I have been working in education since 1982, first as a teacher of English as a foreign language, then a volunteer in the local mosque school project. After graduating from Cambridge as an RE teacher, I spent several years as a class teacher and head of department in a large inner-city comprehensive school. I also worked as a school advisor and teacher trainer for Section IX, the ethnic minority provision.
Following 3 years as the head teacher of an independent Islamic school, I worked for the National College for School Leadership as a researcher. I moved to London to help set up Ebrahim College in 2003 and became the Director of National Qualifications.
Following a year in the UAE as the principal of a large Islamic school, I returned to London on 2006 and continued working for Ebrahim College while also being the head teacher of Al Risalah Islamic secondary school in South London.
In 2010, I left Al Risalah to work on a PhD in the philosophy of Islamic education; I have continued to work at Ebrahim College in a variety of roles since then.
Throughout the last 30 years, I have been active in Islamic community affairs, running supplementary schools, participating in Islamic radio stations, giving talks, running summer schools, contributing to community publications and so on. I have also been on radio (including Radio 4 and the BBC World Service) and television regarding themes in Islamic education.