Meet the Trustees
To ensure good effective governance, provide leadership and vision it is essential for a charity to have trustees who have particular qualities and specialised skills. This allows the charity to fulfil its purpose in a manner that instils confidence in the hearts and minds of it supporters and beneficiaries.
The Nawaal Fund is overseen by five trustees who are well-known reputable members of Hackney’s Muslim community. All the trustees have extensive experience in leadership roles which, combined with the experience gained from managing other successful local charities, provide the Nawaal Fund vision and strategic direction.
- (Dr, Mufti) Abdur Rahman Mangera PhD (Chairman / Ameer) – Mufti Abdur Rahman Mangera, a local resident of Clapton, served as the Imam of Masjid-e-Quba in Stamford Hill from 2008 to 2014. He memorised the Holy Qur’ān, then graduated from Darul Uloom Bury with formal authorisation in the Islamic sciences. He has a PhD in Islamic Studies from SOAS University of London and has also specialised in legal judgment (iftā’) at Mazahir Ulum, Saharanpur, India. He works on scholarly publications through White Thread Press and many of his lectures are available online through ZamZam Academy.
- (Hafez) Mohammed Sidat – (Hafez) Mohammed is a resident of Clapton and, since 1990, has been serving intermittently as the Chairman of Madina Masjid. During the past 5 years he has been instrumental in helping deliver new services at Madina Masjid to help provide for the increasing needs of the local community. He attended a seminary in Gujarat, India, where he memorised the Quran in 1975. He runs a chauffeur driving and construction company.
- Yusuf Dana – Yusuf has been a resident of Stamford Hill since 1987. He is a founding member of the independent Tayyibah Girls School and has successfully managed local businesses (in home furnishings, food and property). He served as Chairman of Masjid-e-Quba between 2009 and 2011.
- Eusoof Dawood Amerat – BSc., MIET– A local resident of Stoke Newington since 1969, Eusoof, by profession, is a retired BT Executive Engineer/Senior Project Manager. He served as Chairman of Masjid-e-Quba between 1986 to 1990 as well as 2000 to 2003 and also served as a Board Member of the NLMHA (North London Muslim Housing Association) between 1986 and 2011. Presently Eusoof is a member of the governing body of Tayyibah Girls School and, since 2001, he has been serving as a member of Hackney’s IAG (Independent Advisory Group), supporting strategic partners such as the Police and Hackney Council. Eusoof also works closely with local Jewish and Christian faith leaders, for the benefit of the wider Hackney community.
- The Nawaal Fund also has a number of non-trustee members who provide additional support and help take care of the charity’s day-to-day activities:
- Imam (Muhammad) Shoyaib Nurgat (Waltham Forrest) – Imam Shoyaib memorised the Qur’aan at an early age in Dewsbury. He went on to study the Islamic sciences at Tadkeshwar, India and acquired Ijazah in tajweed and qiraat from Sheikh ul Qurra Qari Ahmadullah and Sheikh Qari Siddiq. For the past 23 years Imam Shoyaib has served as the Imam of a mosque in Walthamstow and is also a governor of a successful local girls school. Through his role as an Imam and community leader he strongly promotes and actively engages in community cohesion initiatives such as food banks/drives and community opens days. He also provides guidance on many contemporary issues facing the Muslim community.
- (Hafez) Suleman Alibhai– Suleman has worked within the welfare system for the past 13 years. As a result of this experience, he has extensive knowledge in assessing benefit claimants and assisting claimant’s looking for employment. Within the community he has been voluntarily involved in faith based outreach work helping build spirituality and confidence in members of the local community; a role which has also allowed him to travel abroad on numerous occasions. Suleman is also an active member in the NLMCC Father’s Forum Steering Group, helping with planning and delivering of year round projects for local fathers and their children. He attended a seminary in Pakistan where he memorised the Quran in 1994.
- Shaykh Khalil ibn Elyas Laher (Newham) – Shaykh Khalil studied Islamic sciences and various other sciences at Jamiat al-Ilm Wa al-Huda (Blackburn). He formally graduated with a degree in Islamic Studies, as an Alim (jurist) from the ‘Alimiyyah Course with certifications (Ijazaah) in various disciplines under the tutorship of Mufti Abdus Samad, Moulana Abdul Haq and others. His studies of Islam and religion have included both traditional and Western academic settings. Currently he is the head teacher of a weekend islamic school/madrassah in Newham, he also works full-time as a faith advisor and teacher. During his busy schedule Shaykh Khalil dedicates his time in managing the Q&A and scholars of various websites. He also manages various social cohesion community projects providing leadership and strategic direction for achieving goals and outputs.
- Sajad Mir – Awaiting bio.
- Shahid Malji – Awaiting bio.