After leaving school I ventured into becoming an electronics engineer with City & Guild qualifications and in 1990 I joined the prison service as a volunteer to serve the need of Muslims and in 1992 was taken on a sessional. I was employed at the turn of the century and in 2007 became the first Muslim Chaplain on merit to be transferred to Chelmsford from Devon as the coordinating Chaplain.
As a self taught Imam I felt the need to gain written qualifications and completed a diploma in Islamic Studies at Ar-Rahman Academy in 2007, and compiled 10 short books for the use of Muslim prisoners.
I believe my greatest strengths are a balance approach to my religions approachability and honesty irrelevant of religion, creed or sexuality. I have a genuine caring nature which is stronger than any religious beliefs I hold, this allows me to communicate clearly and provides a clear transparent thought process which is not clouded by any preconceived opinions or beliefs. Faith is like any belief, it must be moderate and accepting to all others, something I feel I am able to demonstrate not only through my position but also through my personality.
Besides being an electronics engineer for 20yrs, I was also a member of the Area Criminal Justice Strategy Committee, Chair of Devon Racial Equality Council, Magistrate (declined due to conflict of interest), interviewed to become a member of the House of Lords, nominated for an OBE, School Governor, Linen business with five outlets, MCA Trustee, Vice chair of Al-Falah, Founder of Humdardh, built community links by presenting awareness around crime and drugs. Just recently I was honoured to be elected Chair of MCA. I am also married with four children.
Roderick Vassie (HMP Deerbolt)
Sikander Pathan (HMYOI Feltham)
Abdullah Rawat (HMP Belmarsh)
Abdullah Mayat (HMP Leeds)
PR Manager & Community Chaplaincy:
Muhammed Foulds (HMP Bristol)
Fund Raiser & Media
Ahmed Dadibhai (HMP Glen Parva)
Union Rep & PSO/PSI
Ismail Isakji (HMP Long Lartin)
Abid Ali (HMP Thameside)
North Regional Assistant Co-ordinator:
Hussain Lambat (HMP Gartree)
South Regional Assistant Co-ordinator:
Sajid Patel (HMP Leyhill)
Training & Development Advisor:
Zakkaria Sayed (HMP Rochester)
Hafiza Khan (HMP Peterborough)