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Record number of Muslims recognised in NY Honours

28th Jan 2022
Record number of Muslims recognised in NY Honours

Harun Nasrullah

A record number of Muslims have been recognised in the New Year’s Honours. A total of sixty-three (a knighthood, a DBE, a CBE, 10 OBEs, 26 MBEs and 21 BEMs: International, an MBE and two OBEs) Muslims made the most ethnically diverse honours list, with 15% of recipients coming from BAME backgrounds. Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, said: “These recipients have inspired and entertained us and given so much to their communities in the UK or in many cases around the world. The honours are an opportunity for us to thank them, as a country, for their dedication and outstanding contribution.”

Professor Shakeel Qureshi, from Purley, London, is to be knighted for his services to paediatric cardiology and charity. Professor Qureshi is a globally respected consultant paediatric cardiologist at Evelina London Children’s Hospital, which is part of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.

He joined the Trust in 1988 and, frustrated by the lack of appropriate specialist equipment for operating on children with congenital heart defects, he co-invented the Tyshak balloon catheter which is now used worldwide. It allows many children and adults to have their heart defect treated without open heart surgery

In 2013, he came up with the paravalvar leak device. He has been at the forefront of using and evaluating the latest valves, which allow specialist doctors to treat leaky valves. He has also organised teaching and educational conferences for paediatric cardiologists worldwide for more than 20 years.

Qureshi is Chair of 4 Peace of Mind, a charity committed to delivering aid to the severely hit communities affected by natural disasters. He also works pro bono and is Chair of the Medical Board for Chain of Hope, a charity which treats sick children both in the UK and abroad and trains teams of doctors in less developed countries.

He told The Muslim News, “When I got the email I read it several times before I responded because I thought it was a scam. It was a shock and I still haven’t got over it. To have somebody appreciate your work, values and contributions is an amazing feeling, especially when I look back at where I started. My parents moved from Pakistan to the UK in the 60s and it is their hard work and sacrifices and my specialty that led me here.”

Another physician recognised is Dr Iram Sattar who is to be made a MBE. Sattar has worked as a NHS doctor for over 20 years, caring for patients, and is a trustee at two highly respected charities serving some of society’s most vulnerable. She has served on the board of homelessness charity The Passage for more than ten years where she is also the Safeguarding Board Champion.

She is also the Safeguarding Lead at and the Muslim Women’s Network UK (MWNUK), where she is also a member of the board. MWNUK helps over 1,200 women a year, and approximately 60 safeguarding cases are escalated to her for guidance and decisions regarding suicide risk, domestic abuse, etc.

Through her GP surgeries and charitable work, Dr Sattar recognises that health disparities between minority ethnic groups have been exacerbated by their mistrust of public services. To address the deep mental health inequalities that exist for ethnic minority patients, she has worked to reach minority communities, particularly women. This has led to her developing and delivering tailored mental health workshops to various Muslim communities in London. She has used her workshops to research, challenge attitudes and increase uptake of mental health services.

Sattar said: “I am very lucky, humbled and blessed to be recognised in this way. And I’m pleased for my parents, who have always supported me and shaped me into the person that I am. I always say that ‘I get more than I give’ doing charitable work – there’s a satisfaction that is unrivalled, and you’re surrounded by wonderful like-minded people without whom I could not have achieved what I have.”

Dr Sattar is not just helping the most disadvantaged in the UK. She recently co-founded Nisa Global Foundation, a grant-giving international charity, to address the needs of women and girls in developing countries.

Blackburn with Darwen Council senior officer Sayyed Mohammed Osman is to receive an MBE in recognition of his contribution to the communities of East Lancashire. Osman is the Borough’s Strategic Director for Adult Social Care and Health. He has served with the council for almost 20 years and clocked up over 30 years in public service.
Osman began his career in the housing sector at the council in the early 1990s.

He then took up roles working for North British Housing, Anchor Trust and the Guinness Trust. Osman has delivered significant regeneration and development for housing and communities across the North. He joined Blackburn with Darwen Council in 2002 as a Chief Officer, the first Muslim to hold the position.

He has worked at Deputy Director and Director Level with responsibility for a number of departments, including Adult Social Care, Safeguarding, Community Safety, Prevent & Countering Extremism, Neighbourhoods, Adult Learning, Social Integration, and Housing Needs & Homelessness. During his illustrious career, he has contributed significantly to improving all communities in all aspects of community life.

Over the years Osman has also acted as a school governor at both primary and secondary levels and has also been a trustee of Blackburn Youth Zone. Osman said, “In receiving this honour, I dedicate this to my wife and family who provide me with relentless support and have allowed me to work long hours to do what I am passionate about.

I dedicate this to all my colleagues, elected members and teams that I work with day-in-day-out, as well as the partner agencies, stakeholders, volunteers, residents and communities for their support and partnership.”
Jahungir Khan and Saira Begum Mir are to be awarded BEMs for their services to the community in Waltham Forest.

Both of them have been recognized for tackling food poverty, particularly during Covid-19.
Khan founded a food bank in East London in 2012 to help families access food, and the following year it became a charity. The foodbank was named after Jahungir’s mother Rukhsana Khan, who had terminal cancer at the time. Rukhsana Khan became Walthamstow’s first official food bank, providing food to residents throughout the borough, including Leyton, Leytonstone, and Chingford.

Over the past year, Rukhsana Khan delivered 1,000 warm meals every week, ran a community fete and a breakfast club for homeless residents and one for young people. Khan described the award as “a tribute to all Rukhsana Khan’s incredible volunteers who make it all happen. We have around 50 active volunteers, at least 20 of whom are active across in-person food handling and delivery every Saturday morning, helping us to feed over 100 families and about 330 people.”

Mir set up PL84U AL-SUFFA – which means “plate for you” and then “verandah” in Arabic, to signify hospitality and her Muslim faith – in 2013.

The charity’s purpose is “serving humanity, one plate at a time” and provides food and essentials to thousands of people of all faiths, it currently operates 14 days a month, feeding over 5,000 guests and delivering 2,000 food parcels. It has 60 volunteers whose shifts are staggered to ensure there is resilience in case members catch Covid-19.

Mir, who has Pakistani heritage, told The Muslim News, “I’m even more honoured and humbled as a hijab-wearing woman. It feels significant to have gotten this acknowledgement. When we started in 2013, it was to break stereotypes and challenge the preconceived views people sometimes have of each other. We’ve grown organically to what the needs of the community are. Whether it’s starting clothes and baby banks, partnering with hairdressers or organising Interfaith events that bring people together.”

In the world of sport, Bolton’s Ayaz Bhuta, who was part of Great Britain’s Paralympics gold medal winning wheelchair rugby team, is to be made an MBE. Bhuta said he was overjoyed to learn he was honoured. He said. “Hopefully, it’s all the grueling work that brings happiness to my family as well.”

Ayaz first received a letter from the Queen “It was an amazing feeling. It’s been a crazy nine years in my wheelchair rugby career, through all the adversity, missing ut with losses and then the wins but it’s fantastic to have been part of this journey and to make history,” he said.

Among the 1,278 people awarded in the New Year Honours are 18 members of the Jewish community (a knighthood, three CBEs, five OBEs, an MBE and eight BEMS) and 50 members of the Hindu and Sikh communities (One KBE, four CBEs, 14 OBEs, 19 MBEs and 12 BEMs).

Photos: Prof Shakeel Qureshi (Kt), Dr Iram Sattar (MBE), Ayaz Bhuta (MBE), Sayyed Mohammed Osman (MBE).
(Images courtesy of recipients)




Sara KHAN, lately lead commissioner, Commission for Countering Extremism, for services to human rights & counter extremism

Knights Bachelor

Shakeel Ahmed QURESHI, Professor of Paediatric Cardiology, Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospitals Foundation Trust, for services to paediatric cardiology & charity.


Tanweer IKRAM, deputy senior district judge, Magistrates’ Court, for services to Judicial Diversity


Abeda Suleman VORAJEE, for services to community integration & interfaith Understanding in Warwickshire

Arjmund Jabeen BUTT, for services to H.M. Revenue & Customs & the BAME community

Ayaz Mazeed BHUTA, for services to Wheelchair Rugby

Bibi Rabbiyah KHAN, president, London Islamic Cultural Society, for services to local government & community cohesion

Dr Abdul Karim, SESAY genomics facility lead, Medical Research Council Unit, The Gambia, for services to charity & medical research

Dr Bnar TALABAN, kidney & transplant medical specialist, University of Wales & Immunology Scientist, for services to the NHS & to the ethnic minority communities in Wales, particularly during Covid-1

Dr Iram SATTAR, GP & Trustee, Muslim Women’s Network UK &

The Passage, for services to the health & wellbeing of vulnerable people

Dr Seema Safia ARIF, for services to Healthcare amongst the BAME community

Galal YAFAI, for services to boxing

Irna Mumtaz QURESHI, co-founder, Bradford Literature Festival, for services to heritage

Kamini Harshadbhai MEHTA, chair, KPMG UK, for services to trade & investments in the UK & female entrepreneurs

Kaneez KHAN, coordinator, Near Neighbours, West Yorkshire, for services to interfaith relations, particularly during covid-19

Karime HASSAN, chief executive & growth director, Exeter City Council, for services to local government

Mohammad Sehreen SELEEM, for services to disadvantaged communities in East London

Mumtaz KHAN, for services to tackling food poverty in the UK & abroad

Munir Faizal MAMUJEE, managing director, m2r Education, for services to education & exports

Omeima MUDAWI-ROWLINGS, for services to people with disabilities in the arts

Onjali Qatara RAUF, author & founder, Making Herstory, for services to literature & women’s rights

Professor Nazira KARODIA, lately professor of science education, University of Wolverhampton, for services to the chemical sciences

Qamar Mahmood KHAN, chair of trustees, Hamro Foundation, for services to cricket & to charity

Rashid Tahir IQBAL, CEO, The Winch, for services to young people

Saleem UDDIN, category director, crown commercial service, cabinet office, for public & charitable services

Sayyed OSMAN, strategic director of adults & health, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, for services to the community in East Lancashire

Sobia Iqbal NAWAZ, customer service manager, santander, for services to the financial sector & to the community in the London Borough of Hounslow during Covid-19

Syima ASLAM, founder, CEO & artistic director, Bradford Literature Festival, for services to literature

Zulkifl AHMED, lately special educational needs & disability group manager, Worcestershire County Council, for services to education & to young people.


Amir ALI, lately chair, Civil Court Users Association, for services to court users & the law

Dr Syed AHMED, clinical director, Health Protection Scotland, for services to the Covid-19 Vaccination Programme

Hanif Mohamed KARA, design director & co-founder, AKT II & Professor in practice of architectural technology, Harvard Graduate School of Design, for services to architecture, to engineering & to education

Imran Faisal SHAFI, for Public Service

Mohammed Asif AZIZ, director, healthcare services, Boots UK Ltd, for services to pharmacy, especially testing for covid-19

Mohammed Shabir FAZAL, headteacher, Eden Boys’ Leadership Academy, Manchester, for services to education

Professor Ali Sadiq Mohammad JAWAD, Professor of Rheumatology, Barts & the London School of Medicine & Consultant Rheumatologist, Barts Health NHS Trust, for services to healthcare

Rizwan PATEL, founder, Lint Group, for services to the disadvantaged communities in the UK & abroad, particularly during Covid-19

Sajdah Perveen GHAFOOR, for services to cultural awareness & integration in cumbria

Syed Viqar AHMED, founder & chair, Community Energy London, for services to community energy & decarbonisation


Adill HADI Senior Youth Worker, Concord Youth Centre, Yardley, Birmingham, for services to vulnerable young people during Covid-19

Akthar HUSSAIN Systems Engineer, Network Rail, for services to Diversity & Inclusion

Atikur RAHMAN, for services to the community in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, particularly during Covid-19

Gulam Muhammad Ismail TELADIA, vice chair, Birmingham Muslim Burial Council, for services to the community in Birmingham, particularly during Covid-19

Hamaad Ali KARIM, student mentor, for voluntary service to Students & the Wider Community during Covid-19
Irfan Hussain SHAH, for services to young people & the community in the London Borough of Redbridge particularly during Covid-19

Jahungir KHAN, for services to the community in the London Borough of Waltham Forest, particularly during Covid-19

Khadijah SAFARI, CEO, Safari MMA, for services to inclusion & diversity in martial arts

Mohammed Afruz MIAH, for services to charitable fundraising & to the community in Oldham during Covid-19

Mohammed Jakir Ahmed JABBAR, customer services front line manager, HM Revenue & Customs, for services to HMRC & to diversity & inclusion

Mohammed Zoinul ABIDIN, head of universal services, London Borough of Barking & Dagenham, for services to public libraries

Mohmed Siddik Habiba ALLI, volunteer, Redbridge Covid-19 Mutual Aid, for services to the community in the London Borough of Redbridge during Covid-19

Muhammad Kamil ALI, volunteer tutor, BPCD Trust, Luton, for services to Education

Munier JUSSAB, lately commercial manager, Home Office, for services to Contract Management & to the community in South London

Nadia Nasreen AHMED, Lately Community Champion, Morrisons, for services to the community in Edinburgh

Omair Ali SHAH, for services to the community in Barking & Dagenham, Greater London during Covid-19

Pervez Sazzad QURESHI, for services to the Muslim Community in Greater London, particularly during Covid-19

Sabir Mahmood SHAIKH, for services to the Muslim Community in Palmers Green, London Borough of Enfield, particularly during Covid-19

Sahil USMAN, for services to the community in Blackburn, Lancashire during Covid-19

Saira Begum MIR, for services to the community in the London Borough of Waltham Forest, particularly during Covid-19

Siraj ALI, for services to the community in Coventry, West Midlands particularly during Covid-19

Yasmin BATLIWALA, chief executive, advocates for international development, for services to human rights, the rule of law & to international development


Dr Asyia KAZMI, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, for services to education, particularly girls’ education

Dr Saleemul HUQ, director, international centre for climate change & development, for services to combating international climate change

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