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Trustees (Listed alphabetically)

Sheikh Ali Abbas Malik

Director of Islamic Education

Sheikh Ali is a graduate of Law from the University of Westminster. He started his Islamic studies journey in London under the guidance of his father H.E. Sheikh Zafar Abbas. From 2009 to 2018 he studied at the Islamic seminary (Hawza) in the holy city of Najaf. In his final years there, he attended senior studies lessons under the guidance of a number of grand scholars. Sheikh Ali has a particular interest in youth engagement/projects and leads several youth initiatives in the UK.

Dr. Azra F. Naqvi

EdD, Doctor of Arts in Education

Azra has an academic background in education leadership and social work. She is the Principal & founding member of Hadi School of Excellence, USA. She is also a member of the Teacher Preparation Advisory Board, at the National College of Education, National Louis University. She served as a member of the Islamic Society of North America Education Forum planning committee; member of the board of the Council of Islamic Schools of North America (CISNA); and Served on Cognia Accreditation Engagement Review 2021.

Furat Al Yassin


Furat is an entrepreneur and Director of his own companies. He attained an MBA from the LSE and is currently a part-time PhD student at Cass Business School, Department of Management. Through his research he would like to explore how to improve organisational effectiveness in educational institutions that operate in fragile environments. Furat is passionate about community service and is active in several community projects in the UK and abroad.

Dr. Said Bakir

MD, MSc Nuclear Medicine

Dr. Said is the Director of Integral Medical Group in London. He has a long history in community service and is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of Imam Ali Foundation and an active member of its Family Affairs Committee. In addition, he is a member of the Imam Kadhim (as) Caravan, and the Iraqi Medical Group which are charitable committees that provide medical services free of charge to vulnerable communities in the UK and the Middle East.

Zulekha Hirji

MEd, Masters of Arts in Education

Zulekha holds a Masters in Education from the Institute of Education at UCL. She has over 17 years of  teaching experience, working with children in both faith-based and secular settings in London and Dubai, and across the spectrum from early years to secondary school. She is passionate about community projects and is a senior leader at the Shia Ithnasheri Madressa. Zulekha feels strongly about children experiencing education in a way that enables them to reach their full potential.

Directors (Listed alphabetically)

Ali Jaffri

MSc, FBCS, CITP, Director of IT

Ali completed his graduation in Business Management, Masters in Information Technology and holds a Level 4 Diploma in Leadership and Management from ILM. Due to keen interest in Technology and Management, Ali pursued a number of certifications from Microsoft, APMG, ISEB, BCS and ISACA. He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Chartered IT Professional and Membership Assessor.

Ali is also studying towards an MA in Islamic Studies and Hawza from the Islamic College in London. Ali works with a number of UK and International community organisations providing his services in the areas of Educational Services, Compliance, Digital Presence and Operational process improvements.

Mariam Datoo

Director of Sports

Mariam has a Level 2 FA qualification in football and she is a qualified Boxercise Instructor, training ladies and children alike both online and in person. She has played for Northwood Ladies Football Club and has been instrumental in the setup of girls/ladies sports for Stanmore Jafferys in 2015, and has not stopped since then to ensure ladies and girls have the opportunities available in the sporting arena.

Mariam’s coaching philosophy is straight-forward “I am a firm believer that if you have knowledge or know-how;  pass it on to those who do not. I also believe that playing sports as a child not only builds character and confidence but also gives a sense of accomplishment. It also prepares children for life, teaching them about working as a team or as a team player, not as an individual. This is turn instils confidence and self- esteem in the child. I am a Coach because of my passion for my work and I believe in nurturing their dreams to be the best on and off the court/pitch.”