Unity is led by Shaykh Amer Jamil, described by the Sunday Herald as Scotland’s leading scholar and one of the country’s most prominent and respected Muslim thinkers.
Shaykh Amer was born and brought up in Glasgow, Scotland. After graduating from Strathclyde University with an LLB (Bachelor in Law), he spent ten years studying the Arabic language and Islamic Sciences. During this period he obtained a BA (Hons) in Islamic studies from the University of Wales and then strengthened his studies by studying for six years with renowned scholars in the Middle East (Syria and Yemen).
He has studied with numerous distinguished scholars from a range of different schools of thought. His balanced studies in both secular and religious arenas give him a combination of sound scholarship with a profound understanding of society.
His main field of interest is primarily Islamic family law, an area in which he has studied in depth having studied all four schools of Islamic jurisprudence (Hanafi and Hanbali schools in Syria, Shafi and Maliki schools in Yemen). Currently, he is conducting a PhD research on the relationship between Islamic family law and Scots family law.
In addition, his further qualifications include
Certificate in counselling skills accredited by COSCA (Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland)
Certified practitioner of Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP), Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and TIME Techniques.
He is an Islamic Family Law advisor and consultant to a local Scottish law firm.
In 2007 he authored the booklet What Islam Really Says About Domestic Abuse, supported by the Scottish Government and Strathclyde Police, in which he helped to shatter the myth that Islam allowed domestic abuse. It was translated into 5 languages with 8000 copies distributed to the Police, women's groups, Social Work and other relevant agencies.
In 2009 he co-founded the Solas Foundation and with his partner Shaykh Ruzwan Muhammad, established the iSyllabus Islamic studies program; a one year comprehensive Islamic studies course. He is currently the project director of the programme.
Jasmin Roshan - Chair Jasmin Roshan is co-founder and current chair of Unity Family Services. She has over 20 years of experience in supporting children, young people and their families. She is employed as a children and families social worker and supports the most diverse and vulnerable communities in Scotland. Dr Nazim Ghouri Nazim is a Consultant Physician at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Head of Quality Assurance for the University of Glasgow Medical School and Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer (University of Glasgow) who understands and appreciates the importance of the family unit and Islamic principles in modern society.
He has a drive and work ethic that he wants use to see Unity Family Services fulfil its aims professionally, efficiently and to a high standard. He feels the work undertaken by the charity is a model for similar projects elsewhere in the UK. He has been involved in student, community and professional work for over 15 years, with a particular interest in educating the community in the areas of health and learning Islam, having published work in leading medical journals relating to Islam and the medical practice. Qualifications: MBChB, MRCP UK, MD
Sadia Ali Sadia is an ACCA qualified accountant who has been working since completing her university degree in 2008. She has gained a vast amount of experience through her working career and in her current employment is part of the specialised charity team, dealing with charities on a regular basis. She possesses a great amount of relevant knowledge and experience in relation to the running of charities and all the requirements needed for registered charities. Sadia gets involved with as many charities as she can, always playing an active role in raising money for good causes. She enjoys taking part in activities such as running, cycling, climbing to raise money for charities. Qualifications: BA (Hons) in Accountancy, ACCA
Zahrah Mahmood Zahrah Mahmood is a Chartered Accountant (CA) working in the public sector. She graduated from university in 2012 and started working in the same year and studying toward the CA qualification. She has approximately 9 years of experience auditing across public sector organisations such as councils, NHS boards and central government bodies.
Zahrah has also volunteered across a variety of organisations and projects over the last 10 years. During her university years she was the Glasgow representative for Federation of Student Islamic Societies, the publicity representative for Caledonian University Muslim Student Association and organised several Charity Week events. In addition to this she was a qualified scout leader to beavers.
Following university she volunteered with Feed Glasgow, a charity providing food to the homeless people of Glasgow. She was a board member of the Business Management and Finance Committee for Girlguiding Scotland. She has also taught Islamic knowledge to children in Glasgow and volunteers with Radio Ramadan and produced a weekly show in 2018. Qualifications: BA (Hons) Accountancy, CA
Imran Bashir Imran is an experienced solicitor in Scotland with over 16 years experience. In his professional capacity he has over the years worked tirelessly to protect and assist some of the most vulnerable people in our society as well as gaining a unique insight into issues affecting individuals and families in Scotland.
He has also taught basic Islamic education to children in the community as a volunteer as well as working closely with other charities to promote Islamic ethos and values.
He feels strongly that Unity Family Services fills an important vacuum in supporting Muslim families and individuals, and is passionate for the charity to continue its work in promoting the Islamic family model.
Nosheen Ahmed Nosheen has worked with various charities and third sector agencies over the last 10 years and has extensive knowledge regarding the barriers and issues facing Muslim and Ethnic Minorities. She has a Professional Development Award in Domestic Abuse Advocacy, coupled with over 3 years of experience working as an outreach worker with Women’s Aid. Qualifications: BA (Hons) Business Economics with Marketing Management. Pgd Operations Management
Unity Family Services Scottish Registered Charity No: SC038791