Religious Education Officer(St Benet's Hall)
As salamu alaykum dear brothers and sisters. I'm Zakir, a fourth year Orientalist (albeit not one of the bad'uns) reading Arabic and Persian. I'm here to ensure that your journey through the city of dreaming spires is as spiritually enriching as it is academic. By God's grace, we'll achieve this together through a fine amalgam of lectures, evening classes and circles of knowledge as imparted by world-class scholars, peppered with regular soul-uplifting trips into the great outdoors.
As unofficial custodian of the prayer room, I'm responsible for its day-to-day upkeep, along with producing monthly prayer timetables, organising Fridays sermons and most importantly, ensuring that our shared space is safe and accessible to all Muslims, sisters and brothers, irrespective of creed and religiosity.
I'm by no means learned – my beard is barely Hanafi – but I'm all ears should you ever feel the need to confide in a fellow student, religion-related or otherwise. You'll oft find me taking a late afternoon nap in the prayer room and are welcome to breakfast at my Hall (St Benet's) any day of the week. See you there!
Come, come, whoever you are.
Sinner, worshipper, lover of leaving,
Ours is not a caravan of despair.
Come, even if you have broken your vow a hundred times,
Come, yet again, come.