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Mohammad Ali Akbar

Mohammad Ali Akbar

In June 2009, Akbar Ali, a community organiser from Liverpool, received a ‘life-long community service’ award from the Muslim Council of Britain at its Convention in Brimingham. He was amongst the activists who helped form the MCB in 1997. Akbar Ali was born in Hyderabad, India, studying electrical engineering at the prestigious Raman Institute. He first arrived in the UK in 1947 to study for a Research Masters Degree at UMIST, Manchester and returned to India after three years. Due to lack of employment prospects, he decided to seek an apprenticeship with the Metropolitan Vickers Electrical Company in Manchester, and he and his family returned to the UK. In 1958 he moved to Liverpool to work for English Electric. In Manchester he was a founding member and first chair of the student Muslim Association and also of the first mosque in the city. On his move to Liverpool he was a founding member and trustee of our city’s first purpose-built mosque, and on the national stage, he was a founder member of the Union of Muslim Organisations UK in 1974.

A social Democrat, he stood for the SDP in Blackburn in 1987 and again as a Liberal Democrat in Liverpool Riverside in 1992; in the early 90s he was Chairman of the constituency party in Mossley Hill and was awarded the MBE for services to politics and the community. In 2006 he was awarded and Honorary Doctorate degree from the University of Liverpool for his outstanding work. Dr Akbar Ali was also awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Global Peace & Unity Event 2008 given by Islam Channel. In the 1990s he was instrumental in establishing, with the support of the City Council, an organisation now known as Muslim Enterprise Development Service that recognises and supports the needs of small businesses in Liverpool.

He is the founding Chairman of the Abdullah Quilliam Society, a charity established in 1998. The Charity has acquired the property in Brougham Terrace in Liverpool which, in 1893, was the site of the first mosque to be opened in England – a mosque established by Abdullah Quilliam, a British solicitor and philanthropist who had converted to Islam.