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Shabbir Hassan
Shabbir Hassan
Quran Recitation Shabbir Hassan is a speaker, Imam & teacher. He is a graduate from Ebrahim College, London (Alimiyyah - Arabic Language, Islamic Sciences and Hadith studies) and the University of Warwick (MA in Islamic Education). Having completed his Hifdh (memorisation of the Qur'an) in Leicester by the age of 15, he pursued a path of knowledge and has spent nearly a decade in this field. Shabbir is the author of 'A Beautiful Patience: 40 Life Lessons from Surah Yusuf' which has already sold thousands of copies worldwide. He has toured in many cities across the UK alongside influential names, most notably Mufti Menk, Ali Official, and Siedd. He is also the founder of @TheNikahCo which is the UK's leading bespoke Nikah service provider, and currently hosts the popular IlmFeed Podcast.
Boonaa Mohammed
Boonaa Mohammed
Film & Video Boonaa Mohammed is a critically acclaimed award winning film-maker, writer, spoken word artist and playwright. His popular Youtube videos have received Millions of views to date. Boonaa frequently conducts writing workshops and seminars, sharing his experience and expertise in Spoken Word and story-telling with mainly youth from all walks of life.
Ilyas Mao
Ilyas Mao
Sound Ilyas Mao is a Somali - Canadian singer, songwriter, composer, producer, actor, and an entrepreneur. His acapella nasheeds have been streamed over a million times on Spotify. Ilyas has also produced soundtracks for films and artists and has toured and performed globally as an Artist alongside some of the most influential entertainers of our time.
Zeeshan Ali
Zeeshan Ali
Influencer Zeeshan Ali is a Muslim YouTuber and comedian who uses humour and slapstick to discuss current events and topics. He has also worked behind the scenes with a range of channels for 10 years. For the last 6 years Zeeshan has been the producer of Smile2Jannah, a YouTube Channel which deals with multiple issues ranging from current affairs, mental health and youth issues, all through the medium of comedy. His channel has amassed 450k+ subscribers and millions of views. His talents range from presenting, acting and writing, to directing and producing.
Peter Gould
Peter Gould
Art & Design Peter Gould is an award-winning designer and creative entrepreneur. He has developed the concept of Heart-Centered Design which he puts into practice with global design projects & philanthropic initiatives. Peter is the CEO and Founder of Gould Studio where he leads a strategic design team based in Sydney and Jakarta.
Na'ima B. Robert
Na'ima B. Robert
WritingNa’ima B. Robert is the award-winning author of the bestsellers, 'From My Sisters' Lips' and 'Show Up: A motivational message for Muslim women' as well as over 25 books for children, teens and adults. Her books have been translated into over 14 languages, reviewed in major publications and studied at high school and university level. Through the Muslimah Writers Academy and her writing coaching programmes, she is dedicated to helping those who wish to write make their dreams come true.
Peter Sanders
Peter Sanders
Photography Peter Sanders is the world’s pre-eminent photographer of the Muslim world. For more than 55 years, he has travelled extensively around the world capturing over half a million images reflecting a rich traditional civilization filled with warmth, humanity and compassion. Through workshops, interviews and his photographic books he encourages broader and deeper interactions between people of different races and faith. Peter is a recipient of the ‘Fashion and Islamic Art 2013’ award from HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid al Maktoum in Dubai and has been named as one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world.
Felix Siauw
Felix Siauw
Influencer Felix Siauw is an Indonesian Content Creator and Co-founder of @YukNgajiID. He has spent years creating Islamic content for the younger generation in Indonesia. He is currently active on Instagram and YouTube and strives to make Islamic ideas easily digestible through books, novels, and comics.
Rawah Arja
Rawah Arja
Education and Writing Rawah Arja is an acclaimed writer, teacher and youth mentor from Western Sydney, Australia. Her passion is to write authentic stories that give diverse groups a sense of belonging and to explore the Muslim identity. Rawah’s debut young adult novel The F Team has been shortlisted for all the major literary awards in Australia. She has featured in writing festivals all over Australia and is currently teaching creative writing workshops in schools, particularly focusing on youth in both primary and high schools. Rawah is also a popular Muslim influencer on TikTok where she shares important life lessons from her father.
Talha Karatas
Talha Karatas
Apps, Games & Online Talha Karataş served in the Turkish Presidential Office as Project Director in charge foreign investments. After 10 years, he shifted to the private sector where he founded multiple companies, including a technology fund in the stock exchange. Talha is the Deputy Manager at Ottoman Games where he created the TMMTMM, a SuperApp that provides QR payments, blockchain, and cross-platform integrated software solutions. He is also an Advisor to the General Manager of Bilişim Vadisi, the biggest technology development zone in Turkey.
Omar Esa
Omar Esa
Sound Omar Esa is an independent award-winning, chart-topping International nasheed artist from the United Kingdom. As an internationally recognized nasheed artist, his success has allowed him to travel and perform in many countries, including concerts and tours in America, South Africa, Canada, Qatar, Switzerland, Holland, Norway, Australia, Dubai, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Pakistan. Omar Esa was previously an RnB/Pop singer who was inspired to change his path. His new journey began with a simple dream- to show the world the beauty of his religion Islam through his songs.
Nabib el-Rahman
Nabib el-Rahman
Apps, Games & Online Nabib el-Rahman is the Engineering Executive focused on Ad-Tech and Gaming Monetization at Unity Games.
Fatima Barkatulla
Fatima Barkatulla
Writing Fatima Barkatulla is an Aziz Foundation Scholar currently pursuing an MA in Islamic Law at the SOAS Law School, University of London. She is the author of ‘Khadijah, Mother of History’s Greatest Nation’ & currently authoring a book about ‘Aisha’ (RA). She has been featured on the BBC, the Times Faith section, Channel 4 and Islam Channel. She presents at the popular IlmFeed Podcast and is a recipient of the IKON UKHWAH International Award for young women in dawah and community service.
Nur Kareelawati Abd Karim
Nur Kareelawati Abd Karim
Education Dr. Nur Kareelawati is an associate professor of communication and media studies, and a founder of the Muslims in Creative Media Industries (MiCMI) at the Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia.
Mustafa Davis
Mustafa Davis
Photography Mustafa Davis is a Photographer, Filmmaker who graduated from New York Film Academy in 2005 and his films have since been showcased on PBS, POV, The Atlantic, WNET, Thirteen, Amazon Prime, and several international networks. His photography has been exhibited internationally and printed in magazines, newspapers, and publications. He runs a full-time visual arts training program in Istanbul, Turkey.
Qasim Arif
Qasim Arif
Art & Design Qasim Arif is a Multi-disciplinary artist and Third Culture Muslim Kid. Qasim specialises in creating art and design using primarily Arabic script to combine his Muslim identity and Pop Culture influences. In his work, he experiments with contemporary Arabic calligraphy and typography, influenced by his passion for the classical tradition, and Hip Hop where inspiration has been taken from the art of graffiti. Qasim’s work has been exhibited in Amsterdam, London, Berlin and Dubai. He has worked for a variety of global brands, including Nike, Google, Facebook, Instagram, Red Bull and GoFundMe among others.
Dr. Salman Butt
Dr. Salman Butt
Writing Dr. Salman Butt studied Biochemistry at Imperial College London followed by a PhD in Chemical Biology, carrying out research into photosynthesis. During his years at university he became involved in Islamic society da'wah and activism, and general Muslim community projects. He is the Chief Editor and a regular contributor at Islam21c, and also has a blog on the Huffington Post.
Michael Milo
Michael Milo
Kids Michael Milo is the co-founder and CEO of MuslimKids.TV employing over 50 technical and creative people, producing hundreds of MKTV originals every year.
Muhammad Jalal
Muhammad Jalal
Sound A lecturer in politics and the host of The Thinking Muslim podcast.
Amir Hamzah Hashim
Amir Hamzah Hashim
Art & Design President of ANIMAS, the Animation Society of Malaysia
Mohammed Ali
Mohammed Ali
Art & Design Mohammed Ali is a street-artist that uses his art to empower communities, often celebrating community stories around faith and migration. For nearly two decades, he has created graffiti murals, art installations, live performances and outdoor digital film projections, to get people to look into each others lives in an increasingly polarised society. Through his theatrical productions, he has created immersive experiences for audiences throughout the world. From the streets of New York, Amsterdam, London and Melbourne, through to performances to clergy in the Vatican.
Roshan Salih
Roshan Salih
Writing Roshan Salih is the Editor of 5Pillars, the only regulated Muslim news site in Europe, Australia and the Americas. Roshan has worked as a journalist and reported from over 25 countries. Highlights include the Iraq war and occupation, the Pakistan earthquake in 2006, the Lebanon/Israel war, the Iran nuclear crisis, the Egyptian revolution, the Libyan revolution, the World Cup, the Olympics and much, much more.
Shabbir Hassan
Shabbir Hassan
Quran Recitation Shabbir Hassan is a speaker, Imam & teacher. He is a graduate from Ebrahim College, London (Alimiyyah - Arabic Language, Islamic Sciences and Hadith studies) and the University of Warwick (MA in Islamic Education). Having completed his Hifdh (memorisation of the Qur'an) in Leicester by the age of 15, he pursued a path of knowledge and has spent nearly a decade in this field. Shabbir is the author of 'A Beautiful Patience: 40 Life Lessons from Surah Yusuf' which has already sold thousands of copies worldwide. He has toured in many cities across the UK alongside influential names, most notably Mufti Menk, Ali Official, and Siedd. He is also the founder of @TheNikahCo which is the UK's leading bespoke Nikah service provider, and currently hosts the popular IlmFeed Podcast.
Boonaa Mohammed
Boonaa Mohammed
Film & Video Boonaa Mohammed is a critically acclaimed award winning film-maker, writer, spoken word artist and playwright. His popular Youtube videos have received Millions of views to date. Boonaa frequently conducts writing workshops and seminars, sharing his experience and expertise in Spoken Word and story-telling with mainly youth from all walks of life.
Ilyas Mao
Ilyas Mao
Sound Ilyas Mao is a Somali - Canadian singer, songwriter, composer, producer, actor, and an entrepreneur. His acapella nasheeds have been streamed over a million times on Spotify. Ilyas has also produced soundtracks for films and artists and has toured and performed globally as an Artist alongside some of the most influential entertainers of our time.
Zeeshan Ali
Zeeshan Ali
Influencer Zeeshan Ali is a Muslim YouTuber and comedian who uses humour and slapstick to discuss current events and topics. He has also worked behind the scenes with a range of channels for 10 years. For the last 6 years Zeeshan has been the producer of Smile2Jannah, a YouTube Channel which deals with multiple issues ranging from current affairs, mental health and youth issues, all through the medium of comedy. His channel has amassed 450k+ subscribers and millions of views. His talents range from presenting, acting and writing, to directing and producing.
Peter Gould
Peter Gould
Art & Design Peter Gould is an award-winning designer and creative entrepreneur. He has developed the concept of Heart-Centered Design which he puts into practice with global design projects & philanthropic initiatives. Peter is the CEO and Founder of Gould Studio where he leads a strategic design team based in Sydney and Jakarta.
Na'ima B. Robert
Na'ima B. Robert
WritingNa’ima B. Robert is the award-winning author of the bestsellers, 'From My Sisters' Lips' and 'Show Up: A motivational message for Muslim women' as well as over 25 books for children, teens and adults. Her books have been translated into over 14 languages, reviewed in major publications and studied at high school and university level. Through the Muslimah Writers Academy and her writing coaching programmes, she is dedicated to helping those who wish to write make their dreams come true.
Peter Sanders
Peter Sanders
Photography Peter Sanders is the world’s pre-eminent photographer of the Muslim world. For more than 55 years, he has travelled extensively around the world capturing over half a million images reflecting a rich traditional civilization filled with warmth, humanity and compassion. Through workshops, interviews and his photographic books he encourages broader and deeper interactions between people of different races and faith. Peter is a recipient of the ‘Fashion and Islamic Art 2013’ award from HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid al Maktoum in Dubai and has been named as one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world.
Felix Siauw
Felix Siauw
Influencer Felix Siauw is an Indonesian Content Creator and Co-founder of @YukNgajiID. He has spent years creating Islamic content for the younger generation in Indonesia. He is currently active on Instagram and YouTube and strives to make Islamic ideas easily digestible through books, novels, and comics.
Rawah Arja
Rawah Arja
Education and Writing Rawah Arja is an acclaimed writer, teacher and youth mentor from Western Sydney, Australia. Her passion is to write authentic stories that give diverse groups a sense of belonging and to explore the Muslim identity. Rawah’s debut young adult novel The F Team has been shortlisted for all the major literary awards in Australia. She has featured in writing festivals all over Australia and is currently teaching creative writing workshops in schools, particularly focusing on youth in both primary and high schools. Rawah is also a popular Muslim influencer on TikTok where she shares important life lessons from her father.
Talha Karatas
Talha Karatas
Apps, Games & Online Talha Karataş served in the Turkish Presidential Office as Project Director in charge foreign investments. After 10 years, he shifted to the private sector where he founded multiple companies, including a technology fund in the stock exchange. Talha is the Deputy Manager at Ottoman Games where he created the TMMTMM, a SuperApp that provides QR payments, blockchain, and cross-platform integrated software solutions. He is also an Advisor to the General Manager of Bilişim Vadisi, the biggest technology development zone in Turkey.
Omar Esa
Omar Esa
Sound Omar Esa is an independent award-winning, chart-topping International nasheed artist from the United Kingdom. As an internationally recognized nasheed artist, his success has allowed him to travel and perform in many countries, including concerts and tours in America, South Africa, Canada, Qatar, Switzerland, Holland, Norway, Australia, Dubai, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Pakistan. Omar Esa was previously an RnB/Pop singer who was inspired to change his path. His new journey began with a simple dream- to show the world the beauty of his religion Islam through his songs.
Nabib el-Rahman
Nabib el-Rahman
Apps, Games & Online Nabib el-Rahman is the Engineering Executive focused on Ad-Tech and Gaming Monetization at Unity Games.
Fatima Barkatulla
Fatima Barkatulla
Writing Fatima Barkatulla is an Aziz Foundation Scholar currently pursuing an MA in Islamic Law at the SOAS Law School, University of London. She is the author of ‘Khadijah, Mother of History’s Greatest Nation’ & currently authoring a book about ‘Aisha’ (RA). She has been featured on the BBC, the Times Faith section, Channel 4 and Islam Channel. She presents at the popular IlmFeed Podcast and is a recipient of the IKON UKHWAH International Award for young women in dawah and community service.
Nur Kareelawati Abd Karim
Nur Kareelawati Abd Karim
Education Dr. Nur Kareelawati is an associate professor of communication and media studies, and a founder of the Muslims in Creative Media Industries (MiCMI) at the Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia.
Mustafa Davis
Mustafa Davis
Photography Mustafa Davis is a Photographer, Filmmaker who graduated from New York Film Academy in 2005 and his films have since been showcased on PBS, POV, The Atlantic, WNET, Thirteen, Amazon Prime, and several international networks. His photography has been exhibited internationally and printed in magazines, newspapers, and publications. He runs a full-time visual arts training program in Istanbul, Turkey.
Qasim Arif
Qasim Arif
Art & Design Qasim Arif is a Multi-disciplinary artist and Third Culture Muslim Kid. Qasim specialises in creating art and design using primarily Arabic script to combine his Muslim identity and Pop Culture influences. In his work, he experiments with contemporary Arabic calligraphy and typography, influenced by his passion for the classical tradition, and Hip Hop where inspiration has been taken from the art of graffiti. Qasim’s work has been exhibited in Amsterdam, London, Berlin and Dubai. He has worked for a variety of global brands, including Nike, Google, Facebook, Instagram, Red Bull and GoFundMe among others.
Dr. Salman Butt
Dr. Salman Butt
Writing Dr. Salman Butt studied Biochemistry at Imperial College London followed by a PhD in Chemical Biology, carrying out research into photosynthesis. During his years at university he became involved in Islamic society da'wah and activism, and general Muslim community projects. He is the Chief Editor and a regular contributor at Islam21c, and also has a blog on the Huffington Post.
Michael Milo
Michael Milo
Kids Michael Milo is the co-founder and CEO of MuslimKids.TV employing over 50 technical and creative people, producing hundreds of MKTV originals every year.
Muhammad Jalal
Muhammad Jalal
Sound A lecturer in politics and the host of The Thinking Muslim podcast.
Amir Hamzah Hashim
Amir Hamzah Hashim
Art & Design President of ANIMAS, the Animation Society of Malaysia
Mohammed Ali
Mohammed Ali
Art & Design Mohammed Ali is a street-artist that uses his art to empower communities, often celebrating community stories around faith and migration. For nearly two decades, he has created graffiti murals, art installations, live performances and outdoor digital film projections, to get people to look into each others lives in an increasingly polarised society. Through his theatrical productions, he has created immersive experiences for audiences throughout the world. From the streets of New York, Amsterdam, London and Melbourne, through to performances to clergy in the Vatican.
Roshan Salih
Roshan Salih
Writing Roshan Salih is the Editor of 5Pillars, the only regulated Muslim news site in Europe, Australia and the Americas. Roshan has worked as a journalist and reported from over 25 countries. Highlights include the Iraq war and occupation, the Pakistan earthquake in 2006, the Lebanon/Israel war, the Iran nuclear crisis, the Egyptian revolution, the Libyan revolution, the World Cup, the Olympics and much, much more.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: 2nd APRIL, 2022

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: 2nd APRIL, 2022