Mahi IslamTreasurer

Bio: Treasurer

Assalamu Alaikum

My name is Mahi and I’m an Economics student at Trinity College serving as your Treasurer for the coming year.

Since arriving in Cambridge, ISoc had quickly embraced me, helping me to settle down, and provided an atmosphere which removed many of the worries that emerge while being a student at university.

Given the huge community ISoc accommodates, as Treasurer I hope to contribute to this welcoming environment and maintain the financial stability of the society by thoroughly budgeting for upcoming events and managing the accounts effectively.

Please feel free to message me any time if you ever want to have a chat!

Umar Moufeed
Umar MoufeedOperations Officer

Bio: Operations Officer

Assalamu alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh

 

I’m Umar, a first-year Geographer at Selwyn College and your Operations Officer for the upcoming year Insha’Allah!

ISoc has been the heart of my social life and where I have made some of my closest friends, whether it be from trekking up Snowdon, selling doughnuts throughout Charity Week, or missing a sitter in brothers’ football; ISoc has helped me settle quickly into university life.

As your Operations Officer, my role is to make sure that the daily tasks of the society run smoothly, so expect to see me around quite a bit! I am here to serve this society and its members so please feel free to drop me a message.

Tamanna Islam
Tamanna IslamEvents Officer

Bio: Events Officer

Assalamu’alaykum :)

My name is Tamanna and I am a first year Asian and Middle Eastern Studies undergrad.  I am so excited to serve as co-events officer in the coming year!

Studying Asian and Middle Eastern Studies means I’d have the advantage of organising Islamic history lectures by academics I’m so fortunate to be in regular contact with. I also think it would be interesting to tackle spiritual topics such as ‘faithful activism’ in our ever-politicised world. 

I’d also work hard to continue inviting a range of diverse speakers and holding spiritually fulfilling events with local scholars.

If anyone has any particular event or speaker they would like to see, please do let myself or Mohammed know and we’ll see if we can make that happen Insha’Allah!

Mohammed Elyass
Mohammed ElyassEvents Officer

Bio: Events Officer

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته 

My name is Mohammed Elyass, a second year medic at Sidney Sussex, serving as one of the events officers this year Insha’Allah.

ISoc has provided me with a platform where I have strengthened my Muslim identity. The regular events have been key in facilitating my understanding and intimacy with my deen.

As events officer, my role is catered towards the spiritual aspect of the society. This includes organising events with scholars and other speakers across various topics in Islam.

I hope to provide a space for Muslim students to love and learn about their religion.

Khadijah Chaudhrey
Khadijah ChaudhreySecretary

Bio: Secretary

Asalamu Alaykum! I’m Khadijah, a second-year history student at Caius and ISoc’s Secretary.

Simply put, I’m a fan of archives and museums, an enthusiast for photography, and enjoy the serenity that comes with going on walks. Exploring the world, as knowledge is not only obtainable from a textbook, is a lesson I have learned recently and appreciating the smaller pleasures of life is something I have been humbled by.

SubhanAllah, our ISoc community is expanding and as friendly and welcoming as always. Before coming to Cambridge, I was afraid that I would not be able to embrace my identity as a Muslim fully. ISoc quickly distilled that overarching fear and strengthened my trust in Allah, whether through beneficial talks, events, or the people. I have benefitted so much from a community I hold close to my heart, and serving it is an absolute honour that I hope to live up to.

As the Secretary, I will often be the behind-scenes helping hand, whether that may be to set up events, assist the Shura members in their roles, or organise the more admin side of my role.

Feel free to reach out if you ever want to talk! 😊

Maryam Sheikh
Maryam SheikhStudent Affairs Officer (SAO)

Bio: Students Affairs Officer (SAO)

Salam everyone! I’m Maryam Sheikh, a second year Geographer at Jesus and this year’s Student Affairs Officer. 

I’m pretty sure you know by reading all the other summaries that ISoc has been pivotal to other members’ university experience, and I’m no different. I’ve made what I believe to be life-long friends here, whilst also growing spiritually and physically (Snowdon Trekk…do I need to say more?)

As your SAO, I’m in charge of Jummua and the welfare of the society – so please feel free to reach out to me about any concerns you may have. 

I’m always down for a chat and a coffee!

Fozy Ahmed
Fozy AhmedSocials Officer

Bio: Socials Officer

Assalaamualaikum

I’m Fozy, a second year medic at Gonville and Caius college. ISoc has been an integral part of my Cambridge experience thus far, enabling me to make some of my best friends and has made Cambridge feel like a home away from home. Inshallah as the socials officer I hope to bring together the evergrowing Muslim community in Cambridge and provide a wide variety of social events throughout the year to ensure ISoc can holistically serve the lives of muslims studying at Cambridge.I pray that I am able to do the role justice. 

Outside of work I like to play sports especially Rugby, Cricket and Badminton and am a big Chelsea fan. Please feel free to reach out if you need anything or just want to have a chat :) 

Zain Ali
Zain AliPublicity Officer

Bio: Publicity Officer

Assalamualaikum. I am Zain, a medic at Downing and I will be your publicity officer for the upcoming year.

ISoc has let me meet many people and make excellent friends during my 1st year at Cambridge. I was able to attend many events due to the advertisement by the ISoc, so I understand the importance of the role of the Publicity Officer. As the Publicity Officer, I will aim to make the ISoc more accessible, especially to Freshers. I am responsible for answering any queries that are made via the ISoc social media pages. I will be communicating with other ISoc members through social media to broadcast events and key information regarding the society. I will also work with the other members of the society to help organise events and discuss important matters regarding the society.

Umayyah Rahman
Umayyah RahmanDesign Officer

Bio: Design Officer

Assalamu Alaykum!

I am Umayyah, a first year Theology, Religion and Philosophy student at Trinity Hall. This year I will be iSoc’s Design Officer. My role includes designing posters for the society’s social media and working on event aesthetics. I want to be able to use aesthetics to make iSoc more appealing and help to connect people with their faith through art and design. My love for Islamic art, history and Arabic calligraphy allows me to explore my religion from a visual dimension. It is this visual aspect that has made Islam a lot more accessible to me and I would like to inspire that feeling in other people and drive an appreciation for the beauty in Islamic art. I particularly admire how Islam has the ability to localise itself through art. It is the same Kufic calligraphy that adorns the horseshoe arches of Cordoba that we too can find in the brickwork engravings of our own Cambridge Central Mosque. As the poet Aru Barzak says ‘Just how infinite colours blossom from the light of a single sun, call it an atom or an Adam everything was once one.’ Whilst these mosques and mihrabs may differ in style and pattern, the beauty of the Arabic scripture always remains the same.

Shura (شُورَىٰ) is the Arabic word for mutual consultation. It is of such importance in Islam that a chapter of the Qur’aan is named after it: Chapter of the Mutual Consultation (Chapter 42). In the 38th verse Allah is describing the believers and mentions that they are those who have their affairs determined by consultation among themselves.

Following this Quranic advice we are open to any and all suggestions and questions so don’t feel shy to contact us on the emails listed below, In Shaa Allah (Allah willing)!

Bassil Alaeddin
Bassil AlaeddinPresident

Bio: President

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

My name is Bassil and I’m an engineering student at Trinity College. Since coming to Cambridge, ISoc has been like a second home to me, and as President I hope to replicate this feeling to current and future members of our Society.

The welcoming and collective atmosphere exhibited by ISoc is unique, and In Shaa Allah this sense of togetherness within the ISoc community will be maintained and strengthened over the coming year. In Shaa Allah ISoc will continue to develop and provide a social space for Muslims, as well as the resources and opportunities to enhance their faith and knowledge in Islam.

ISoc exists to cater to the needs of Muslim students, so please feel free to reach out to myself or anyone from the committee if you have any questions or queries.

Rana Rofifah
Rana RofifahVice President

Bio: Vice-President

Assalamualaykum warahmatallhi wabarakatu.

I’m Rana – a second year studying Geography at Sidney Sussex College. Born in Jakarta and now based in Greater Manchester, I have always been eager to seek out and get involved in local Muslim communities. Since starting at Cambridge I have loved meeting new people and connecting them together, helping to form friendships to last a lifetime inshAllah.

As VP, I manage the internal operations within ISoc. I hope to embrace the strengths of each shura member and work to serve our growing Muslim community here in Cambridge. Please don’t hesitate to reach out!

Mahi Islam
Mahi IslamTreasurer

Bio: Treasurer

Assalamu Alaikum

My name is Mahi and I’m an Economics student at Trinity College serving as your Treasurer for the coming year.

Since arriving in Cambridge, ISoc had quickly embraced me, helping me to settle down, and provided an atmosphere which removed many of the worries that emerge while being a student at university.

Given the huge community ISoc accommodates, as Treasurer I hope to contribute to this welcoming environment and maintain the financial stability of the society by thoroughly budgeting for upcoming events and managing the accounts effectively.

Please feel free to message me any time if you ever want to have a chat!

Umar Moufeed
Umar MoufeedOperations Officer

Bio: Operations Officer

Assalamu alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh

 

I’m Umar, a first-year Geographer at Selwyn College and your Operations Officer for the upcoming year Insha’Allah!

ISoc has been the heart of my social life and where I have made some of my closest friends, whether it be from trekking up Snowdon, selling doughnuts throughout Charity Week, or missing a sitter in brothers’ football; ISoc has helped me settle quickly into university life.

As your Operations Officer, my role is to make sure that the daily tasks of the society run smoothly, so expect to see me around quite a bit! I am here to serve this society and its members so please feel free to drop me a message.

Tamanna Islam
Tamanna IslamEvents Officer

Bio: Events Officer

Assalamu’alaykum :)

My name is Tamanna and I am a first year Asian and Middle Eastern Studies undergrad.  I am so excited to serve as co-events officer in the coming year!

Studying Asian and Middle Eastern Studies means I’d have the advantage of organising Islamic history lectures by academics I’m so fortunate to be in regular contact with. I also think it would be interesting to tackle spiritual topics such as ‘faithful activism’ in our ever-politicised world. 

I’d also work hard to continue inviting a range of diverse speakers and holding spiritually fulfilling events with local scholars.

If anyone has any particular event or speaker they would like to see, please do let myself or Mohammed know and we’ll see if we can make that happen Insha’Allah!

Mohammed Elyass
Mohammed ElyassEvents Officer

Bio: Events Officer

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته 

My name is Mohammed Elyass, a second year medic at Sidney Sussex, serving as one of the events officers this year Insha’Allah.

ISoc has provided me with a platform where I have strengthened my Muslim identity. The regular events have been key in facilitating my understanding and intimacy with my deen.

As events officer, my role is catered towards the spiritual aspect of the society. This includes organising events with scholars and other speakers across various topics in Islam.

I hope to provide a space for Muslim students to love and learn about their religion.

Khadijah Chaudhrey
Khadijah ChaudhreySecretary

Bio: Secretary

Asalamu Alaykum! I’m Khadijah, a second-year history student at Caius and ISoc’s Secretary.

Simply put, I’m a fan of archives and museums, an enthusiast for photography, and enjoy the serenity that comes with going on walks. Exploring the world, as knowledge is not only obtainable from a textbook, is a lesson I have learned recently and appreciating the smaller pleasures of life is something I have been humbled by.

SubhanAllah, our ISoc community is expanding and as friendly and welcoming as always. Before coming to Cambridge, I was afraid that I would not be able to embrace my identity as a Muslim fully. ISoc quickly distilled that overarching fear and strengthened my trust in Allah, whether through beneficial talks, events, or the people. I have benefitted so much from a community I hold close to my heart, and serving it is an absolute honour that I hope to live up to.

As the Secretary, I will often be the behind-scenes helping hand, whether that may be to set up events, assist the Shura members in their roles, or organise the more admin side of my role.

Feel free to reach out if you ever want to talk! 😊

Maryam Sheikh
Maryam SheikhStudent Affairs Officer (SAO)

Bio: Students Affairs Officer (SAO)

Salam everyone! I’m Maryam Sheikh, a second year Geographer at Jesus and this year’s Student Affairs Officer. 

I’m pretty sure you know by reading all the other summaries that ISoc has been pivotal to other members’ university experience, and I’m no different. I’ve made what I believe to be life-long friends here, whilst also growing spiritually and physically (Snowdon Trekk…do I need to say more?)

As your SAO, I’m in charge of Jummua and the welfare of the society – so please feel free to reach out to me about any concerns you may have. 

I’m always down for a chat and a coffee!

Fozy Ahmed
Fozy AhmedSocials Officer

Bio: Socials Officer

Assalaamualaikum

I’m Fozy, a second year medic at Gonville and Caius college. ISoc has been an integral part of my Cambridge experience thus far, enabling me to make some of my best friends and has made Cambridge feel like a home away from home. Inshallah as the socials officer I hope to bring together the evergrowing Muslim community in Cambridge and provide a wide variety of social events throughout the year to ensure ISoc can holistically serve the lives of muslims studying at Cambridge.I pray that I am able to do the role justice. 

Outside of work I like to play sports especially Rugby, Cricket and Badminton and am a big Chelsea fan. Please feel free to reach out if you need anything or just want to have a chat :) 

Zain Ali
Zain AliPublicity Officer

Bio: Publicity Officer

Assalamualaikum. I am Zain, a medic at Downing and I will be your publicity officer for the upcoming year.

ISoc has let me meet many people and make excellent friends during my 1st year at Cambridge. I was able to attend many events due to the advertisement by the ISoc, so I understand the importance of the role of the Publicity Officer. As the Publicity Officer, I will aim to make the ISoc more accessible, especially to Freshers. I am responsible for answering any queries that are made via the ISoc social media pages. I will be communicating with other ISoc members through social media to broadcast events and key information regarding the society. I will also work with the other members of the society to help organise events and discuss important matters regarding the society.

Umayyah Rahman
Umayyah RahmanDesign Officer

Bio: Design Officer

Assalamu Alaykum!

I am Umayyah, a first year Theology, Religion and Philosophy student at Trinity Hall. This year I will be iSoc’s Design Officer. My role includes designing posters for the society’s social media and working on event aesthetics. I want to be able to use aesthetics to make iSoc more appealing and help to connect people with their faith through art and design. My love for Islamic art, history and Arabic calligraphy allows me to explore my religion from a visual dimension. It is this visual aspect that has made Islam a lot more accessible to me and I would like to inspire that feeling in other people and drive an appreciation for the beauty in Islamic art. I particularly admire how Islam has the ability to localise itself through art. It is the same Kufic calligraphy that adorns the horseshoe arches of Cordoba that we too can find in the brickwork engravings of our own Cambridge Central Mosque. As the poet Aru Barzak says ‘Just how infinite colours blossom from the light of a single sun, call it an atom or an Adam everything was once one.’ Whilst these mosques and mihrabs may differ in style and pattern, the beauty of the Arabic scripture always remains the same.