The Muslim News Awards for Excellence 2019 shortlist

22nd Feb 2019
The Muslim News Awards for Excellence 2019 shortlist

Former PM David Cameron with The Muslim News Awards for Excellence 2014 nominees (Photo: Muslim News)

 

Our readers nominated them and our distinguished independent panel of judges reviewed, deliberated and mused over the list. We proudly present the illustrious men, women, children and projects deemed worthy of short-listing for a Muslim News Award for Excellence. These exemplars of good practice, excellence – our future role models – will be treated to a Gala Evening in the presence of their peers and other renowned guests in April, when the finalists are announced for the [15] coveted Awards for Excellence

Alhambra Award for Excellence in the ARTS

Tanzania-born Siddiqa Juma is one of Britain’s foremost contemporary Islamic artists. Having commenced her career in graphic design, she wrote and published a globally successful series of Islamic children books, having realised there was nothing on the market at the time that her own children could relate to. Later in 2017 – off the back of terrorist attacks in London – she was approached by global charity MasterPeace, to spearhead a mural in central London on the South Bank, close to the Tate Modern. Building upon the theme of an English meadow, Siddiqa and her team drew a large crowd over several days to contribute to the mural – a direct response to those seeking to build walls of division. The message of the mural was powerful and direct – the power of unity is and always will be far greater than those who seek to divide. She has won many awards. In 2017 Siddiqa was awarded Global Art Award for Diversity in the Best Painting category in Dubai and in 2018 won the Leonardo da Vinci Universal Artist Award in Florence. Her stunning artwork can be found at siddiqajuma.co.uk.

Suhaiymah Manzoor Khan is a writer, poet and performer. Her work centres around gender, Islamophobia and the idea of decolonising. She has used her poetry to ask critical questions such as challenging the state narrative around British values in a poem performed at a protest against immigration laws outside the Home Office. Her work is increasingly reaching a global audience and through her poetry and performance she is able to support a range of good causes – a recent example includes an on-stage performance to support women who are victims of domestic violence. Suhaiymah was born in Bradford, raised and state-schooled in Leeds, and has a background in History at Cambridge University, and an MA in Postcolonial Studies from SOAS. She blogs at TheBrownHijabi.com.

Hatiq Mohammed, from Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, is a multi-award-winning artist who draws inspiration from the concept of beauty in Islamic art and calligraphy. His work has been featured in publications and exhibitions across the USA, UAE, Europe, and the Far East for over a decade. He has exhibited his work to a diverse range of audiences, including various world leaders and Middle Eastern royalty. He is recognised as one of the leading Muslim digital artists in the world and BBC Radio has described him as “one of the rising stars in the Islamic art scene”. He founded his website (www.teakster.co.uk) to promote his work, inspired by the artistic traditions of the Muslim world.

Annemarie Schimmel Award for CHAMPIONING A MUSLIM CAUSE

Acorns Children’s Hospice makes every day count for the children and families of all cultures, faiths and beliefs that use their services. Over the last year, they have cared for over 870 children and more than 1,141 families at their three hospices in Birmingham, Walsall and Worcester and in their outreach support in families’ own homes.Since opening 30 years ago, 29% of the children in their care have been Muslim, (39% of families using Acorns are from Black and Asian Minority ethnic backgrounds). For parents like Amjid and his wife, whose two children, Subhan and Zara were both diagnosed with Joubert’s syndrome, a rare brain disorder, the support provided by Acorns has been a lifeline. Sadly, Subhan passed away in November 2016, aged just seven, and the couple knows that they face the loss of another child. Amjid says: “The pain is unbearable but with the support of our friends at Acorns we’ll deal with that day when it comes, I don’t know how we would cope if we didn’t have that.”

Set up in September 2009, The Refugee Cricket Project was originally a safe place for Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children to come together once a week for some recreation time, to learn and play cricket, to eat at least one healthy and nutritious meal per week, and to receive casework support for their asylum claims. In 2018, it still provides those basic functions, but it has also helped over 400 young Afghan, Bangladeshi and Pakistani Muslims to integrate into British society through joining local cricket clubs, organising work experience, and challenging Home Office and Local Authority decisions around age disputes, housing, and to enable the young people to attend school and university.

Pamela Christine Evans is a former Head of Religious Education at a secondary school in Carmarthenshire in south-west Wales. Following the 9/11 attacks, she witnessed young Muslim pupils face bullying from their peers and although this was challenged she saw the prejudice in the climate of the time soon spread to other faith minorities and visible minorities in the school. Pam acted to address this fear brought on by ignorance through education and came up with a simple but powerful hands-on project called Peace Mala.

The list of personal endorsements Peace Mala has received reads like a ‘Who’s Who’ of world faith ‘heavy-weights’ including, but not limited to: the late Pope Saint John Paul II, the Dalai Lama of Tibet, Lord Williams of Oystermouth (former Archbishop of Canterbury) and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.

Imams Hasan & Husayn CHILDREN’S Award for Excellence

Jena Al-hashimi Grant is 12 years-old and in training to be a British Olympian in taekwondo. She started training in martial arts in 2011 when she was 6 years old. She achieved a black belt in karate in 2013, a black belt in taekwondo in 2014 and an orange belt in Hapkido. She is now preparing for her second dan grading in taekwondo which she hopes to achieve this year. In 2016, she competed in 10 competitions and took away 13 medals. Of these, 9 were gold medals. In 2017 Jena took part in the 2017 Ultimate Taekwondo Championships in Barnsley. She missed her target weight by 0.15kg and was put up to the -41kg category. She won the semi-final 30-12 and went on to bring home gold. Jena also recently returned from a championship in Lisbon, Portugal and achieved a 1st in the under 14 female teams.

Hasan Patel, from East London, was just 15 when he rose to prominence as a political activist. In September 2018 he was the youngest ever delegate to speak at a national party conference, representing his constituency of Leyton and Wanstead. He addressed the annual Labour party conference in 2018, saying “school’s are being run like businesses and failing our school children”. In his speech, he talked about how his local youth centre was shut down as a result of the financial crisis and Government austerity programme, even though he was only 7 when the financial crash of 2008 happened. In an interview with Vice magazine, he spoke about why he became active in the Labour party: “The policies that most appeal to me are abolishing tuition fees so that everyone has the chance to go to university without any financial disincentives; the introduction of a £10/hour living wage, because the minimum wage discriminates against young people; and Labour’s pledge to build more homes, because youngsters around here are all worried that, once we’re enough to live on our own, we’re just gonna get priced out of this area.” Hassan has amassed more than 18,000 followers on Twitter.

Suffering from allergies from a young age, and seeing a lack of available desserts suited for his needs and others like him, Husayn Yahya Merali decided to fill the gap by founding his own baking company at the age of 10 years called HY Bakes. His delicacies cater to those suffering from dairy, egg and nuts allergies. The allergy-free cakes and biscuits are sold through Facebook. Along with his sister and cousins, he has led and fundraised over £12,500, with a recent fundraiser for Yemen still open and collecting funds by hiking through the desert between Najaf and Karbala, Iraq in October 2018. As an avid sportsman, Husayn plays numerous sports including cricket, badminton and table tennis, and represents his school and community in tournaments, receiving numerous trophies, including Stanmore Jaffery’s Sports Personality 2018 for his age group.

 

Uthman Dan Fodio Award for Excellence in COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Ibrahim Adewusi is a Nigerian-born British accountant, lecturer, community leader and the current Project Coordinator for the rebuilding of Old Kent Road Mosque & Islamic Cultural Centre. He was a former general secretary and president of the Muslim Association of the UK. He also served as the first publicity secretary of the UK Nigerian Muslim organisation’s umbrella body, Council of Nigeria Muslim Organisations. In a professional capacity, Ibrahim is the chair and chief executive of Threadneedle Training and Management Consultancy. In 2015 the Mayor of Southwark awarded Ibrahim with a Civic Award Letter of Commendation in recognition of his contribution to the community. It stated that ‘Ibrahim Adewusi for many years has been a committee member, a project coordinator and a driving force of the Muslim Association of Nigeria based at Old Kent Road’.

The Hubb Community Kitchen. After the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy, Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre based in North Kensington invited the victims to use the kitchen canteen facilities. A group of women gathered and were soon joined by the women who worked at Al Manaar. As they cooked, they began to heal and move forward. This was the start of the Hubb (which means ‘love’ in Arabic) Community Kitchen. During this time, Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex made regular private visits to the kitchen and was inspired by the power of coming together over a home-cooked meal. However, due to funding, the kitchen was only able to open for two days a week. The Duchess suggested creating a cookbook, using the women’s own recipes to raise proceeds to open the kitchen all week. The cookbook became a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller. The women are now able to use the kitchen seven days a week and have been upskilled to gain food hygiene qualifications and empowered to start their own projects.

Sajid Rashid BEM is a multi-award winning philanthropist; the ‘Youngest’ Muslim ever to receive a British Empire Medal (BEM) from Her Majesty the Queen on the New Year’s Honours List 2016 for services to the community as well as charitable fundraising. Born on 2nd November 1989; Sajid is regarded as one of Britain’s most inspirational figures scooping many international accolades.Sajid, who works for Rolls-Royce professionally, started off his journey volunteering for Staffordshire Youth Service and quickly progressed to become a Millennium volunteer after helping young people around East Staffordshire set up youth centres in his spare time. In addition to his charitable fundraising, Sajid has since decided to become an ambassador under Rolls-Royce to promote science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) to inspire the future generations.

Al Biruni Award for Excellence in COMMUNITY RELATIONS

Fatima Khasimi was awarded by the Mayor of London in 2017 for the Long Service to Volunteering, serving for unity and humanity over 30 years. In 2017, she also won the Sister of the Year award by Waltham Forest Council of Mosque for her dedication and commitment for serving others. A role model for many, Fatima sits on many trusts and boards in London and is an inspiring mentor and coach. She is a volunteer chaplain at Barts Health NHS Trust and Haven House Hospice. Her colleagues attest to Fatima’s great passion to make a difference in building bridges, connecting faiths and people and bringing back hope and comforting the broken hearts through her pastoral, religious and spiritual care. She is also a governor for the North East London NHS Foundation Trust.

Officials at Muslim Association of Croydon set up a soup kitchen five years ago to assist a high number of those who are homeless and asylum seekers. Now in its sixth year, Muslim Association of Croydon have served over 32,000 hot meal to those in need, costing over £96,000 – funded entirely by communities in Croydon. The group also provides halal turkeys to hostels and food banks at Christmas and has also inspired other faith groups to support the project.

Muslim Aid is best known for the initiative it took one year after the tragic Finsbury Park terrorist attack in June 2017, when one man died and eight people were injured after a van drove into pedestrians. Along with Muslim Welfare House and the Finsbury Park Mosque, Muslim Aid took the lead in organising a Street Iftar cum British Summer Street Party. The purpose was to pay tribute to those affected and to honour the public spirit of intense cross-community, cross-faith support which emerged after the attack.

Sankore University Award for Excellence in EDUCATION

Esmail Suleman Patel is profoundly deaf and uses British Sign Languages. He is one of the founders and CEO of Deaf Education Advocacy Fellowship (DEAF). He is very passionate, an excellent deaf role model and a valuable contributor to the deaf Muslim community in the country. Esmail has been recognised and honoured for his brilliant work by the public/private sectors, health and police service and educational establishment. He is believed to be the first deaf entrepreneur ever in the UK, and he’s also been working in partnership with over 10,000 organisations to make a difference in peoples lives.

Imran Awan is an Professor of Criminology at Birmingham City University whose public engagement and expertise research on hate crime and Islamophobia is deeply impactful. His recent report presented in Parliament examined how non-Muslim British men suffer Islamophobia. His leading research has a public outfacing approach as he uses his work to engage with local Muslim communities. His exhibition on Islamophobia raises awareness of this issue within the grassroots communities. His work continues to provide a much-needed antidote to difficult times in which hate crimes have increased. His work at the Governmental level continues to shape policy and help victims of hate crime.

Dr Musharraf Hussain is the compiler of a new Qur’an translation called The Majestic Qur’an. It has been lauded as an excellent translation, revealing the clear message of the Holy Qur’an in plain English language and style. A special feature of this translation is that he has added section headings for the sake of clarity. These headings correspond to major themes and subject matter presented in the text. The headings of each section are not just attention-grabbing but reflect its contents, themes and specific topics that help the reader to understand the words of Allah. The Majestic Qur’an is a must read for those who want to understand the message and teachings of Islam.

Fazlur Rahman Khan Award for Excellence in ENGINEERING SCIENCE, OR TECHNOLOGY

Dr Shafi Ahmed is a surgeon, teacher, futurist, innovator, entrepreneur and a specialist in augmented and virtual reality. He is a laparoscopic colorectal cancer surgeon at The Royal London and St Bartholomew’s Hospitals and has been awarded the accolade of the most watched surgeon in human history. In May 2014, using Google Glass, he performed and streamed a live interactive operation to 14,000 students and trainees across 132 countries and 1,100 cities. Two years later on April 14, 2016, in collaboration with Barts Health, Medical Realities and Mativision, he performed the world’s first virtual reality operation recorded and streamed live in 360 degrees. This was viewed by 55,000 people in 140 countries and 4,000 cities and reached 4.6 million people on Twitter. There were over 200,000 downloads on Youtube. On December 9, 2016, he performed the world’s first live operation using Snapchat Spectacles where he trained 200 medical students and surgical trainees, which has been viewed over 2 million times.

Professor Bashir Mohammed Ali Al-Hashimi, CBE is recognised as an outstanding academic leader and a highly influential figure in the UK Higher Education sector. He is Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton, which is the largest UK engineering faculty with 700 staff, 8,000 students and a turnover of £160m. He is the only Dean of Faculty within the UK Russell Group of universities from a BAME background. Under his leadership, his faculty has realised significant academic business growth. Bashir is known for his research on low-power electronics, particularly energy-efficient processor design and testing. He has made fundamental scientific and engineering contributions that contributed significantly to the vision of mobile digital devices becoming an integral part of people’s lives.

Professor Muhammad Ali Imran received his MSc (Distinction) and PhD degrees from Imperial College London, UK,  He is a Professor in Communication Systems in the University of Glasgow, Vice Dean of Glasgow College UESTC and Director of Communications Sensing and Imaging labs. He is also an Affiliate Professor at the University of Oklahoma, USA and a visiting Professor at 5G Innovation Centre, University of Surrey, UK, where he worked from 2007 to 2016. He is a Fellow of IET, Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy and Senior

Member of IEEE. Imran has led a number of multimillion-funded international research projects encompassing the areas of Engineering and Technology (energy efficiency, fundamental performance limits, sensor networks and self-organising cellular networks). He has secured funding from international research councils and direct industrial funding from leading industries in communications, including Huawei, Sony, Fujitsu, IBM, DSTL and British Telecom.

Ummul Mu’minin Khadijah Award for Excellence in ENTERPRISE

Adeem Younis is founder of the digital matrimony platform, SingleMuslim.com.His accomplishments were recently shortlisted for a prestigious Amazon Web Service Award for Digital Business of the Year. Through SingleMuslim.com, 100,000 Muslims have found their life partners. Adeem takes his earliest inspiration from his mother who provided for her family after his father passed away when he was 8 years old. She opened a stall at the local market, teaching Adeem and his siblings how entrepreneurship and ingenuity was a gateway for transformation. Filled with a deep sense of responsibility, Adeem funded his studies by founding his first business, GoWebPrint, above the pizza shop where he worked part-time. At the heart of his leadership, today is a drive to provide solutions to problems through utilising the potential of the digital space. Adeem has proved that anyone can lead that change – even if all you have is a storeroom above a pizza shop in a tiny Yorkshire town.

HalalBooking.com is a fine example of British Muslim entrepreneurship, combining innovative tech and religious belief to serve the global Muslim community. The travel website helps practising Muslims enjoy their holiday while not compromising basic Muslim values, and was recognised as “World’s Best Halal Travel Website or App 2015” during the World Halal Travel Awards in Abu Dhabi. In 2016, it won the prestigious “Islamic Economy Award in Hospitality and Tourism 2016” during the third Global Islamic Economy Summit held in Dubai. Halalbooking.com now operates end-to-end in 6 languages (Arabic, English, French, German, Russian and Turkish) and 40 currencies. HalalBooking.com has the largest portfolio of properties with more than 950 properties in 45 countries. The website has been popular among Muslims worldwide and attracts bookings from 74 countries with approx. 70,000 customers in 2018.

Hasina Zaman founded Compassionate Funerals in 2012, a need for a completely different type of funeral service for the diverse community of East London. In Islam, gentle movement and awareness of the person whose body they are caring for are second nature and Compassionate Funerals trains anyone assisting in the arrangements of a Muslim deceased person to use the same reverent approach to the body. In October 2015, the company acquired its premises in Wanstead, opening the doors to their beautiful space for the general public. It’s been described as the most “un-funereal funeral parlour that is around” – light, open, airy, with rainbow chandeliers suspended from the high ceilings and mosaic art scattered around.

 Alija Izetbegovic Award for GOOD CITIZENSHIP

Aamer Anwar is a lawyer and human rights campaigner. In 1995 he made legal history in a successful civil action against the police for a racist attack on himself in 1991 whilst a student at Glasgow University, when he was told ‘this is what happens to black boys with big mouths’ as his teeth were smashed out. Since then, for over three decades, he has tirelessly advocated for civil liberties and defended the vulnerable. He demonstrates outstanding achievement and longstanding commitment to promoting understanding between different cultures and faiths, both through his legal work and as a political campaigner. Aamer had been involved in some of Scotland’s most high profile cases and been named lawyer of the year multiple times at law awards in Scotland. Among the cases he is best known for is that of murdered waiter Surjit Singh Chhokar which led two judicial inquiries, a change in the law and an unrelenting 17-year campaign.

Elected to office Islington Council’s Holloway Ward in 2012, Rakhia Mohammed Ismail is among first British Somali female politicians in the UK,  She is also the first Muslim and BAME cabinet member in Islington. A champion of diversity, Rakhia is a founding member of Islington Stand Up Racism, where she campaigns against Islamophobia. In 2017, she famously led the protest outside McDonald’s after a young student was asked to remove her hijab. Before becoming a local councillor, Rakhia worked as a freelance surface pattern designer and teacher. She also led numerous art projects placed at venues across London, including the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Crafts Council, the October Gallery, Islington Museum. Rakhia is also the founder of Back 2 Basics create, an art organisation that teaches women art and craft.

Imran Hameed is the founder of Bearded Broz, an initiative that aims to demonstrate how Islamic values go hand in hand with British values. Prior to its founding in 2017, Imran had already set up Salma Food Bank in June 2016, in memory of his late mother Salma Parveen, who died when Imran was only 17 years old. The principles of the food bank were simple: Not to take any money off anyone, seek out people that required help and then deliver the food aid directly to their doorstep – all with the help of community donations of food and volunteer drivers. To date, the Broz have reached out and fed in excess of 10,000 people across the West Midlands. They now produce short documentaries highlighting community issues, which have been dubbed in several languages, with a massive 51 million total views worldwide to date.

Ibn Sina Award for HEALTH

Dr Faheem Ahmed grew up from humble beginnings in a South London flat. He was awarded a prestigious academic and sports scholarship at one of the UK’s leading independent schools – Dulwich College. Faheem excelled both in academia and sports, playing at the highest level in football and cricket, subsequently being elected by his peers as the College’s first Muslim Vice-Captain. After achieving the top grades in GCSEs and A-levels, he secured a place at King’s College London Medical School where he was also elected as the first Muslim President of Guy’s King’s and St Thomas’ Medical Students’ Association. He has published extensively in major high-impact journals such as the Lancet and British Medical Journal and presented at over 50 different conferences internationally. Faheem is also a founding member and Director of Selfless UK, an award-winning international NGO that addresses health inequalities through technology.

Professor Naveed Sattar was born in Sheffield, lived for 10 years in Cardiff, and in 1977 moved to Glasgow where he went to school and university before becoming a clinical academic and Professor of Metabolic Medicine in 2005 at the age of 37. He is now amongst the most widely published academics in the world (over 750 peers reviewed papers) and for the last 5 years has been in the top 1% of cited individuals in clinical medicine worldwide. He is well known for his expertise in diabetes, heart disease and obesity. However, it is in diabetes where he is best known, currently in the top 10 diabetes experts in the world as measured by objective criteria on the expertscape website, a metric used by academics around the world.

Dr Omar Mahroo is a consultant ophthalmic surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital and senior lecturer in medical retina and electrophysiology. He undertook his undergraduate medical training in Cambridge, where he also completed a PhD in electrophysiology. He was previously an academic clinical lecturer at Kings College London, where he continued his study of the electrical activity of the retina in health and disease. Omar has recently secured a Wellcome grant of over £1m to continue his research at Moorfields, where he is investigating how the electrical activity of the retina can help in the early diagnosis of disease.

Ibn Battuta Award for Excellence in MEDIA

British Muslim TV was founded to provide a platform to understand and explore what it means to be confidently Muslim and comfortably British. Now in its fifth year of operation, 2018 has seen the channel grow exponentially. Last year saw its first feature film production, Finding Fatimah, open in over 45 cinemas across the UK. It has also served as a springboard for young people to gain vital media experience and a leg up into the industry. Many of its presenters and producers have gone on to launch careers across mainstream media outlets. The channel attracts a number of mainstream TV credits, including BBC and Channel 4, and over 50% of its staff are non-Muslim. In addition to multimedia content, British Muslim TV has a regular grassroots presence in communities by organising a number of events and partnering with dozens more throughout the year.

Amandla Thomas-Johnson is a reporter who has worked on documentaries for Channel 4 Dispatches, Vice News, and Al Jazeera. He also reported for Middle East Eye and BBC Radio 4. Currently, he resides in Senegal where he is writing a book about radical black women in London in the 1970s. One of his most compelling investigations was carried out in Trinidad and Tobago where he explored ISIS influence and recruitment in the country. This led to follow-up reports on the subject, and separately,  scrutiny of counter-terrorism and counter-extremism policy in Britain. His news interview last year with a Syrian doctor who operated on a child victim of the Manchester attack also stands out as a stunning example of strong journalism. It so happened that the same doctor had also treated children with similar wounds in Syria as a result of the bombardment of Aleppo and attacks by the Islamic State group. Thomas-Johnson’s reporting provided a reminder of our common humanity in the face of indiscriminate violence.

Dr Myriam François is a journalist and broadcaster with a focus on current affairs, France and the Middle East. Her work focuses on issues like Islamophobia, the refugee crisis and the polarisation of society. Myriam writes a regular column for the New Statesmen and the Middle East Eye, but her articles also feature in the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, and The Huffington Post among others. She also regularly contributes to public debates on Sky News, BBC Newsnight and Channel 4 News. In 2016, Myriam presented the most watched religion programme on BBC iPlayer, called The Muslim Pound. Myriam is currently a PhD researcher at Oxford University, focusing on Islamic movements in Morocco. In 2015, Myriam translated Asma Lambramet’s exploration of Islamic feminism in Women in the Qur’an: An Emancipatory Reading.

Faezeh Hashemi Award for Excellence in SPORT

Asma Elbadawi is a basketball player and coach from Bradford, West Yorkshire, who successfully lobbied for the Basketball governing body the International Basketball Federation (Fiba) to allow Muslim players to compete in hijab. Asma, who was born in Sudan, began campaigning against Fiba’s ban on headgear using social media and the #FibaAllowHijab hashtag. Asma argued Fiba should follow football authority Fifa in removing restrictions on hijabs, turbans and other religious headwear as she claimed there was no correlation between the item of clothing and players’ safety. On May 4, 2017, the first-ever Mid-Term Congress – which brought together representatives from 139 national federations – unanimously ratified the Fiba Central Board’s decision for a new rule that would allow players to wear headgear. Not one to rest on her laurels, Asma is now advocating sport for young British Muslim girls. An accomplished spoken word poet, she also won BBC Radio 1Xtra’s ‘Words First’ 2015 Competition.

Ramla Ali is the first female Muslim to win a British boxing title, and the only female boxer to ever represent Somalia in an international competition, including recent tournaments in Istanbul and New Delhi last November. Her accomplishments in and outside of the ring secured her Nike sponsorship deal in 2018. Outside of competing, Ramla donates her time to charity including Fight 4 Change where she teaches women-only self-defence classes among her students are war and domestic violence survivors. She was featured on the front cover of the Guardian Observer Magazine in November with a two-page spread about her ambitions of qualifying and participating in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

As the only Muslim Ambassador of a Premier League Club, Mohammed Bhana has connected the club to a new British Muslim fan base, who have been welcomed with open arms. His appointment has helped open breakfast clubs in areas with a high Muslim population. But his talents go beyond playing football. Mohammed has an innate ability to market and grow brands in both the marketing and automotive sectors, paying dividends for Huddersfield Town A.F.C. of the Premier League and the globally-recognized Kahn Design. At Kahn Design, his ability to creatively market on a limited budget quickly put the automotive company on the map. In one example, the ‘F1’ number plate purchased by Kahn for more than £400,000 in 2008 – a record for the time – was pushed by Mohammed who had been tracking its value for some time. The value of it has since skyrocketed to £15 million, making it the most valuable number plate in the world. Mohammad’s efforts have been recognised by the Yorkshire Asian Business Association, who recently awarded him under the Professional of the Year category.

Malcolm X YOUNG PERSON’S Award for Excellence

Imran Sanaullah is an inspirational young Muslim leader who has spent over six years promoting and encouraging the positive engagement of underrepresented, deprived and minority communities into British democratic and civil society. With the Foreign Commonwealth Office, and under the direction of the then Permanent Secretary, Sir Simon Fraser CMG, Imran founded the Youth Inspiration Group (YIG) in 2013. The group raised issues and presented policy ideas from young people across the country to ambassadors and high commissioners from across the world. Imran has helped to empower over 300 young people across the country. His impact has been international, as the work of the group has been replicated in Canada, New Zealand, Algeria and Croatia. He is currently the CEO of the Patchwork Foundation in London, which has engaged over 40,000 young people from deprived and underrepresented communities to engage in the democratic system.

Arqam Al Hadeed was recently elected as the youth member of the UK’s Parliament for Leeds, after a successful campaign that involved interacting with thousands of young people across Leeds. His manifesto included erasing religious discrimination, especially against Muslims. In November 2018, Arqam spoke very passionately in the House Of Commons to end knife crime and got a standing ovation from the full House including the Opposition Leader, Jeremy Corbyn; Shadow Home Secretary, Diane Abbott; and head of the House of Commons, Andrea Leadsom. Arqam’s remarks from the Parliament were aired live on Parliament TV, aired on BBC Parliament and quoted by many newspapers. He also awarded one of the top 5 champions of the “Make Your Mark” – the world’s biggest voting consultation for young people.

At 17 years old, Mohammad Mahdi Karim is a decorated Model UN delegate. He has won six awards from six conferences, including two at international level. Mohammad has also established an award-winning Model United Nations society at his school, Dr Challoner’s Grammar School in Amersham. Here he has coached peers in research on topics of international concern, drafting resolutions, giving speeches, raising points of concern, lobbying, building consensus and debate at conferences. His work has been recognised by the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow and the Minister for Children and Families, Robert Goodwill. He has set up his own public speaking and political engagement consultancies, where he trains young children to improve their public speaking whilst also embedding knowledge of current affairs with them. He volunteers at his previous primary school and leads sessions on political awareness with the children. His other volunteering schemes involve tutoring GCSE chemistry and math at SICM Tuition.

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Over 120 people attended a landmark conference on the media reporting of Islam and Muslims. It was held jointly by The Muslim News and Society of Editors in London on September 15.

The Muslim News Awards for Excellence 2015 was held on March in London to acknowledge British Muslim and non-Muslim contributions to the society.

The Muslim News Awards for Excellence 2015 was held on March in London to acknowledge British Muslim and non-Muslim contributions to the society.

The Muslim News Awards for Excellence event is to acknowledge British Muslim and non-Muslim contributions to society. Over 850 people from diverse background, Muslim and non-Muslim, attended the gala dinner.

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