OUISOC Committee 2018-19

Executive Committee

Ezziddin Yonis
President
(2nd Year, PPE, Lincoln College)
Salaam Alaykum! The Oxford ISoc is a most incredible place, welcoming all and any Muslim. Whatever you need; socials, classes, academic support, amazing advice, this is where you’ll find it. And whatever it is you want to do at uni; play football, meet scholars, do access work, do charity work, go punting with friends, have formals at other colleges, learn Quran, you’ll find it all here! There’s an amazing committee of 22 dedicated individuals who are here to make your experience at Oxford the best it can be. Look through this page, and if you want to say Hello to any of us, just send us a message!

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

Email: ezziddin.al-hajyonis@lincoln.ox.ac
Supti Akhtar
Female Vice-President
(St. Hilda's College)
Salaam everyone! My name's Supti Akhtar a second year historian studying at St Hilda's college and your Female Vice-President! The OUIsoc is genuinely one of the most welcoming and active societies here in Oxford and having been on committee for almost two years now, I cannot imagine my university experience without it. This year I'm in charge of helping with the general runnings of committee life but I'm equally as dedicated to hearing any concerns minor or major you may have, so please never hesitate to drop me an email or message at any time. Whether you're here for a day or six years, insha'Allah we can help to make your journey here a beneficial one 🙂

“Ground yourself in that which nourishes you, and reach for the sky” - what Islam does for me.

Email: supti.akhtar@st-hildas.ox.ac.uk
Ahmed Abdu
Male Vice-President
(St. Edmund Hall)
Salaam everyone! I’m Ahmed - a 3rd year medic at St Edmund Hall and current Male Vice-President. As you probably know by now, the ISOC is one of the most multifaceted societies in Oxford - it truly encompasses all aspects of university life. This year, I’ll mainly be overseeing activities relating to islamic awareness, integrating with the local community and improving access to Oxford (watch this space!). Please do get in touch with any queries regarding these and beyond; it would be a pleasure to help!

“O son of Adam, do not be afraid of a tight livelihood when My treasuries are full and My treasuries never run out… O son of Adam! Don’t ask me for tomorrow’s sustenance, just as I have not asked you for tomorrow’s deeds. O son of Adam! I love you, so by My right over you, love Me!” (Hadith Qudsi)

Email: ahmed.abdu@seh.ox.ac.uk
Ayesha Musa
Secretary
(Jesus College)
Assalamu Alaykum. I’m Ayesha a 1st year medic at Jesus College. As secretary I’m responsible for sending out the weekly newsletter and general organisation within the society. If you have any ideas, concerns or just need someone to talk to, feel free to get in touch!

“There are 2 ways to spread the light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it”

Email: ayesha.musa@jesus.ox.ac.uk
Mustafa Qurashi
Treasurer
(Lincoln College)
As-salamu alaykum. I’m Mustafa, an FHS student studying medicine at Lincoln College. As treasurer, I manage the society’s accounts and should be your first point of contact for financial matters. In addition to monetary concerns, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any general questions about the ISoc or life at Oxford as a Muslim student.



Email: ghulam.qurashi@lincoln.ox.ac.uk
Nabeela Zaman
Communications Chair
(University College)
Salam! Peace be upon you ☺ I’m Nabeela a finalist reading Chinese Studies at University College. This year I’m in charge of all things media! Insha’allah I'd like to continue my YouTube work by making more videos for the OUISOC’s channel (go subscribe) and maintain the rest of our platforms. If you have any creative ideas feel free to send them my way~

“Wisdom will not be complete except by following the truth” - Imam Hussain a.s

Email: nabeela.zaman@univ.ox.ac.uk
Maitham Gulamhussein
Events Chair
(St. Hilda's College)
Assalaamu Alaykum! I'm a 2nd-year Maths & Stats student at St. Hilda's College and I'll be serving you as your Events Chair for the next year iA. This means that I am responsible for ensuring that the events we hold are well-organised and beneficial. If you have any suggestions for events, please do get in touch!

"Indeed, Allah is with the patient." - al-Qur'ān, 2:153

Email: events.ouisoc@gmail.com
Ibrahim El-Gaby
Student Affairs Chair
(Merton College)
Assalamu alaykum everyone. I’m Ibrahim, a 2nd year medic at Merton college. Coming to this university as a Muslim student can be a daunting and intimidating prospect, but it has the potential to be a very rewarding and enriching experience. I hope in my role as student affairs chair, I can help make it more of the latter, through striving to ensure the social, mental, and academic well-being of my fellow Muslim students. I’m always happy to chat or hear any ideas/suggestions, so please feel free to contact me via email, Facebook, or if you see me around!

Narrated by Abu Musa Al-Ash’ari - the prophet PBUH said "The Believer to the Believer is like a solid building, one part supporting the other” Sahih Bukhari

Email: ibrahim.el-gaby@merton.ox.ac.uk
Imran Naved
Graduate Chair
(St. John's College)
Assallamu Alaikum, I’m Imran and I am a first year Engineering DPhil student. I am responsible for the ISOC Graduate community, working with the Graduate Events and Graduate Welfare reps to provide events, socials and general support for the Graduate community. If you have any questions or concerns about Graduate life in Oxford or anything else really, feel free to get in touch!

“There is no wealth like knowledge, no poverty like ignorance” Ali Bin Abi Talib

Email:imran.naved@sjc.ox.ac.uk

Operational Committee

Mahdiyah Rahman
Sisters' Welfare & Social Officer
(Oriel College)
Assalaamu Alaikum everyone! I’m Mahdiyah, a 1st year history student at Oriel College. As the Sister’s Welfare and Social Officer, I am here to deal with any welfare issues that anyone has, as well as organising fun and relaxing sister’s socials and sports sessions. If anyone ever wants to have a casual friendly chat, or raise any issues and concerns please don’t hesitate to contact/message me either on facebook or via email.

“Never belittle a good act, even if it is nothing more than smiling at a fellow Muslim!”

Email:mahdiyah.rahman@oriel.ox.ac.uk
Ibby Abdu
Brothers' Welfare & Social Officer
(St Hugh's College)
Salaam everybody! I’m Ibrahim a 1st year PPE’ist studying at St Hughs College. In my role I deal with everything from the brothers socials to any welfare issues, 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 ideas for our socials, and any other suggestions/questions/advice are most welcome.

“If, then, I were asked for the most important advice I could give, that which I considered to be the most useful to the men of our century, I should simply say: in the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you.” - Leo Tolstoy (Essays, letters and Miscellanies)

Email:ibrahim.abdu@st-hughs.ox.ac.uk
Faaria Khan
Islamic Awareness Officer
(Pembroke)
Assalamu Alaikum everyone! I’m Faaria, a first year engineering student at Pembroke College. As Islamic Awareness Officer, I will organise our Society’s interfaith events and our annual Experience Islam Week that takes place in Hilary term. In this role, I am really looking forward to working with the University’s other religious and cultural societies and helping others to learn more about our beautiful religion. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or ideas!

"Body is purified by water. Ego by tears. Intellect is purified by knowledge. And soul is purified with love." - Imam Ali Ibn Abi Talib

Email:faaria.khan@pmb.ox.ac.uk
Rabii Malik
Access and Outreach Officer
(St Anne's College)
Abdullah Khalil
Religious Education Officer
(Brasenose College)
AsalamuAlaykum Everyone! My name’s Abdullah. I’m a 3rd/4th year medic at BNC! and someone’s put me in charge of the ISoc’s religious education – whatever that means- for the coming year. I’ve been around for some time now and seen some wondrous things and amazing people at the ISoc, so I’ll be working hard to basically keep the legacy alive and ensure that everyone who’s coming up gets the same chance at a truly transformative Islamic experience at uni. I’m always open to great ideas, so if you have any I’d love to hear them, no matter how whacky they seem.

Lo! My guardian-friend is Allah, who has revealed the book and he assumes guardianship of the righteous. 7:196

Email:abdullah.khalil@bnc.ox.ac.uk
Lennaert Woudt
Community Officer
(Brasenose College)
Salaam everyone! I’m Lennaert, a second-year PPEist at Brasenose College. As the Community Officer for the ISOC, I coordinate the society’s volunteering and charity work. This includes Charity Week which is a week-long campaign to raise money for charity, volunteer and bring the community together. If you would like to get involved in volunteering or if you have any questions or suggestions do get in touch! 

““Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart." - Rumi

Email:lennaert.woudt@bnc.ox.ac.uk
Ameer Ismail
Alumni Chair
(Merton College)
Assalam Alaykum, I am a second year law student at Merton. As the Alumni Chair, I am responsible for maintaining the link between the Islamic Societies of the past and the present ISOC. We will ensure that the OUISOC remains as accessible and welcoming to those that have graduated from Oxford as it was during their time here by organising events dedicated to our alumni. InshaAllah, we will work with our alumni to establish a sustainable foundation for future ISOCs through the creation of alumni fund.

"This [Qur'an] is enlightenment for mankind and guidance and mercy for a people who are certain [in faith]." (Qur'an 45:20)

Email: ameer.ismail@merton.ox.ac.uk
Hannah Rana
Graduate Events Officer
Asalaamu alaykum! I'm a first year DPhil student in Aerospace Engineering. I'm responsible for organising graduate events - religious discussions, socials and welfare sessions (along with the Grad Welfare Chair and Grad Chair). Our aim is to strengthen the graduate community here and ensure everyone feels at home and amongst family whilst pursuing their studies. If you have any questions or ideas, feel free to get in touch! 🙂

"O serene soul! Return to your Lord, joyful and pleasing in His sight. Join My servants and enter My Paradise." (Surah Al Fajr, Al Qur'an 89:28-30)

Email:hannah.rana@magd.ox.ac.uk
Ayse Gur-Geden
Graduate Welfare Officer
Salaam everyone! I’m Ayse, a second year PhD student in Sociolinguistics. As the Graduate Welfare Officer, I am collaborating with Hannah and Imran to promote a spirit of community for graduate students. If you want to get involved in something particular or you have any concerns, issues or questions, please let me know and as a team we will do our best to assist you! As ever, suggestions are always welcome.

"He who has created death as well as life, so that He might put you to a test [and thus show] which of you is best in conduct, and [make you realize that] He alone is almighty, truly forgiving." (Qur'an, 67:2)

Email:ayse.gur-geden@admin.ox.ac.uk
Hasina Manzoor
Media Officer
(Worcester College)
Assalamu Alaikum! I am a first year studying German at Worcester College. My main roles as Media Officer are to help create promotional material and to keep the website relevant and updated to reflect the fantastic work of our ISoc. Look out for a shiny new website design coming soon i’A! If you have any suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

"Show forgiveness, enjoin kindness, avoid ignorance" (Qur’an 7:199)

Email:hasina.manzoor@worc.ox.ac.uk
Minahil Mujahid
Politics Chair
(St. Anne's College)
Assalamu Alaykum, I'm Minahil, a first year medic. As Politics Chair, my goal is to help everyone realise the power they have to make a positive difference. As Muslims, ethnic minorities or women we all will feel a deep desire for change in our societies and so I would like to focus particularly on local issues, but still address international affairs concerning Muslims. I will be working with the Politics Action Committee (Safia, Danial, Saad, Affnafee, Lamis and Martyn) to host events and campaigns, and if there's anything in particular you would like us to address/get involved in, please do contact us!

"Verily, Allah will not change the condition of a people, until they change what is within themselves" [Al-Ra'd 13:11]

Email:minahil.mujahid@st-annes.ox.ac.uk
Moheez Hussain
Returning Officer
(Queen's College)
Sophie Thomas
Disabilities Representative
(St Edmund Hall)
The disabilities rep supports Isoc members who identify as having a physical, sensory or learning disability; a mental health condition or a chronic illness (regardless of whether they identify with the term disability). The disabilities rep can advise on accessibility for Isoc events and the prayer room, and keeps up to date with disability resources around the university. Please get in touch if I can be of help.



Email:sophie.thomas@seh.ox.ac.uk

Keep updated!

There are lots of ways to stay up-to-date with what's happening in the ISoc. One of the easiest is to sign up to our mailing list, which will detail all the events on, and others that might be of interest.

(There's a link to our facebook page which is also regularly updated with information at the bottom)