Our Team

Aisha Hasan, Founder & Editor

Aisha is the founder of the Qarawiyyin Project. Pursuing her postgraduate degree in London, she is also a student of Islamic Studies and a Quran teacher. She has been active in her Muslim community for several years, appearing on television, radio shows, and delivering talks at universities around the UK.

Sarah Bellal, Digital Director

Sarah completed her undergraduate studies in Political Economy, with a concentration in development in the Middle East and North Africa. Her interests include political theory and development economics, and she is currently based in California.

Aishah A., Graphics Designer

Aishah is a medical doctor based in London. Raised in Malaysia, she is a student of Islamic studies and has delivered numerous talks aimed at empowering Muslim youth in the West.

Aaminah Y., Events and Outreach Officer

Aaminah Y. works in cardiology and dabbles in Islamic studies on the side. Her interests include history, politics and community development. She is currently based in London.  

Abida Aura, Intern – Editor

Abida completed her studies in law, International Relations, sociology and anthropology in Australia. She has actively served the Muslim community in Sydney, including being invited as a speaker for talks and panels on topics such as politics and Orientalism.

Noorhan A., Intern – Writer

Noorhan is based in California and completed her undergraduate studies in biology. Her interests include the Islamic sciences, Islamic psychology, bioethics, and global mental and maternal health.

Fadilah Salawau, Intern – Writer

Fadilah is a Law student and writer based in Dublin. Her passions include traditional Islamic studies, holistic tarbiyyah and academia, as well as public speaking, language, culture, literature and journalism.

Rushda N., Intern – Writer

Rushda is an undergraduate student of Islamic studies and physics based in Saudi Arabia. She writes for her website, New Dawn, and conducts youth-centric workshops in association with Islamic institutes in Malaysia. When she’s not trying (and failing) to comprehend quantum physics, she can be found stargazing, devouring books or adding to her assortment of equestrian-related injuries.

Ayah Aboelela, Intern – Writer

Ayah is a graduate student in World History and Digital Humanities at Northeastern University. She hopes to combine her background in software and love for history and storytelling to make historical stories more accessible to diverse audiences. You can follow her on Instagram @caveofkutub.

Yomn Allam, Intern – Social Media

Yomn is a student of Psychology, Digital Marketing, and Islamic Studies based in the United Arab Emirates. Her interests include history, linguistics, political theory, and sociology, especially with regard to issues involving the integration of foreign ideologies into the Muslim world and how they should be navigated.

Hajira Y., Intern – Graphic Design

Hajira is based in India, and currently works as an administrator and designer at an NGO. As a talibat-ul-ilm, she is searching for light in a world of darkness. She is interested in learning about and traveling to all of the places that have been illuminated by the history of Islam.

Our writers

Ilham Ibrahim is the founder of Qurtuba Online. A surgical nurse by profession, she’s an avid reader, martial arts enthusiast and enjoys studying history and sacred sciences.

Heraa Hashmi is the Marketing Director at Traversing Tradition and is best known for her research project, Muslims Condemn. She is a graduate in Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology and has also studied linguistics. Her interests include the Islamic sciences, cognitive linguistics, and bioethics. You can follow her on Twitter here  @caveheraa.

Syeda Rabea Bukhari is from Indian-occupied Kashmir. She completed her Master’s in English Literature in New Delhi, India. You can follow her on Twitter @RabiaBukhari_

Nayla Majestya is a lecturer in media studies Jakarta, Indonesia. A graduate of the University of Edinburgh, she is also an Arabic student at the International Open University. You can follow her on Twitter @MajesticNayla

Esra N. Kandur completed her undergraduate studies in political science and international relations and her masters in international conflict studies. Her interests include Islamic sciences, politics and the ethics of war. She is the co-host of Seriosity, a podcast dedicated to war and politics. You can follow her on Twitter @esnika_

Iman Amin is an aalima student at Al Salam Institute, and a youth worker at Bayaan Youth Group for Muslim girls. She takes a great interest in current affairs and the role of Islam in society today. She hopes to pursue further studies in the Arabic language and the Quran. You can follow her on Twitter @hearandweobey.

Nur S. is a graduate of Wellesley College with a BA in Economics and is currently a student of Economy and Finance. She also works as a producer at TRT World. She is interested in art history, urban planning, and developmental economics. You can follow her on Twitter @nomadicturk.

Marzuqa Karima is a graduate of Ebrahim College having completed the Alimiyyah Programme and subsequent postgraduate course in Hadith studies (Dawra Al-Hadith). Her interest lies in the Hadith sciences, and she has attained ijāza from the likes of Shaykh Akram Nadwi (UK) and Shaykh Hatim al-Awni (Makkah), as well as studying for a brief stint in Amman at the University of Jordan. She is currently pursuing an MA in Islamic Studies at SOAS. You can follow her on Twitter @SM_karima.

Iman Awed is a young Somali writer living in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her interests include Islamic history, sociology and politics, especially that which concerns the affairs of the Muslim world, and seeks to inspire Muslim youth to emulate their forefathers in order to return to their former glory.

Sarah Salih is a Qalam seminary graduate and the co-ordinator of Conscious, a youth lead organisation dedicated to youth and female empowerment which aims to bring to light a practical and relevant understanding of Islam.