Most Impactful Imam 2022 Finalists

Category #6 – Most Impactful Imam

This category is seeking to award an Imam (or a team of Imams) that have shown through their work positive impact in the Mosque and or in the surrounding community, (Muslim or Non Muslim)

Impact could relate to changes in behaviour, change in community perceptions, contributions to community activities or programmes that are changing peoples lives. Interfaith programmes, school, hospital, prison, visits on a regular basis that have impact.

Judges will be looking for evidence or testimonials to demonstrate impact.

2021 winner: Sheikh Nuru Mohammad

2020 winner: Imam Ijaz Shaami

2019 winner: Imam Hammad of Iqra Centre, Coventry

2018 winner: Sheikh Fazle Abbas Datoo of Wessex Jamaat


Imam Ebrahim Esakjee
(Bilal Academy)

Imam Ebrahim Esakjee is a graduate of Darul Uloom Bury and a Khaleefah of Mawlana Hashim Jogwari hafizahullah. He has served as a Trustee of Bilal Academy in Walsall and Imam and lecturer of Tafseer and Hadeeth at Masjid Al-Farouq for over 20 years as well as serving as principal of the Alim course.

Shaykh Rizwan Hussain al-Azhari
(Al-Hayat Centre)

Shaykh Rizwan Hussain al-Azhari is the Founder and Principal of Al-Hayat Centre in Southampton, having previously served as Head Imam and Khateeb at Bashir Ahmed Masjid. In addition to his work as an Imam, Shaykh Rizwan has been the Muslim Chaplain at the University of Winchester for the last five years alongside his role as a junior Lecturer in the Spirituality department.

Qari Is’Haaq Jasat
(London Islamic Cultural Society)

Qari Is’Haaq Jasat is the Founder of the National Huffadh Association UK and part-time Imam at London Islamic Cultural Society in North London. He is a qualified Teacher and is currently Lead Teacher of RE and Civic & Community Leadership Coordinator at an Islamic secondary school.