Check out the finalists for the British Muslim Awards 2017

Finalists are revealed for the 2017 British Muslim Awards presented by Al Rayan Bank.

The awards take place on the 25th January 2017. Who will win?

After receiving thousands of nominations from all over the country, the finalists for the British Muslim Awards presented by Al Rayan Bank have been announced.

The fifth annual awards aim to recognise a wide range of achievements, covering various aspects of society, including business, charity, sport, arts and culture and much more. The awards will be a celebration, reflecting upon the significant role that Britain’s Muslims make to society.

Over 400 people will attend the black tie ceremony, which takes place at the Athena Hotel Leicester on Wednesday, January 25.

Irfan Younis, CEO at event organisers Oceanic Consulting, said: “We are delighted to see so many nominations for the British Muslim Awards 2017. The Muslim community has been making huge contributions to a better United Kingdom and these awards will make sure that all the hard work doesn’t go unnoticed.

We would like to congratulate all the finalists for being a great inspiration and we wish them the best of luck.”

Sultan Choudhury, Al Rayan Bank CEO said, “As the country’s largest wholly Sharia compliant retail bank, it is important for us to showcase the impressive contribution that Muslims make throughout the United Kingdom every day. We’re therefore delighted to once again be the headline sponsor of the British Muslim Awards and look forward to working with Oceanic Consulting to stage a memorable event in Leicester.”

The awards will also provide a platform to raise funds for the official charity partner, National Zakat Foundation which works to strengthen and enhance the UK Muslim community’s engagement with Zakat and to improve its impact on the most vulnerable members of the community nationwide.

There are 27 awards to be presented on the night and the full list of finalists can be found on our blog.

After receiving thousands of nominations from all over the country, the finalists for the British Muslim Awards presented by Al Rayan Bank have been announced.

The fifth annual awards aim to recognise a wide range of achievements, covering various aspects of society, including business, charity, sport, arts and culture and much more. The awards will be a celebration, reflecting upon the significant role that Britain’s Muslims make to society.

Over 400 people will attend the black tie ceremony, which takes place at the Athena Hotel Leicester on Wednesday, January 25.

Irfan Younis, CEO at event organisers Oceanic Consulting, said: “We are delighted to see so many nominations for the British Muslim Awards 2017. The Muslim community has been making huge contributions to a better United Kingdom and these awards will make sure that all the hard work doesn’t go unnoticed.

We would like to congratulate all the finalists for being a great inspiration and we wish them the best of luck.”

Sultan Choudhury, Al Rayan Bank CEO said, “As the country’s largest wholly Sharia compliant retail bank, it is important for us to showcase the impressive contribution that Muslims make throughout the United Kingdom every day. We’re therefore delighted to once again be the headline sponsor of the British Muslim Awards and look forward to working with Oceanic Consulting to stage a memorable event in Leicester.”

The awards will also provide a platform to raise funds for the official charity partner, National Zakat Foundation which works to strengthen and enhance the UK Muslim community’s engagement with Zakat and to improve its impact on the most vulnerable members of the community nationwide.

There are 27 awards to be presented on the night and the finalists are:

Muslim in the Community

Sajid Rashid BEM (Rolls Royce Plc, Burton-on-Trent)
Emdad Rahman (Stepney Football Club, London)
Mohammed Zafran (All for Youth & Community, Birmingham)
Haroon Mota (Penny Appeal, Coventry)
Yasmin Mohammed Farooq Nathani (Shama Women’s Centre, Leicester)
Fayyaz Ahmed (Fishwick Rangers, Preston)

Arts & Culture Awareness

Muslim Institute (London)
Maaida Noor (Surrey)
Jameel Gallery of Islamic Art (V&A Museum, London)
Muslim Lifestyle Expo (Ailesbury/Birmingham)
Hasret Brown (Birmingham)
Jay Islaam (Birmingham)
Exhibition Islam (Slough)
Sheila Na’imah Nortley (London)
Foysol Uddin (Al Kaatib Calligraphy, Burnley)

Young Achiever of the Year

Muzdalfa Ahmed (The UK Youth Parliament, Leeds)
Mohammed Usman Shah (Tideway/Diversity Hut, London)
Muhbeen Hussain (British Muslim Youth, Rotherham)
Nazia Hassan (Disaster Emergency Committee, London)
Shaheen Mohammed (Al Mamum, London)
Faheem Ahmed (NHS England, London)
Ibrar Hussain (Bradford Central Lions Club, Bradford)
Waheed Mohammed Ibrar (Waheed Aesthetic, Birmingham)

Charity of the Year

Faith Matters (London)
Penny Appeal (Wakefield)
Orphans in Needs (Bradford)
Human Appeal (Manchester)
Muslim Aid (London)
Muslim Hands (Nottingham)
Muslim Charity (Nottinghamshire)
Ummah Welfare Trust (Bolton)
Amir Khan Foundation (Bolton)
Read Foundation (Manchester)

Religious Advocate of the Year

Sheikh Bilal Khan (Dome Advisory, London)
Imam Sohayb Peerbhai (Cravenarms Islamic Centre, Cravenarms)
Shaykh Mohammed Roziur Rahman (The Muslim Initiative, Newcastle-upon-Tyne)
Shaykh Shams Ad-duha Muhammed (Ebrahim College)
Dr Ali-Reza Bhojani (Al Mahdi Institute, Birmingham)
Shaykh Amer Jamil/Shaykh Ruzwan Mohammed (Isyllabus, Glasgow)
Dr Mohammed Ali Shomali (Islamic Centre, London)
Dr Shuruq Naguib (Lancaster Univeristy, Lancaster)

The Noor Inayat Khan Muslim Woman of the Year Award

Ayesha Aslam (Sakoon Counselling Services, London)
Dr Shameela Islam-Zulfiqar (Asian Creations, Manchester)
Zlakha Ahmed (Apna Haq, Rotherham)
Gulnaz Brennan (Chai Times, Bolton)
Nazia Khatun (Fitness Reborn UK, London)
Nazmin Akhtar-Sheikh (Muslim Woman’s Network UK, Birmingham)
Asma Ali (Scottish Police Muslim Association, Glasgow)
Ruksana Shain (Healthy Kitchen TV Show, Birmingham)
Saddia Khalique (Lebara, London)
Sadja Mughal (JAN Trust, London)

Best at Sport

Qasim Niaz (Professional Boxer, Blackburn)
Amna Rafiq (Leicestershire County Cricket Club, Leicestershire)
Lutalo Muhammed (GB Taekwondo, Manchester)
Ruqsana Begum (Kickboxer, London)
Mohammed Sbihi (Rowing, London)
Qais Ashfaq (Boxing, Leeds)
Muhammed Ali (Boxing, London)
Haseeb Hameed (Lancashire County Cricket Club, Bolton)
Aadil Ali (Leicester Cricket Club, Leicestershire)
Saqib Mahmood (Lancashire County Cricket Club, Manchester)

Dr Abbas Khan Services to Medicine Award

Dr Salman Malik (Museum Dental Suits, London)
Dr Saqib Anwar (NHS England – Central Midlands, Leicestershire)
Dr Na’eem Ahmed (St George’s University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London)
Sultan Hassan (Elite Surgical Care Group, Birmingham)
Dr Hina Shahid (Muslim Doctors Association, London)
Dr Robina Shah (University of Manchester – Division of Medical Education, Manchester)
Dr Natasha Abdul Aziz (Muslim Doctors Association, Oxford)
Dr Hamida Syed (Ridgacre Medical Centres), Birmingham)
Rozina Ali (Rozina Ali, Bradford)

Services to Media

Aziz Rashid (BBC North West, Salford)
Nasreen Ahmed (Script Editor – BBC Doctors, Birmingham)
Osama Saeed Bhutta (Amnesty International, London)
Rahila Bano (BBC News, Salford)
Shabnam Mahmood (BBC News, London)
Saima Ajram (BBC, London)
Ahmed Hussain (BBC, London)

Services to Education

Monira Ahmed (University of Central Lancashire, Preston)
Dr Islam Issa (Birmingham City University, Birmingham)
Dr Ahmad Al Dubayan (Islam Culture Centre, London)
Prof Muhammed Abdel Haleem (University of London, London)
Iffat Hameed (King Edward School, Sheffield)
Prof Shaykh Abdul Mabud (Muslim College, London)
Prof Sara Ahmed (Goldsmith’s University, London)
Dr Fauzia Ahmad (University College London, London)
Idrish Patel (Bolton Muslim Girls School, Bolton)
Prof Tahir Abbas (RUSI, London)

Services to Science & Engineering

Ehsan Masood (Imperial College London, London)
Dr Nasar Ali (The Nanosmat Society, Manchester)
Dr Kal Karim (University of Leicester, Cambridge)
Prof Waqar Ahmed (University of Central Lancashire, Preston)
Fazlun Khalid (The Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Birmingham)
Shoaib Awan (Jaguar Land Rover, Coventry)
Jim Al-Khalili (University of Surrey, Surrey)
Prof Salim Al-Hassani (FSTC, Manchester)
Jawed Siddique (Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield)
Dr Bushra Al Duri (University of Birmingham, Birmingham)

Services to Law

Saghir Munir (Baker & Coleman Solicitors, Manchester)
Yasmin Waljee (Hogan Lovells, London)
Sarah Khan-Bashir (Shire Solicitors, Bradford)
Attiq Malik (Liberty Law Solicitors, Luton)
Syed Talha Rafique (Duncan Lewis Solicitors, London)
Ismet Rawat (Association of Muslim Lawyers, London)
Sabah Al-Mukhtar (Arab Lawyers Network, London)
Rashid Majid (Khan Solicitors, Sheffield)
Basharat Ali (Schofield Sweeney, Huddersfield)

Services to Creativity & Technology

Hadiya’s Natural Essence (London)
Hussain Architectural Design (Manchester)
MyMuslimMall.com (Oldham)
Amazing Publishing (London)
Hasan Faridi (Human Relief Foundation/Yorkshire Standard, Halifax/Bradford)
Ibrahim Rahman (Perfect Publishers Ltd, Cambridge)
Safwan Ahmedmia (Supersaf, Leicester)
Khalidscope Services (Cheadle)
Mubarak London Ltd (London)
HalalEat.com (London)

Services to Civil/Third Sector

Na’eem Raza (Human Appeal, Glasgow/London)
Waheed Saleem (WM Police and Crime Commission, Birmingham)
Dr Syed Nayyer Abidi MBE (Health Awareness Trust UK, Manchester)
Abid Hussain (Arts Council England, Birmingham)
Bashir Ahmed (Canal & River Trust, West Midlands)
Majid Hussain (Clinical Commissioning Group, Oldham)
Mohammed Ansar (Charity, Watford)
Nurjahan Khatun (Department of Transport/HS2, London)
Adbullah Rehman (Balsall Health Forum, Birmingham)

Services to Accounting

Asim Siddiqui (ICBC London, London)
Mohammed Haque (MAH, Chartered Accountants, London)
Adnan Sajid (Menzies LLP, London)
Osman Gondal (Goldsmith Accountants, Bradford)
Abu Ali (Baldwins Corporate Finance, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne)

Leaders in Finance

Dr Nasir Ahmed (Blackrock, London)
Armoghan Mohammed (PwC, London)
Umar Khan (Pure Collection, Bradford)
Saker Nusseibeh (Hermes, London)
Shabir Randeree (DCD Group, London)
Nemat Shafiq (Bank of England, London)
Ashraf Piranie (Nottingham Building Society, Nottingham)

Diversity Champion of the Year

Mosaic (London/Birmingham)
Sodexho Ltd (London)
The Co-op (Manchester)
HSBC (London)
The Guardian (London)
Barclays Bank (London)
IBM (Portsmouth/Hampshire)
DLA Piper Global Law Firm (London)
NHS (Leeds)
Tesco (Edinburgh)

Businesswoman of the Year

Wasfi Kani (Grange Park Opera, London)
Mushall Khan (Caretech, Warrington)
Sumaira Farrukh (BTM Global/Noor TV, Birmingham)
Dr Laura Zahra McDonald (Connect Futures, Birmingham)
Naheed Afzal (Contracts IT, London)
Subrina Hussain (NTV, London)
Tasmin Lucia Khan (Film Producer, TV Personality, CEO, London)
Shazda Ahmed (Monarch Solicitors, Manchester)
Afsheen Kabir Rashid (Repowering London, London)

Businessman of the Year

Touker Suleyman (Low Profile, London)
Zia Mallick (Gambit Interactive Media, South Kensington)
Atif Kamran (Learning Enterprise Org Ltd, Oxford)
Omar Bhamji (CK Foods, Bradford)
Shabir Hussain (Akbars, Bradford)
Shahid Sheikh (Clifton Packaging Group Ltd, Leicester)
Shez Cheema (PMGC, London)
Asif Majid (Yu Spaces, London)
Asif Rangoonwala (South Street Asset Management, London)
Azhar Hussain (Hanhaa, London)

Entrepreneur of the Year

Nabeel Sharriff (Serendipity Tailormade, Bornewood)
Isa Mutlib (Pathway Group, Birmingham)
Abdul Shakur (Creative Arrow Recruitment, London)
Amar Bhatti (Baker Reign Solicitors, Bradford)
Asif Timol (Momentum Legal Ltd/Room Four Desserts Ltd, Bolton/Preston)
Ayesha Ziya (Ayesha Ziya Fragrances, Leicester)
Faisal Hussain (Shimla Spice Restaurants, Shipley/Bradford)
Kazi Mohammed Shafiqur Rahman (Firnas Airways, London)
Shahzad Younas (Muzmatch, London)
Karima Bihaki (Book Halal Homes/Islamic Market Consultancy, London)

Business of the Year

Kingsland Business Recovery (Bradford)
Riverdale Insurance (Birmingham)
Aftabs (Birmingham)
Smart Vehicle Options (Bradford)
Northern Halal Meat & Poultry (Leeds)
Ambala Foods Limited (Welwyn Garden City)
Nafees Bakers (Bradford)
Singlemuslim.com (Wakefield)
Express Cuisine (Bolton)
Creams (London)

Spirit of Britain

Gardens of Peace (Heinault)
Rochdale Asia FC (Rochdale)
Stories of Sacrifice (British Muslim Heritage Centre, Manchester)
Haloodies (London)
Mohammed Ali (Soul City Arts, Birmingham)
Jewel Miah (Loughborough)
Natasha Syed (Syed PR & Publishing and Chelsea Magazines, London)

Rising Star of the Year

Husen Essa (Search Quest Europe Ltd, Lancaster)
Khalid Aziz (Lycamobile, London)
Nadeem Haq (Hudson Global Resources, Glasgow)
Nadia Rasul (Pathway Group/Pathway to Group, Birmingham)
Nadine Khan (Discover Dubai, London)
Zahara Malik (Invest Africa, London)
Naveed Iqbal (Risk Reward – Islamic Finance, London)
Fawad Hussain (RBS, London)

Community Organisation

Mile End Community Project (London)
Aberdeen Muslims (Aberdeen)
Innovate Walsall CIC (Walsall)
Al Isharah (London)
London Tigers (London)
Hamara Bringing Communities Together (Leeds)
Cricket Beyond the Boundary Line (Bradford)

Uniform Services of the Year

Farooq Hassan (MET Police, Hammersmith & Fullham)
Bas Javid (West Midlands Police, Solihull)
Read Admiral Amjad Hussain (Royal Navy, London)
Amar Shakoor (Police Scotland, East Kilbride)
Asad Razzaq (West Yorkshire Police, Leeds)
Major Naveed Muhammed MBE (Army, Birmingham)
Major Mohammed (Army)
Power Business of the Year
Regal Foods Products Group Plc (Bradford)
Wakelet (Manchester)
Kashmir Crown Bakeries (Bradford)
Tariq Halal Meats (London)
KQF (Blackburn)
Shazans Foods Limited (Preston)
Goldfayre Trading (Manchester)

Family Run Business of the Year

HK Foods Ltd (Bilston)
Aziz Butchers Equipment (London)
My Pure Trip Ltd (Birmingham)
Tubzee Ltd (Halifax)
Prima Cheese (Durham)
East Z East (Manchester)
The Muslim Sticker Company (Newton)