Dr Safaruk Chowdhury | Chairman

Dr Safaruk Chowdhury studied Philosophy at Kings College London completing it with the accompanying Associate of Kings College (AKC) award. He then travelled to Cairo studying the traditional Islamic Studies curricula at al-Azhar University. He returned to the UK to complete His MA at the School of Oriental and African studies with distinction. His doctoral dissertation was on the eminent Sufi hagiographer and theoretician Abu ‘Abd al-Rahman al-Sulami (d. 412/1021) published as A Sufi Apologist of Nishapur: The Life and Thought of Abu ‘Abd al-Rahman al-Sulami (Sheffield: Equinox Publishing, 2019). Saf’s research interests in addition to Sufism at the moment are in paraconsistent logic, metaphysics, ethics and epistemology with keen interest in how these subjects were all utilised for clarifying and explicating Islamic theological doctrine – especially within kalam theology. His forthcoming book is entitled Islamic Theology and the Problem of Evil (New York and Cairo: AUC Press) which is the first work in Islamic studies to treat the topic within the analytic theology approach.

Zaiti Athirah Zaiful Amri | South Asia representative & Manager.

Zaiti Athirah, an enthusiastic English major at IIUM, is fueled by a passion for writing and editing. Her focus on Islamic Literature enriches her cultural understanding. She’s made significant impacts at SUBEST Magazine and The BENL Chronicle, showcasing leadership as Head Editor. Currently, she excels as Managing Editor at The BENL Chronicle, balancing managerial duties with writing. Alongside her studies, Zaiti aims to contribute meaningfully to her field with her diverse skills and dedication.

Aiman Zhafran | University Representative

A second-year English Language student seasoned by his perusal of English classics, Russian masters, and the absurdist Camus. Interested in the absurdity of the human condition, world history, and post-Second World War poetry, Aiman is attempting to diversify his interests into Islamic literature and philosophy while promoting them to his peers. Aiman also contributed to the poetry landscape of IIUM as the former vice-president and the current president of the IIUM Poetry Club, intending to lay fertile foundations for aspiring poets of IIUM.

Alaa Dean Al-Zalam| Public Relations Manager

Bio: Coming soon

Farish Nabil Amirul Bin Ramli | Social Media Manager

Farish, a dedicated political science student at the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), harbors a profound enthusiasm for video editing, sports, and politics. His curiosity for world politics, war history, and Islamic history has been a cornerstone of his interests since childhood, fostering a robust foundation for his current academic pursuits. At IIUM, Farish has excelled as an established video editor for IIUMTV, leveraging his technical skills to create compelling content. His engagement in the IIUM Toastmasters Club highlights his commitment to developing his public speaking abilities, ensuring he can articulate his insights and perspectives effectively. Driven by a desire to expand his horizons, Farish is on a quest to reconnect with literature, aiming to enhance his understanding and broaden his worldview through the wisdom found in books. This literary journey complements his academic and extracurricular activities, enriching his knowledge base and critical thinking skills. Farish’s ambition extends beyond personal growth; he is determined to make a tangible impact on the political environment at IIUM. Utilizing his academic knowledge, practical experience, and honed skills, he is on a mission to observe, analyze, and contribute to the gradual improvement of the university’s political landscape. His proactive approach and passion for positive change underscore his potential as a future leader in both academic and political spheres.

Usthad Junaid Dar | Media Presenter

Usthad Junaid Dar was born in England in 1983 and resides in London. In 2007. He obtained a Masters in Civil Engineering from University College London (UCL) and went on to achieve his BA in Islamic Law from the University of Al-Azhar in Cairo. For many years ustadh Junaid Dar has appeared on numerous TV stations including Huda TV, Islam Channel, and weekly sessions on IQRA International TV. He currently reading MA in Islamic law at SOAS university.

Imran Kamaly | Publication Manager

Imran Kamaly earned a BA in Arabic from the School of Oriental and African Studies, and an MA in Applied Linguistics from Birkbeck. He has an interest in reading particularly about Islam and Muslim affairs.

Founder & Project Manager

Abdul Hai is a book lover, bookbinder, book restorer, and leisure writer. His other interests include book collecting, woodwork, gardening, and fishing. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Science from Birkbeck, University of London. He also holds a certificate of higher education from the same university. Currently he is a postgraduate student at University of Wolverhampton. He is very passionate about sharing his reading experiences, especially on topics related to Islam.