Meet the Team

Editors

Head Editor and Blog Manager

Nasmira Firdous is the Head Editor and Blog Manager for Islamic Online University. She has a Masters Degree in Nutrition and is a Health Writer by profession. Currently pursuing B.A in Islamic Studies from Islamic Online University, she believes in balancing deen and dunya to climb the ladder of success. Apart from being passionate about painting and crocheting, she loves to string her thoughts together by writing articles that would empower Muslims with beneficial knowledge and graceful confidence, helping them become the torchbearers of Islam. A regular contributor for Productive Muslim, Habibi Halaqas and The Ideal Muslimah, www.diffrntstrokes.wordpress.com gives a sneak peek into her world. A proud student of IOU’s Global Quran Memorization Center, she wants to complete her hifdh and implement the glorious words of Allah in her day-to-day life.

Sister Vero Umm Adam is a 7th semester (Spring 2011) student of IOU BAIS. She is a speaker, teacher, writer, editor and translator. She is also a da’eeah, mainly for the Czech-speaking community under the PROislam o.s. organization, where she is a vice-president.

Writers

Aishah Ahmed is a post graduate student and a freelance writer and editor. She is currently a 2nd Semester BAIS student and is also involved in volunteering works at Islamic Online University. She loves directing her capabilities towards the work of Allah. Her desire is to please Allah and work for Him and His deen. These are the primary driving forces in her life.

Amina Edota is a writer, educator and a lifelong learner. Through her travels, life and work experiences, she has come into close contact with people of all age groups and backgrounds. Amina is committed to working with the youth to clarify and take action on their goals – from the Spiritual to the Creative. She believes in tapping into the huge potential youth offers.

Hussein Alghouleh is an online freelance contractor. He currently works as a translator for Arabic and English languages, and is an occasional writer/blogger. He also teaches Arabic language for foreigners, while joining different online educational courses including the BAIS with IOU.

Ibtihal is a striving Muslimah hoping to seek Allah’s pleasure through her Islamic writings. Having completed a ‘training of daees’ course taught by ustadh Rayan Arab, she wishes to start a Qur’an tajweed course in sha Allah. She wants to major in Economics and spread awareness about Islamic shariah law in sha Allah.

Fathima Shifnas Thamiem is presently studying BAIS at Islamic Online University and holds higher diploma in Information Technology. She has been a writer since her childhood, She made her entry into the virtual world as a writer through some online forums and social networks. As a writer, her goal is but to strive her best to please Allah Azzwajal with every word she inks Insha Allah

Grandma Jeddah is the author of Discipline without Disrespecting: Discover the Hidden Secrets of How to Effectively Discipline Your Muslim Child –And Keep Your Peace of Mind while at It. She is the mother of 11 children and 13 grandchildren. She has taught hundreds of students for over 30 years at an Islamic school in Los Angeles, California. She teaches Muslim mothers effective and gentle parenting methods and assists Muslim wives with difficult marital relationships. Let her help you establish a more peaceful and pleasant home life for you and your family. Order her e-books at: www.shop.grandmajeddah.com. Or subscribe to her free newsletter at: www.grandmajeddah.com

Khadija Abdus Sabur is a Certified Integrative Nutritionist, Emotional Wellness Advocate, and Holistic Health & Lifestyle Coach. Sister Khadija is also the Founder of Womanbynature.com, a digital media company and education platform for Muslim women who are striving to consciously develop awareness and elevation in the areas of spiritual, emotional and physical health. A “Muslimah Cultivation Portal”, Woman by Nature provides daily articles, innovative and immersive online courses, as well as individual and group coaching support that so many sisters desperately need.

Nisaar Nadiadwala is based in UAE and is an established writer and a speaker on Islam and Muslims. He is also a trainer in Islamic Communications skills for students and the corporate world. His book I WANT TO MARRY, BUT…has just been released as an e-Book. His next books DA’WAH WORKOUTS and PARENTS RETIRE, PARENTING DOES NOT are in their final editorial stages. All of his books can be bought on www.shop.grandmajeddah.com. Nisaar Nadiadwala can be contacted at mnisaar@gmail.com.

Sana is a mother of 2, currently pursuing her diploma in the 3 Ts in the Quran: Tajweed, Translation and Tafseer and Fiqh from Al Huda International. She is passionate about sharing the lessons that she learns from the Quran and Sunnah to enrich our lives to gain Allah’s pleasure. She tries to do this by writing articles which she hopes are helpful to the adults and by teaching children in a fun and friendly manner. She personally blogs at islamiclifestyle4u.wordpress.com

Nasmira Firdous has a Masters Degree in Nutrition and is a Health Writer by profession. Currently pursuing B.A in Islamic Studies from Islamic Online University, she believes in balancing deen and dunya to climb the ladder of success. Apart from being passionate about painting and crocheting, she loves to string her thoughts together by writing articles that would empower Muslims with beneficial knowledge and graceful confidence, helping them become the torchbearers of Islam. A regular contributor for Productive Muslim, Habibi Halaqas and The Ideal Muslimah, www.diffrntstrokes.wordpress.com gives a sneak peek into her world. A proud student of IOU’s Global Quran Memorization Center, she wants to complete her hifdh and implement the glorious words of Allah in her day-to-day life.

Yusra:
Having completed her Sociology degree from a Canadian university, Yusra seeks to invest her time, energy and skills into developing an Islamically educated generation that is at the top of every academic career-line in the light of the Quran and Sunnah in sha Allah. She has and continues to pursue her knowledge of Islamic studies with Al Huda Institute and Bayyinah; two main institutions which have equipped her with the ability to understand the Quran in Arabic walhamdulillah. With a deeply rooted passion for the natural lifestyle, Yusra finds solace in being close to nature; “Reflect on the creation. Connect with the Creator” is the maxim of her personal blog. Her interest in writing developed at a young age, and over the years, she has written numerous reflection articles, several research papers, and many stories. She finds writing to be an excellent intellectual and emotional outlet. Although her hobbies mainly include DIY projects, from kite-making to sowing a home garden to crochet gifting and others, Yusra’s most serene past-time is spent with a pencil, notebook and her Mushaf, pondering upon and writing down her personal Quranic reflections.

Writer

Umm Salih is a homeschooling mother and freelance writer striving to seek the pleasure of Allah.

Writer

Amatullah is an aeronautical engineer and is presently studying BAIS at Islamic Online University. She’s an employee of IOU. She considers herself to be a writer, poet and an idealist who is striving on a path to revolutionize the Muslim Ummah.

Sheima Salam Sumer
Writer

Sheima Salam Sumer, Ed.S., earned her Master’s degree in Counselor Education from the University of South Carolina in 2007. She has worked as a professional counselor in a variety of settings. She published her first book in 2012 titled, “The Basic Values of Islam: Alphabetically Listed with Islamic References” (AS Noordeen). Her second book, “How to be a Happy Muslim Insha’Allah,” reflects her journey on how to feel good/happy within while being true to Islam, her faith. She hopes that this book will show others how to reconcile Islamic teachings with the goal of feeling positive feelings, for the sake of being a more productive Muslim, insha’Allah. Her website is www.howtobeahappymuslim.com

Lilly S. Mohsen
Writer

Lilly S. Mohsen is the uprising author of the “Prophets To Islam” series for kids. Lilly is a writer and a Psychologist working as a part-time therapist, besides being a spiritual speaker and a contributing author to a number of renowned Islamic blogs and educational websites. For more about Lilly, make sure to check her new blog: Lillymohsen.wordpress.com. And follow her on Twitter to know her daily thoughts @Lillymohsen

Hannah Morris
Writer

Hannah Morris is originally from the UK, but is currently living in Ireland. She converted to Islam in January 2007, is married with 4 children and is working as a Muslim Youth Counsellor for the Islamic Online University. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a Masters in Health Psychology and is currently completing her diploma in Islamic studies at the IOU. She has over 10 years of experience working in health and social care settings in the UK, USA and Ireland. She has primarily worked in secure psychiatric hospitals housing adults with enduring mental health problems and forensic histories, and in residential settings for children and adolescents with behavioural and emotional difficulties.

Former Writers

Gregory Morse (Abdul Baseer) is a Muslim originally from Los Angeles, California, USA. He graduated with a BS in Computer Engineering from Lehigh University and worked several years as a software engineer before embracing Islam in 2010 officially in Malaysia. He is currently pursuing BMAIS at Islamic Online University while studying to memorize the Qur’an and perfect his tajweed as well as engaging in Quranic research and an Islamic metadata project. His goal is to come up with fresh ideas and ways of thinking to apply Islam to the complexities of the modern world and to use the intellect, which is really a spiritual faculty, to solve problems and shape our world towards Islamic ideals that will solve many of the crisis encountered in these modern times. A researcher and thinker, he combines his computer experience to do practical work from da’wah videos. He also maintains a website at www.islamsource.info to carry out research towards building reusable and general patterns that would advance Islamic software and sciences in the computer age. He hopes Allah will accept the effort and give hidayah to many people.

Suleiman Athman is a Chartered Accountant with a passion for writing for Islam and Muslims. He is also a BAIS student at the Islamic Online University who is fascinated by Islam’s glorious history as well as the science of hadith. He hopes that by writing, he will benefit himself first and the Ummah at large.

Former Writer

Abu Aaishah is an aerospace engineer and a researcher by profession from India, currently living in Saudi Arabia. He is a blogger, sports person, graphic designer, inventor, a student of knowledge and a striving Muslim. He thinks of himself as a common Muslim, and prefers to be called that way. See more of his thoughts on www.commonmuslim.wordpress.com

Former Wirter

Arshul Mohammad is an upcoming Da’i and author, who has his humble roots in India, and has been actively involved in a multitude of activities to promote Islam and peace. Following his academic pursuits (he holds a degree in Engineering), he aspired to do something better with his life and got a push from the Surah al-Ḍuḥa (The Morning Brightness), one of the chapters of the Glorious Quran, which changed his life and made it more meaningful. His words are inspired from the teachings of the Prophet (PBUH), and he writes in the name of the Lord, who created man from a clot. His interests pushed him to read and understand the beauty of the Quran and to let people know more about Islam. You will often find him on the streets of Delhi doing Street Dawah, reminding you of the true purpose of your life with the question, “WHAT’S YOUR GOAL?” He has slowly evolved and read books of the major religions of the world, and is trying to create an understanding between communities. This interest and research led him to author two books, “Jesus Preached Islam. Period.” and “The Lost Brothers”. While discussing with him, you’d often find him explaining the importance of the verses of the Quran in the current global sphere. An avid blogger, he reaches out to people by writing about the Methodology of Dawah, religions and ethics. Arshul derives his inspiration from Ustadh Hamza Andreas Tzortzis, who himself has devoted his life to the propagation and understanding of Islam.

Former Writer

Fareed Ahmad is a Charted Accountant by profession but is devoted to Islamic public speaking, writing and mentoring. He conducts several workshops and lectures on various topics at different venues. He is also pursuing his religious studies from IOU and has spent time in the company of several prominent scholars and preachers including Shaykh Suhaib (student of Imam Hudayfii, Imam Masjid e Nabwi) & Nisaar Y.Nadiadwala (Peace TV). He can be reached at fareedahmad_1@hotmail.com

Former Writer

Zaynub Zafar is a graduate in Sociology who has done Taleem ul Quran course from Al-Noor International, Institution of Islamic Education and Research, in Lahore, Pakistan. She writes articles for various websites and blogs, including the Youth Club. Her main focus is Aqeedah, from the works of Shaykh Saalih Al Munajjid, Shaykh Ibn Baaz, Shaykh Ibn Uthaymeen and Dr. Yasir Qadhi. She also writes on various social evils.

Graphic Designers

Anam Khan
Graphic Designer

Anam is a graphic designer living in Dubai. She’s been trained to provide visual solutions in an aesthetic manner to communicate with the viewer in an effective way. She begins by researching her subject, does a brain storm and then sketches out her ideas on a paper. She finally creates a digital illustration. She uses the same strategy to present Islam related topics that are visually appealing, attractive and fun to look at.

Fathima Bint Aboobacker
Graphic Designer

Fathima Bint Aboobacker is a graphic designer living in India, Kerala. “Even as a child, designing was my passion” she says. She always noticed color arrangement in nature and tried to capture that in drawing and designing. IOU recognized her skill and honored it. Joining IOU was solely to be a part of its blessed mission. Allah blessed her in being able to use this love and interest in designing to be able to serve Him and help spread the message of Islam. To be able to learn the design software and graphic designing while working for IOU, she considers it as a blessing from the Almighty, Alhamdulillaah!

Bint Mirza
Graphic Designer

Bint Mirza is an Interior Designer currently residing in Jeddah. Her interest in learning about her deen and implementing it lead her to use her professional skills for the sake of Allah. “We were taught how to present our architectural spaces and designs on a presentation board. It is like presenting a story of how it started from an idea and conceptual sketches to the final design outcome. I was able to best use the knowledge of presentation boards in Islamic infographic designs, where you present the whole lengthy story (content) with few visuals and words. I enjoy this work because it helps me retain the knowledge of my deen and share it with others. All Praise is due to Allah alone.”