Event: The social contribution of British Muslims

March 5, 2024

Supporting the release of our flagship report, ‘The social contribution of British Muslims’, the Institute for the Impact of Faith in Life brought together representatives from Britain’s diverse Muslim communities to share their thoughts on the findings of the report and their perspectives on life as a Muslim in modern Britain.


The evening began with Dr. Rakib Ehsan explaining the key findings of the report and the need to understand the complexity of the British Muslim population.

We were joined by a panel of representatives from different British Muslim communities and organisations, sharing their thoughts on the report’s findings, especially on why Muslims feel optimistic about living in Britain and the security of Britain’s rule of law and secular democratic society. 



The panel

Tasneem Bhindarwala

Solicitor; Dawoodi Bohra Muslim

Tasneem is a solicitor at Farrer & Co. and is an active member of the London Dawoodi Bohra community. Grounded in her faith, she navigates both personal and professional spheres with integrity and conviction, embodying her core values.

Salma Khanam

Founder of Aishah Help; Sunni Muslim

Salma is an experienced charity director and highly skilled Health Coach with a proven track record in nutrition, medicine, prevention, volunteer management, and public speaking. Salma holds an MA in Social Work and a BSc in Bioscience (Nutrition). Recognised for expertise in dietetics, child welfare, and public health, demonstrating a passion for social causes and making a positive impact through strategic leadership and diverse skills.

Abdurahman Sayed

CEO of Al-Manaar (The Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre); Sunni Muslim

Abduhraman has been the CEO of Al-Manaar (The Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre) since 2017, and played a leading role in intra- and inter-faith and VCS networks, promoting community cohesion, shared values and mutual understanding. He has also been instrumental in the delivery of joint initiatives to support the homeless, survivors of Grenfell fire, and those considered clinically vulnerable during the Covid-19 lockdown. A joint recipient of the prestigious “Pride of Britain” Award in 2017 for supporting Grenfell Tower fire survivors and the bereaved, Abdurahman is a member of the London Partnership Panel and the London Fire Brigade’s Advisory Panel.

Safeer Zartasht

Head producer, Voice of Islam; Ahmadiyya Muslim

Safeer is a faith leader and spokesperson for the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, Kent. He works as a presenter and head producer at Voice of Islam UK radio station. Safeer studied comparative religions specialising in Islamic studies and is working on interfaith engagement and anti radicalisation.