The Wilaya Trust team brings together professionals with diverse yet complimentary backgrounds and skills, including scholars, academics, educationalists, entrepreneurs, project managers, health specialists, and technology experts.
Mawlana Ibrahim Amin
Mawlana Ibrahim Amin is a traditionally-trained Muslim scholar and hafiz (memorizer) of the Qur'an. He studied the traditional Islamic disciplines in Kuwait, India, and in the UK. He is imam of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, and serves as the director of the Wilaya Trust's hifz (Qur'an memorisation) programme.
Sheikh Thaqib Mahmood
Sheikh Thaqib Mahmood is a traditionally-trained Muslim scholar and instructor in Arabic. He has studied the traditional Islamic disciplines in Yemen, Syria, the UK, Mauritania, and Turkey. He currently teaches Arabic at the Faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford and at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies. He holds a PGDIP in Arabic teaching from the School of Oriental and African Studies, and is completing a Master's degree in linguistics at the same institution.
Ustadh Mansoor Malik
Ustadh Mansoor Malik is a professional tutor in mathematics, Arabic and Islamic studies. He studied Arabic and traditional Islamic disciplines in Damascus, Jordan, Yemen, and the UK. He holds a degree in Philosophy from King's College, and an MPhil in Philosophy from the University of Warwick, where his research centred on approaches to knowledge and education. He is currently studying theoretical physics at the University of Nottingham.
Imam Saad Ahmad
Ustadha Yasmine Ahmed
Ustadha Heba Alayyoubi
Ustadha Banan Boneh
Ustadha Zainab Hussein
Imam Abrar Mehmood
Ustadha Haleema Mulla
Ustadha Reem Al Sagher
Ustadha Najma Taj
Dr. Muhammad Isa Waley, MA (Cantab) PhD (London)
Dr. Muhammad Isa Waley was Lead Curator for Persian and Turkish Collections at the British Library, London (retired). He is a respected world specialist in manuscript studies, as well as the classical verse and prose literature of Islamic spirituality in Persian, Arabic, and Turkish, including that of the famous poet, Jalal al-Din Rumi.
Dr. Afifi al-Akiti, MA DPhil (Oxon)
Dr. Afifi al-Akiti is a lecturer at the Faculty of Theology, and Lecturer in World Religions at Worcester College, University of Oxford. His research focuses on the philosophical writings of Ghazali.
Dr. Talal Al-Azem, MA DPhil (Oxon)
Dr. Talal Al-Azem is a historian at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, University of Oxford. He has written and lectured on the history and philosophy of Islamic education, alongside work on the history of Muslim jurisprudence. He serves as the managing director of the Trust.
Finance Manager: Neamul Mohsin
Neamul Mohsin has over twelve years' experience in financial services with global institutions and currently works in the field of investment management.
Operations Manager: Caroline O’Connor
Caroline O’Connor is a qualified and experienced primary teacher, with an MSc in Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise. She has been involved in establishing numerous projects in Oxford and serves on the governing body of a number of schools in South East England. Caroline is also the founder of a successful homeschooling collective in Oxford.
Project Manager: Claire El Mouden
Dr. Claire El Mouden is an evolutionary biologist and interdisciplinary researcher at the University of Oxford. The focus of her work is human sociality, and she is interested in the interface between biology and the social sciences. She studies the effect of leadership on social evolution, social learning, and how our environment affects the social behaviours we perform.
Project Manager: Shehzad Najib
Shehzad Najib is a co-founder of Kinteract, a company producing software applications which serve as real-time digital records for a child’s development in primary and secondary schools. He has over a decade of experience in the educational and financial sectors for companies such as Pearson’s and Barclays.