Tasnim is a London-based speech and language therapist and avid reader behind Show Morethe Instagram page @reads.and.reveries where she shares book reviews and recommendations, current reads and the all too frequent new additions to her bookshelf.
Shabina Begum is a London-based lawyer and UN recognized expert on child, Show Moreforced and early marriage and works at combating domestic and honor based violence. Follow on Twitter (https://twitter.com/shabz_at_law)
Zainab Shamis-Saleem is Montessori teacher, wife and mama based in West London UK. Show MoreShe is a trained graphic designer and after working for a design agency for many happy years, she retrained to work with young children. She founded The Montessori Studio in 2015, which runs consultancy and workshops for parents and teachers who want to know more and do more to enable their child’s natural path. Visit her website for more info and blog, or catch her on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/themontessoristudio/).
Rahma Dutton is a Customer Experience Manager by day, but that’s of little Show Moreconsequence. She loves the smell of coffee and alone time with a book. She loves Table Mountain and her family too. She tells stories to remind herself and others that we’re never alone, even if it sometimes feels like that.
Il-haam is a freelance writer and English teacher. She has worked at universities in Show Moreboth South Africa and Turkey. She is interested in Sufism, fragrance compositions and making sense of the world around her. When she’s not listening to reggaeton, eating caramel with a spoon or stroking cats, she dreams of returning to the great love of her life, Istanbul. IL-HAAM ENSURES THE EDITORIAL INTEGRITY OF HIKAAYAT AND FINDS SYNERGIES IN OUR COLLECTIVE CREATIVE SPACE.
Ibtisaam holds law degrees from the University of Cape Town and Cornell Show MoreUniversity. She sings songs of nostalgia, is an avid baker and loves creating Instagram Polls. She believes in autonomy and free will as the key to finding truth and thinks justice is good but compassion is better. Currently doing legal research and freelance writing in New York, you can find her wandering in libraries and getting lost in Spotify. IN ADDITION TO BEING OUR LEGAL EAGLE, IBTISAAM SOURCES CONTENT AND FINDS AUTHORS AND COLLABORATORS.
Shameelah Khan is a documentary filmmaker and lecturer at AFDA University in Show MoreJohannesburg. She is also co-director of “Odd”, an online arts magazine and is currently completing a Masters in film, researching the representation of Muslim women in cinema.
Farah is an American hybrid and is currently trying to balance the pressures Show Moreof med school and the pressures of finding a husband. She is aided in this quest by cheap coffee and a sense of humor.
Safa Mansoor is a graduate from Brown University with a Ph.D. in Show MoreNeuroscience. Being an avid writer and humanitarian, she believes that the human mind is affected strongly by the behaviors that one exposes themselves to. Born and raised in New York, (and later on, Rhode Island), Safa has seen many indifferences between her cultural upbringing clashing with her parents. She hopes to be able to “rewire” the etiology of perception in action of how we develop into our adulthoods. For the People, From the People became her reasoning to make the world a better place, one step at a time.
Interested in themes and politics of identity, home and belonging. Sana Ginwalla is Show MoreZambia-born photographer with origins in India and Myanmar. Upon completing her undergraduate in Photography in 2017, she co-founded Everyday Lusaka – an online platform and stationary business that shares photographs of Lusaka to positively counter stereotypes of Africa. During her Honours in Curatorship at the University of Cape Town in 2019, she created an archive called The Studio Stool which houses a collection of found and submitted photographs made in Zambia that would not usually be recognised in the state archives.
Zulaikha Lund became Muslim in the early 1970’s and since has worked in Show Moremany communities throughout the world with groups of women towards establishing the deen, always with the direction of her Shaykh. She has been a jeweller, paints, cooks, writes and is a mother and grandmother.
Samsam is a blogger based in Melbourne who started her blog and YouTube Show Morechannel to share all things related to motherhood. She documents her journey in at attempt to connect with other mothers along the way and constantly tries to juggle working full time and being a mum to an active 4-year-old son.
Sumaya Asvat is an illustrator, educator and community worker based in Show MoreMelbourne, Australia. A strong believer in the power of community arts and an advocate for arts education, Sumaya has spent the last ten years dedicated to facilitating meaningful creative programs and experiences for young people. As an illustrator she uses watercolours and digital mediums. She is inspired by the power of feminine and lunar energy as well as the concept of light and dark and their presence in both our physical and metaphysical lives.
Maha is sustainability enthusiast in the Global Shapers Community. In her Show Morespare time she runs a curl page to promote natural beauty and self acceptance. She advocates women’s empowerment and highlights this passion in her writing.
Farah is a UK-based linguist (South Asian languages), editor, Show Morewriter, and academic writing coach. She is currently playing with ways to disseminate her PhD and current research to an academic and public audience in a meaningful manner.
Thameenah is a budding writer and future English teacher. She has a Show Morepenchant for the handmade life and spends her days longing to recreate her life to mirror that of Henry David Thoreau at Walden Pond.
Wasfeeya Altalib is a graduate of Zahraa Institute, Darun-Na’im and Show MoreAl-Tazil Institute in Cape Town, South Africa. She has memorised the Qur’an and currently lives in Cairo, where she is currentlypursuing qirā-āt and Arabic studies, along with completing a degree in psychology through the South African College of Applied Psychology. She is also an online Qur’an teacher and life coach, specialising in hifth coaching.
Zaheera Swing is a nutritionist and herbalist Show More(BSc Hons Nutritional Science) with a deep passion for restoring balance and harmony to the body naturally using both modern and traditional approaches. She has a particular interest in women’s health and mental health. She loves creating and sharing healthy recipes and has recently developed a line of herbal formulas.
Zubia Awais currently resides in Ballarat, Australia where Show Moreshe is a life coach and focuses on creating mental health support groups for ethnically diverse women. She is a graduate of psychology and psychotherapy studies and is passionate about promoting mental health awareness and fighting stigma within different cultural communities.
Aaliyah is a budding visual anthropologist, who has an Show Moreinquiring mind into all things extraordinary and mysterious. A keen eye that sees and finds the beauty in everything “ordinary”. She has an enduring love affair with the cities of LA and London and just about everything in between. She is keen to inspire others to courageously cultivate unique styles that transcend conventional wisdom because it sucks anyway. She is a millennial who experiences true freedom in her faith.
Halima Shala Ebrahim graduated from the University of Cape Town with a Show MoreBA and spent some years as a high school teacher. In 2013, her first book, a poetry collection ‘Life is a Dream’ was published. Her poems express a love of life, pursuing spiritual meaning, nature and exploring loss and love. Her second book, an illustrated travel story from the perspective of a child was published in London by Ta Ha Publishers. Halima Shala continues to write poems and is life coach currently mentoring high school learners. She is a grandmother, cook and recipe developer who resides in Cape Town with her husband and Siamese cats.
Ayesha Mukadam started her career working as an Art Director Show Moreat renowned advertising agencies in Cape Town. Over the years she started exploring and and pursuing her innate passion of using creativity and design for social change. Her love for food, its strong connection to people and storytelling narrative have been the core and driving force behind some of her latest installations and design work.
Rahima Brandt became Muslim at the age of 23 Show Moreand has never looked back. She has worn many hats, businesswoman, wife, mother to three wonderful young women, director of a college for Muslim women and is currently a fabric design creative. She believes in the power of zakat and awqaf to restore the deen and is a founder member of the Local Zakat Initiative. Phoebe Riley is an artist, designer and occasional writer living in London.
Şeyma Erkoç is a Quran and Islamic studies teacher at the Show MoreDirectorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) in Turkey, primarily teaching visually and hearing impaired adults and children. She is also currently pursuing Islamic studies at the Malatya Inönü University.
Sabriyya Shaw is a 20 year old psychology student, who enjoys studying the Islamic Sciences Show Moreand volunteering in her community. Her passion is to bring herself and others closer to God and His Prophet, through inspiring them to find their own personal connections with the Creator. She also enjoys family time, cooking, reading, traveling and watching movies in her spare time. She hopes to go into the field of spiritual counseling or teaching once she finishes her studies.
Maira Butt is an aspiring writer with an interest in mysticism. She’s also a transformational coach for Show Morecomplex clients with multiple needs and is a Team Manager at a woman’s charity. She is Chair of a BME specialist service in Lancashire. She loves colour and writes @writuale on Instagram.
Luthfiyyah Rahman is a photographer, videographer Show Moreand artist from South Africa who is inspired by great adventure, art, literature and poetry which she weaves into her work. Luthfiyyah’s expressive use and love of colour has become synonymous with her style of work. Shameelah Khan is a documentary filmmaker and lecturer and is also co-director of “Odd”, an online arts magazine. She is currently completing a Masters in film researching the representation of Muslim women in cinema.
Koketso Omar Masombuka is an essayist born and bred Show Morein South Africa’s administrative capital of Pretoria. He is interested in using history, psychology and Sufism to better illuminate contemporary issues.
Abu Sakina Giovanni Herran has been an educator and poet Show Morefor nearly two decades. He has directed and worked with youth and educational grassroots initiatives and has taught at elementary, high school and college levels. Currently he teaches Ethics at Temple University in Philadelphia where he is completing his doctorate on epistomology and non-dualism within late Islamic heritage.
Luqman Nieto holds a degree in History, Politics and Islamic Sciences Show Morefrom Dallas College, a Masters in Cinematography and is currently pursuing a psychology degree at UOC. He is interested in the intersection between reality and the imaginary, which is best researched in moments of temporary transcendence.
Maliya is a Kashmiri/Pakistani poet. She is a writer and Show Morehas an Instagram account dedicated to human rights and Islam. When she is not writing a world news article, Maliya can be found writing Islamic poems. Some of her inspirations are Allama Iqbal, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, and Mahmoud Darwish.
Zulaija Nieto Jimenez is a curious person who likes to try new things Show Morebut struggles with superfluous conversations. She is a Nutritionist with a special interest in women’s health. Zulaija believes that the world should be seen beyond what our minds think and this is why she writes poems that view things from a different perspective.
Zaraah Jamali is a PhD student in Gender Studies. She is constantly Show Morein search of things that expand her soul and heart smiles the most when she is dancing or cycling. Her life mission is to enhance the “Soul of the World”.
Saqib Faruk, 20, is an Aerospace engineering student, a creative writer and Show Morea philosophy enthusiast. He believes that fiction is the window through which we can ponder deeply over the horizons of human existence and emotions. Faruk has been writing fiction for the past 3 years and is presently working on his debut existential novel.
Sufyaan Altalib is an abd (slave) and faqir (in need) of Allah Most High. Show MoreIt is his aspiration to live his life embodying: the best of creation, Allah’s Noble Messenger Muhammad, his family, his companions and the righteous who follow in their footsteps.
Mohammed Waleed Nammoor is a photographer and videographer based in Damascus, Show MoreSyria. He was born in 1992 and studied at the Faculty of Economics where he graduated in 2015. He has been working as a photographer since 2017, cooperating with local agencies and INGOs. His practices extend to video art and film making. His passion for photography was shaped in the streets; where he could encounter people all the time, to capture realities and stories about the life in a country that was and still is enduring war.
Aisha Yusuff is a Biochemist and book reviewer, with a focus on Show MoreAfrican and Muslim literature. Her works can be found on her bookstagram @thatothernigeriangirl, as well as on digital platforms like ReWrite London and The New Arab. Follow her on Twitter @allthingsaeesha .
Nowreen Qadri is a writer and poet from Indian Occupied Kashmir. Show MoreShe had her first poetry collection, “Sillhouettes” published in 2018 and is currently working on her debut novel. She is also an engineering student and has interests in reading, blogging and traveling.
Tijana Šarac is a Bosnian born journalist and writer currently livingShow Morein Germany. Aside from writing, she has been working as editor, proofreader, and translator since 2015. Her fields of interest are mainly social, cultural and psychological observations and reflections.
Yacoob Manjoo is a writer, blogger, and communications professional. Show MoreHis book of poetry and reflections, Let it Flow, was published in early 2020, and his work has also appeared on various Islamic platforms, including ProductiveMuslim.com.He blogs at https://dreamlife.wordpress.com .
Muhammad Nadeem, from Indian Occupied Kashmir, is a reader and writes Show Morebook reviews, poetry and short stories. He currently edits Mountain Ink Magazine (www.mountain-ink.com). He also works with translation and criticism and has previously been published in Prachya Review Journal, Cafe Dissensus Magazine, KashmirLit Journal, Oracle Opinions, Greater Kashmir, Free Press Kashmir, Kashmir Reader, Kashmir Life, Muse India, Kindle Magazine, Inverse Journal, among other reputed literary newspapers, magazines and journals. He shares his passion for books at : https://www.instagram.com/ibn_ink/ .
Sobia is a student from Kashmir who currently works as a Show Morewriter and speaker for mental health awareness and suicide prevention. She writes on happiness, sadness and depression (where most of our sadness comes from).
Aysenur Ljatif is a Primary & Secondary Islamic School Librarian based in Melbourne,Show MoreAustralia. who is currently studying counselling. She has been mentoring young Muslim women in her community for 10 years and has also taught Quran and Islamic studies to primary aged children at The Emir Sultan mosque. She is obsessed with anything sweet, picture books and loves reading novels and about history. Gardening in the veggie patch is her thing, her own way of embodying holistic connections of the mind body spirit with the land.
Ali Hussain is a creative writer and musician. He obtained a PhD in Show MoreSufism from the University of Michigan, with his research focusing on the image of Jesus Christ in the writings of the Sufi saint Ibn ‘Arabi. In 2018, Dr. Hussain founded the ‘Nostalgic Remembrance Institute”, an endeavor devoted to exploring the intersection of art, creativity and spirituality. Dr. Hussain utilizes his academic training within the focus of this project to highlight the importance of art and the humanities for a healthy ‘spiritual identity’ in globalized world. His publications include: “Mystical Musings of a Contemporary Dervish”, “The Souk of Nostalgia: A Childhood Between Rivers and Mountains”, “The Art of Ibn ‘Arabi” and, most recently, “Art in Memoirs: Setting Forth”. His current projects include an artist residency at the Raise Karma collective, where he plays the Oud and teaches the spiritual dimensions of Arabic music.
Saad Al Suhiami is a Public Relations graduate, who has Show Morean eye for capturing the ordinary. If he is not camping with family and friends, you can find him in his kitchen in Riyaad, making a pot of Arabic coffee or a perfect Americano.
Sister Daijah is an Afro-American Muslim who came to Islam Show Morein March of 2018. Having to navigate what a “Muslim identity” is for her, she is putting in time and effort into knowing more about her Afro-American Islamic Heritage. She is now dedicated to spreading the knowledge to everyone she can, especially Black/African Muslims. She has a background in Finance and Banking, but is now pursuing her passion to be a teacher, inshaAllah.
Amna Raja is a linguistics graduate who speaks English and Show MoreUrdu (with a distinct Karachi accent to all the aunties!), her Arabic and Spanish are works in progress. She is especially interested in etymology, syntax but really anything language related will do. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cycling and trying to pet as many cats as possible.
Azeeza Adeowu is a writer based in Nigeria whose work been featured Show Morein Brittle Paper, African Writers, Amaliha and Muslim Girl. You can find her on her blog where she rants, fangirls and writers her opinions thezyzah.wordpress.com
Jamal Mehmood is a writer based in London. His work has been featured Show Moreat Magma, BBC, Popula and Media Diversified. He has been shortlisted for the Outspoken Prize for Poetry in Film, won the national Poetry Rivals in 2016, and is an alumnus of the UniSlam post-emerging cohort of poets. Follow his work at www.jamalbhai.com
Ermin Sinanovic is the executive director of the Center for Islam in the Show MoreContemporary World (CIWC) AND Scholar-in-Residence at Shenandoah University. He writes on religion, politics and democratisation in the Balkans and Southeast Asia.
Haneen is currently pursuing her MA in English Literature and running her Show Moreonline business (Articulately). Her day job comprises in offering bespoke copywriting, editing and proofreading services for charities, NGOs, startups, academics and authors. She has worked with the likes of Amazon, the times, The Gryphon and the Scout Association. Since lockdown, she has run multiple workshops and nook clubs to stimulate creativity, literacy and oracy in young children while ensuring they’re far exceeding their potential. When Haneen is not meta reading or editing a manuscript, she’s either doing yoga, globetrotting or trying another one of her healthy recipes!
Awais Hussain is the founder of the Mirpur and Dadyal Heritage Society Show Moreand is an avid researcher of the genealogy and history of the Mirpur region of Azad Jammu and Kashmir. He has previously collaborated with the Australian Historical Society, as well as contributed to numerous heritage and language documentation projects. He is currently studying Linguistics at the University of York, UK.
Maryam Sa’eed Otuh is a writer, poet and blogger from Nigeria. She considers Show Moreherself stuck between science and literature. She spends her days inside JRRTolkien’s ‘The Lord of the Rings’ wandering about Mordor. At night, she struggles with learning Biochemical pathways and studies a thing or two in Forensics. When she is not lost in either of these two worlds, you will find her in her head, a place she refers to as a safe space for all her personalities to interact with zero interference.
Laurelie Rae is an artist, author and educator. She has been practicing art Show Morein Istanbul since 2014. Rae holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada and holds two masters; degrees one from the U.K’s Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts specializing in traditiona Iznik ceramics and another in Visual Arts from Sabancı University in Istanbul, Turkey.
The Ecstatic Exchange is a collective dedicated to preserving and promoting the work Show Moreof the American poet Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore (1940 – 2016). Abdal-Hayy said of his craft, “For me the province of poetry is a private ecstasy made public, and the social role of the poet is to display moments of shared universal epiphanies capable of healing our sense of mortal estrangement – from ourselves, from each other, from our source, from our destiny, from The Divine.”
Aneesa Khatoon is a humble Mackem who daydreams about her cottage Show Moreby the sea, with cats in the kitchen, a goat in the garden and pigeons on the pantiles. Your local Agony Aunty and personal cheerleader, teacher by day and aspiring writer.
Shaima Bouzhou is from the Netherlands and holds degrees in Show Moreinternational law. She works in the field of migration and human rights but does not let papers or jobs define who she is as a person and a woman – as we all are so much more than that! With a zest for travelling and navigating the world with an open spiritual mind, Shaima taps into her love for writing by sharing reflections via her blog brownbrainybeautiful.com Oh, and you can definitely wake her up for a hazelnut or caramel (aka diabetes) flavoured coffee and croissants.
Born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey, Neriman Kuyucu has developed a passion Show Morefor interdisciplinary approaches to literature. She holds a Ph.D. in contemporary migration literature from University of Missouri where she worked on the notions of Muslimness in contemporary literary imaginations. Her research focuses on transnationalism, diaspora studies, and world literatures. She reads and writes to bridge the gap between theory and popular discourse and to offer insight into the powerful connection between fiction and truth. Currently, she works as a writing instructor in the Department of Academic Writing at Koç University.
Sebastian Moronell – known to his compatriots as Bazzi – is a Show Moretwenty-something cliche: an aspirant writer and photographer, making his own in a little corner of the world. He claims to be a poet, literary critic and script-writer, although he is yet to write anything.
Firdous Hendricks is a South African artist, writer, educator and Show Morean activist focussed on youth development through the arts. She has spent the past 10 years developing multi-disciplinary arts-based youth programmes in the NGO sector and is passionate about igniting creativity, imagination, curiosity and collective healing through art and story-telling.
Ray Lacina is a Professor at Delta College near Saginaw, Michigan, Show Morewhere he teaches a variety of English courses. In 1991 he married into a Hyderabadi (Indian) family which has tolerated him reasonably well for the last 27 years. He’s written all his life, starting with his first poem in the first grade. He lives in Michigan with his family.
Malika Omar is an award-winning classical and fusion pianist Show Morewhose performances have enchanted clients and audiences ranging from the rulers of the United Arab Emirates to Warner Bros. She also composes music for short films and documentaries and is a five time nominee for Best Local Music Act at the Ahlan! Best in Dubai Awards.
Halema Khan has her MA in English Literature and runs Edit Proofreading. Show MoreShe offers bespoke editing and proofreading services for academics, professionals and more recently authors. Follow her @_editproofreading
Arthur K. Richards is a husband, father and teacher of the religion. Show MoreHe is a graduate of English Literature and studied in Egypt under the tutelage of Islamic Scholars from the Al-Azhar Mosque, Mauritania, and West Africa. He specializes in Islamic Jurisprudence and works full-time as the Growth Marketing Manager for the tech startup and crowdfunding website LaunchGood.com He writes regularly on his blog forthosewhobelieve.com and on Instagram, @arthurkrichards_
Nabeela Ahmed is a writer, poet, story teller and Show Morespoken word artist. Her poetry is in three languages: English, Urdu and Pahari. She has sahred her work at Open Mic events across Yorkshire and has been the Headline Act at various venues. She self-published her book, Despite our Differences, in 2018 and it is available on Amazon. Nabeela was the main feature for Keighley Arts and Film Festival this year, her poetry manuscript was longlisted by Verve Poetry Press and her work has been published in several anthologies and publications in three languages in England, America, Pakistan and India. She is currently working on her novel, collection of short stories and always her poetry.
Rizwan spent his early career in corporate recruitment and then Show Morerediscovered his passion for the arts in Granada, Spain. Since 2005 he has culturally led small to large arts organisations and projects for 15 years. More recently he was a producer with Manchester International Festival, supporting world class art and developing grass roots engagement projects throughout Manchester. He is currently Engagement Manager for Bruntwood and Artistic Director for Salaam Festival – the worlds first international festival of exploring and making new Islamic art and culture scheduled for July 2022.
Ilham Ibrahim is a registered nurse and the founder of Qurtuba Online. Show MoreShe is currently pursuing her MA at Ibn Haldun University in Istanbul. She is an avid reader, enjoys learning about various subjects such as history and psychology, and loves to spend time in nature.
Nadiah Noor is a Muslim living in the sunny state of Singapore. Show MoreShe is interested in human behaviour, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology. She is a budding writer and a mother of two. You can read more of her stories on Medium.
Soukeyna Osei-Bonsu is an African writer and poet born in Bordeaux, Show MoreFrance and based in London, UK. A SOAS Anthropology and International Relations graduate, her work explores African belonging and identity as well as Tasawwuf / the spiritual dimension of Islam. Soukeyna is involved in Black activism and runs several projects for the Black community in North London. She is co-founder and EIC of MZAB magazine a quarterly online publication which explores adventure, culture and spirituality and author of the chapbook ‘All The Birds Were Invited To A Feast In The Sky’ released with Lote Tree Press. In her spare time she has a keen interest in global healing practices, ritual and film production.
Ahmad Ubaidillah is an Islamic Jurisprudence graduate from YarmoukShow MoreUniversity, Jordan. His areas of interest includes local and regional literature, sociological aspects of Islam, Islam Reform and Nusantara Islam. He is a Sahabat Sastera under the Majlis Bahasa Singapura and has presented works of Nusantara poetry for Poetry Festival Singapore. He can be found on social media with the handle @ubaedlh. He also has his own website: ahmadubaidillah.com