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The youngest campaigner for international Muslim history month

Maryam Jazeem, the 11-year-old campaigner promoting International Muslim History Month, challenging stereotypes and inspiring change

In a world where youth voices are increasingly driving change, Maryam Jazeem, an 11-year-old schoolgirl, has emerged as a remarkable campaigner in the United Kingdom for International Muslim History Month. With her unwavering determination and passion, Maryam has become a beacon of inspiration for individuals of all ages. Her tireless efforts to combat negative stereotypes and promote understanding have gained recognition from various communities and leaders. 

Raising Awareness and Gaining Recognition

Maryam’s journey began when she received a prestigious award at the ‘Honouring the Honourable’ Annual Gala Dinner organised by the British Muslim Heritage Centre in Manchester in May last year. As the only child honoured at the event, she delivered a compelling speech that resonated with the audience. Since then, Maryam’s campaign has gained momentum, as she has spoken at numerous events, schools, and community centres, aiming to raise awareness about Islamic education, tolerance, interfaith dialogue, charity, climate change, children’s mental health, the environment, and the significance of the International Muslim History Month.

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Advocating for International Muslim History Month

Maryam firmly believes that celebrating the history of Islam and Muslims can counteract negative stereotypes and misinformation often associated with the Muslim community. With her own website, Instagram, TikTok, Facebook page, and YouTube channel, she has harnessed the power of social media to amplify her message. When the third International Muslim History Month commenced on May 1, 2023, Maryam released a video on her social media channels, passionately appealing to people to support the cause and bring the event to the UK.

Gratitude and Appreciation

Maryam’s remarkable efforts have not gone unnoticed. Nazma Khan, the founder of International Muslim History Month, expressed her gratitude and appreciation for Maryam’s contributions. She highlighted Maryam’s role in dismantling Islamophobia and commended her as an inspiration for future generations. Nazma Khan’s message, shared on social media, emphasised the importance of staying focused on the “why” behind actions and the significance of individuals like Maryam striving to make a difference.

Promoting Awareness on Television

Maryam’s impact reached even greater heights when she was invited to the popular UK and worldwide Muslim community channel, Islam Channel TV, for their ‘Salam Britain’ Morning show on May 4. During a live TV interview, she joined World Hijab Day UK Ambassador, Shreen Mahmood, to discuss and raise awareness about International Muslim History Month. This opportunity provided a platform for Maryam to reach a broader audience and further promote her cause.

Recognition and Accolades

Maryam’s accomplishments continue to garner attention and admiration. She has already been recognized as the ‘Best Qur’an Reciter’ in the UK and has been shortlisted as a finalist in two categories, Young Inspiration Person and Inspiring Young Volunteer, for the upcoming Milton Keynes Inspiration Award 2023. These nominations further validate her dedication and impact on society.

A Voice Against Injustice

In addition to her advocacy for International Muslim History Month, Maryam has also shown a keen interest in current affairs and politics. Disturbed by the undemocratic protests and violence in the Sri Lanka Parliament on Black Day, she released a video titled HARDTalk, condemning the acts and behaviour of the Sri Lankan MPs. Her video garnered worldwide support and highlighted her passion for justice and peace.

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Maryam Jazeem’s unwavering dedication to promoting International Muslim History Month and combating negative stereotypes has made her a shining example for individuals of all ages. Her efforts, recognized by leaders and communities alike, have amplified her voice and spread awareness on a global scale. Maryam’s impact extends beyond her young age, proving that anyone, regardless of their age or background, can make a significant difference in the world. As we celebrate the achievements of this remarkable young campaigner, we look forward to witnessing the positive change she continues to inspire in the future.