OUISOC Committee 2017-18

Executive Committee

Haseem Shah
(St Edmund Hall)
Assalaamu 'Alaykum everyone! I'm Haseem, a second year Economics & Management student at St Edmund Hall. Having served as your Student Affairs Chair for a year already, I decided to take the step up to being your President. I am essentially in charge of directing all of the society's operations. I hope to further improve the strength of our thriving community by putting on a variety of events, from socials and sport to community events and religious classes. The ISoc is open to anyone and everyone (students, locals, and whatever your religious background is), we have such a breadth of members, and this diversity of thought and experiences is what makes our ISoc so special. We hope to provide a space for Muslims to meet each other and strengthen their Imaan. If you have any questions or ideas, please don't hesitate to contact me!

"For verily, with hardship there is relief. Verily, with hardship there is relief." (94:5-6)

Email: haseem.shah@seh.ox.ac.uk
Ezziddin Yonis
Vice President
(Lincoln College)
Assalam Alaykum! I'm Ezziddin, and it's my honour to be your Vice-President for the coming year. I assist the President with the running of the society and the committee, and then, on the side, I study PPE when I have some spare time to kill. The Oxford Islamic Society is an amazing place, with a truely vibrant inclusive community. I'm one of the many who've benefited hugely, learnt a lot and made many friends here, and now's my chance to give back a little bit of what I got. So if you have any questions or concerns, suggestions or ideas, whether you be an applicant, fresher, graduate or local (or anybody else), feel free to get in touch!

"If you put the Sunna before mercy, you have lost both." - Sh. Abdalhakim Murad, Contentions 11:78

Email: ezziddin.al-hajyonis@lincoln.ox.ac.uk
Tasnim Kamal
(Hertford College)
Assalamu Alaykum! I’m Tasnim, a 3rd year medic at Hertford college. If you’re feeling concerned about university life, I’m here to give you support and advice.

“Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens” – Gimli, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book II (J.R.R. Tolkien)

Email: tasnim.kamal@hertford.ox.ac.uk
Faraaz Khan
(St Catherine's College)
Assalamu Alaikum, I’m Faraaz Khan, a second/third year biomedical scientist studying at St Catherine’s College. I am your treasurer this year In Sha Allah. My main roles are to coordinate the free iftaars offered by the OUISOC every day during Trinity Term and manage the accounts throughout the year. I also aim to try and organise sponsorships for the OUISOC and discounts at local restaurants. If you have payed for anything on the OUISOC’s behalf then feel free to contact me and once another committee member has verified it I will reimburse you.

‘Indeed, Allah commands you to render trusts to whom they are due and when you judge between people to judge with justice. Excellent is that which Allah instructs you. Indeed, Allah is ever Hearing and Seeing’ (Quran 4:58)

Email: faraaz.khan@stcatz.ox.ac.uk
Moheez Hussain
Communication's Chair
(Queens College)
Safa Abdulkhaliq
Event's Chair
(Queens College)

Asalamualikum all! I’m Safa, your Events Chair, and I look forward to organizing ISOC’s Most Iconic Events.™ I see my role as ensuring that all ISOC members are enjoying themselves; on the off chance that you aren’t, feel free to find me and tell me to up my game.
“We wear clothes, and speak, and create civilizations, and believe we are more than wolves. But inside us there is a word we cannot pronounce and that is who we are.”― Anthony Marra, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

Email: safa.abdulkhaliq@queens.ox.ac.uk
Adib Tarafdar
Student Affairs Chair
(Keble College)
Assalamu Alaykum everyone! I’m Adib, a third year medic at Keble College. It’s an honour to be on the exec committee of OUSIOC as your Student Affairs Chair, and I look forward to playing an important role for the society over the coming year inshallah. I am in charge of welfare, social and access matters, working closely with the Brothers and Sisters W&S Officers (Faiz and Supti) and the Access Officer (Abdi). Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or ideas for the ISOC.


Email: adib.tarafdar@keble.ox.ac.uk
Zaid Ahmed
Graduate Chair
Affnafee Rahman
Politics Chair

Operational Committee

Hibba Mazhary
Alumni Officer
(St Cross College)
I'm a Master's student studying Nature, Society and Environmental Governance. I'm responsible for keeping in contact with alumni and setting up an alumni fund, and I'm interested in all things environment-related. 

'Raise your words, not your voice' (Rumi)

Email: hibba.mazhary@stx.ox.ac.uk
Tanvirul Islam
Design and Web Officer
(Magdalen College)
Zakir Gul
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. Rumi

Amna Ali
Community Officer
(New College)
Salaam everyone! I’m Amna, a first year lawyer at New College. As the Community Officer I’m responsible for organising all of our volunteering commitments and charity work, which includes the Believe and Do Good campaign and Charity Week. If you want to get involved in something particular, let me know and I’ll try find something for you within the Oxford community! As ever, suggestions and questions are always welcome. 

“If anyone does a good action, We will increase the good of it for him. Allah is Ever-Forgiving, Ever-Thankful". (Surat ash-Shura: 23)

Syeda Maah-Noor Ali
Islamic Awareness Officer
(Lady Margaret Hall)
Assalamualaikum! I'm Maah-Noor, a first year reading English at Lady Margaret Hall (LMH). I'm the Islamic Awareness officer and will be organising Experience Islam Week, in Hilary Term. EI week will be a week of events, the aim of which will be to introduce people to Islam. I also work with other religious societies, to put on interfaith events. If you have any ideas on the types of interfaith events you'd like or speakers you would like to see at EI week, please let me know. I come across as very introverted, but I promise I will speak to you - come say Hello!

"How we see God is a direct reflection of how we see ourselves. If God brings to mind mostly fear and blame, it means there is too much fear and blame welled inside us. If we see God as full of love and compassion, so are we" - Shams Tabrizi

Supti Akhtar
Sisters' Welfare & Social Officer
(St Hilda's College)
Salaam everybody! I’m Supti a 2nd year Engineer studying at St Hilda’s College. In my role I deal with everything from the sister’s socials to any welfare issues us sisters may have, so please do not ever feel any hesitation to message or call me about anything and everything. Please also let me know if you have any exciting ideas for our sister’s socials as these are the main meet ups us sister’s have throughout the year, hope to get to know all of you!

“Do not think little of any good deed, even if it is just greeting your brother with a smile.” – Prophet Muhammad (as reported in Sahih Muslim)

Faiz Ahmed
Brothers' Welfare & Social Officer
(Magdalen College)
Abdikaliq Ige
Access Officer
(Merton College)
Aishah Prastowo
Graduate Welfare Officer
(Brasenose College)
Salaam everyone, I am Aishah, 4th year DPhil in Engineering Science at Brasenose College, serving as your welfare graduate officer. Together with Zaid and Rami, we hope to make ISoc a welcoming space for graduate students from all different backgrounds and fields of study. If you have any concerns as a graduate student, please do not hesitate to contact me.

"Do not grieve; indeed Allah is with us." [Qur'an 9:40]

Rami Ali
Graduate Events Officer
Salaam all! I’m Rami Ali, a Computer Science graduate from Edinburgh University and a software engineer at Natural Motion. As Graduate Events officer I’m responsible for arranging graduate-centered events and socials such as dinners and outings, Eid parties, research colloquiums and discussion circles. Our events aren’t limited to term time and we try to put something on all year around and although the focus is on grads, everyone is welcome join our events and suggest ideas! 

"So whoever does an atom's weight of good will see it" - Quran, Surah Al Zalzalah, Verse 7

Sumaiyah Al-Aidarous
Returning Officer
(St Anne's College)
Sophie Thomas
Disabilities Representative
(St Edmund Hall)

Keep updated!

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