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18 July 2018 / 5. Zil-Qad 1439

Meet the mentors for Madinah and Bab Summer Courses 2018

Updated on 12 March 2018

The excellent and renowned Madinah and Bab Summer Courses are one of the highlights of the year at The World Federation. The Islamic Education team is committed to ensuring that the courses continue to reach new heights of excellence, through the spiritual, moral, and educational development of the course participants. To help achieve this, Islamic Education appoints and trains mentors who are part of the course to help support the development of the participants.

Shaykh Abbas Ismail

 This year all our mentors will be trained by Shaykh Abbas Ismail


Abbas Ismail was born in the UK and pursued his BA degree in Qum. He then returned to the UK and worked as an asylum and human rights caseworker.


In 2005, he moved to London where he took the role of a manager for The World Federation’s Islamic Education department. He was able to manage and lead a number of projects within Islamic Education for 9 years.


He also served as resident alim of Essex Jamaat for 4 years between 2014-2018.


He now runs his own businesses, including which provides professional editing and proof-reading services to a range of clients.




Fatimah Farah Jessa


Born and raised in London, England, Fatimah has been residing in Qom for the past year and a half, studying at Jamiatuz Zahra. She has thoroughly enjoyed so many aspects of her time in Iran but without a doubt considers the proximity to Bibi Ma’sooma (sa) haraam the best thing about being there. 


Fatimah mentions: "I have been blessed with the opportunity to not only attend the Bab ul Ilm camp as a participant in 2008 but also as a mentor last year in 2017. The camp brought a love for Qom into my heart that has stayed with me until today.


Through the grace of Imam Ridha (as) and Bibi Ma’sooma (sa), I am grateful to have been given another opportunity to serve their zuwwar. The camp is a great opportunity to have fun, learn more about Islam, explore a different country and make new friends. I can   guarantee that the memories from this trip will stay with us for the rest of our life!"

Zahra Jaffer Ismail


Zahra Jaffer Ismail was born and raised in the UK. In November 2017, she and her husband moved to Addis Ababa for an adventure in Ethiopia.   

Zahra studied optometry in City University London and subsequently practiced as an optometrist. However, in Addis, Zahra is working as a primary school English teacher which she thoroughly enjoys.  

Zahra is really passionate about learning Islam, which led her to apply to the Madinatul Ilm camp as a participant in 2012. Zahra said it was an amazing experience which further motivated her to pursue her learning in Islam.  Zahra attended the Hawza Ilmiyya in London for one year, where she fell in love with the study of theology.

Aside from her work and studies, she loves to spend time with her family and community. Although it has been said Zahra is a bit of a chatterbox, she always loves to take the opportunity to talk and discuss many subjects be it in an intense debate or just a catch up with friends.

Zahra is really excited about the opportunity to be a mentor for Madinah and Bab this summer. We pray it's a spiritually and intellectually beneficial trip for all, as well as an opportunity to have some fun.


Ridhae Fatima Sheikh

Born and raised in Essex, Ridhee is a Psychology graduate working in Human Resources and an active member in Essex Jamaat. Ridhee has been a mentor previously for CoEJ camps, which she states the role itself has changed her entire perspective on life. 


In the summer of 2017, Ridhee attended the Madinah and Bab course, for the first time as a participant. The flow of knowledge in Qum and the breath-taking views of Mashad is something she said she will never forget; but it was the support of the mentors and participants as a group, which made each moment worth it. As soon as Ridhee returned, Ridhee knew she wanted to be a mentor. After successfully securing a place for this years mentor Ridhee said "It is an honour to be called back again, to serve for the sake of Imam Ridha (as)!"


The course made Ridhee reflect and realise that life has a way of throwing things at us which we don’t always expect. Whether good or bad, it is what we make out of it which shapes our journey in this world; whilst reminding ourselves that God has a bigger and better plan for us inshAllah.


Naba Hussein


Naba Hussein is from Sweden. After finishing school, Naba moved to the holy city of Qom to pursue Hawza studies and has been living there for approximately three years.


Inshallah, Naba is hoping to help this camp by being a mentor and looking forward to meeting all the participants of the camp.


These camps always bring along strong bonds between the participants and the mentors, so Naba is looking forward to spending a summer with them and inshallah hoping to continue this relationship after summer.


Zafar Hussain Ladha - Qum, Iran


Zafar completed his Bachelor's degree in Business and Management from Aston University, Birmingham in 2012. He studied the core areas of business combined with a placement year in a Re-Insurance Brokerage firm in the city of London, UK.


After graduation, he worked for approximately 4 years in the city of London, before deciding to leave his career and join the Islamic Seminary in the holy city of Qum, Iran.


This will be his first year as a mentor. Zafar says, "Insha Allah, looking forward to serving the students and seeing the world from their perspective"



Muhammed Hussein Daya


Muhammed is 18 years old. Muhammed's family moved to Qom when he was 4 yrs old and he completed his high school in 2017 in an Iranian Islamic school.


Muhammed is currently studying in the Hawza of Qom and has just finished his first year.


With Allah’s (swt) mercy and help he finished memorising the Holy Qur’an in 2016 and Alhamdulillah came second in al-Mustafa international Qur’an (hifdh) competition.

Muhammed is looking forward to sharing some of his experiences about memorizing the Holy Qur’an with the youths attending this summer’s camp.


Plus he would also like to mention he loves programming and playing volleyball and badminton. 


Would you like to be a mentor for next year? Or do you know someone that would make a good mentor? If so, please email

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