Scotland Elects First Muslim Leader Humza Yousaf

Published: 28 March 2023

By Shofi Ahmed


Humza Yousaf has made history as Scotland’s first Muslim leader. Raised in Glasgow by Punjabi immigrants. Notably Prime Minister Rishi Sunak also has Punjabi descent.

Yousaf’s political career began as a parliamentary assistant to the first Muslim elected to the Scottish Parliament. He worked his way up the political ladder, serving as a junior minister under Alex Salmond and as the justice secretary under Nicola Sturgeon.


Yousaf’s appointment as the new leader of the Scottish National Party and First Minister of Scotland marks a major milestone for Muslims in Scotland and Britain, as he becomes the most senior Muslim leader in Western Europe. When the announcement was made, his mother, wearing a hijab, shed tears of joy.


His rise to power is a testament to Scotland’s inclusivity and diversity. Yousaf’s dedication and commitment to public service demonstrate that anyone can achieve success, regardless of their background. As a role model for young Muslims in Scotland, Yousaf’s achievement will undoubtedly inspire a new generation of leaders who can make a positive impact on their communities and the world.


We congratulate Humza Yousaf on his historic achievement and eagerly anticipate the positive change he will bring to Scotland as its new First Minister.