I am a passionate and dedicated food blogger all about showcasing the accessibility of cooking to everyone. I started my social media to show others just how easy it can be to cook with what is already available to us in our homes. My pages are all about minimal spending, minimal waste and how to reinvent recipes we grew up eating. I believe my method of cooking is unique and ultimately fun to try to avoid what I deem ‘cooking fatigue’. My blog features a wide array of homemade meals all of which made achievable to the average home cook!
Ashley Belal Chin is an actor, writer and international Poet from south London with Caribbean background. After a tough childhood, Ashley’s life started to change once breaking into the acting scene in 1998, at 15 years old he landed his first role in BBC critically acclaimed film “Storm Damage” by Lennie James.
Ashley was awarded trailblazer at Edinburgh film festival for his role as ‘Asad’ in Paul Andrew Williams’ “Cherry Tree lane.”
Ashley then went on to do many films and television shows including BAFTA Scotland’s best feature film ‘Starred Up’. Ashley also played the lead role in “Victim” a film which he co-produced and penned himself, alongside Michael Maris.
Off camera, Ashley enjoyed the stage in his career playing in ‘Lift Off’ by Roy Williams and ‘Gone Too Far!’ by Bola Agbaje at the Royal Court Theatre. He also featured in ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘Damned by Despair’ at the National Theatre.
After Ashley’s much success as an actor without attending drama school he became an inspiration to many from similar backgrounds and would spend his time outside of film and television travelling the world as a motivational speaker and poet inspiring people from less fortunate circumstances. Since 2009, Ashley has recorded 5 spoken word albums. In 2018 Ashley travelled to west Africa running workshops for orphans and decided to purchase land and build a school and orphanage. He now takes regular visits to the fully running SPOT Academy.
Ashley has just released his debut book of poetry and is currently in production of his directorial debut feature film FAITH.
“The best of mankind are those that benefit mankind.” (Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him)
Nazia Sultana is the founder of Sustainably Muslim, a platform that aims to inspire and empower Muslims to serve the environment and their community through education and social action. She is a speaker, workshop facilitator and consultant, focussing on faith-based activism.
Through her work, Nazia hopes more people can understand how Islam is a holistic religion that provides Muslims with the framework to live a sustainable and moral life. She particularly enjoys reading and sharing ahadith, drawing on the lifestyle of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) to show this.
Her passion for community led projects and wildlife steered her to create a community garden in east London with the support of a committed group of volunteers. Nazia holds a BA (Hons) in English Language and Literature from King’s College London.
Bilal would describe himself as an outdoor enthusiast. Growing up, he was always interested in sports and exercise, but this somewhat escalated during the covid lockdowns – now, he likes to spend most of his free time running, hiking or cycling, plus a bit of gardening as well.
All this time spent exploring the outdoors has given Bilal a renewed appreciation for nature and wildlife, evidenced by the fact that his phone gallery purely consists of photos of sunrises, flowers, and self-proclaimed “cool views”. He’s also keen on doing his bit for the community, whether that’s taking part in local litter picks, or volunteering with organisations including the Islamic Society of Britain and the Ramadan Tent Project.
During working hours, Bilal is an Assistant Manager at a financial services company, where he advises business owners who are looking to sell their companies.
Mariah Idrissi is a Model and Filmmaker from the UK. She became recognised as the world’s first hijab wearing model in 2015 when featuring in a global campaign for H&M.
Mariah signed to Select Models in 2016 and is currently signed to Premier Models. In 2017, Mariah was on the cover of Emirates Woman magazine and featured in Rihanna’s FENTY beauty campaign. Outside of modelling, she has co-produced campaigns for MAC cosmetics, Boohoo and Elizabeth Arden. Telegraph’s Fashion News and Features Editor, Bibby Sowray credits Mariah Idrissi as “One of the first to make waves in the industry”.
In 2018, she became recognised as a MIPAD – Most Influential People of African Descent by the United Nations. Mariah travelled to Niger with charity ‘Islamic Relief’ and wrote an article in The Guardian about their work against violence towards women and girls. Mariah became an ambassador for charity ‘Help Yateem’ in 2019. She produced a short documentary for Comic Relief around homelessness as one of their ‘Creativists’.
She has co-written and co-produced an online skit series called ‘The Halalians’ accumulating over two million views. Mariah has over 300k followers across social media and is currently developing a feature film.
Jazib is a UK-based Documentarian hailing from the lower Himalayan region of Kashmir. He has a sharp eye for human interest stories and is keen on global advocacy projects that help bring inclusive sustainability, societal equality and fair human rights.
Mohammed works as an analyst for InfluenceMap, an Independant UK based think-tank which provides data driven analysis on how business and finance are impacting the climate change policy. Prior to this role, he studied Physics at Queen Mary, University of London. He has a keen interest in the intersection between science, policy, and data, and how the three can be utilised together to tackle the climate crisis.
Amirah Iqbal has an academic background in Theology and Politics. She is currently working with EcoIslam/ The Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Sciences (IFEES) as a climate activist to help raise awareness about the importance of environmentalism within Islam. IFEES is a UK based charity dedicated to the maintenance of the Earth as a healthy habitat for all living beings.
Muslim Hikers is a grass root initiative under the umbrella of Active Inclusion Network CIC, set up to help empower Muslim communities to get outdoors. What started off as just an Instagram page for online community during lockdown has now rapidly grown in to a massive global community with over 80,000 followers across it’s social media platforms. The platform seeks to inspire Muslims through innovative digital content by normalising the outdoors and creating community whilst their extensive monthly hiking programme is recognized to be the largest known regular walking events in the Country; promoting safety, confidence and awareness of the outdoors. Muslim Hikers has the ambition of growing to become an umbrella organisation representing and supporting all the UK based grassroot groups that are servicing the Muslim community to help get outside.
Diana Hysenaj is an activist and campaigner, working with communities to drive change. As an activist for the ONE campaign, Diana is joining the global movement campaigning to end extreme poverty and preventable diseases by 2030, through working on campaigns in the UK, raising awareness, and lobbying political leaders amongst other steps on a local, national and global level. She is also the Communities Coordinator for the Fair Energy Campaign, working to tackle fuel poverty and the increasing costs of living crisis through coordinated community action and the development of three strands: emergency, education and policy/advocacy. She is currently studying Politics and International Relations at University and is a global mentor for iamthecode, helping to tackle the current global STEM skills shortage in marginalised communities.
Aisha Yusuff is a self-taught book reviewer, who works as a Software Engineer by day (after years with a life science academic background). She enjoys learning about new ideas and cultures through the books she reads. When she’s not cajoling her friends and family into reading a book, she’s enjoying time with kdramas. Her works can be found on online platforms like The New Arab, REWRITE London, Amaliah, and Hikaayat.
I am Juju Ghaz, well known for my witty funny videos on YouTube, Instagram and Tiktok. I’m a British-Muslim based Influencer with over 500,000 followers across my social media channels. I like to use my platform to spread joy, lessons and get my followers involved in campaigns and charity work.
My demographic is very unique as I not only have a wide Arabic and Muslim following but have viewers worldwide including celebs and big influencers and YouTubers.
I love being the voice of change and so I enjoy trying new things, and channelling my creativity to get messages across to people. I also have a passion for makeup and beauty, so I enjoy making makeup videos and helping my followers with their confidence. It’s important for me to always remember I was given a platform for a reason and so I always ensure I’m constantly spreading awareness on current issues including mental health and local news. From campaigns by the NHS, to charity fundraisers my platform always has something going on for the greater good and is something very important to me.
Founder of Active Inclusion Network. Marathon Runner & Mountaineer
Haroon is an adventure and thrill seeking Athlete who has for over a decade been setting himself ambitious fundraising challenges; running multi marathons and climbing mountains around the world, raising millions of pounds for charity and inspiring so many from the South Asian & Muslim Communities to follow in his footsteps.
Haroon has a strong passion for increasing diversity and inclusion in outdoor fitness, which led him to create the Active Inclusion Network and launching projects such as Muslim Hikers, which has rapidly grown to become the largest community in the world for Muslim interested in the outdoors. The organisation now hosts an extensive monthly hiking programme recognized to be the largest known regular walking events in the Country; promoting safety, confidence and awareness of the outdoors.
I am a journalist who is passionate about race, diversity and equality. My work has always looked to shine a light on issues affecting underrepresented communities. As a journalist and writer I have worked with outlets such as Glamour Magazine, Gal-Dem, Daily Mirror and MetroUK. I write and speak about issues such as immigration, misrepresentation of Islam and about being a British Pakistani Muslim. Through social media I have also been able to share the stories of minority communities, whether it’s unpacking their histories or providing social commentary on issues that impact these groups. In 2018 I also spent a year living in Pakistan, Karachi and worked as a TV presenter, through this I have been able to stay connected to my roots and this has always been reflected in the work I take part in.