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Shaykh Bilal Brown

Managing Director and Spiritual Advisor

Converted in 1999
Afro-Caribbean Heritage



Bilal Brown accepted Islam in 1999 and went to study Arabic in the Arab world in 2004 where he became fluent within 6 months. He returned to the UK in 2006 and left again in 2008 to study Islamic Sciences. He graduated from 4-year intensive 6-day a week, all-year-round accelerated course in Shari’ah studies at the Al-Dawli Institute of Arabic and Islamic Sciences in Damascus in 2012 in addition to studying privately with scholars in Damascus. He then went to Yemen to further his studies in Shafi’i jurisprudence, Arabic grammar and self-rectification. Bilal Brown returned to the UK in November 2014.

He has 2 years of experience working in the field of alcohol and drug addiction as well as several further years of experience working with and teaching young people. He also has certificates in Childcare, IT, Social Science, and Counselling.

He currently teaches Arabic and Islamic sciences in the northwest of England and online as well as conducting chaplaincy, translation, and community work.

imran rahim

Director of Pastoral Care and Education

Heritage Muslim
Pakistani Descent



Imran Rahim completed his Masters in French and Spanish in 2007, spending periods abroad in Paris and Granada. During this time, he also began his journey in Arabic and Islamic studies, and eventually travelled to Cairo in 2012 to continue his Arabic studies. He then moved to the Middle East in 2013 to pursue further studies and eventually returned to the UK in 2018, beginning a career in tech and continuing his work teaching both heritage and new Muslims.

He has worked as a typesetter and a cover designer for over 80 projects, and has also translated several books.

Imran has a passion for teaching and focuses on conveying the Islamic tradition in an accessible and relevant manner.

Rumela Bandyodpadhyay

Social Media Manager and Educator

Converted in 2004
Indian Heritage



Rumela trained as a radiographer and studied Diagnostic Radiography at St George’s medical school. Converting to Islam from Hinduism in 2004 she continued to learn and study in the middle east. Rumela focused her time on quranic studies, spirituality, and etiquettes of calling people to God.

Since 2010 she has been involved in teaching converts. Rumela is passionate and concerned that converts have the opportunity to grow and learn in a safe space without changing who they are at their core. ‘Islam didn’t come to replace us, but rather to encourage us to be the best version of ourselves’.

A mother of 3, Rumela enjoys nature walks, grabbing a coffee with friends and movie nights with the kids.

Sarah Ackroyd

Emotional Well-being Officer

Converted in 2001
English Heritage



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