Federation of Student Islamic Societies

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Federation of Student Islamic Societies
Motto"Hold fast to the rope of Allah, All of you together, and be not disunited" (3:103)
TypeStudent Pastoral Care
Headquarters38 Mapesbury Road, Kilburn, London, NW2 4JD

The Federation of Student Islamic Societies (FOSIS) is a national umbrella organisation aimed at supporting and representing Islamic societies at colleges and universities in the United Kingdom and Ireland. FOSIS was established in 1963 and is one of the oldest Muslim student organisations in the United Kingdom.[citation needed]


FOSIS was formed in July 1963 at a meeting held in the Cadbury Room at the University of Birmingham. At this meeting, representatives from different Islamic societies agreed to form a national body to look after the interests of Muslim students at universities. Founding members included Islamic societies from the University of Birmingham, University of Bristol, University of Dublin, Imperial College (London), University of Leeds, London Islamic Circle, Muslim Student Society UK, University of Oxford, School of Oriental and African Studies (London), Sheffield Islamic Circle, Wolverhampton Malayan Teachers College. At that time, the organisation was named FOISS (Federation of Islamic Student Societies) and it was renamed later that year to its current variation of FOSIS. In the early '60s, FOSIS was the only support group that many Muslims in the UK and Ireland could look to for support and advice.


1968/1969 – Aziz Khan (Glasgow)

1991/1992 – Nidal Ali

1992/1993 – Nidal Ali

1993/1994 – Riyad Alrawi

1994/1995 – Fahad Al Awadi

1995/1996 – Fahad Al Awadi

1996–1997 – Khaled Ahmad Ali

1997–1998 – Mohiburahman

1998/1999 – Hisham Morsi (Nottingham)

1999/2000 – Rani El Khattab (Nottingham)

2000/2001 – Rani El Khattab (Nottingham)

2001/2002 – Othman Moqbel (Nottingham)

2002/2003 – Othman Moqbel (Nottingham)

2003/2004 – Othman Moqbel (Nottingham)

2006/2007 – Ali Alhadithi (Leeds)

2007/2008 – Zahid Bhatti (Liverpool)

2008/2009 – Faisal Hanjra (London)

2009/2010 – Faisal Hanjra (London)

2010/2011 – Nabil Ahmed (Manchester)

2011/2012 – Nabil Ahmed (Manchester)

2012/2013 – Omar Ali (Brighton)

2013/2014 – Omar Ali (Brighton)

2014/2015 – Bashir Osman (Birmingham)

2015/2016 – Bashir Osman (Deceased one month into term); Humayun Saleem - interim President (Birmingham)

2016/2017 – Zara Mohammed (Glasgow)

2017/2018 – Mohamed Fadil (Manchester)

National Executive Committee[edit]


Mohamed Fadil – President

Osama Zubair - Vice President of Islamic Societies Coordinating Committee.

Saffa Mir - Vice President of Student Affairs Committee.

Marwan Akari - Vice President of Training & Human Resources.

Aadam Bari - Head of Communications.

Sayem Chowdhury - Head of Campaigns.

Maalek Chatti - Head of Services.

Fawaz Zayn Lone - Head of Member Relations.

Waqqas Hussaiyan - Scotland Regional Chair

Abdulrahman Elbayouk - North Regional Chair

Omer Elhassan - Midlands Regional Chair

Haseeb Ul Haque - Ireland regional Chair

Jenan Ashi - Wales & West Regional Chair

Enam Ahmod - London Regional Chair


Islamic Circles[edit]

Over the years, FOSIS have hosted a number of high-profile Muslim speakers/scholars. Dating back to the early 1960s, FOSIS were one of the first groups in the UK to host Malcolm X in 1964 (also known as El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz) on a speaking engagement. Since then, some of the world's most influential Islamic scholars and preachers such as Ahmed Deedat, Khurram Murad and Imam Siraj Wahhaj have visited FOSIS to address Muslim students. This trend has continued over the years, with FOSIS making speaking engagements at universities part of their regular activities.

Annual Conferences/Councils[edit]

There are two conferences that are arranged by FOSIS within an academic year. The FOSIS Annual Conference (also known as the FAC for short) is the only annual national conference organised in the UK for Muslim students. It started in 1964 and has been running every year since, normally held during the summer period of the year. Conferences, typically, include lectures by prominent Islamic scholars, entertainment by nasheed artists, a video competition, presentations by different FOSIS committees and much more besides.

The FOSIS Winter Council (also known as the WC for short) has been running since 1966 and is held primarily in the December holidays. It provides a mid-semester review of FOSIS and helps to build a vision for the organisation for the second semester.Group photo, FOSIS Winter Conference 2014

Fresher Packs[edit]

As part of their welcome to university, 'freshers' students are given packs by FOSIS to help them bed themselves into their new surroundings. Packs generally include a wall planner (with important Islamic dates inserted on the calendar), a diary, bookmark & prayer mat, as well as many other items.


Islamic Societies[edit]

The aim of the Islamic Societies Coordinating Committee (ISCC) is to work with the regional committees to strengthen and support Islamic societies (ISocs). The committee comprises a number of members including the 7 regional committees (Ireland, London, Midlands, North, Scotland, South and, Wales & West) that work directly with the Islamic societies within their regions.

Student Affairs Committee (SAC)[edit]

The Student Affairs Committee (SAC) leads and serves political work for Muslim students in a variety of arenas. Locally, this includes empowering Muslim students towards a culture of political participation and grassroots engagement with the bodies that represent them. The Committee strives towards ensuring that Muslims students work with the Students' Union at their Universities and Colleges as well as the National Union of Students (NUS).

The Student Affairs Committee campaigns on domestic issues relating to Muslim students, short-term and long-term, and politically supports Muslim-student welfare issues. The Committee also engages with external organisations and the government, to represent the interests of Muslim students.


The Campaigns committee works with both Student Affairs and the wider public to deal with issues happening today. They are always on their feet, in order to take action when the time comes. They are there to represent the Muslim population as a whole, whether it be students, graduates, workers or even the elderly. Their main focus is however the youth. Their recent projects were the Quran Campaign, Wake up 4 Fajr Campaign and the Palestine conference.


As a national body for Muslim students, FOSIS is regularly asked to speak in different media avenues to express the view of Muslim students. The media team is responsible to respond to those requests and lead discussions on a variety of issues affecting Muslim students. Representatives of FOSIS have appeared on BBC News and contributed articles for The Guardian newspaper under the Comment is Free[1] section.

Regional Committees[edit]

FOSIS has seven regional divisions (Scotland, North, Midlands, Wales & West, South, London & Ireland), which aim to serve and represent the Islamic Societies within their own geographical areas for to ensure personalized services to each Islamic Society. Each regional committee helps coordinate activities and professional development workshops in their locality, whilst also providing Islamic Societies with direct communication links to the Media, Campaigns, ISCC and SAC committees. [2]


  1. ^ Hanjra, Faisal (21 May 2010). "Keeping universities free for fair criticism". Comment is Free. Retrieved 17 January 2011.
  2. ^ fosis.org.uk

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