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)!

Ammaar Patel
Ammaar PatelPresident

Bio: President

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu

I’m a 2nd year Computer Science student at Robinson College. The Muslim community has been one of the most important parts of my life in Cambridge. ISoc provides a space for this community, giving it the resources to thrive.

Inshallah ISoc will continue to develop and provide a social space for Muslims, as well as the resources and opportunity to enhance their faith and knowledge of islam. ISoc exists to cater to the needs of the muslim students, so if you need anything or have any queries or suggestions, feel free to contact me.

Ghifari Pradana
Ghifari PradanaVice-President

Bio: Vice-President

Assalamualaikum!

I’m Ghifari, a second-year engineer at Trinity College and your Vice-President this year.

Coming into Cambridge, I was unsure where I’d fit, but ISoc took care of everything; they organised amazing events, introduced me to even better people and kept me on Allah’s path. ISoc has created this welcoming environment that allowed me to be myself – to be Muslim.

Outside of studying (yes, it does exist!), I love football, watching or playing, or just simply going to events with my friends – there’s nothing quite like it.

As VP it’s my goal to provide the same experience for all current and incoming members. I am here to serve you so if you ever need anything or just want a chat, feel free to reach out.

Imaan Irfan
Imaan IrfanEvents Officer

Bio: Events Officer

Assalamu alaykum wa rahmatullah,

I’m Imaan – I’m studying English at Newnham College. As your Events Officer, my main responsibility is to organise all things spiritual, from Speaker talks to Halaqahs.

A hadith that resonates with me: ‘Islam began as something strange, and it will return to being strange, so give glad tidings to the strangers.’ I see ISoc as a space to strengthen identity and community for those ‘strangers’, as well as facilitating our religious obligation to seek knowledge.

I’m looking forward to putting on events in the hopes of increasing our ‘Imaan’. In the meantime, you can probably find me in the college gardens, taking pictures of the eco-mosque, or Sparknotes-ing my way through my degree. Feel free to reach out with any questions, or for a cup of karak chai at Newnham.

Nafizah Islam
Nafizah IslamPublicity Officer

Bio: Publicity Officer

Salaam!

My name is Nafizah and I’m a first year English student at Fitz. Alhamdulillah, I am grateful to have been elected as your Publicity Officer for this year :)

ISoc has played a huge part in helping me to settle down at Cambridge, enabling me to explore my faith further whilst also meeting lovely people. It is an honour to be involved in a society where I get to serve others and hopefully spread goodness for the sake of Allah. I pray that I fulfil my role dutifully and I am able to help nurture you in your spiritual journey <3. I am always open to meet new people, so don’t think twice about saying hi!

Usman Majeed
Usman MajeedTreasurer

Bio: Treasurer

As-Salaamu Alaykum ! I’m Usman and I’m the ISoc treasurer :)

Being a part of the Shura in some way was my ambition since I joined the Uni, having made my first Muslim friends here. I was the only Muslim, and person of colour in my school – so being able to experience such diversity has been a really exciting change.

Prior to starting at Cambridge, I was set on doing Physics. However, after taking a year out to work in Medical tech – I changed my mind. Since I was a child, I’ve been into software, and have worked in a freelance capacity. I pray that these will assist me in spearheading the ISoc ‘tech team’ ventures Insha’Allah.

I went to school in Cambridge, and I hope this knowledge of the area will bring a unique perspective to our decision making.

COVID-19 has been a unique and unprecedented challenge for the past few Shuras, and this one is no exception. I endeavour to restore us to financial stability, by making sure we stick to budgets, and by searching for new sources of income Insha’Allah.

JazakAllahu Khayrun for reading, and I very much look forward to being part of the Shura for 2021 :-)

Fazal Syed
Fazal SyedSecretary

Bio: Secretary

As-salamu alaykum, I’m Fazal a medic at Downing and your Secretary for the upcoming year!

I came to Cambridge as a person who has always had Islam and the Islamic community very close to my heart, so there was a fear that this part of my life would be missing at the University. However, CUISoc quickly put those fears away and in my two years so far the society has provided me with new friends as well as a space where I can confidently practice my faith.

Whenever I am not cramming or catching up on lectures, I will be involved in something related to sports, whether that be watching Arsenal lose or being clean bowled on the cricket pitch. I also enjoy a solid cup of tea with a good book.

Community and the feeling of belonging is the most important aspect of ISoc in my eyes, and as Secretary I want to make sure that this is maintained for the upcoming year. So if you ever want to talk about something feel free to message me :)

Rana Rofifah
Rana RofifahStudent Affairs Officer

Bio: Student Affairs Officer (SAO)

Assalamualaykum warahmatallahi wabarakatu

I’m Rana – a first year geographer at Sidney Sussex College and ISoc’s Head Sister and Student Affairs Officer. Born in Jakarta and now based in Greater Manchester, I am always eager to seek out and get involved in local Muslim communities. Since starting at Cambridge I have loved meeting new people and connecting people together, helping to form friendships to last a lifetime inshAllah.

As the SAO I am responsible for supporting the welfare of the ISoc community, ensuring students’ feel safe and welcome during their time at University. I will also represent the ISoc sisters, working with the Head Brother to foster an inclusive and collaborative community for members to feel confident in their faith.

In my own time I enjoy visiting museums and historical sites, independent coffee shops and I have a passion for vintage clothing. I’m always up for a chat so always feel free to drop me a message!

Maryam Mahmood
Maryam MahmoodEx-Officio

Bio: Ex-officio

Salaam!

I’m Maryam, a second year HSPS student at Downing and this year’s Ex-Officio. Having previously served as Vice-President, I am most humbled to have been asked to serve the Society once more.

From the very beginning, the Society has most definitely been a home for me. As I arrived in Cambridge, the Society was quick to embrace me, and has since occupied a fond place in my heart. Most certainly, it is the open, friendly, and warm community that always has and always will define the Society. I sincerely hope that in your time here, you too will get the opportunity to become a part of this most wonderful atmosphere, and please don’t hesitate to reach out and ask questions

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)!

Ammaar Patel
Ammaar PatelPresident

Bio: President

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu

I’m a 2nd year Computer Science student at Robinson College. The Muslim community has been one of the most important parts of my life in Cambridge. ISoc provides a space for this community, giving it the resources to thrive.

Inshallah ISoc will continue to develop and provide a social space for Muslims, as well as the resources and opportunity to enhance their faith and knowledge of islam. ISoc exists to cater to the needs of the muslim students, so if you need anything or have any queries or suggestions, feel free to contact me.

Ghifari Pradana
Ghifari PradanaVice-President

Bio: Vice-President

Assalamualaikum!

I’m Ghifari, a second-year engineer at Trinity College and your Vice-President this year.

Coming into Cambridge, I was unsure where I’d fit, but ISoc took care of everything; they organised amazing events, introduced me to even better people and kept me on Allah’s path. ISoc has created this welcoming environment that allowed me to be myself – to be Muslim.

Outside of studying (yes, it does exist!), I love football, watching or playing, or just simply going to events with my friends – there’s nothing quite like it.

As VP it’s my goal to provide the same experience for all current and incoming members. I am here to serve you so if you ever need anything or just want a chat, feel free to reach out.

Imaan Irfan
Imaan IrfanEvents Officer

Bio: Events Officer

Assalamu alaykum wa rahmatullah,

I’m Imaan – I’m studying English at Newnham College. As your Events Officer, my main responsibility is to organise all things spiritual, from Speaker talks to Halaqahs.

A hadith that resonates with me: ‘Islam began as something strange, and it will return to being strange, so give glad tidings to the strangers.’ I see ISoc as a space to strengthen identity and community for those ‘strangers’, as well as facilitating our religious obligation to seek knowledge.

I’m looking forward to putting on events in the hopes of increasing our ‘Imaan’. In the meantime, you can probably find me in the college gardens, taking pictures of the eco-mosque, or Sparknotes-ing my way through my degree. Feel free to reach out with any questions, or for a cup of karak chai at Newnham.

Nafizah Islam
Nafizah IslamPublicity Officer

Bio: Publicity Officer

Salaam!

My name is Nafizah and I’m a first year English student at Fitz. Alhamdulillah, I am grateful to have been elected as your Publicity Officer for this year :)

ISoc has played a huge part in helping me to settle down at Cambridge, enabling me to explore my faith further whilst also meeting lovely people. It is an honour to be involved in a society where I get to serve others and hopefully spread goodness for the sake of Allah. I pray that I fulfil my role dutifully and I am able to help nurture you in your spiritual journey <3. I am always open to meet new people, so don’t think twice about saying hi!

Usman Majeed
Usman MajeedTreasurer

Bio: Treasurer

As-Salaamu Alaykum ! I’m Usman and I’m the ISoc treasurer :)

Being a part of the Shura in some way was my ambition since I joined the Uni, having made my first Muslim friends here. I was the only Muslim, and person of colour in my school – so being able to experience such diversity has been a really exciting change.

Prior to starting at Cambridge, I was set on doing Physics. However, after taking a year out to work in Medical tech – I changed my mind. Since I was a child, I’ve been into software, and have worked in a freelance capacity. I pray that these will assist me in spearheading the ISoc ‘tech team’ ventures Insha’Allah.

I went to school in Cambridge, and I hope this knowledge of the area will bring a unique perspective to our decision making.

COVID-19 has been a unique and unprecedented challenge for the past few Shuras, and this one is no exception. I endeavour to restore us to financial stability, by making sure we stick to budgets, and by searching for new sources of income Insha’Allah.

JazakAllahu Khayrun for reading, and I very much look forward to being part of the Shura for 2021 :-)

Fazal Syed
Fazal SyedSecretary

Bio: Secretary

As-salamu alaykum, I’m Fazal a medic at Downing and your Secretary for the upcoming year!

I came to Cambridge as a person who has always had Islam and the Islamic community very close to my heart, so there was a fear that this part of my life would be missing at the University. However, CUISoc quickly put those fears away and in my two years so far the society has provided me with new friends as well as a space where I can confidently practice my faith.

Whenever I am not cramming or catching up on lectures, I will be involved in something related to sports, whether that be watching Arsenal lose or being clean bowled on the cricket pitch. I also enjoy a solid cup of tea with a good book.

Community and the feeling of belonging is the most important aspect of ISoc in my eyes, and as Secretary I want to make sure that this is maintained for the upcoming year. So if you ever want to talk about something feel free to message me :)

Rana Rofifah
Rana RofifahStudent Affairs Officer

Bio: Student Affairs Officer (SAO)

Assalamualaykum warahmatallahi wabarakatu

I’m Rana – a first year geographer at Sidney Sussex College and ISoc’s Head Sister and Student Affairs Officer. Born in Jakarta and now based in Greater Manchester, I am always eager to seek out and get involved in local Muslim communities. Since starting at Cambridge I have loved meeting new people and connecting people together, helping to form friendships to last a lifetime inshAllah.

As the SAO I am responsible for supporting the welfare of the ISoc community, ensuring students’ feel safe and welcome during their time at University. I will also represent the ISoc sisters, working with the Head Brother to foster an inclusive and collaborative community for members to feel confident in their faith.

In my own time I enjoy visiting museums and historical sites, independent coffee shops and I have a passion for vintage clothing. I’m always up for a chat so always feel free to drop me a message!

Maryam Mahmood
Maryam MahmoodEx-Officio

Bio: Ex-officio

Salaam!

I’m Maryam, a second year HSPS student at Downing and this year’s Ex-Officio. Having previously served as Vice-President, I am most humbled to have been asked to serve the Society once more.

From the very beginning, the Society has most definitely been a home for me. As I arrived in Cambridge, the Society was quick to embrace me, and has since occupied a fond place in my heart. Most certainly, it is the open, friendly, and warm community that always has and always will define the Society. I sincerely hope that in your time here, you too will get the opportunity to become a part of this most wonderful atmosphere, and please don’t hesitate to reach out and ask questions