2023 NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED
Dr. Tabassum Malik Zulfiqar
Dr. Tabassum Malik Zulfiqar is not just a medical professional; she is a symbol of resilience, compassion, and unwavering faith. Her journey, marked by a rare encounter with facial palsy in 2017, has transformed her into an ambassador for change, a mentor, and a source of strength for countless individuals worldwide.
A Doctor's Journey As a dedicated medical practitione
Dr. Taslima Begum
Dr. Taslima Begum is a distinguished Senior Lecturer in Computing and Information Systems at Cardiff Metropolitan University, renowned for her contributions to academia, ethical computing, and the intersection of technology with society. Her multifaceted career has spanned across prestigious institutions and diverse roles, exemplifying her commitment to education and empowering c
Meet Zahra Arefa, a trailblazing scientist whose journey into the world of STEM began at the age of 18 at the prestigious Great Ormond Street Hospital. From that remarkable starting point, Zahra has carved an extraordinary path, inspiring young minds to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
A Young Scientist's Journey Zahra's journey as a scientist
Jamila Karolia is a trailblazer in the realm of women's sports, particularly within the Muslim community. Her unwavering commitment to creating inclusive spaces for Muslim women to engage in sports has brought about a profound impact on their lives. With a deep understanding of the unique needs and aspirations of diverse women, Jamila has played a pivotal role in reshaping the lands
Iqra Ismail stands as a trailblazer in the realm of women's football and sports advocacy. Her journey is one of dedication, empowerment, and breaking down barriers for Muslim women in sports. With a commendable array of achievements and a fervent passion for the game, Iqra has left an indelible mark on the landscape of women's sport.
A qualified football coach and a fervent advocate for
Ruqsana Begum, a force to be reckoned with in the world of kickboxing, has carved an indelible path as a British Bangladeshi martial artist. Born with a fire in her heart and a relentless drive, Ruqsana's journey from East London to global kickboxing arenas is nothing short of inspirational.
A Fighter's Heart: Ruqsana's story began in a neighborhood where determination w
Meet Anisah Abdullah, a dedicated advocate for perinatal wellness and a skilled trauma healing counselor. Through her platform, InherentBirth, she has been a guiding light for Muslim women and mothers on their journey to regaining control over their birth experiences. Anisah's unwavering commitment has not only empowered countless individuals but has also inspired others to join he
Meet Dr. Kiran Rahim
A dedicated NHS Paediatric Doctor and a compassionate mother of three. Driven by a profound commitment to improving child health and well-being, she has embarked on a remarkable journey that blends her extensive medical expertise with a deep passion for education.
Dr. Rahim's journey is underscored by an impressive medical background, including the attainment of a prestigious
Syeda is not just a full-time teacher; she's an exceptional educator whose unwavering commitment and passion serve as an inspiration to the young minds she nurtures. Her classroom is a vibrant hub of diversity, fostering self-confidence, self-esteem, and a profound love for learning among her students.
Beyond her role as an educator, Syeda wears the mantle of leadership with grace. As
Pioneering Entrepreneur and Founder of Once Upon a Dua
Meet Jada Zaman, the visionary CEO and founder behind Once Upon a Dua, a groundbreaking startup that has reshaped the landscape of faith-inspired baby products for modern Muslim families. Based in the vibrant city of London, Jada, along with her husband, has carved a niche for themselves, offering exquisite and Scandinavian-influence
Meet Saeedah Haque, the trailblazing British Bengali designer hailing from North London, whose innovative designs have redefined modest fashion and captivated the fashion world's attention. With a unique blend of traditional modest wear and contemporary streetwear aesthetics, Saeedah has become a prominent figure in the fashion industry.
A Modest Fashion Icon Saeedah Haque's journey a
Nabeela Reza, a beacon of ambition and entrepreneurship, has etched her name as a trailblazer in the world of online education and tech. Her journey, marked by determination and dedication, saw her rise to the helm as CEO of the world's first online Islamic education tech business at the remarkable age of 24. A visionary leader, a hijabi woman, and a holder of a master's degree in Isl
Fareeha Jay's journey is a testament to resilience, passion, and the transformative power of education. As a mature student who graduated in 2016, Fareeha overcame substantial obstacles during her academic pursuits, from navigating a foreign education system to balancing her responsibilities as a parent without familial support. Her journey took a pivotal turn after qualifying, when she
Guiding Hearts and Exploring Horizons as the_travelette
Rehnumah Insan, widely recognized as the_travelette on Instagram, is a remarkable figure in the world of travel, photography, and modest fashion. As a Muslim travel influencer, she has not only showcased the beauty of diverse destinations but also transformed her platform into a wellspring of inspiration, guidance
Dr. Nafia Khan
Dr. Nafia Khan, a woman of many roles and remarkable achievements, stands as a beacon of empowerment and inspiration for a diverse community. Through her influential presence on social media, she has transformed the lives of countless individuals, celebrating their successes, amplifying their voices, and shedding light on crucial issues affecting the South Asian populat
Introducing Aisha Desai, a visionary and community leader whose dedication has lit up the heart of Central London during the sacred month of Ramadan. As the founder of Ramadan Lights, Aisha's mission to celebrate and uplift the Muslim community has left an indelible mark on the cityscape and in the hearts of countless individuals.
Aisha's journey took a luminous turn when she spearheade
Guiding Light of Humanitarian Dedication
Meet Dr. Shameela, an extraordinary humanitarian whose impact knows no boundaries, spanning both the UK and international communities. As a compassionate trailblazer, she leads by example, galvanizing community initiatives, rallying support, and fostering a culture of involvement that resonates near and far.
Shameela's life is a testament to the
Sadia Mir, a remarkable young Muslim woman whose powerful voice resonates across boundaries, ensuring that all are heard and understood. With her faith as her guide and her experiences in England as her canvas, Sadia uses her platform to address a wide range of vital topics: from the challenges faced by young Muslims, mental health, identity struggles, faith and culture, to heritage, his
Meet Maisie Byers, a visionary on a mission to transform the world of art and culture for Muslim girls. Nominated for her remarkable journey, Maisie has embarked on an inspiring endeavor to create opportunities for young Muslim girls to explore the realms of art and culture while honoring their religious boundaries.
Maisie's groundbreaking initiative, the Grace & Poise Academy, stands a
The Literary Voice of "Rumi's Daughter"
Meet Meral Alizada, a gifted author who has captured the hearts and minds of readers with her remarkable literary work, "Rumi's Daughter." In the world of literature, her name has become synonymous with profound storytelling and a deep exploration of spirituality and heritage.
Meral Alizada's journey into the world of words and n
Rashida grew up in a small African country called Malawi where she spent most of her childhood exploring arts and crafts. After moving to the UK in 2010, she had little opportunity to pursue her passion as she was busy raising her family and caring for her son with special needs. It is only after the loss of her sister in 2016 that she was inspired to pick up her paintbrush again. He
Welcome to the world of the Oversharers Podcast, where lifelong cousins and best friends, Kaltun and Hodo, invite you to share in their journey. Their story begins on a shared YouTube channel, where they discovered the transformative power of personal storytelling, realizing that sharing one's experiences could inspire, empower, and uplift when the audience is right.
In the Overs
Zainab, a London-based multi-passionate individual, delves into diverse interests spanning pop culture, fashion, art, and humor. With a profound love for movies and TV shows, she enthusiastically shares her insights on her social media platforms.
Her recent role as a red carpet social host at the BAFTA TV Awards showcases her active involvement in the entertainment industry, including
I’m Salma, a mum of three. My current role is a researcher specialising in social mobility and wellness. Prior to this I had a career in education, started as a geography teacher and then a SENCo.
I started selling my granola last june for charity after a personal bereavement. I just wanted to make people feel good.
I am now stocked in a number of local stores in my town and I use
By day Khadeejah is a 24 yr old English PGCE student and by night she is an award winning and forward thinking Entrepreneur. Founder of TBMG, an international platform dedicated to black Muslim women and Thrive Tribe a digital platform dedicated to helping Muslim women redefine what life means to them.
Farzana graduated from Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh in Maths & Statistics with BSc Hons.
She established a career in banking over 14 years, in leading Investment banks, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs,.
In April 2000, Farzana married her best friend, Jules Shohab, a fellow banker, and they were blessed with a daughter, Zahrah who was born in 2002.
Farzana continued to work full-t
Arfah is a lifelong community builder and advocates for diversity and inclusion. From shaping the regeneration of East London post 2012 Olympics to building resilience in young people as a youth trustee for a charity. She accidentally co-founded a startup called Discoverables. This catapulted her into the technology world which led her to co-found MuslmaicMakers a community for Muslim
With a background in software engineering and EdTech, Marwa moved into the world of an Islamic Fintech firm bringing with her several years of software development experience. She quickly became an instrumental part of the company’s success, presiding over significant company growth since its inception in 2015. Though Marwa's official title is Technology Lead at Yielders, she serves a d
Eiman is a Senior Tech Consultant in EY’s FSO Capital Markets practice joining the firm in 2018. She is also currently the co-chair of the EY Muslim Community. In this role, Eiman leads 750+ global members in building an environment where people of all faiths and backgrounds can bring their true authentic selves to work every single day. She has worked on several high-profile engagements
Dr Sayyada Mawji
Dr Sayyada Mawji is a London based General Practitioner, international aid worker, philanthropist and senior charity lead. Alongside these roles she is a media doctor providing a trusted voice to leading international media outlets whilst using her social media platform to raise health awareness @doctorsayyada
Sana is a qualified family lawyer, department manager with her law firm and Court advocate. She has established mentoring schemes and offers 1-1 guidance to support others and especially females from minority backgrounds to help them feel empowered to pursue their dreams and break into what can be often a closed circle profession.
Sana realised that to change this cycle and systemati
I am a registered midwife with over 10 years experience Alhamdulillah. I have a keen interest in high risk pregnancies. I hope I can help those less fortunate who have no access to health care, such as in countries where hospitals and health centres are miles away. I hope to one day improve the survival rates in perinatal health in these countries. I also have a great passion for all thin
Anoushé is a champion for all those experiencing barriers and self-limiting beliefs.
Born missing her right arm below the elbow, living with multiple health conditions, a cancer survivor, a Muslim and coming from an ethnic minority, Anoushé has never let what society or culture thinks she should do limit her or dictate the direction of her life. She is constantly breaking the mould an
Meet Sahra-Isha, a researcher, strategist in advertising and qualified running coach. She is the founder of ASRA Club, a safe
space centering Muslim women in sports as a way for them to unlock their inner athlete. Founded in 2019, the club holds running sessions, talks around wellness and healthy living all through the lens of Islam and tailored workshops during Ramadan. Communit
My name is Mahvish Akram. “How can you be Muslim, female and box?” and “What do your parents say?” I’ve lost count of the two most common questions I’ve been asked over the years.
With a smile on my face, I can happily say I am the Co – Owner of WBC Womens Boxing Club Birmingham in Birmingham. I am a boxing coach who runs group and 121 sessions, runs out of schools and runs sessions fo
Shelina is an awardwinning author and media commentator. Her best-selling memoir Love in a Headscarf is a story of growing up as a British Muslim woman. She is a recognised influencer and global thought leader on social and cultural trends on young Muslims. She is the author of the definitive work on young Muslim audiences: “Generation M: Young Muslims Changing the World” She was
Since 2020, she’s been working on her documentary directorial debut under her production company Mpwr productions. The film was shortlisted for the 2021Whickers Awards. Myriam was nominated as one of only 14 “filmmakers to watch” in 2021 by One World Media Myriam is a presenter, reporter and documentary filmmaker, having most recently produced a report on police brutality in France
Mariah is a model, presenter and filmmaker from the UK. She became recognised as the world’s first hijab-wearing model after featuring in H&M’s international ‘Close the Loop’ campaign. Mariah has featured in press, including CNN, BBC, and the New York Times
as a leading authority in ‘modest fashion’.
Outside of modelling, she produced and presented a short documentary for Comic Relief
Medina is the Author of the book Home Sweet Rented Homevoice and the voice behind the blog Grillo Designs , where she shares creative and affordable ways to decorate your home with a DIY approach. The Grillo Designs blog which launched In October 2015 has gained a large readership over the years and has been nominated (and awarded) for some prestigious awards, including Marie Claire
I'm Ellie Quinn, I am a Travel Blogger and I have been running my travel blog and travel Instagram account since 2015. I love to encourage people, especially women to travel and give tips on how to travel, how to save money and the best places to go. In 2020 I became Muslim and since then I have been sharing my journey as a revert Muslim on Instagram and YouTube providing resources for
Dr Rim Turkmani
Dr Rim Turkmani holds a PhD in Theoretical Astrophysics and MSc. Physics from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden. She worked an Astrophysicists at the Imperial College in London until 2013 and in 2006 she was awarded the prestigious Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship of the Royal Society. Her academic publications on particle accelerations in solar flares continue to be cited regu
Khadijah is a 22 year old aerospace engineering degree apprentice based in the North West. She is a keen advocate for women in STEM and her current role involves supporting the implementation of future technology vision in an innovative manner. In her spare time, you'll catch her in the mountains if she's not dabbling in the world of art, photography and poetry.
Nignat bakes cakes and since last year not only has, she given profits to those in need, especially during Ramadan, but also she has sent food parcels, including her delicious cakes as puddings with her mouth-watering biriyani to families in need through local charities and initiatives. She is not from a wealthy family with a big house, but her kindness and generosity to help people
Dr Rebecca Elyas
I began cooking for the community during the lockdown.
I lost my mother to cancer a few years ago and wanted to offer charity in her name.
During the covid-19 pandemic, so many people were left homeless and without food-this served as the perfect opportunity for me to help.
My only challenge was that I could not cook or even boil rice adequately. I attended Dr Shameela’s batch co
Kathleen Roche-Nagi is managing director of Approachable Parenting, which is a registered non for-profit organisation that provides unique parenting courses and coaching to BAME families especially Muslim families. Approachable Parenting enable parents to explore problems in a safe environment and teach them skills which enable them to develop a better relationship with their fa
Kosar Ali is a BAFTA nominated actress who made her film debut in the critically acclaimed BAFTA award winning breakout hit Rocks. Next for Kosar is Dangerous Liaisons; an 8 episode Starz original series and reimagining of Pierre Choderlos de Laclos’ classic 18th century novel. Kosar plays ‘Victoire’; Camille’s (Alice Englert) sparky, cynical and brave best friend.
Kosar's role in Rocks pl
Pearls of Islam
Pearls of Islam consist of Sakinah Lenoir and Rabiah Mali a British duo with African Caribbean heritage. They share songs of praise, words of devotion and sounds of love. They are singer-songwriters who compose and arrange all of their songs. Their music is heavily rooted in traditional Islamic poetry ( Qasaid) and contemporary sounds
The Ladies sit their voices on top of instruments
Shareefa Energy is a poet, youth worker, community activist involved in grassroots campaigning. Her poetry collection Galaxy Walk was published by Burning Eye Books. She is currently working on a novel. She is a creative writing workshop practitioner. Her poetry is raw, honest and consistent against injustice. Witnessing her performing has been described as an almost religious exper
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