Fareena Alam

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Fareena Alam
Born (1978-09-25) 25 September 1978 (age 36)
London, England
Residence London, England
Nationality British
Ethnicity Bengali
Occupation Editor, journalist
Employer Q News
Religion Islam
Spouse(s) Abdul-Rehman Malik

Fareena Alam (born 25 September 1978) is an English journalist and editor of British Muslim magazine Q News.

Background and career[edit]

Alam was born in London, United Kingdom. She is an established journalist and possibly the youngest editor of a Muslim current affairs publication, Q News. She is a freelance contributor to British and international newspapers. Her recent work includes the cover story for Newsweek International (worldwide except Asia).[1]

Alam is of Bangladeshi Chittagonian parentage and she grew up in Singapore.[2] During this time she was elected as the vice-president and then president of the United Nations Students' Association, National University of Singapore, for which she organised a six month awareness campaign called ‘The Children of Bangladesh.’ The campaign highlighted the plight of the street children and she then took the campaign a stage further by leading a student delegation of twenty to carry out relief work in Bangladesh for three weeks in 1998.

Alam is also involved in the Radical Middle Way Project[3] which is a revolutionary grassroots initiative aimed at articulating a relevant mainstream understanding of Islam that is dynamic, proactive and relevant to young British Muslims. The project was funded by the British government under its Prevent scheme and in 2009 is said to have received approximately £1.2 million.


In 2005, Alam was named Media Professional of the Year by Islamic Relief. In 2006, she was named Media Professional of the Year at the Asian Women of Achievement Awards.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Beyond the Veil". Newsweek International. 27 November 2006. Retrieved 30 September 2007. 
  2. ^ "WISE". Asma Society. Retrieved 23 June 2009. 
  3. ^ "Radical Middle Way Project (RMW)". Retrieved 10 December 2008. 
  4. ^ "Senior Asian policewoman honoured". BBC News. 25 May 2006. Retrieved 30 September 2007. 

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