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Winners Announced: 11th British Muslim Awards 2024

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Oceanic Consulting, powered by Oceanic Awards, announced the recipients of the 11th edition of the British Muslim Awards 2024. The awards ceremony, held at the Muslim Heritage Centre in Manchester on Friday, May 10th, celebrated the remarkable contributions of British Muslims across diverse fields.

A Celebration of Excellence

Recognized as one of the most esteemed events within the British Muslim community, the British Muslim Awards 2024 honored individuals who have excelled in various spheres, from entrepreneurship and corporate leadership to media, medicine, and social activism. With a spotlight on South Asian heritage, the winners exemplify the spirit of innovation, resilience, and community engagement.

Diverse Achievements Across Categories

The winners span a wide range of categories, highlighting the breadth and depth of talent within the South Asian British community. From trailblazers in law and accounting to leaders in business and social activism, each recipient has made significant contributions to their respective fields, inspiring others and driving positive change.

A Legacy of Leadership and Impact

In addition to individual accolades, awards were also presented to organizations and initiatives making a meaningful difference in society. From not-for-profit CEOs to social leaders and small businesses, each honoree embodies the spirit of leadership, service, and innovation, reflecting the rich diversity and dynamism of the British Muslim community.

Inspiring Future Generations

The British Muslim Awards serve as a platform to inspire future generations, promoting diversity, inclusivity, and excellence across all sectors of society. By recognizing the achievements of these outstanding individuals and organizations, the awards aim to encourage greater participation and representation within the British Muslim community, fostering a culture of empowerment and opportunity.

The winners of the 11th British Muslim Awards 2024 are:

Muslim in the Community

Shahida Rahman, hailing from Cambridge, emerges as a beacon of hope and community empowerment, embodying the spirit of service and compassion as the esteemed Muslim in the Community at the 11th British Muslim Awards 2024. Shahida’s unwavering dedication to serving others and fostering unity within the community has made a profound impact on the lives of individuals from all walks of life.

Based in Cambridge, Shahida Rahman is a renowned writer focusing on historical fiction, non-fiction, and children’s literature, aiming to raise awareness of South Asian history and culture. Her notable works include “An Ayah’s Choice,” exploring themes of freedom and independence in the 1900s, and “Lascar,” a captivating tale set in the 1860s. Shahida’s contributions extend beyond writing, as she actively engages in community initiatives, serving as a trustee of the Cambridge Central Mosque and the Karim Foundation, dedicated to poverty relief. Her efforts have earned her prestigious awards, including recognition at the British Muslim Awards in 2015.

Highly Commended went to Najma Khalid (Women’s CHAI Project, Manchester)

Young Achiever of the Year

Maryam Fathimah Jazeem, representing the Cause 4 Children Foundation based in Manchester, exemplifies the spirit of youthful determination and social activism.

As the recipient of the Young Achiever of the Year award at the 11th British Muslim Awards 2024, Maryam has demonstrated exceptional leadership and dedication to making a positive impact in her community. Through her involvement with the foundation, she has worked tirelessly to address critical issues facing children, advocating for their rights and well-being.

Highly Commended went to Umar Tahir (Socially Aware and United 4 Peace, Manchester)

Noor Inayat Khan Muslim Woman of the Year Award

Alina Khan, hailing from Bradford College in Bradford, shines as the recipient of the prestigious Noor Inayat Khan Muslim Woman of the Year Award at the 11th British Muslim Awards 2024.

Her unwavering commitment to education, community empowerment, and female leadership sets her apart as a beacon of inspiration. Through her dedication to Bradford College, Alina has made significant strides in promoting diversity, inclusion, and academic excellence. As a role model for Muslim women across the nation, she embodies the spirit of resilience, determination, and service, making a lasting impact on the lives of those around her.

Highly Commended went to Saima Ashraf (Barking & Dagenham Council, London)

Man of the Year

Asif Aziz, representing the Aziz Foundation in London, emerges as a distinguished figure in the realm of philanthropy and community development. With his visionary leadership and unwavering commitment to social causes, Asif has earned recognition as the Man of the Year at the 11th British Muslim Awards 2024.

Through the Aziz Foundation, he has spearheaded initiatives aimed at empowering marginalized communities, fostering education, and promoting social cohesion. As a catalyst for positive change, Asif’s philanthropic endeavors have touched the lives of countless individuals, leaving an indelible mark on society. His dedication to creating a more equitable and inclusive world serves as a testament to his exemplary leadership and compassion for humanity.

Highly Commended went to Hassan Abdalla (Royal Marsden Hospital, London)

Leading Lights of the Year

Hera Hussain, affiliated with Chayn in Manchester, shines brightly as the recipient of the Leading Lights of the Year award at the 11th British Muslim Awards 2024.

Her innovative approach to addressing social issues, particularly in the realm of women’s empowerment and digital advocacy, has garnered widespread acclaim. Through her work with Chayn, Hera has been instrumental in leveraging technology to provide support and resources to survivors of gender-based violence and discrimination.

Highly Commended went to Imran Akram (The Bipolar Lift CIC, Nottingham)

Community Spirit of the Year:

Upturn Enterprise Ltd, based in Oldham, embodies the true essence of community spirit as the recipient of the Community Spirit of the Year award at the 11th British Muslim Awards 2024. Through their tireless efforts and grassroots initiatives, Upturn Enterprise Ltd has become a driving force for positive change within the local community.

Their dedication to uplifting marginalized groups, fostering social cohesion, and promoting economic empowerment has had a transformative impact on the lives of countless individuals. From providing vital support services to organizing community events and initiatives, Upturn Enterprise Ltd exemplifies the power of collective action and solidarity in building stronger, more resilient communities.

Highly Commended went to Macmillan (Leicester)

Community Group of the Year

Nalette Tucker, representing the Sunnah Sports Academy Trust in Bradford, stands out as a beacon of inspiration and leadership in the realm of community engagement and youth development. As the recipient of the Community Group of the Year award at the 11th British Muslim Awards 2024.

Nalette has demonstrated unwavering dedication to empowering young people and promoting social inclusion through sports. Under her guidance, the Sunnah Sports Academy Trust has provided a platform for youth from diverse backgrounds to come together, foster camaraderie, and develop valuable life skills.

Highly Commended went to Birmingham Muslim Burial Council (Birmingham)

Community Pioneers of The Year

Ammar Mirza, the driving force behind Ammar M in Newcastle, emerges as a trailblazer and visionary leader in the community, earning the esteemed title of Community Pioneers of The Year at the 11th British Muslim Awards 2024.

With a steadfast commitment to social innovation and community empowerment, Ammar has spearheaded initiatives that have catalyzed positive change and fostered inclusivity. Through Ammar M, he has created a platform for dialogue, collaboration, and collective action, driving initiatives aimed at addressing pressing societal challenges and promoting grassroots solutions.

Highly Commended went to Saghir Ahmed (Islamic Help, Birmingham)

Social Inclusion Group of The Year

Maysoon Shafiq, representing Al Mu’Minun in Huddersfield, emerges as a champion of social inclusion and diversity, earning the esteemed title of Social Inclusion Group of The Year at the 11th British Muslim Awards 2024. Through her tireless efforts and visionary leadership, Maysoon has transformed Al Mu’Minun into a beacon of hope and solidarity within the community. Under her guidance, the organization has pioneered initiatives aimed at breaking down barriers, fostering understanding, and promoting social cohesion.

Highly Commended went to Project Rimaya (Sheffield)

Charity of the Year

Islamic Relief, headquartered in London, stands as a beacon of compassion and humanitarianism, earning the esteemed title of Charity of the Year at the 11th British Muslim Awards 2024. With a steadfast commitment to alleviating poverty, providing emergency relief, and empowering vulnerable communities worldwide, Islamic Relief has become synonymous with hope and resilience.

Through their impactful programs and projects, the organization has touched the lives of millions, offering vital assistance in times of crisis and promoting sustainable development initiatives. Islamic Relief’s unwavering dedication to serving humanity, regardless of race, religion, or creed, exemplifies the true spirit of philanthropy and solidarity.

Highly Commended went to Muslim Global Relief (Nelson)

Religious Advocate of the Year

Nuru Mohammed, affiliated with the AL-Abbas Mosque in Birmingham, emerges as a steadfast advocate for religious tolerance, harmony, and interfaith dialogue, earning the distinguished title of Religious Advocate of the Year at the 11th British Muslim Awards 2024.

Through his unwavering commitment to fostering understanding and respect among diverse religious communities, Nuru has played a pivotal role in promoting mutual understanding and cooperation.

Highly Commended went to Abdur Rashid (Carlisle Mosque, Carlisle)

Religious School of The Year

Hazrat Khadijatul Kubra Girls School in Birmingham stands as a beacon of excellence in religious education, earning the esteemed title of Religious School of the Year at the 11th British Muslim Awards 2024.

With a steadfast commitment to academic excellence, moral values, and spiritual development, the school has become a cornerstone of the community, nurturing the minds and hearts of its students. Under the guidance of dedicated educators and leaders, Hazrat Khadijatul Kubra Girls School has cultivated an environment that fosters intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and a deep appreciation for Islamic teachings.

Highly Commended went to Asma Piratha (Normanton House School, Derby)

Mosque of the Year

The Golden Mosque in Rochdale shines brightly as a symbol of spiritual sanctuary and community unity, earning the esteemed title of Mosque of the Year at the 11th British Muslim Awards 2024.

Nestled in the heart of Rochdale, this sacred place of worship stands as a testament to the enduring strength of faith and the power of community solidarity. With its majestic architecture, serene ambiance, and vibrant congregation, the Golden Mosque serves as a focal point for spiritual reflection, communal gatherings, and charitable endeavors. Under the guidance of dedicated religious leaders and volunteers, the mosque has become a hub of activity, offering a range of religious, educational, and social services to the local community.

Highly Commended went to The Masjid E Sajedeen (Blackburn)

Art & Cultural Award of the Year

Tez Ilyas, hailing from Blackburn, stands out as a luminary in the realm of art and culture, earning the esteemed Art & Cultural Award of the Year at the 11th British Muslim Awards 2024. With his creative prowess and captivating performances.

Tez has captivated audiences, transcending boundaries and sparking meaningful conversations. Through his comedic talent and insightful storytelling, he has shed light on important social issues while celebrating the rich diversity of British Muslim identity. Tez’s contributions to the arts have not only entertained but also challenged stereotypes and fostered greater understanding and empathy.

Highly Commended went to Sofia Nazar Chadwick (Nottingham Playhouse, Nottingham)

Trailblazer in Law

Bilal Farooq, affiliated with Greystone Solicitors in Luton, emerges as a pioneering figure in the legal profession, earning the prestigious title of Trailblazer in Law at the 11th British Muslim Awards 2024.

With his innovative approach and unwavering dedication to justice, Bilal has carved a path of excellence, setting new standards of legal practice.

Through his tireless advocacy and commitment to upholding the rule of law, he has championed the rights of his clients and made significant contributions to the legal community.

Highly Commended went to Samara Iqbal (Aramas Law)

Achievements in Law

Zahra Pabani, professional at Irwin Mitchell in Glasgow, stands out as a beacon of excellence in the legal field, earning the prestigious title of Achievements in Law at the 11th British Muslim Awards 2024.

With her unwavering commitment to justice and profound legal expertise, Zahra has made significant contributions to the legal profession, leaving a lasting impact on clients and colleagues alike. Through her dedication to advocacy and her tireless pursuit of fairness, she has garnered recognition as a trusted advisor and champion for her clients’ rights.

Highly Commended went to Gul Nawaz Hussain (33 Bedford Row, London)

Trailblazer in Accounting & Finance

Mohammed Kola, a trailblazer in the field of accounting and finance, is recognized for his groundbreaking contributions to the industry, earning the esteemed title of Trailblazer in Accounting & Finance at the 11th British Muslim Awards 2024. As a visionary leader at Adams Foodservice Trading in Bradford, Mohammed has demonstrated exceptional expertise and innovation, revolutionizing financial practices and driving business success.

Highly Commended went to Mohammad Alimahomed (Syon Tax, Leicester)

Achievements in Accounting & Finance

Kaleem is registered as blind. He has a genetic eye disorder called Cone-Rod Dystrophy (CRD), his vision started to deteriorate when he was 4 years old. Kaleem Khan, affiliated with Travers Smith in London, exemplifies excellence and proficiency in the realm of accounting and finance, earning the esteemed title of Achievements in Accounting & Finance at the 11th British Muslim Awards 2024. With his exemplary skills and strategic insights, Kaleem has made significant contributions to the financial sector, navigating complexities and driving success in a dynamic and competitive landscape.

Through his dedication to professionalism and integrity, he has earned the trust and respect of colleagues and clients alike, solidifying his reputation as a trusted advisor and financial expert.

Highly Commended went to Mohammed Rashid (Openreach, London)

Achievements in Civil Service

Salman Desai, a dedicated professional serving with the Northwest Ambulance Service in the North West, earns recognition for his outstanding contributions to public service, securing the esteemed title of Achievements in Civil Service at the 11th British Muslim Awards 2024.

Through his unwavering commitment to public safety and welfare, Salman has played a crucial role in ensuring the efficient and effective delivery of emergency medical services to communities across the region.

Highly Commended went to Hiron Miah (Bradford Council, Bradford)

Trailblazer in Media

Alima Nadeem, a trailblazer in the field of media, earns accolades as the Trailblazer in Media at the 11th British Muslim Awards 2024 for her exceptional contributions to journalism and storytelling. As a prominent figure at the Lancashire Telegraph in Salford, Alima has showcased her talent for investigative reporting and compelling storytelling, shedding light on important issues and amplifying diverse voices within the community. Through her commitment to journalistic integrity and excellence, she has earned recognition as a respected voice in the media landscape, inspiring positive change and fostering dialogue on critical issues.

Highly Commended went to Ismail Mulla (Yorkshire Post, Dewsbury)

Achievements in Medicine

Raghib Ali, a distinguished figure at the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust in Oxford, garners acclaim for his exceptional contributions to the field of medicine, earning the coveted title of Achievements in Medicine at the 11th British Muslim Awards 2024.

As a leading healthcare professional, Raghib has demonstrated unparalleled expertise and dedication in providing compassionate care and advancing medical research. His pioneering work in healthcare has not only improved patient outcomes but also contributed to the broader understanding of complex medical conditions.

Highly Commended to Dr. Sohail Munshi (NHS England Primary Care Team, Manchester)

Achievements in STEM

Yama Farooq Mujadidi, affiliated with the University of Oxford in London, stands as a testament to excellence and innovation in the field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), earning the prestigious title of Achievements in STEM at the 11th British Muslim Awards 2024. With his groundbreaking research and pioneering contributions, Yama has pushed the boundaries of scientific inquiry, advancing our understanding of complex phenomena and unlocking new possibilities for technological advancement.

Highly Commended went to Prof. Sayed Azam-Ali (Crops for the Future, Loughborough)

Services to Education

Dr. Shuruq Naguib, a dedicated advocate for education, receives well-deserved recognition for her outstanding contributions to the field, earning the esteemed title of Services to Education at the 11th British Muslim Awards 2024. As a prominent figure at the University of Lancaster in Lancaster, Shuruq has demonstrated unwavering commitment to advancing knowledge and fostering academic excellence. Through her innovative teaching methods and groundbreaking research, she has inspired countless students and scholars, shaping the future of education in profound ways.

Shuruq’s tireless efforts to promote diversity, inclusion, and access to education have had a transformative impact on the university community and beyond, empowering individuals from all backgrounds to pursue their academic aspirations.

Highly Commended went to Mohammad Hedayati-Kakhki (Durham University, Durham)

Professional in Business

Shadeia Younis, representing Brierfield Late Night Pharmacy in Brierfield, emerges as a standout professional in the business arena, earning the esteemed title of Professional in Business at the 11th British Muslim Awards 2024. With her exceptional leadership and entrepreneurial acumen, Shadeia has propelled her business to new heights, serving as a beacon of innovation and excellence within the community.

Through her dedication to customer service, strategic vision, and commitment to quality, she has earned the trust and admiration of her peers and clients alike.

Highly Commended went to Vikas Alyas (Architek, Manchester)

Corporate Leader of The Year

Waris Ahmed, distinguished for his exemplary leadership and strategic vision, is honored as the Corporate Leader of the Year at the 11th British Muslim Awards 2024, recognizing his outstanding contributions to the corporate world. As a prominent figure at Rolls-Royce in London, Waris has demonstrated unparalleled expertise and dedication, guiding the company to new heights of success and innovation. Through his visionary leadership and commitment to excellence, he has navigated complex challenges with resilience and ingenuity, driving sustainable growth and prosperity for the organization. Waris’s transformative leadership exemplifies the values of integrity, innovation, and inclusivity, inspiring those around him to strive for excellence and embrace a culture of collaboration and excellence.

Highly Commended went to Nadja Jema Khan (Deliveroo, London)

Corporate Achiever of the Year

Mohammed Hannan, a standout professional at Johnson & Johnson in Manchester, earns the distinguished title of Corporate Achiever of the Year at the 11th British Muslim Awards 2024.

With his exceptional leadership skills and unwavering commitment to excellence, Mohammed has made significant strides in the corporate world, leaving an indelible mark on the industry. Through his strategic vision and innovative thinking, he has played a pivotal role in driving growth and success for his company, Johnson & Johnson.

Highly Commended went to Zafar Khan (ABN AMRO Bank, London)

Creative Entrepreneur of the Year
Syed Raza and Syed Shayan Raza, the creative minds behind High Quality Food Products in Birmingham, stand as shining examples of entrepreneurial ingenuity and innovation, earning the esteemed title of Creative Entrepreneur at the 11th British Muslim Awards 2024.
With their passion for culinary excellence and commitment to quality, they have transformed their vision into a thriving business venture, delighting customers with their innovative food products. Through their creative flair and entrepreneurial spirit, they have carved a niche in the competitive market, offering unique and high-quality food items that resonate with consumers.

Highly Commended went to Bilal Khan (The Halal Family Group, Leicester)

Entrepreneur of the Year

Sara Rashid, the creative force behind HomeMade Savouries By Sara, clinches the prestigious title of Entrepreneur of the Year at the 11th British Muslim Awards 2024.

With her culinary passion and entrepreneurial flair, Sara has transformed her love for cooking into a thriving business venture, delighting customers with her delectable homemade savouries. Through her dedication to quality, innovation, and customer satisfaction, she has established her brand as a household name, earning accolades and recognition within the community.

Highly Commended went to Omair Ali (City Restaurants Group, London)

Business Leader of the Year

Asad Shamim, leading Furniture in Fashion in London, emerges as an exemplary business leader, earning the prestigious title of Business Leader of the Year at the 11th British Muslim Awards 2024.

With his visionary leadership and strategic acumen, Asad has propelled his company to unparalleled success, establishing it as a powerhouse in the furniture industry.

Through his innovative approach, commitment to quality, and dedication to customer satisfaction, he has set new standards of excellence and reshaped the landscape of the furniture market.

Highly Commended went to Sunny Araf (ISA Support Services, Birmingham)

SME Business of the Year
Fayaz Abubaker, at the helm of Atlas Travels in Leicester, secures the esteemed title of SME Business of the Year at the 11th British Muslim Awards 2024.
Through his entrepreneurial vision and dedication to excellence, Fayaz has steered Atlas Travels to remarkable success, establishing it as a leading player in the travel industry. With a focus on customer satisfaction and innovation, he has built a reputation for reliability and quality service, earning the trust and loyalty of clients. Fayaz’s leadership and strategic acumen have propelled Atlas Travels to new heights, driving growth and prosperity for the business and contributing to the local economy.

Highly Commended went to Nazim Maniar (Sweetheat Technology, Dewsbury)

Small Business of the Year

Kamran Ali, the owner of Kamran Hijama Therapy UK situated in Newcastle upon Tyne, has been honored with the esteemed Small Business of the Year award at the British Muslim Awards.

Renowned for his dedication to holistic health and wellness through the traditional practice of Hijama therapy, Kamran’s business exemplifies excellence in the field. His commitment to providing top-notch care and personalized services has garnered him widespread recognition and appreciation within the community. This accolade at the British Muslim Awards underscores Kamran’s entrepreneurial prowess and his significant contributions to promoting alternative healthcare solutions in the region.

Highly Commended went to Maa’s Delights by Aisha (Leicester)

Food Brand of the Year

SweetZone, headquartered in Dundee, has been bestowed with the prestigious Food Brand of the Year award at the Business Muslim Awards. Renowned for its delectable range of confectionery products, SweetZone has captivated the taste buds of consumers nationwide with its innovative flavors and high-quality offerings. This recognition underscores SweetZone’s commitment to excellence in the food industry and its dedication to providing delightful treats that resonate with customers of all ages. As a leader in the confectionery sector, SweetZone continues to set the standard for excellence, earning the admiration and loyalty of consumers across the UK.

Highly Commended went to Arman Zabair (Eagle Foods Ltd, Peterborough)

Online Personality Activity of The Year

Amena Khan, hailing from London, has been honored with the esteemed Online Personality Activity of the Year award at the Business Muslim Awards.

With her influential online presence, Amena has made significant contributions to the digital landscape, inspiring and engaging audiences worldwide. Through her platform, she has effectively promoted positive messages, fostered meaningful discussions, and empowered individuals from diverse backgrounds. This accolade highlights Amena’s remarkable impact and her role as a trailblazer in the online space, embodying the spirit of innovation and excellence.

Highly Commended went to Dr.Nighat Arif (London)

Not for Profit CEO
Surwat Sohail, the esteemed CEO of Roshni in Birmingham, receives accolades as the Not for Profit CEO at the 11th British Muslim Awards 2024, honoring her exemplary leadership and commitment to social impact. Under Surwat’s guidance, Roshni has emerged as a beacon of hope and support for vulnerable communities, providing essential services and resources to those in need.

Highly Commended went to Jahangeer Akhtar (Read Foundation, London)

Social Leader

Noushin Aslam, a visionary leader dedicated to social change, is honored as the Social Leader at the 11th British Muslim Awards 2024, recognizing her exceptional contributions to community development and welfare. As a driving force behind the Moonlight Trust in Dewsbury, Noushin has demonstrated unwavering commitment to uplifting marginalized communities and addressing societal challenges. Through her innovative programs and initiatives, she has provided vital support and resources to those in need, fostering empowerment and resilience among individuals facing adversity.

Highly Commended went to Naz Zaman (Lancashire BME Network, Lancashire)

Spirit of Britain

Zainab Alema, epitomizing the spirit of Britain, is celebrated as the embodiment of resilience, inclusivity, and unity, earning the prestigious title of Spirit of Britain at the 11th British Muslim Awards 2024. As an influential figure at the Richmond Rugby Club, Zainab has exemplified the values of sportsmanship, camaraderie, and community engagement, uniting individuals from diverse backgrounds through the power of sport.

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