We have a dedicated Judges Panel to help select the winners of the Beacon Mosque Awards. Our panel has a vast amount of experience in the Mosque area, which will help to provide a balanced and different perspective and opinions on selecting the winners. The judges will be assessing evidence of work from the Mosque, through open-source checks on websites, social media, press as well as looking at the polling numbers to see the public view.
Saleha Islam is a trained Muslim counsellor, who was the first woman to manage an established British Islamic centre in London, as well as being the former Regional Director in London for the charity Penny Appeal. She has over 25 years of experience working in social services and supporting those in need in the Muslim community. She has also been a trustee of a Mosque and other charities.
Dr Mahmood Chandia
Dr Chandia is currently a senior lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire. Mahmood Chandia has a rich academic background having attended a diverse range of Institutions. After memorising the Quran, Mahmood pursued Islamic and Arabic Language Studies at a traditional Muslim Institute of Learning in (Bury Darulloom) England. This was followed by undergraduate studies leading to a Batchelor of Arts in Islamic Studies from the renowned Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt. Mahmood then progressed to Post-graduate studies leading to a Master of Arts (1992) and Ph.D in Middle Eastern Studies (1999), at the University of Manchester, England. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He has translated the Quran into Urdu and lectures widely.
Yasin Rahim is trained as a pharmacist. He also has an MBA and a Master in Economics and Quantitative Methods. He had an opportunity to serve as the Secretary of Wessex Jamaat, the Secretary-General of the Council of European Jamaats and the Secretary-General of The World Federation of Khoja Shia Ithnaasheri Muslim Communities. Has been a lead consultant to MINAB and provided support to many charities, his passion is in community capacity building.
Shaykh Ahmed Babikir