HalalTrip 40: Celebrating Inspiring Muslim Figures | 2024 Edition

By Halal Trip | 14, Jun, 2024

Inspiring Journeys, Amplifying Impact: Exploring the 2024 HalalTrip 40

In a world often saturated with superficial trends and fleeting headlines, finding role models who embody genuine commitment and impactful action can be a refreshing quest. The Muslim community boasts a wealth of individuals shaping the world around us through their remarkable contributions, unwavering dedication, and inspiring journeys. 

This year, HalalTrip is proud to announce the 4th edition of HalalTrip 40, where we celebrate and amplify the voices of these exemplary figures and their contributions through the causes that they believed in for the community and the ummah. Launched at the Halal In Travel Global Summit 2024 and nominated by you, be it popular or under the radar, the HalalTrip 40 recognizes and celebrates individuals for their significant contributions and impact on the Muslim community. 

Discover more about the influential Muslims who have championed inclusivity, acted as agents of change through movements, innovated as entrepreneurs, creative content creators, inspiring educators, and many more who have motivated us throughout the year here.

The HalalTrip 40 list in no way implies our endorsement of their views. We are simply measuring their spheres of influence through the many areas and remarkable contributions they have made to the Muslim community.

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Beyond Recognition: Celebrating Everyday Heroes

The HalalTrip 40 takes a refreshingly authentic approach, celebrating true everyday heroes who contribute tirelessly to positive change within our diverse Muslim community. From some of the most passionate educators and scholars to innovative yet groundbreaking entrepreneurs, from dedicated environmental activists and social changemakers to creative content creators and personalities, the awardees represent a tapestry of cultures and backgrounds united by a shared commitment to making a tangible difference.

This inclusive spirit extends beyond recognition. The awardees of the 2024 edition include some of the most diverse backgrounds and nationalities, regardless of their background or the scale of their contribution. Spread through different continents and countries around the world — which include the USA, Indonesia, Singapore, the UK, Palestine, and many more, the awardees of this year’s edition have shown diverse yet meaningful impacts within their respective communities.  The HalalTrip 40 celebrates the power of everyday actions, acknowledging that every spark of positive change ripples outward, creating a more just and equitable world.


Trailblazers, Advocates, Inspirers, and Creators: A Spectrum of Impacthalaltrip 40 ht40 2024 winners

From trailblazing entrepreneurs to compassionate humanitarians, HalalTrip 40 seeks out the everyday heroes who embody empowerment, innovation, and community spirit. It's a platform to amplify their voices, showcase their remarkable journeys, and inspire Muslims worldwide to dream bigger and bolder. This year's list is categorized into four distinct yet interconnected pillars Trailblazers, Advocates, Inspirers, and Creators, each illuminating a specific realm of positive action based on the contributions, causes, as well as the advancements that these Muslims led and bring to the community and the society.:


These are the pioneers, the individuals who shatter glass ceilings and forge new paths as “The First” Muslims in their respective fields. They are driven by an unwavering spirit of innovation and a commitment to breaking down barriers and paving the way for future generations.

  • Leila Aboulela, Scotland Sudanese writer and Caine Prize winner with works translated into fifteen languages.
  • Atikah Amalina, UK Award-winning DEI Expert and influential tech leader across Europe, Middle East, and Africa.
  • Megawati Hangestri Pertiwi, Indonesia Trailblazing hijabi volleyball athlete making waves with Daejeon CheongKwanJang Red Sparks in South Korea.
  • Hummi (Hümeyra), Germany Inspiring Muslimah influencer through her hijra journey, founder of Linisa.
  • Kung Pik Liu, USA  Leading femtech branding expert and entrepreneur, dedicated to empowering women.
  • Asma Nadia (Asmarani Rosalba), Indonesia Pioneering Indonesian novelist and literary visionary.
  • Mustafa Ursavas and Meryem Chin, Singapore Pioneering and innovating the Muslim lifestyle market, founders of TAKVA.
  • Veronika Edali, New Zealand Breaking boundaries through inspiring and active adventures as a hijabi.


These champions for good dedicate their lives to driving positive change through education, social justice initiatives, environmental activism, and humanitarian efforts. They are the unwavering voices for the voiceless, tirelessly working to build a more equitable and compassionate world.

  • Motaz Azaiza, Palestine Award-winning Palestinian journalist, uncovering Gaza through the lens.
  • Hamza Sulaiman, Palestine Gaza's fearless and courageous journalist defying danger for truth
  • Lama Jamous, Palestine Gaza's young voice for change on social media.
  • Naraa, Indonesia Empowering communities through acts of kindness and compassion with her team around Indonesia (naraateam).
  • Islam SH Safi, Indonesia Content creator who captures Gaza's beauty as a beacon of hope amidst conflict.
  • Bisan Owda, Palestine Amplifying awareness to the world by documenting Palestine's struggle for justice.
  • Hani Isnin-Racine, Singapore Advocating for affordable meals and social equity through her hawker stall, The $2.50 Shop.
  • Hassam Munir, Canada Historian and researcher, championing digital accessibility in Islamic history education.
  • Wadud Hassan, USA Expert in guiding personal and professional transformation with emotional intelligence.


These are the beacons of hope, the individuals who ignite the spark of change within others through their journeys and unwavering optimism. They motivate and empower us to chase our dreams, overcome challenges, and embrace the potential for positive transformation within ourselves and our communities.

  • Zhagum Arshad, UK An innovative business leader fostering change and community empowerment.
  • Faduma, USA Leading podcaster inspiring positive change and spiritual growth, Speakpure.
  • Mounir Lazzouni, USA Health and fitness coach based on Islamic teachings.
  • Nez Zakia Dally (Nesrine), UK Pioneering hijabi athlete, breaking barriers in martial arts & fitness, and advocate of inclusivity.
  • Khairul Aming, Malaysia Engineer turned content creator, delighting audiences with culinary adventures and beloved Ramadan recipe series.
  • Muhammad Siraj and Syirah Parveen, Singapore Transforming the fast food industry with tandoori burgers and authentic Indian delights, Mahmud’s Tandoor.
  • Saad Tasleem, USA Islamic scholar and community builder, uniting diverse Muslim communities.
  • Mariam, Saudi Arabia Niqabi fitness trainer promoting health, modesty, and women empowerment.
  • Moaaz, USA Content creator that bridges Islamic principles with academic challenges.
  • Fathia Fairuza, Indonesia LPDP Scholarship Awardee, inspiring academic excellence through her journey in education.


These are the master storytellers, the individuals who wield their creative talents to uplift, educate, and inspire. Through powerful narratives, captivating art, and innovative forms of expression, they bridge cultural divides and foster mutual understanding, paving the way for a more harmonious and enriched world.

  • Maryam Malik, UK Spreading joy and compassion online, as a Muslim content creator.
  • Chef Gero DiMaria, Singapore Master of Italian authentic flavors, head chef, and founder of Kucina.
  • Saki Safwa, Japan Content creator with focus on sharing halal insights for Muslims in navigating Japan.
  • Yui Halal, Japan Accommodating cultural exchange through Halal and Muslim-friendly content in Japan.
  • Adam Shah, Singapore Redefining culinary experiences through Halal culinary exploration in Singapore, HalalFoodBlog.
  • Shahrukh, UK Halal culinary experiences across the UK, Halal Munchies Reviews. 
  • Garrett Arathoon and Mubina, Canada Social media influencers who redefined Muslim representation with humor and education.
  • Anca, Indonesia Empowering and educating with halal insights in food, fashion, travel, and finance.
  • Bilal Bhatti, Canada Inviting viewers on a flavorful journey through Pakistani cuisine on YouTube, GoldenGully.
  • Nazirul Hakim, Malaysia Travel enthusiast who unveils hidden gems and cultural treasures through travel vlogs.
  • Dewi Putri Megawati, Indonesia Redefining Muslim girl characters through vibrant and artistic illustrations.
  • Ali Abdaal, UK Empowering audiences in academics through productivity strategies.
  • Astri Puji Lestari, Indonesia Inspiring sustainable living and conscious consumption through social media.


Live and Learn: Unveiling the Stories Behind the Impact

These captivating stories are just a taste of some of the wealth of inspiration waiting to be discovered. The HalalTrip 40 provides a unique platform for awardees to share their journeys, challenges, and triumphs.

The inspiring journeys of the HalalTrip 40 awardees serve as a powerful call to action for each and every one of us. We are all capable of making a difference, no matter how big or small our contributions may seem. Whether it's advocating for a cause close to your heart, mentoring young minds, or simply practicing kindness and understanding in your daily interactions, you hold the power to create a positive ripple effect within your sphere of influence.


Looking Back: HalalTrip 40 2021–2023

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Since its inception in 2021, HalalTrip 40 has become a cornerstone for recognizing and celebrating Muslim trailblazers. The inaugural year saw inspiring individuals like Na’ima Robert, Zulkifli Atnawi, Heliza Helmi, and Mizi Wahid whose works had empowered countless lives.

See the full list of the HalalTrip40 2021 Awardees here!

HalalTrip40 2022 HT40

In 2022, HalalTrip 40 shone a light on changemakers such as Mamadou Ndiaye, Sifan Hassan, Sadio Mane, Yassmin Abdel-Magied, and Sereen Sounds, who impacted their communities with unwavering dedication and service. Their stories ignited conversations and sparked positive action within the Muslim community and beyond.

See the full list of the HalalTrip40 2022 Awardees here!

HalalTrip40 2023 HT40

Last year, the 2023 edition of HalalTrip 40 brought to the forefront remarkable individuals like Assad Masud, Cadar Mohamud, Zahra Aljabri, Imam Uzair Akbar, Khalid Al Ameri, and Salama Mohamed whose passion for their work transcended borders and touched hearts around the globe. They exemplified the power of the "For the Community" spirit, leaving a lasting impact on the lives of many.

See the full list of the HalalTrip40 2023 Awardees here!

Each year, HalalTrip 40 has served as a powerful platform, not only celebrating individual achievements but also fostering a sense of unity and purpose within the Muslim community. The stories of these exceptional individuals continue to inspire others to dream big, embrace challenges, and leave their mark on the world.

This rich legacy of recognizing and amplifying Muslim excellence paves the way for an even more impactful 2024 edition of HalalTrip 40, witnessing the next chapter being unveiled in this inspiring journey.


Let the Legacy of Inspiration Continue

The HalalTrip 40 is a testament to the power of human potential and the transformative impact of individual actions. By embracing the spirit of inclusivity, celebrating everyday heroes, and fostering a culture of collaboration, the initiative serves as a beacon of hope in a world often grappling with challenges. As we move forward, let us carry the torch of inspiration, amplifying the voices of positive changemakers and actively contributing to building a more just, equitable, and flourishing world.

Join us in this year's celebration of Muslim excellence, and spread the word to help us discover and celebrate some of the 40 most inspiring Muslims of 2024. Together, let's make HalalTrip 40 a beacon of hope and inspiration for the Muslim community and the world beyond.

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