Meet the Kitaba Team

We are a volunteer run organisation and it is with thanks to our volunteers we have been able to continue with our efforts. You can read more about us or to volunteer, please visit our Get Involved page.

Chairperson

Photo of Abdul Aziz AhmedAbdul Aziz Ahmed is a teacher specialising in supporting children with Additional Support Needs in mainstream schools in Scotland and has wide experience of management in education and with several voluntary organisations in various parts of the world. He has been involved in publishing, translating and editing Islamic journals and books. He has travelled widely seeking and teaching traditional Islamic knowledge.

Director: Sayka Hussain

Photo of Sayka HussainSayka was born Blind and grew up in the UK. She graduated from university in 2002 and joined the Civil Service where she has worked to date. She is trained as an accredited mediator, helping settle workplace disputes. It is one of her ambitions to be able to offer mediation to Muslims in the future, as an alternative to formal means of dispute resolution. With help from a teacher at Madrassa An-Noor for the Blind and her cousin Bilal, Sayka learned Arabic Braille in 2002. She completed reading the Braille Qur’an at the end of that year. Her interests are wide ranging and include travelling and adrenalin sports, to working with disadvantaged people, giving them the tools and motivation to help themselves. A passionate advocate of ‘fairness for all’, Sayka trained as a mentor with the Mosaic Community Trust, working with teenagers to improve their confidence and aspirations for the future. Sayka joined Kitaba in 2009 and is responsible for production of Braille materials. She helped organise the Umrah pilgrimage for 2010, and hopes this will be the first of many such pilgrimages, giving those with visual impairments the opportunity to take part in the experience of a lifetime which has hitherto not been possible.

Director: Arslaan Khan

Photo of Arslaan KhanArslaan is an IT service manager working for Fujitsu Services. He took on an active role in Kitaba at the beginning of 2009. He has also worked for changemakers as a youth advocate, following this he assisted in setting up an organisation for empowering and supporting the youth. He has a keen interest in studying the sacred sciences which he is currently pursuing at a local Islamic supplementary school.

Our Previous Directors

Kitaba would like to express thanks and appreciation to those who have served in the past, they include:

Adnan Tariq

Photo of Adnan TariqAdnan has been visually impaired from birth with an ocular condition called Degenerative Myopia as well as Congenital Nystagmus in both eyes. In addition, he suffers from colour blindness and is partially deaf. Using large print, audio, accessible internet material and personal contact, he is pursuing his own Islamic and secular studies. He writes poetry, is an avid reader and plays for an all Blind cricket team. Despite his youth, Adnan’s passion for and commitment to social inclusion and his first hand experience have been a driving force in several local community projects in Bradford and have been pivotal in establishing KITABA.

Maha Khechen

Photo of Maha KhechenMaha began losing her sight at 8 years old as a result of using cortisone eye drops for longer than needed. Despite this, she qualified as a history teacher and completed a diploma in special and inclusive education. She is pursuing an MA in Special Education at London University and is also a qualified teacher for people with visual impairments and a teacher of both Arabic and English Braille. She taught at a special school for sensory impairment and language and communication disorders in Lebanon, has worked on project teaching visually impaired children computer skills for the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) and acts as a consultant for its specialised website, Net Forum for the Blind. Left in 2010

Asma Arif

Asma is an Orthoptist, eye specialist, being involved in the diagnosis, investigation and management of various ocular conditions. She works with people of all ages and varying levels of impairment. While gaining her Medical Sciences degree at The University of Sheffield, Asma was secretary of the Islamic Society. She has studied Islam with various teachers by attending teaching sessions in her home town of Peterborough as well as other cities in the United Kingdom, and through SunniPath and the OnlineHalaqa where she also works as part of the administration. Left in 2009

Imran Sabir

Photo of Imran SabirBrother Imran Sabir, Kitaba’s founding chairperson, passed away on the 3rd of March 2009. May Allah grant him a high station in Jannah and may He shower his beloved family and friends in sabr. Imran had complex health challenges including a visual impairment. In overcoming these challenges, he had personal experience of the issues that KITABA are looking to address. After completing his schooling in Scotland, he went on to study psychology through the Open University as well as various management and creative writing courses. He founded and continues to lead one of our sister organisations,Ethnic Enable, which supports people with disabilities from the minority ethnic communities. His passion for justice and equality draws on his commitment to Islamic and Quranic Studies which he has pursued rigorously, using a combination of audio, Braille, internet and personal contact with various scholars. He was a qualified teacher of Arabic Braille with ijazah, license, from Mualana Hasan Mirchi of Madrassa al-Nur, South Africa.

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We're a volunteer run organisation and are passionate about helping Blind and visually impaired people realise their educational, developmental and religious needs. We have been contacted from people all over the world, and we do our best to facilitate the support they need. You can contact us, join our discussion forum, and visit our facebook for extra information.