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Thursday, 11 August 2011

Inspirational Muslims of today- Sarah Joseph

I heard sister Sarah Joseph speak 'live' for the first time at the Artistic Jihad exhibition as she spoke about taking back our Islamic vocabulary from those who use it wrongly. As she stood there speak passion pouring out she was still very composed and very well spoken. From this moment onwards I was inspired, she is such an independant and passionate woman and she deserves a place on our inspirational Muslims of today list.

Sarah Joseph


Sarah Joseph is the daughter of an RAF engineer and a model agency owner mother. Her mother, Valerie Askew, founded the internationally successful Askew's Modelling Agency. Joseph was educated at St George's School , Hanover Square, Mayfair and St Thomas More School, Sloane Square, Chelsea. Her undergraduate degree was in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, King's College London. She commenced her postgraduate studies at the same institution on The Dynamics of Conversion to Islam.
Sarah is married to a human rights barrister. She resides in London with her husband and their three children.


Sarah Joseph was awarded an OBE in 2004 for services to “interfaith dialogue and the promotion of women's rights”.
She is listed as one of the world’s 500 most influential Muslims by Georgetown University, Washington and the Royal Jordanian Strategic Studies Centre; and one of the UK’s 100 most powerful Muslims by Carter Anderson.
Her radio work has been recognised with a Sony Gold Award for Best Speech Programme for Beyond Belief with Ernie Rae; and a Sandford St Martin Trust Merit Award for All Things Considered with Roy Jenkins.

More detailed bio courtesy of Sareera.org

Sarah Joseph is the CEO and Editor-in-Chief of emel, a dynamic Muslim lifestyle magazine with distribution in four international territories and subscribers in over 60 countries. She embraced Islam in 1988 and has lectured on Islam across the globe since then Sarah has made numerous media appearances including the BBC, CNN and Al-Jazeera. She has also appeared on the Doha Debates where the motion was "Is Political Islam a Threat to the West?" Sarah has written for national newspapers including the Times and the Guardian, and scripted and recorded for a variety of BBC and independent radio productions. She has a regular slot on the BBC's most listened to radio show, Chris Evans Breakfast.

She was a member of the Downing Street delegation in the aftermath of the July 2005 London bombings and was a member of the Home Office Task Force on a extremism following on from that.
Sarah has acted as a consultant on Islamic affairs to both private and public bodies. Sarah was awarded an OBE in June 2004 Queen's Birthday Honour's List for services to interfaith dialogue and the promotion of women's rights. She was listed as one of the UK's most powerful Muslims in the Muslim Power 100

by Carter Anderson, and one of the world's 500 most influential Muslims by Georgetown University and the Jordanian Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre.
Married to a barrister, Sarah is the mother of three yound children.

Know of any inspirational Muslims that should feature on our list? Why not leave a comment below telling us who they are and why they've inspired you.

Next Inspirational Muslim on our list is Br Baba Ali so stay tuned for that inshaAllah!

1 comment:

  1. she is amazing telling the realities of islam, islam is based on education knowledge struggle and to strive for the reality to please Allah to connect to oneself the most inner being she really derived me from many confusion of finding oneself the most amazing sentence she explained in connection lost that know ur self means know ur weakness and i got it since that day im getting better and better its true as a human we fall back and make mistakes but not giving up makes us true human :)