Our Team

The Centre for Spirituality & Cultural Advancement

Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani

Chairman

Shaykh Kabbani is one of the world’s most renowned scholars of Islamic history and the spiritual science of Sufism. As deputy leader of the Naqshbandi Haqqani Sufi Order, Shaykh Kabbani also serves as a guide and teacher to approximately 2 million Muslims throughout the world, particularly in the United States, England, and Southeast Asia.

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Dr. Hedieh Mirahmadi

WORDE President

Dr. Hedieh Mirahmadi serves as legal counsel and consultant to a wide range of clients and for whom she travels extensively to learn about the methodology, ideology, infrastructure, and recruiting techniques of Islamist extremist movements. She earned her JD from the University of Southern California, her B.A. in History from UCLA, and a degree in Islamic doctrine from the As-Sunnah Foundation.

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Shokat Malik

Director

Mr Malik is a community leader in the Lancashire area and is recognised by local religious and business groups for his ability to organise and administer social and community projects. He is the Vice chairman of the Voice Pennine Forum which has been set up to tackle Extremism and Islamophobia across East Lancashire. Mr Malik is also the Executive Director for Sufi Muslim Council which helps both Muslim and the non-Muslim communities understand the importance of the Prevent agenda. Through his extensive social network and credibility in the Muslim community, Mr Malik is often called upon to help in the rehabilitation of criminal offenders and in bringing those young Muslims on the edges of society back into the mainstream. He is also accountable for developing the infrastructure of the organisation.

Maqsood Ahmed OBE

Director of Community Development and Education

Mr Ahmed brings with him more than 11 years of dynamic work experience and community service. Mr Ahmed was a Senior Advisor on Muslim Communities both at the Home Office and Department of Communities & Local Government. However, he is best known for his extensive work in prison chaplaincy. In 1999, Mr Ahmed was appointed as special advisor to Her Majesty’s Prison Service on all Muslim issues, for which he was awarded an OBE in 2003. As an advisor, he had the responsibility of appointing Imams to the Prison Service. Prior to that, Mr Ahmed worked for Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary, and was the Director of Kirklees Racial Equality Council.

M. K. Ahmad

Lead Counsellor

Ahmad was a Sergeant Major in the Somali army for over 7 years. His vast expertise with military training of Somalians plus his cultural connection and the respect he has in the community makes him uniquely suited to do counter-radicalisation work with the African community in the area. It is no secret that the Somali home-grown terror threat is a severe problem and he has tactics and training to specifically address this community. He is a licensed and trained Imam as well and provides counselling to disaffected youth in a number of London based locations. M. K. Ahmad leads the Dhikr and Sohba sessions for CSCA as well as being CSCA’s lead counsellor.

Farzana Kosar

CSCA General Secretary

Farzana is a legal professional. She is a dedicated interfaith worker and has worked on a number of women’s projects in the Bury area. She has been active in promoting community and faith cohesion through the delivery of seminars, workshops and classes to people of all ages and backgrounds. She is a trustee for the Centre for Spirituality and Cultural Advancement which is an educational institute dedicated to promoting and building social and community cohesion through interfaith social action. She has worked for the Sufi Muslim Council which was set up to tackle Extremism and Islamophobia across the UK. The aim of the SMC was to help both Muslims and non- Muslims understand the Importance of the Prevent agenda. For the past three years, she was responsible for the corporate governance of the SMC including maintaining audited financial statements, negotiating leases, event planning, and grant monitoring.

"There is a force within that gives you life - Seek that. In your body there lies a priceless jewel - Seek that. Oh, wandering Sufi, if you are in search of the greatest treasure, don’t look outside - Look within and seek that." - Rumi