Remona Aly


I’m a journalist, broadcaster and commentator with a focus on faith, lifestyle and identity.

I write for The Guardian and other media outlets on anything from The Great British Bake Off to burkinisfashion to my failed love life and Ramadan to rock music

I’m a resident Pause for Thought contributor at BBC Radio 2 on the Zoe Ball Breakfast show, and previously on Chris Evans Breakfast Show and Saturday Breakfast with Dermot O’Leary, and I’m a presenter on BBC Radio 4’s Something Understood which explores a spiritual theme across different faiths and traditions using music, prose and poetry.

As a commentator on TV and radio, I’ve appeared on Sky News, ITV and the BBC – often at the crack of dawn when my face is still falling into place.

I was Deputy Editor of emel – a vibrant and glossy British Muslim lifestyle magazine. Since going freelance in 2009, I became Director of Communications for Exploring Islam Foundation which specialises in dynamic PR campaigns and resources on Islam and Muslims across media platforms. 

I’m also a podcast presenter for various platforms, including for the award-winning Things Unseen which centres on moral, spiritual and ethical issues. And I watch K-drama and eat chocolate biscuits religiously.  

Academic background: BA in English Literature & Classical Studies, MA in Medieval Studies (yep, I live in the here and now), Royal Holloway, University of London.