10th February 2015: More than 400 people attended the third annual British Muslim Awards in Worcestershire. The ceremony was presented by award winning TV chef, Ajmal Mushtaq and featured a special performance from UK’s funniest Asian comedian, Mani Laiqat and artist Naseem Khan.
British Muslim Awards celebrate and recognize Muslims in the UK who have excelled in different fields including business, charity, sport, arts and culture and much more.
“The British Muslim Awards provide a platform for Muslims throughout the United Kingdom to showcase their achievements. Al Rayan Bank is honoured to support the event once again this year. I congratulate the winners, and the nominees, for their impressive contribution to their sector,” said Sultan Choudhury, Chief Executive Officer, Al Rayan Bank.
During the ceremony £1500 was raised for The Well Foundation, an organization that builds wells, installs hand pumps and establishes health and sanitation programs to provide accessible clean water to the stricken regions of the world.
“There are some truly inspirational individuals, businesses and organisations in all of the categories, and we would like to congratulate all of the finalists and winners who continuously thrive to excel, making worthy contenders,” said Irfan Younis, CEO for the event organisers, Oceanic Consulting.
Best Muslim in the Community: Ali Khan (Roshni, Glasgow).
Arts & Culture Awareness: Shahida Rahman (Perfect Publishers, Cambridge).
The Charity of the Year: Orphans in Need (London).
The Responsible Media of the Year: British Muslim TV (Wakefield).
Services to Civil/Third Sector: Saleh Saeed (DEC, London).
Best at Sports: Samera Ashraf (Edinburgh).
Noor Inayat Khan Memorial Award for Muslim Woman of the Year: Rimla Akhtar (London).
Services to Finance and Accounts: Islamic Finance Council (London).
Dr. Abbas Khan Memorial Award for Services to Medicine: Dr. Nadia Khalid (London).
Services to Media: Mishal Husain (BBC, London).
Services to Education: Sofina Aktar Motin Islam (Stanton Bridge, Coventry).
Services of Science & Engineering: Farid Khan (Manchester).
Services to Law: Bilkis Mahmood (Blackstone Law, Leeds).
Services to Creativity & Technology: Muslim & Single (London).
Religious Advocate of the Year: Imam Asim Hafiz (UK Ministry of Defence, London).
The Young Achiever of the Year: Enaam Ahmed (Enaam Motor Sport, London).
Politician of the Year: Sajid Javid (Bromsgrove).
The Businesswoman of the Year: Henna Riaz (360 Royalty Audit, Manchester).
The Businessman of the Year: Farouq Sheikh (CareTech Holdings Plc, Hertfordshire).
The Entrepreneur of the Year: Shazia Saleem (IEat Foods, London).
The Business of the Year: Euro Quality Lambs (Shropshire).
The Spirit of Britain: Anas Sarwar (MP, Glasgow).