About Us

The Wilaya Trust is a charity dedicated to the preservation, transmission and development of traditional spirituality, knowledges, and arts. Based in Oxford, England, the trust aims to cultivate an approach to education in which the intellectual, physical, and spiritual well-being of individuals is addressed through the art of living and learning in community. The spiritual perspective of the Wilaya Trust is that of Islam, and the Trust draws upon holistic traditions of education to collaborate with others who similarly wish to uphold and spread ethical and responsible cultures of beauty.

Our Mission

We develop an approach to learning in which the intellectual, physical, and spiritual well-being of individuals is cultivated by practising knowledge in community.

To provide holistic educational programmes in Oxford and SE England. We organise classes, workshops, and hands-on learning of crafts and practical skills, in order to revivify timeless perspectives on learning and life.

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To foster attachment to local community. We arrange events and activities that allow people to experience how we flourish most when we are committed to our communities, to the natural order, and to God.

To support other community-based educational programmes. We serve as an educational consultancy that develops models and materials tailored for individual communities' needs throughout the U.K.

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Meet Our Team

The Wilaya Trust team brings together professionals with diverse yet complimentary backgrounds and skills, including scholars, academics, educationalists, entrepreneurs, project managers, health specialists, and technology experts.

Teachers

Mawlana Ibrahim Amin
Hifz Director
Mawlana Ibrahim Amin is a traditionally-trained Muslim scholar and hafiz (memorizer) of the Qur'an. He studied the traditional Islamic disciplines in Kuwait, India, and in the UK. He is imam of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, and serves as the director of the Wilaya Trust's hifz (Qur'an memorisation) programme.
Sheikh Saqib Mahmood
Instructor
Sheikh Thaqib Mahmood is a traditionally-trained Muslim scholar and instructor in Arabic. He has studied the traditional Islamic disciplines in Yemen, Syria, the UK, Mauritania, and Turkey. He currently teaches Arabic at the Faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford. He holds a PGDIP in Arabic teaching from the School of Oriental and African Studies, and is completing a Master's degree in linguistics at the same institution.
Ustadh Mansoor Malik
Arabic Instructor
Ustadh Mansoor Malik is a professional tutor in mathematics, Arabic and Islamic studies. He studied Arabic and traditional Islamic disciplines in Damascus, Jordan, Yemen, and the UK. He holds a degree in Philosophy from King's College, and an MPhil in Philosophy from the University of Warwick, where his research centred on approaches to knowledge and education. He is currently studying theoretical physics at the University of Nottingham.
Sheikh Salman Younas
Instructor
Born and raised in New York, Sheikh Salman Younas graduated from Stony Brook University with a degree in Political Science and Religious Studies. After studying the Islamic sciences online and with local scholars in New York, Sheikh Salman moved to Amman. There he studied Islamic law, legal methodology, belief, hadith methodology, logic, Arabic, and tafsir. He completed his DPhil at Oxford University, and is currently preparing a book on the early evolution of the Hanafi madhab.
Hifz Instructors
Imam Saad Ahmad
Ustadha Yasmine Ahmed
Ustadha Heba Alayyoubi
Ustadha Banan Boneh
Ustadha Zainab Hussein 
Imam Abrar Mehmood
Ustadha Haleema Mulla
Ustadha Reem Al Sagher
Ustadha Najma Taj

Trustees

Dr Muhammad Isa Waley,
MA (Cantab) PhD (London)
Dr Muhammad Isa Waley was Lead Curator for Persian and Turkish Collections at the British Library, London (retired). He is a respected world specialist in manuscript studies, as well as the classical verse and prose literature of Islamic spirituality in Persian, Arabic, and Turkish, including that of the famous poet, Jalal al-Din Rumi.
Dr Afifi al-Akiti
MA DPhil (Oxon)
Dr Afifi al-Akiti is a lecturer at the Faculty of Theology, and Lecturer in World Religions at Worcester College, University of Oxford. His research focuses on the philosophical writings of Ghazali.
Mr Neamul Mohsin
Treasurer
Mr Neamul Mohsin is an investment and endowment fund manager, with over fifteen years' experience in financial services with global institutions.

Trust Management

Dr Talal Al-Azem
Director
Dr Talal Al-Azem is a historian at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, and lecturer in the Faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford. He has written and lectured on the history and philosophy of Islamic education, alongside work on the history of Muslim jurisprudence. He serves as the director of the Trust.
Ms Caroline O'Connor
Operations Manager
Ms Caroline O'Connor is a qualified and experienced primary teacher, with an MSc in Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise. She has been involved in establishing numerous projects in Oxford and has served on the governing body of a number of schools in South East England. Caroline is also the founder of a successful homeschooling collective in Oxford.
Mr Neamul Mohsin
Finance Manager
Mr Neamul Mohsin is an investment and endowment fund manager, with over fifteen years' experience in financial services with global institutions.
Dr Claire El Mouden
Project Manager
Dr Claire El Mouden is an evolutionary biologist and interdisciplinary researcher at the University of Oxford. The focus of her work is human sociality, and she is interested in the interface between biology and the social sciences. She studies the effect of leadership on social evolution, social learning, and how our environment affects the social behaviours we perform.
Mr Shehzad Najib
Project Manager
Mr Shehzad Najib is a co-founder of Kinteract, a company producing software applications which serve as real-time digital records for a child's development in primary and secondary schools. He has over a decade of experience in the educational and financial sectors for companies such as Pearson's and Barclays.

Volunteer & Support

Craftsmen, health specialists, educationalists, and others are invited to volunteer expertise and advice towards implementing our model of integrative learning in your community.

 

We are seeking donors to finance the current educational activities of the Trust, and for philanthropists to help establish the endowment fund.

 

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