SpeakersPosted on Mar 21, 2012
We have an incredible line up of inspirational speakers and presenters from all walks of life. Read the biographies below for more details.
Ustadh Musleh Khan
Musleh Khan was born in Madinah, Saudi Arabia. He was raised and is currently residing in Toronto, Canada. At college he studied computer programming and then went to work as a Fraud analyst. In 2002 ustadh Musleh was accepted at the Islamic University of Madinah where he completed a diploma in Arabic followed by a BA in Islamic Law from the faculty of Daʿwah and Uṣūl al-dīn. Upon graduating in 2011 he has returned to Canada and has plans to pursue a Masters at York University, Toronto. He has been very active in the Toronto vicinity for more than 10 years, having conducted sermons, classes, lectures and conferences, as well as various Intensive Islamic programmes in the United States. Ustadh Musleh has been counselling and offering spiritual support to sisters for almost 10 years. In this time he has dealt with numerous domestic abuse cases, and provided care to homeless sisters. He has also acted as an official spokesman for the Muslim Women of Toronto, and has conducted several sisters only classes/intensive courses on several topics including: The Complete Muslimah, A Muslimah & her husband, and Women & Politics. Ustadh Musleh enjoys long-distance running and basketball in addition to spending time preparing for classes in Toronto, where he and his wife reside.
Zohra Sarwari (Exclusive UK Debut)
Acclaimed author of no less than 10 books, speaker, entrepreneur and life coach, Zohra is an inspiration. She adds value across multiple paradigms and heads a number of successful commercial endeavours. At the heart of her portfolio is her family, and she home-schools her children and has done so to such a standard that they are typically several years ahead of their peers. The programme she has matured for her own children has allowed them to follow in their mother’s footsteps becoming authors whilst being as young as five! Zohra has appeared on CBS and FOX News, and often delivers seminars at some of the best Colleges and Universities in the United States of America, and will be debuting in the UK for BeingME.
Saiyyidah is a business coach with a creative and business consultancy background in strategy, change management and process thinking. Often described as practical and pragmatic Saiyyidah’s clients say one her biggest strengths is the ability to get to the heart of the issue and enable them to gain extra insights through appropriate and timely questioning. Her aim is to help individuals rediscover the richness that life has to offer and work with them to move through the critical points of transition.
Saiyyidah’s background as an architect offers a creative, innovative and unprecedented opportunity for individuals, groups and organisations to recognise and develop their strengths and use of skills enabling perceived obstacles to be unlocked. Saiyyidah has over 20 years’ experience in the public and private sector organisations and has delivered across a range of regeneration, change management and business life cycle stages. Saiyyidah writes Work Focus column in The Muslim Weekly, the Muslimah Business Profile for Sisters Magazine, has appeared on Channel 4, Iqra TV, Islam Channel and Radio 4. In addition she has published in BMJ, Psychology Today and professional journals.
Hafizah Ismail is the founder and director of Children of Jannah, the only organisation set up to offer support to grieving Muslim families following the loss of a child. She has authored ‘Sorrow to Serenity’, a book which provides powerful steps to help a mother find peace through the pain of child loss. In less than one year Children of Jannah has attained registered charity status and has grown from strength to strength with over 23,000 fans. As a certified Grief Recovery Specialist , Hafizah supports people through grief of all kinds, and actively promotes the need to address the topic at a more comprehensive level.
Hafizah comes from a background in education, and works as an Education Consultant to empower schools with the skills to raise standards and maximise the potential for all students. As a public speaker and life coach, Hafizah focuses on helping people to achieve their goals and resolving specific challenges within their lives. Hafizah is currently in her fourth year on the Students’ Guild Islamic Studies programme and is studying Qur’an with the Al Manhal Institute. She is married and resides with her husband in Manchester, where they hope to adopt a young sibling group as approved adopters.
Amal is the founder of the SuperMuslimah Project, a coaching project that supports, motivates and encourages Muslim women to step forward in their lives with confidence.
She accepted Islam in 1992, while working in Malaysia for Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) with people with learning disabilities. Amal then went on to graduate from the International Islamic University of Malaysia in Psychology and Islamic studies. Following this, she lived overseas in Jordan, the USA and Egypt for 20 years, working with a number of Islamic organisations, including the American Open University, Harf, Iqra TV and the Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America, among others.
Amal finally came back home to the UK three years ago, partly to help her mother nurse her father through the last stages of his cancer. Since then she has been rebuilding her life, once again. She recently accepted the position as Chair of the Sheffield New Muslim Project, enabling her to share her experience and education to offer help and support to people who have recently converted to or are interested in learning more about Islam.
Alaa El Syed
His motto is “whatever it takes” and his work for Mercy Mission is characterized by that passion for this vision. Whether it be recording video content for Ramadan TV, or fundraising for Mercy Mission Canada, or speaking to a packed audience at the Mercy Mission Annual Islamic Conference in Australia or losing his voice teaching the sell-out course “Home Sweet Home,” which has been delivered to thousands of students across the globe. Sheikh Alaa was born in Cairo and lived in Egypt until he was 15 years old. Sheikh Alaa has studied for his Bachelors in Shari’ah from the American International University, and has earned a scholarship from the Shari’ah Academy in Egypt/Florida. Sheikh Alaa has assisted in raising awareness about crimes against women in Calgary. He has also supported in planning a course to educate police officers on how to handle domestic violence. In his local masjid in Toronto he conducts a weekly class for women only and he has over 20 years of experience in marital counselling.
Born and raised in the United Kingdom, Fatima has had a rich Islamic education at an early age thanks to her parents.
Fatima began her Arabic and Islamic studies in Egypt at prominent institutes such as Al-Fajr Center, Qortoba Institute and Al Azhar University.
Fatima has contributed to many documentaries and live shows which have been broadcasted on stations and channels such as BBC Radio 4, the World Service, as well as BBC Television and Islam Channel. She also regularly contributes to discussions on London Radio stations such as LBC and BBC London.
Additionally, Fatima has written for the national newspaper The Times as well as contributing to Times Online’s Faith section, on topics promoting understanding of Islam, and has contributed to a number of Muslim publications such as Al-Jumuah Magazine, Emel Magazine, The Muslim Weekly and am a columnist for SISTERS Magazine.
Currently Fatima is an instructor and lecturer for iERA.
Khafayah is a mother of four beautiful gems. She is also the founder of UMMUKA, an organisation which sets out to empower mothers using Islamic principles and practical solutions to become the mums that they want to be, and make parenting fun. Khafayah is a certified Mummy Coach, Master NLP Practitioner, Writer and Public Speaker.
With over 5 years of relevant coaching experience, bags of real life ‘coping as a single mum’ know-how, Khafayah is in insipiration to all mothers out there. Having raised four kids on her own, whilst earning a living, studying for professional qualifications and Islamic studies, alongside her Dawah activites. Khafayah understands the real life pressures for Muslim women today and is passionate about sharing her practical solutions to help all mums to overcome their everyday obstacles.