We are excited to announce the recent recipients of the new Fellowships. Zeinab Ahmed received the Journal of Islamic Faith and Practice Fellowship and Huzaifah Islam-Khan received TISA Writing Support Fellowship.
Zeinab has a Master of Science in Chemistry from the University of Windsor and a Bachelor of Arts in Islamic Studies from AlMaghrib Institute.
She is passionate about investing in youth leadership and religious development in the Muslim community. She has spent over 15 years working within the Muslim community, particularly with Muslim youth, by taking on various volunteering and mentorship roles, serving as a youth director, and working as a teacher in an Islamic high school.
“Being a TISA student has not only helped me to focus more intently on my Islamic education (which will be helpful for any future projects I will work on inshaAllah), but it has also allowed me to connect with other like-minded individuals, which has been amazing. I feel like I’ve found my people. With the Journal of Islamic Faith and Practice fellowship, I look forward to gaining more experience in the world of Islamic research, with the hopes that this will be helpful in my future goal of creating resources and toolkits to support the development of our communities, backed by solid research and experience.”
New York City, NY
Huzaifah is a Rohingya-Burmese student pursuing a combined Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Philosophy with a minor in Arabic Studies at Queens College, City University of New York. He is also a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Research Fellow working on his thesis on the Corollaries of Qadar in Islamic Theology and Metaphysics.
” I aspire to become an academic within the discipline of Islamic Studies. I am especially grateful to Dr. Yasir Qadhi for agreeing to be my advisor and mentor for my thesis. Working as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the Islamic Seminary of America has allowed me to cultivate the essential skills needed to become a believing academic who can engage with contemporary challenges from an Islamic paradigm. In this role, I not only work and benefit under the mentorship of prominent scholars but can help the next generation of religious scholars and ethical leaders in their pursuit to better the ummah. I believe becoming an academic will enable me to both contribute to this ongoing Islamic intellectual tradition and also bring my fellow Muslims closer to Allah and His religion, inshaAllah. This endeavor overall will benefit me immensely, both intellectually and spiritually. “– Huzaifah