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NEC Annual Council 

Reports 2016 

University of Manchester, England

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Table of Contents 

Humayun Saleem ................................................................................................... 2 

President

Farah El-Jarad ...................................................................................................... 5 

Vice President Training & Human Resources

Zarah Mohammed  ................................................................................................. 9 

Vice President Islamic Societies Co-ordination Committee

Yusuf Hassan ...................................................................................................... 13 

Vice President Student Affairs Committee

Zeinab Edah-Tally  ............................................................................................... 17 

Head of Communications

Hazem El-Turk  ................................................................................................... 19 

Head of Finance

Jimmy Nguyen  ................................................................................................... 22 

Head of Members Relations

Aman Ali  .......................................................................................................... 24 

Head of Media

Anaas Elshwiahad  ............................................................................................... 25 

South Chair

Abdelrahman Rizk  .............................................................................................. 27 

Scotland Chair

Nadine Dahan  .................................................................................................... 29 

Wales & West Chair

Monjurul Hoque  ................................................................................................. 30 

London Chair

Shadiqul Amin  ................................................................................................... 32 

Midlands Chair

Ahmed El-Bozie  .................................................................................................. 33 

North Chair

Omar Elkomssi  .................................................................................. Non Submission 

Ireland Chair

Ammar Al-Zeer  ................................................................................. Non Submission 

Head of Campaigns

Omar Ali  .......................................................................................... Non Submission 

Ex-Officio

 

 

 

Humayun Saleem | President 

 

Assalamu Alaykum Wa Rahmantuallahi Wa Baraktuhu

 

 
My dear brothers and sisters I hope that you are in the best of health and Emaan. I want to 
start this accountability report in the best of ways by offering Shukr to Allah SWT for everything that he has 
made possible this year and for honouring me by allowing me to work with an amazing group of brothers and 
sisters who inspire and empower thousands of Muslim students across the world. May Allah SWT accept it 
from us all.     
 
I was in initially elected as the Vice President for Training and Human Resources at the beginning of this year. 
Our beloved brother and former president Bashir RH passed away unexpectedly and I became the acting 
president for the first semester. This was a distressing time for all of Team FOSIS and the NEC, and by the 
grace of Allah SWT we managed to regroup as an organisation and discuss a way forward.   
 
We started of the year with a Team FOSIS retreat which had an amazing turnout. As an NEC we discussed the 
strategic aims and objectives that we wished to achieve for FOSIS and prepared year plans for every committee. 
The plans were presented at the retreat. The program consisted of various reminders, workshops and 
presentations. Team FOSIS left with a better understanding of how to serve ISOCS in the most effective and 
efficient way. 
 
During the second semester another retreat was held which included tailored workshops for various committees 
including finance, campaigns and various regional positions. A focus was placed on trabiyyah and spiritual 
development, something we found was lacking in the first semester.     
 
FOSIS as an organisation has always been under-funded and heavily reliant on sponsorship, it was decided that 
we would focus on becoming financially independent by the end of the year. I supported the Head of Finance 
with the pound pledge campaign, a campaign to get students and the wider Muslim community to pledge one 
pound a week to support FOSIS. This was going to be achieved by relying on Team FOSIS members to use 
their personal contacts to obtain pound pledges. The project, whilst partially successful, encountered some 
problems which meant that the targets were not met. We did manage to however secure over 100 pound pledges 
which has brought a stable income to the 
organisation.  
 
In the second semester we focussed on 
fulfilling the conditions of our deal with our 
main sponsors Human Appeal. We managed 
to raise around £30,000 during our Snowdon 
trek MashaAllah. We had various dinners 
across the regions to raise funds for HA. 
 
The alumni project was also launched in the 
second semester. We held a meeting with 
various alumni and Team FOSIS members to 
discuss how to utilise our Alumni. We 
focussed on the Alumni event as a starting point, with the sole purpose of bringing Alumni from across the 
world together to network and contribute towards the projects run by Fosis. 
 

 

 

As part of my presidential duties, I visited a number of Islamic Societies and regions including the South, 
Midlands and Wales and West. Successful Isoc 101 training sessions, such as the one delivered at Aston 
University were carried out. Presentations and lectures were delivered at all of the events that I attended. I also 
has the opportunity to listen to the concerns of Isocs and I was able to share advice, feedback and experiences 
with them.  
 
Regular online NEC meetings are held fortnightly, where we discuss the projects that we are working on, policy 
and other relevant issues. I chair and govern face-to-face NEC meetings, which are held once every six weeks. 
To date, 8 face-to- face meetings have been held alongside over 20 online meetings.  
 
UDEF (an organisation who focus on international Muslim students and their issues) invited FOSIS to Turkey 
for an international student symposium to deliver a presentation on Muslim students in the UK. Muslim 
accademics and student leaders from across the world attended. The purpose of this conference was to allow 
Muslim International students from across the world to share their experiences and the challenges they faced. 
Next year a programme will be launched, iA, which will allow international Muslim students to access a 
support network in any country they study in. UDEF is currently putting together a steering committee, which 
should be ready for the next academic year in shaa Allah. 
 
As president, I have managed the NEC and dealt with any issues that have arisen, including duties like ensuring 
project completion and making sure deadlines have been met. I also represented FOSIS, along with other NEC 
members, at a retreat held by WAMY (World Assembly of Muslim Youth) in which we met and networked 
with other Muslim students. We are working on a collaborative project with the other youth organisations 
dealing with challenges faced by Muslim youth.    
 
FOSIS has enjoyed great success in our student affairs department. We have effectively carried out our Student 
not Suspects speaker tour at a number of universities across the country discussing the dangers of the Prevent 
strategy. This was an exceptional year for Student Affairs, given the number of Muslim officers elected onto the 
NUS. The first Muslim black NUS president, Malia Bouttia was elected in a historic moment. We will continue 
our work within the NUS to ensure that voice of Muslim students is heard on the national level.  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 

 

 

Another project which had considerable success was the 
Believe and do Good campaign where Islamic Societies 
are encouraged to go and perform a community service. 
This included giving blood, cleaning up the local streets 
and many other campaigns. Many isocs received awards 
from their student unions and gained recognition from 
their local communities.  
 
 
Overall, this year has been one of our most successful to 
date. Many of our campaigns have enjoyed considerable 
success, such as the Quran Camp, Islam Awareness 
Week, Isoc 101 training and many more. Nonetheless 
there are areas which need improvement, particularly in 
refining the communication between the large team of 
over 150 members spread over across the UK and 
Ireland. This is a problem which can be countered 

organised webinars attended by each and every team member. Another challenge faced by FOSIS was having a 
part-time President. Although I attended the meetings and speaker engagements my work and travel 
commitments allowed for, unfortunately I was prevented from attending all of them. There was also another 
issue raised a number of Team FOSIS members. Tarbiyaah and Islamic education/awareness was felt by many 
to be lacking throughout the year. This is something that we must focus on and improve in the following year. 
 

Lastly, I would like to ask you to make Dua for all our brothers and sisters across the world who are currently 
facing hardship. I would also like to ask you to remember our dear Brother Bashir (RH) in your duas and let his 
death serve as a reminder to the fragility and uncertainty of life. Now, more than ever, we need to work 
together, for the sake of Allah (SWT), to create a unified body of young Muslim leaders. 
 
Your Brother in Islam 
Humayun Saleem 

 
 

 

 

Farah El-Jarad | VP Training & Human Recourses 

 

In the name of Allah the most merciful the most kind. I ask him to accept all of our efforts this year, and for us 
to see the fruits of our works.  
 
Aim For This Year 
This year I, with my committee, set out to rebuild Training and Human Resources in FOSIS to an 
industrial standard
. In our role as an internal developmental and regulatory committee in FOSIS that could 
serve its purpose as the backbone, we knew that we needed to completely reconstruct ourselves and our tools.  
 
 
History and Context 
The THR committee of ‘15-16 underwent a turbulent year that impacted on the leadership of THR, committee 
structure and even engagement. It also left the committee with inadequate tools. Thus, we had to start from 
scratch whilst the other committees in FOSIS were already starting with their year plans. At this point there was 
little point in catching up trying to promise them support that we couldn’t give as we had to build ourselves.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

What I Managed to Achieve?  
After a year of work and 6 face to face meetings with committed THR members from Ireland, Glasgow, 
Birmingham, Bristol and London. We have managed to achieve the following.  
 
1.  Management tools constructed:  We constructed all the management tools in a way that would be efficient 

and effective to a voluntary organisation such as FOSIS including:  
•  THR Policy: for continuity of the work that THR within FOSIS for years to come. 
•  Training Manual: for role specific training. Allows for continuous progress and time-relevance. Trains 

the trainers to be effective in their training and content delivery. 

•  Continuing Professional Development records (CPDs): to track the development of Team FOSIS 

members and evaluate their performance in their rolSte. 

•  Organisational audits: Measures key performance indicators, job satisfaction and internal perceptions 

of FOSIS. Gives an overall view of the performance of the committee and troubleshoot problem areas. 
Can correlate against CPDs 

•  Disciplinary Procedure: a water-tight procedure to prevent gross misconduct and workplace bullying. 

Added conditions so that this procedure cannot be abused nor can there be backlash.  

Figure 1: The logical steps to building the THR committee. One layer could only be 

built once the previous layer was complete

 

 

 

•  Code of conduct: To foster desirable workplace conduct and the attitude one should take with FOSIS 

work. Allows FOSIS members to know what we expect from them. 

•  Role specifications: reference point for members to know what to do in the role. Allows to inform 

candidates at AGMs, and also informs recruitment strategies 

•  Role agreements: Equivalent to job contracts. 
•  Reformed application process and recruitment strategy: We streamlined our application process so 

that it is done efficiently with consultation from relevant NEC heads, but also in a manner that curbs 
nepotism. The recruitment strategy was basically talent scouting to attract suitable candidates, 
recruitment section on website, and a 1 minute recruitment video.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Figure 2: THR policy pages on the committee infrastructure and role descriptions with skill matrix

 

2.  Events and Projects: 

•  Team FOSIS Retreat: Training weekend where 60 members of Team FOSIS attended. Invited Islamic 

teachers, professionals, FOSIS Alumni and had socials to foster technical skill development, boost team 
morale and leave more confident. 

•  Training the trainers webinar: My training officer conducted a training guidance webinar where he 

trained the trainers to increase effectiveness in their training to incoming regional members.  

•  Handovers: I delivered a webinar to Team FOSIS called ‘The Domino Effect’ on how to conduct and 

prepare an effective handover. I sat with regional chairs to come up with a programme and assisted 
regional committees in preparation. I also set targets on what the incoming committee should have 
gained. I attended these handovers or sent representatives from my own committee to facilitate. So far 
6/7 handovers are done, the last one will take place after FAC. 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Figure 3: Top left: myself giving a presentation at the Midlands handover. Top right: the Team 

FOSIS Retreat January '16 in Keele University. Bottom: Team FOSIS Retreat August in Aston 

University. Photo credits: Safaa Nait-Charif and Faizal Malek.

 

•  Internal support focus groups: Conducted 16 focus groups with FOSIS committees to see where they 

needed support in terms of generally, training, welfare and spiritual development. I conducted focus 
groups with incoming committees this year for the same reason.   

•  Team  FOSIS Handbook: A reference point for all information that newcomers need to know about 

FOSIS when first joining.  

•  Team FOSIS employee Awards: To improve team FOSIS members’ morale.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Figure 4: Examples of the projects in action. 

 
3.  General work ethic: 

•  On-going communication: called up TF members individually to see how they’re getting on. One of 

the few who sent update emails to FOSIS and reminders to team FOSIS.  

 

 

•  Damage control and conflict resolution:  
•  Structural integrity: There was great fluidity in the remits and infrastructure within FOSIS and as a 

result people were crossing boundaries and communication was compromised. So I got the outlined 
structure, descriptions, and lines of communication and preserved this in the Team FOSIS handbook.  

•  Preserving success: Working with national heads to preserve useful documents that the future 

committees will find inspiration and best practice in.  

 
What I could have improved on.  
Engagement: engagement from Team FOSIS members overall wasn’t that great. As a result, this caused not a 
lot of people taking advantage of the services we had to offer. This could possibly be down to the fact that THR 
did not take advantage in the first part of the year to introduce ourselves and make a good impression on FOSIS 
committees. Bearing in mind we missed this opportunity because we were in a unique situation where we were 
impacted greatly and also we were still rebuilding ourselves. My advice to the future VP THR would be to not 
engross oneself in project managing (leave that to your committee members). Rather put your efforts in building 
rapport/trust, the NEC and managing your committee accordingly.  
 
Accountability: Lack of accountability and transparency meant that people had more chance to step out of line. 
This is what spawned the creation of the code of conduct and the updating of the disciplinary procedure. 
Control of accountability on the part of THR is very limited due to the nature of this organisation. I did what 
could do through informal phone calls and strong notices. My advice to the future VP THR is to enforce a 
culture of transparency to allow for accountability. And to be wise in dealing with lack of performance and 
misconduct.  
 
Conclusion 
Overall, we achieved the goals of rebuilding the THR committee. The infrastructure has now been set up. It’s 
down to implementation in order to get results.  

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

Zara Mohammed | VP Islamic Societies Co-ordination Committee 

 

Asalaamu Alikum wa Rahamtullahi wa barakatuhu, 
 
It’s been a year now since I was elected as your 
VPISCC, a role that has changed so much of my 
outlook on life and developed me as a Muslim. It has 
been a complete privilege and blessing to have served 
the isocs, muslim students and volunteers of FOSIS, 
across the UK & Ireland. Travelling up, down, across 
and all over the country, sleeping in kind students 
homes, missing transport, overload of meetings, calls, 
many awkward moments and of course a slight 
obsession with milkshakes.  Spending more time in 
England than in Scotland and learning so many things 
from the people I met. I am so grateful to have had this 
opportunity to work alongside so many dedicated 
people as well as make so many new friends along the 
way, Allah bless you all and the work you do, Ameen. 
 
My responsibilities as they VPISCC entail four primary duties (i) supporting the training & development of 
the 120 isocs across the UK & Ireland (ii) coordinating the 7 Regional Committees (iii) support the 
management of the NEC and (iv) represent FOSIS 
nationally.
 
 
Projects:
        

 

ISOC 101 

 

Further Education 

 

Quran Campaign 

 

Quran Camp with FOSIS London 

 

Ramadan Campaign 

 

International ISOC Support 

 

FOSIS Muslim Student Surveys: Employment  & 
Barriers to education 
 
Meeting Breakdown:
 
28 ISCC Meetings 
4 Chairs Meetings 
1 Chairs & Vices meeting 
3 ISOC 101 & Regions meetings 
4 Regional webinars 
4 International isoc meetings/ training 
13 College Committee meeting 
10 Quran camp 
3 Quran campaign 
NEC Meetings (Skype & F2F)   
FOSIS Alumni committee Meeting 
Training: 
Regional Committee Training: 6  (Scotland, Ireland, W&W, North, Midlands & South