Imams Online Digital Summit in Partnership with Twitter at Twitter HQ

On the 2nd October 2019, Imams Online hosted the 5th Annual Digital Summit at The Twitter HQ, London which was attended by Imams, teachers, academics, community leaders and policy makers from across the UK. The event was in partnership with Twitter and Islam UK Centre at Cardiff University.

Imams Online 2019 Digital Summit Partners

This event, which was supported by Twitter UK, bought together a diverse cross-section of the Muslim community to a day of panel discussions and practical sessions delivered by Twitter.

The event was centred around 3 key panel discussions that had speakers and panellists representing media, government, social media, education, faith institutions and universities  The 3 discussions were entitled:

  1. The role of Imams in the 21st Century – Present and Future
  2. Youth Activism Online
  3. Twitter Training + Safety session / Government’s work to tackle hatred online
21st Century Imam Panel – Hisham Hellyer, Imam Ishaaq Jasat, Imam Mohammed Hammad, Ustadah Khola Hasan and Shaukat Warraich.
21st Century Imam Panel – Hisham Hellyer, Imam Ishaaq Jasat, Imam Mohammed Hammad, Ustadah Khola Hasan and Shaukat Warraich.
21st Century Imam Panel – Hisham Hellyer, Imam Ishaaq Jasat, Imam Mohammed Hammad, Ustadah Khola Hasan and Shaukat Warraich.

The open floor nature of the event allowed participants the opportunity to engage in a robust conversation with panellists to present their ideas and talk through some of the challenges facing the Muslim community. With speakers on the panel discussions from social media companies, scholars, academics & government security department attendees took their opportunity to get to the root of some of the main issues and concerns affecting them.

Youth Activism Online – Speakers included: Akeela Ahmed, Iffet Rafiq, Bilal Hasam, Mohamed Rahmany & Omar Hamdi
Youth Activism Online – Speakers included: Akeela Ahmed, Iffet Rafiq, Bilal Hasam, Mohamed Rahmany & Omar Hamdi.
Youth Activism Online – Speakers included: Akeela Ahmed, Iffet Rafiq, Bilal Hasam, Mohamed Rahmany & Omar Hamdi.

Katy Minshall, Twitter’s Head of Government, Public Policy.
Katy Minshall, Katy Minshall, Twitter’s Head of Government, Public Policy.

The full list of speakers:

  • Imam Mohammed Hamad – Iqara Centre, Coventry
  • Imam Ishaaq Jasat – Eden School & UK Huffadh Association
  • Ustadah Khola Hasan – Senior Judge, Leyton Sharia Court.
  • Shaukat Warraich – Editor in Chief, Imams Online
  • Hashim Hellyer – British Scholar & Analyst
  • Dr Bilal Hasam – British Muslim TV
  • Ustadah Iffet Rafiq  – Dust to Diamonds
  • Omar Hamdi – Comedian
  • Mohamed Rahmany – We Convey
  • Akeela Ahmed – Anti Muslim Hatred Group
  • Katy Minshall – Head of Governmnet & Public Policy, Twitter
  • Dr Imran Awan – Birmingham University
  • Eduard Mead– Senior Advisor & Hate crime lead, Home Office UK
  • Shaykh Riyaz Timol – Cardiff University
  • Shaykh Haroon Sidat – Cardiff University


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