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Who's who men
Who's who women
Landmark future developments
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Rahman Chishti
Sajid Javid
Anas Sarwar
Syed Sharfuddin
Mohammad Akbar Ali
Ajaz Ahmed
Maqsood Ahmed
Tahir Abbas
Mahmood Adil
Haroon Ahmed
Masood Ahmed
Salim Al-Hassani
Waqar Ahmed
Luqman Ali
Sia Amini
Muhammad Anwar
Aamer Anwar
Aaqil Ahmed
Asad Ahmad
Navid Akhtar
Waqar Azmi
Amir Cheema
Anwar Choudhury
Farzin Deravi
Allah Ditta
Nader El-Bizri
AbdulWahab El-Affendi
Khurshid Drabu
Yunus Dudhwala
Jaafar El-Murad
Ali Omar Ermes
Rashid Gatrad
Aamir Ghaffar
Tarique Ghaffur
AbdulWahid Hamid
Naseem Hamid
Amir Hussain
Dilwar Hussain
Yashar Ismailoglu
Makbool Javaid
Joseph-Desire Job
Syed Kamall
Omer 'Freddy' Kanoute
Sajjad Karim
Hussein Kassim
Dr Farid Khan
Afzal Khan
Amir Khan
Javed Khan
Mushtaq Khan
Sadiq Khan [Updated Oct 2010]
Mohammed Akram Khan-Cheema
Salim Kholwadia
Zafar Khan
Bashir Maan
Shahid Malik
Mohammed Sadiq Mamdani
Tariq Mahmood
Tariq Modood
Taj Mohammed
Muhamad Mukaddam
Tariq Muneer
Hafiz Mirza
Mamoun Mobayed
Aki Nawaz
Farhan Nizami
Mohammad Naeem
Ahmed Adam Omer
Razi Rahman
Javaid Rehman
Sir Iqbal Sacranie7
Peter Sanders
Ziauddin Sardar
Mohammad Sarwar
Bilal Shafayat
Adel Sharif
Aziz Sheikh
Mohammed Iltaf Sheikh
Tom (Taufiq) Shelley
Saleem Siddiqui
Museji Ahmed Takolia
Ibrar ul-Haq
Danny Williams
Timothy J Winter
Muhammad Magdi Yaqoob
Faraz Yusufzai

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Anas Sarwar

Anas Sarwar

Anas was elected Labour MP for the Glasgow Central parliamentary constituency in the May 2010 General Election. The previous incumbent was his father. Anas noted during his campaing "I was born and brought up in Glasgow and have lived in the City all my life. Nothing would fill me with more pride than the opportunity to represent this great City and its people in Parliament. I promise to be a committed, hardworking and principled candidate who will earn your trust. My priorities are what matter to you. We need a strong stable economy with more and better jobs, we must continue to improve our schools and health service, to tackle crime and anti social behaviour, to provide better services for our young people, to continue to regenerate Glasgow and provide every child in Glasgow with the best start in life."

Sajid Javid

Sajid Javid Sajid Javid was elected Conservative MP for Bromsgrove in the May 2010 General Election. His previous career was in Finance, having served as a VP of Chase Manhattan at the precociously young age of 24 and later at Deutsche Bank. According to a local newspaper report, "Away from business, Mr Javid is married to Laura and the couple are proud parents of four children aged between one and ten-years-old. He has family connections in the West Midlands, his brother is a senior police officer with West Midlands Police and lives just outside Bromsgrove." His campaign website noted, "I believe in freedom for responsible individuals, guaranteed by the rule of law and administered by an independent judiciary. Over the last 13 years, many of our hard won civil liberties have been eroded. As a result, we are not any safer, just less free....I believe in fostering a strong sense on community, where decisions most directly affecting our lives are made locally and voluntarily. Our nation is no stronger than the numerous little communities of which it is composed. The state has responsibility for helping the poor and vulnerable. Labour’s policies over the last 13-years, good intentions notwithstanding, have only served to worsen the situation of those with no or low incomes. With government spending on welfare, the NHS and education at an all time high, Labour have succeeded in creating the most expensive poverty in history...."

Rahman Chishti

Rahman Chishti Rahman Chishti was elected Conservative MP for Gillingham and Rainham in the May 2010 General Election. He has lived in the constituency for most of his life. Rehman was a School Governor at Richmond Infant School, and for the past seven years he has sat on the governing body of Chatham Grammar School for Girls. After completing a Law degree at the University of Wales Aberystwyth, he was called to the Bar of England and Wales at Lincolns Inn, in 2001, and for the past 7 years has worked in London as a Barrister. An enthusiastic sportsman, he captained Hempstead youth cricket team, within the constituency, which led him to represent Medway and Kent Schools at cricket. He is a keen runner, having run, Reading, Isle of Wight, Maidstone, and Jersey Half marathons for local charities, and St Margaret’s Church Rainham.

Syed Sharfuddin

Mr Sharfuddin is the CEO of a leading British Muslim Charity, Muslim Aid (appointed January 2010). He is a former Pakistani diplomat, having joined its Foreign Service in 1977, leaving in 1996 for the Commonwealth Secretariat where he served as Special Adviser for Political Affairs and also Deputy Conference Secretary of Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2000 to 2006. He also served as Chief Executive, Commonwealth Consulting and Risk Analysis Ltd, "an independent pool of experts which supports Governments and partner organizations in pursuit of peace, democracy and development." In this capacity he observed elections as an expert on behalf of the Commonwealth in Trinidad and Tobago, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Uganda, and led a support team to assist in the Maldives Parliamentary Elections in 2004.

On his appointment as Muslim CEO, Mr Sharfuddin noted, "I feel very much humbled by the enormity of the challenge posed by Muslim Aid’s noble mission. This new responsibility presents both challenges and opportunities ... and as the Executive Head of the world's leading Muslim relief body, I look forward to advancing Muslim Aid's global mission to serve the vulnerable and disadvantaged worldwide. I also look forward to working in close cooperation with our international affiliates, development partners and millions of supporters."

He will bring to the post an awareness of intractable third world problems – he recently noted that "the problems of Pakistan - the proliferation of drugs and small arms, terrorism, poverty, illiteracy, a chronically under-performing economy, and a fraught civil-military relationship - were simply too large for an under-resourced organization like the Commonwealth to make much of an impact on".

Syed Sharfuddin writes frequently on Pakistan affairs, and has an interest in Muslim history and scholarship, recently proposing the need for a foundation to house the collected works of the late Professor Hamidullah.

Mohammad Akbar Ali

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.


Ahmed Adam Omer

In May 2009, Bow East councillor Ahmed Omer was unanimously elected as the mayor for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, the first member of the Somali Muslim community of Britain to attain high public office.

At his investiture, he observed, "I was brought up in Bethnal Green and I am enormously proud of my heritage as a Somali and an East Ender". There have been Somalis living in Tower Hamlets for almost 200 years, many arriving as seamen in the Merchant Navy. During 1918-19 they mobilised for the first time to confront racist employment practices of the shipping magnates, leading to confrontations and many deaths. Omar notes, "My own father came here as a merchant seaman, settling in South Shields, moving then to London".

He has declared that during his year in office he will be raising money for two charities - the St Margaret's House Settlement in Bethnal Green and the Bangladeshi Parents/Carers Association. He has a long record of voluntary sector activity, including work for the East London Somali Youth and Welfare Centre.


Dr Farid Khan

Dr. Khan is a senior researcher in biomolecular interactions at the Manchester Centre for Systems Biology. His role includes measurement of enzyme kinetics and binding parameters in biochemical pathways in order to model pathways in organisms. He is an experienced bio-technologist with a PhD in protein engineering from Cambridge University, with expertise in biophysical techniques including drug discovery, biochip arrays, fluorescence detection systems, cell free synthesis, molecular interactions, assay development (GSK), molecular biology, protein stability, folding kinetics, protein structure (NMR, fluorescence and CD) and protein purification. Dr. Khan is also a lecturer in a Masters course in Biotechnology and Enterprise at the University of Manchester. He has given seminars on his work and teaches advanced protein techniques to graduates and staff. Dr. Khan is a partner in a European project dedicated to new molecular tools to analyse protein interactions of the human proteome.

He graduated from the University of Salford, from where he also obtained an MSc in Biochemical and Molecular Parasitology. After three years working in the pharmaceutical industry (GSK), he was a doctoral student at the University of Cambridge's Centre for Protein Engineering, obtaining his PhD in 2004. He has worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Babraham Institute, Cambridge. His specialisation is in the visualisation of proteins in cells and the design and implementation of new technologies for analysis of protein interactions and he has more than 20 research papers to his credit.

He is a former Treasurer of Biology in Business, a body that bridges academia and business in order to facilitate the transfer of people and ideas between commercial and academic life science. In so doing we hope to increase understanding of how the two can synergise to increase innovation and productivity in an increasingly important part of the UK economy. Dr. Khan is also the founder and Director of Lumophore Limited, a biotechnology consultancy company whose aim is to improve human health through the building of networks of experts and implementing innovative projects in areas of tissue engineering, molecular technologies and drug discovery (see


Mohammad Naeem

Mohammad Naeem is the Chief Executive of the Rochdale Centre of Diversity and the Chairman of Rochdale Borough Pride Partnership, The Local Strategic Partnership (LSP) and serves as a Board member of the Oldham and Rochdale Housing Renewal Path Finder.

He is involved in a wide range of Partnerships in Rochdale which enables him to contribute towards meeting the needs of local communities in Health, Housing, Education, Employment and Social Care. He is a school governor in three local schools and also Governor/Trustee of Hopwood Hall College, based in Rochdale and Middleton.

Naeem has lived in Calderdale for over 30 years - arriving from Bahawalpur in Pakistan in 1964 at the age of 7. He is "passionate about working with local grass roots communities".


Dr Nader El-Bizri

Dr El-Bizri is an expert on Ibn Sina (Avicenna) and in November 2007 was a guest on the Melvyn Bragg radio programme 'In our Times' devoted to the Eleventh century polymath (click here for audio link).

Dr El-Bizri is also researching the Ikhwan as-Safa, the guild of encyclopaedists of Baghdad in the mid-Tenth Century. He is based at the University of Cambridge (lecturing on classical Arabic sciences at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science) and the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London.

Dr El-Bizri studied philosophy at Harvard and also obtained a Masters degree in architecture from the University's Graduate School of Design. He completed his PhD in philosophy from the Graduate Faculty of The New School for Social Research in New York. Of Lebanese origin (from Sidon), he has also taught at the American University of Beirut. He is married and lives in London. He contributes to the classical and cultural supplements of the Arabic international newspaper Al-Hayat. He is the author of 'The Phenomenological Quest Between Avicenna and Heidegger'.


Waqar Ahmed

Professor Waqar Ahmed is Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Enterprise, Middlesex University, London. His previous academic career was at Leeds (Professor and Director of the Centre for Research in Primary Care), Bradford and York universities. For three years, he was the Chief Social Scientist in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM), where he launched the ODPM/ESRC Fellowship and Studentship Scheme and the ODPM Research Networks; this model of research partnership between Whitehall and the ESRC has since been emulated by several government departments. Waqar has served on the ESRC Strategic Research Board, been chair (e.g. RCUK New Dynamics of Ageing), member of numerous ESRC research programmes, NHS R&D committees, and the Disability and Social Care Committee of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. He chairs the Ethnicity committee of the ESRC funded English Household Longitudinal Survey (EHLS), and serves on the EHLS’ Scientific Advisory Committee and on the MRC’s National Prevention Initiative.

Professor Ahmed has published papers in the field of sociology of health and social policy and he serves on the editorial boards of Sociology of Health and Illness, Critical Public Health and Health and Social Care in the Community. His latest book (with Hannah Bradby), 'Ethnicity, Health and Health Care', was published by Blackwell Publishing (2008).


Ajaz Ahmed

Ajaz is the founder and chairman of AKQA, a leading digital advertising agency which has held accounts for global brands such as Coca-Cola (famously featuring footballer Wayne Rooney kicking a can), Lloyds TSB, Nike and Gucci. Ajaz was born and raised in Berkshire, commencing his university studies at Bath, before opting out to pursue his entrepreneurial dreams in 1995. His company recently merged with other digital media design agencies in the US and Singapore.

Ajaz is a mentor at the Said Business School, University of Oxford and in 2004 was named as one of the most influential people driving e-commerce by the Department of Trade & Industry. Prior to AKQA, Ajaz worked with Apple Computer. As is to be expected from a digital entrepeneur, AKQA has a firmly entrenched presence in the virtual world 'Second Life'. Ajaz notes, "we will use our space to invite the Second Life community to join us when we host events like gaming nights, video nights and afternoon tea. We want to give it more of a relaxed clubhouse feel where everyone is welcome to hang out."


Maqsood Ahmed

In 2003 Maqsood Ahmed was awarded an OBE for his work as the first Muslim Adviser in the Prison Service. In 2008 he was recipient of the Al-Biruni Muslim News Award for Excellence for contributions made to community relations. He is currently a community advisor in the 'Preventing Extremism' Unit at the Department of Communities & Local Government. He is an executive member of Leicester Central Mosque and Islamic Centre and a Fellow of Faith and Civil Society of Anglia Ruskin University Cambridge since 2006. He is also a Trustee and founding member of the Drug & Alcohol Action Programme based in Southall, London. He is committed to building capacity within faith groups and promoting partnerships with mainstream agencies in order to tackle drug and alcohol abuse and its effects.

Maqsood's community contributions commenced in Watford, where he tackled anti-poverty and racial equality issues for 15 years as an employee of the Borough Council. More recently, he has become involved in inter faith dialogue and was involved in organising the first Imams and Rabbis conference in 2006 in London. In February 2008 he was a speaker at the Global Forum for Combating Anti-Semitism conference, Tel Aviv.


Faraz Yusufzai

Faraz Yusufzai is a versatile member of Birmingham’s Muslim community whose activities range from being a board member of the Heart of Birmingham Primary Care Trust, to writing a witty and perceptive column at the Birmingham Mail, acting as a Citizens Organising Foundation representative and serving as ambassador for the city in key events. In June 2007 he spoke on ‘Ethnic Minority Youth - Challenges of Participation’ at the European Foundation Centre Conference in Madrid.

He is business development director at the regeneration agency ‘Working Links’ in Birmingham and a member of the advisory group to the Government’s newly-established Areas and Cities Directorate. He notes, “Working links continues to be at the forefront of supporting low wage families and reducing child poverty. This is my crusade”.Faraz was born in 1987 and studied Law at Southampton University, with further studies at the University of Birmingham.

He founded and developed Birmingham Young Citizens, a community organisation campaigning for practical improvements to inner city life in the West Midlands. He is familiar with the social realities of alienation and gang culture: “The young men and women I meet at our offices on New Street arrive without labels and we help them without prejudice. Many come to us from the streets expecting to be labelled and are ready to react to 'authority'. Instead, they find understanding and someone who will challenge them to be better. The reactions on the streets of Alum Rock are just that - reactions to a lifetime of being judged, accused and ignored. The alleged 37 per cent of 16 to 24 year olds that would rather live under Shariah law are just rebelling against an authority they perceive hates them. They don't even know what the word means. This is the reaction of disaffected young people, not potential terrorists. This is not failed multiculturalism. It's successful apathy - by all of us”. He is married with two children and is a Dawud Wharnsby fan.


Mushtaq Khan

Dr Mushtaq Khan is Professor of Economics at the School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London. His undergraduate studies were at Oxford (Exhibitioner at Corpus Christi College) and he has a PhD from Cambridge. Originally from Bangladesh, he is also an expert on Israeli policies towards Occupied Palestine.

In 1998 he was commissioned by the Norwegian Foreign Ministry – sponsor of the 1993 Oslo Peace Accord - to investigate aspects of Palestinian state formation and governance. He describes Israel's aims as the establishment of a client state - with land that was environmentally unsustainable and economically dependent on it, through a regime of checkpoints, barriers and zones of control. He was singled out for criticism by Israeli officials when he presented these views.

His areas of specialization include economic development and governance in the sub-continent. He believes that an abiding legacy of British colonialism has been weak government and poor economic growth. He has published widely and was recipient of the Frank Cass Prize in 2005 for two essays on the theme of 'Democratisation'. He is also a critic of the World Bank’s role, which has been to weaken the state and promote privitisation, "a combination that has only increased corruption". He contributed to the UNCTAD report 'The Palestinian war-torn economy: aid, development and state formation' (2006).


Adel Sharif

Professor Adel Sharif is Britain's leading scientist in the strategically important area of water osmosis - a potential means of converting salt water to fresh water. He heads the Centre for Osmosis Research and Applications, (CORA) at the School of Engineering, University of Surrey.

Adel undertook his undergraduate studies in Chemical Engineering at the University of Baghdad. He completed postgraduate studies at the University of Swansea, where he also worked as a Senior Research Fellow between 1992-98. He joined the University of Surrey as a lecturer and was promoted to Reader in 2001 and to a Professor in 2007. In 2007 he was also awarded the Fazlur Rahman award for excellence in engineering, science and technology at the Muslim News Awards ceremony.

Professor Sharif founded CORA in 2003, the UN Year of Fresh Water. He is also the Founder Director of Surrey Aquatechnology Ltd, a University of Surrey spin-out company formed to commercialise the intellectual property rights and research outputs of CORA. Surrey Aquatechnology was merged with Modern Water plc and the new entity was floated on the London AIM market in June 2007 creating a market value of £70m.


Amir Cheema

Amir is a leading light of the British and international Scouts scene. He is a member of the Scout Associations Programme and Development Sub-Committee and vice-chairman of the Muslim Scouts Fellowship.

He notes that "Scouting is the only values based youth organisation that provides young people a comprehensive programme of progressive development. Most BME communities such as Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims have a strong community and values based element which has strong parallels with Scouting". He is a beaver and cub leader, with all family members active: "I got involved through my children. My son was a beaver scout and my wife is also a Leader, but we do it for the benefit of the community as well as the family".

Amir was the assistant contingent leader of British Muslim scouts at the Hajj in January 2006: "We learnt first hand what an excellent role the Saudi Scouts play in Hajj by manning information points, guiding pilgrims, taking lost ones back to their tents, performing first aid and looking after lost children. We had a true sense of the family of Scouting across cultures and languages. We exchanged gifts and presents with our fellow Scouts". Of the 28 million Scouts worldwide, a third are Muslim.

The Muslim scout camps in Britain have provision for prayers. Amir notes: "Early morning prayer is very early, but there are consolations. During the summer at 4.15am the sky is really beautiful". Amir lives in Bristol where he is in charge of the 1st Bristol Scout Group.

Amir is a former chair of the Bristol Muslim Cultural Society and an engineer by profession. The fourteen Muslim scout groups in the UK are looking forward to an active role in the World Scout Jamboree to be held in Windsor in 2007.


Zafar Khan

Zafar Khan is chair of the Limbless Association UK and a special adviser to Mencap. Zafar was elected Chair of the Limbless Association - an organisation that provides information, advice and support for people of all ages who are without one or more limbs - in 1993. Zafar himself is an amputee as a result of a traffic accident while in his twenties.

He operates a pharmacy business in London and is active in the professional activities of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, of which he is a Fellow. Zafar has been in the forefront of campaigns to help Iraqi children disabled by the US-led attack on Iraq and in relief work following the Kashmir Earthquake.
He is founder president of the Pakistan Limb Loss Foundation that has provided over 200 prosthetic legs and is now working to promote technology transfer in this field to Pakistan. In the 2006 Honours List Zafar Khan received an MBE in for services to London’s healthcare. This is for his work in promoting round-the-clock advisory services through community pharmacies.


Taj Mohammed

Taj is a branch secretary in the Transport & General Workers Union (Northern) and was first elected to the TUC's General Council in 2001 for Yorkshire and Humberside. He has served as vice president of the Bradford's TUC Council and is currently a member of the TUC's Race Relations Committee. This role has brought him in the forefront of a number of important labour disputes, including the recent 'Gate Gourmet' airline caterer's lock-out.

Taj was born in Bradford and joined the trade union movement while serving as a bus driver. He then became secretary of the bus crews' branch of the T&GWU. In 1998, following the death of a schoolboy who suffered an asthma attack on a bus, Taj led a campaign calling for first aid training for bus drivers. This resulted in a dispute with the bus company, who put him on notice. Following wide-spread public support, this warning was lifted. Later Taj became a full-time negotiator on behalf of his colleagues.

He was a member of the 'Bradford Commission' set up in 1996 to look at the causes of the Manningham riots the previous year. His independent-minded approach led him to refuse to be a signatory of the report on the grounds that "it ignored key evidence and gave no clear recommendations for the future". He then brought out his own report - 'A Can Do City' - with his own views of the way ahead. This also included a critique for the Muslim community itself. While defending Qur'anic education in after-school mosque classes for "inculcating high moral standards", he noted that "this will not occur if Arabic rote teaching is not accompanied by guidance in an accessible language. It is equally important that supplementary religious education is provided with the interests of the child as paramount, all too often it is conducted at the convenience of the providers during the school week, leaving pupils tired and unresponsive to their wider education".


Bilal Mustafa Shafayat

Born in Nottingham in 1984, Bilal is an outstanding young cricketer. He is a batsman-bowler currently playing for Nottinghamshire, for whom he made his debut at Trent Bridge when only 16.

He has also captained the England under-19s and has been a member of the England 'A' team.

He describes an experience after the London bombings of July 2005: "At the time, I had just grown a beard because the Prophet Mohammed had a beard and I wanted to look like him in a way. But I play in English cricket and I'm a little bit in the public eye, so I did worry about any adverse reaction. I was out with my family one day and heard someone say, 'Here come the suicide bombers'. That kind of thing hurts; if someone looks like me and he's a bomber then that's my hard luck but, hopefully, people will learn not to discriminate against every Muslim."


Dr Muhamad Mukaddam

Dr Mohamed Mukadam is Principal of the Leicester Islamic Academy, a long-established Muslim independent primary and secondary school and a senior member of the Association of Muslim Schools. He was formerly a lecturer at Westhill College, Selly Oak, in Birmingham. He obtained a First class in his B.Ed from the University of Birmingham. He subsequently completed a PhD at Birmingham on the theme of the 'Spiritual and moral development of Muslim pupils in state schools' (1998). His qualifications include the LPSH from the National College of School Leadership. In May 2006 he was one of the experts called by the Education and Skills Committee of the House of Commons on citizenship education. In his evidence he noted that "A good Muslim should really be a good universal citizen no matter which country he lives in. In that respect, if you analyse what citizenship looks for and you look at the ethos and the effective domain that exists within Islamic schools you will find they are in parallel and in some cases they go well above what is required in the citizenship programme".


Sir Iqbal Sacranie

Sir Iqbal was honoured with a knighthood in the Queens Birthday Honours List in 2005 for services to the Muslim community, to charities and to community relations. In July 2006, Leeds Metropolitan University bestowed on him an honorary Doctorate of Law in recognition of his services to charities and community. He was a recipient of an OBE in 1999 and also recipient of a Muslim News Award for Excellence for Good Citizenship, presented by the Prime Minister. He was one of London's ambassadors in the successful bid for the 2012 Olympics.

Iqbal Sacranie has been at the forefront of Muslim community activities since the early 1970s, in parallel with pursuing his studies in accountancy and a career in business. He was elected treasurer of his local mosque in Balham at the age of 19. Sir Iqbal made his mark at the national level during the Satanic Verses controversy, serving as joint-convenor of the UK Action Committee on Islamic Affairs (founded October 1988), a lobby body for Muslims. UKACIA's meeting with Mr. Patten, a Minister at the Home Office, in February 1989 to press for legal redress against abuse and sacrilege, marked the shift in tone and tenor of Muslim delegations meeting Government, from one of petition-submitters to well-informed and articulate interlocutors. Iqbal was a moving spirit in the work leading up to the establishment of the Muslim Council of Britain, serving as its first Secretary General (1998-2000) and subsequently for two further spells (2002-2002, 2002-2004). With colleagues in the MCB, he has been instrumental in the campaigns for achieving recognition of Muslims as a faith community in Britain: the Census question on religion; prohibition of discrimination due to religion; criminalising incitement to hatred on religious grounds. He was at the helm of the MCB during the July 7 bombings, guiding community responses and initiatives at this time of crisis, and also responding in an appropriate way to the various schemes put forward by Government. Iqbal brought together the country's leading Islamic scholars on 15th July 2005 for them to provide guidance and advice to the community Click here for introduction by Iqbal Sacranie - mp3 .

In June 2004, the Sternberg Foundation cancelled its plans to award him its Annual Interfaith Award because his remarks drawing attention to Israeli brutalities had been "unhelpful". However the Foundation's trustees donated the award money - two thousand pounds - to St George's Hospital in Gaza as a gesture of their commitment to the continuation of a dialogue.

Sir Iqbal was appointed Vice President of the Family Welfare Association, a national charity in the UK that focuses on helping suffering children around the world and he is a trustee of Muslim Aid, the relief agency serving in more then 45 countries. He was appointed by the Home Secretary to be a member of the Group that reviewed the Coronial System and Death Certification, presenting its report in March 2003. He was appointed member of the Race Equality Advisory Panel in 2003. He has been one of the first members of the Inner Cities Religious Council (ICRC), set up by government in 1992 for the various faith communities to work together and tackle the problems facing deprived urban areas. In April 2006 he was invited by the Metropolitan Police Service to act as Reviewing Officer of its passing-out parade.


Aamer Anwar

Aamer Anwar is a solicitor with Beltrami Berlow in Glasgow. Active in student politics - he graduated from Glasgow University and holds an MA in Social Sciences - he achieved early fame for destroying the memorial erected to Rudolph Hess. In 1991 he led his first successful civil action against the police for a racist attack - in which he was the injured party.

He has experience in the field of race equality issues and Asylum and Refugee Rights both as a campaigner and lawyer. Since 1999 he has been the Spokesperson for the Chhokar Family Justice Campaign, described as the 'Scottish Stephen Lawrence Case'. The campaign has prompted two inquiries and a review of aspects of the Scottish Criminal Justice system.

Aamer Anwar has taken a lead role in asylum advocacy and defending individuals arrested under the anti-terrorism laws, including the unsuccesful defence of Atif Siddique.

He worked to build bridges between communities in Sighthill, following the murder of Firsat Dag.

He is a committee member of the Scottish Coalition for Justice not War and member of the Stephen Lawrence Steering Committee that oversees the implementation of the recommendations of the MacPherson Report. He is Fellow of the Institute of Contemporary Scotland. He has been director of Scottish Legal Action Group and Positive Action in Housing.

Born in 1971 he is described by Glasgow media as one of the city's eligible bachelors.


Syed Kamall

Syed Salah Kamall is an MEP (Member of the European Parliament) for London, elected in May 2005 and he sits on the Trade and Economic and Monetary Affairs Committees.

He has a degree from Liverpool University (1988), a Masters from the London School of Economics and a PhD from City University, London - his doctorate was on 'Radical Organisational Change in Transition Economies'.
Dr Kamall is a Visiting Fellow at Leeds University Business School and in 1996, completed a book on EU telecommunications policy. He is particularly knowledgeable about developments in China. He is also a co-founder of the Global Business Research Institute (GBRI), an educational body with expertise on globalization issues.

He is active in Conservative policy making circles, using his academic expertise and background on issues such as poverty-action programmes. He has been a member of the Conservatives since 1987 and a member of Vauxhall, Bath, Westminster, West Ham and Barking Conservative associations.
The son of a bus driver, he started his working life as a systems analyst at Nat West. Mosque projects are close to his heart.


Mohammed Iltaf Sheikh

Iltaf Sheikh is chairman and chief executive of Camberford Law, a firm established in 1958 providing insurance broking and underwriting services. He was conferred a peerage in April 2006 and sits on the Conservative benches. In 2003 he was conferred the British Insurance Award for Commercial Lines Broker of the Year. Originally from Uganda, Iltaf has founded the Sheikh Abdullah Foundation in his father’s memory that offers the ‘Broker of the Year’ /Young Insurance Professional award and promotes other work in education. His firm has developed niche insurance expertise in the private security and cleaning industry sectors and is Lloyds-listed broker.

He is Chair of the Conservative Ethnic Diversity Council, launched in 2005 and of the Conservative Muslim Forum.


Mohammed Sadiq Mamdani

Mohammed Sadiq was born in 1983. In February 2001 he founded the Muslim Youth Helpline (MYH), which is today the community's premier youth counselling service. After helping to secure its financial base, Mamadani retired as a trustee of MYH to take up fresh challenges: he is a trustee of the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs, a charity that promotes social entrepreneurship by offering financial awards and support packages to individuals with creative ideas for achieving social objectives and also of the Ansar Youth Project (AYP) based in the London Borough of Harrow. His awards include Volunteer of the Year from BT & the Telephone Helplines Association (2003), Whitbread Youth Achievers Award (2004) and CSV Year of the Volunteer Medal for Innovation (2005). His citation for the Whitbread award noted, "Mohammed is an inspirational example of what young volunteers can do in their communities, through determination and commitment. This is a project that is making a real difference to hundreds of lives."

His schooling was at Richmond-Upon-Thames College in South London from where he proceeded to Oxford to study Arabic and Persian. He took a year out from his undergraduate studies at Oxford University to pilot the MYH service.


Aaqil Ahmed

Aaqil is the commissioning editor of over 50 hours of religious and non-religious programming a year, from one-hour documentaries through to mini-series and major landmark events on Channel 4. His previous management positions have been in the BBC, where he has served as acting editor at Specialist Factual and deputy editor of General Documentaries, Religion and Ethics.

His notable contribution has been as deputy editor of 'Islam UK', the ground-breaking and award winning high profile season on BBC 2 that was broadcast in August 2001.

Aaqil was Executive Producer on 'Headhunting the Homeless', a three part observational series on BBC 2, following homeless people given a chance by the Princes Trust to get a foothold in the job market. He was also the executive producer of the BBC 2 documentary strand Everyman - films included 'Richard Gere on Buddhism', 'When the God Squad Came to town', 'Mothers against Guns', 'Turning Boys into Men' as well as others.

Aaqil grew up in up in Wigan and then Bolton. At eighteen he went to art college where he discovered film and photography and started to think about a career in the media. He made his first student film about the first Gulf War and gained some work experience with Channel 4. Later he made another film about Kuwaiti refugees in London. His work attracted the attention of his tutors and on graduating from the University of Westminster he was offered the post of researcher at the BBC.


Danny Williams

Danny Williams (born July 13, 1973, London, United Kingdom) is a British professional heavyweight boxer. When he stepped into the ring on 31 July 2004 in Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky, US, to face Mike Tyson, most experts believed that the talented fighter didn't have a chance against the former undisputed champion of the world. Instead of buckling under the pressure, Danny stepped up to the challenge and knocked out Tyson in the fourth round. Then he stepped up another level on 11 December 2004 and fought Vitali Klitschko for the world title. But he lost to the world heavyweight champion in an eight round knockout. Although Williams admits that he didn't enjoy boxing at first and only did it because his father pushed him into the sport, he soon found that he was good at it. Williams started training at the gym from the age of eight and used fighters like Jersey Joe Walcott, Rocky Marciano, and especially Muhammed Ali as role models. After he turned professional Williams quickly rose through the ranks with a boxing style that was based around courage. Then he gained worldwide acclaim when knocked out fight legend 'Iron' Mike Tyson. Born and raised in Brixton by his West Indian parents Danny was brought up as a Christian with his two brothers and sister. Then he went on a whole new journey when he converted to Islam in 1999. An incident in Turkey - hearing the adhaan, when he was still a Christian, also guided him towards the faith. Away from boxing the devoted father of two daughters, Nubia and Maliha, likes to spend as much time as possible with his family because his work is always taking him away from them. In reconciling his profession with his faith, Williams says: "I just draw the line. I am a warrior in the ring. Then, outside, I make sure I am giving a good image for the sake of Allah". In July of 2005, Danny Williams failed to show up for his scheduled British Heavyweight Championship fight against Matt Skelton promting people to say that he had lost his passion and should retire. However Williams will be back in the ring as he is scheduled to fight Audley Harrison on 10 December 2005 for the vacant Commonwealth heavyweight title. To date Williams has fought 37 fights, won 33, 28 by knockouts, and lost 4.


Navid Akhtar

Navid Akhtar is an independent television producer whose work projects a positive image of Islam. He made a well-received documentary on Hajj for Channel 4 and the Ramadan series for the BBC. During the Hajj documentary he sent a Postcard from Saudi each day. Akhtar, from East London, is also involved in a number of education projects and is a media and arts consultant.
In a BBC 2 documentary, "Who Wants to be a Mullah?" shown in March 2005, Navid Akhtar went on a personal quest in search of a greater understanding of Islam and the way it's practiced in Britain today. He challenged the demonized image of the 'mad mullah' and asked whether the current breed of Imams or religious leaders are up to the challenge of connecting with young British Muslims.
In the wake of the London bombings, Akhtar, explored the deep-rooted tensions and alienation within his community and asks how this has contributed to the terror attacks. In the Channel 4 film documentary, Young, Angry and Muslim, he attempted to unravel the clan system which binds together the Pakistani Kashmiri communities. Biraderi, a patriarchal structure governed by tribal elders, has been directly transplanted from the villages of Pakistan to Britain's cities. Where once it provided support for disorientated families arriving in Britain, Navid argues that it is now the source of division as the younger generation struggles to break free of the strictures it imposes.
He has contributed many articles to mainstream British publications, including The Guardian and Sunday Observer.


Aki Nawaz

Aki is a musician who leads the band Fun-da-Mental and manages the record label 'The Nation'. He is passionate in his fight against racism, and his talents include fusing qawwali with other musical traditions. Aki's band includes a dhol player and a classical Indian vocalist who also plays the violin and harmonium. He is quoted as saying, "Islam for me was more punk than punk. I can't understand why people say it is restrictive. I have been to Norway, Dublin…at the universities. But even the intellectuals, the liberals, the left-wingers, they don't have a grasp on our culture. And when you're honest with them, they have a kind of Orientalism and that is their foundation".

A recent Aki CD has the title 'The Last Gospel', about which he says, "it's to draw attention to the connection between gospel music and qawwali music. And then you can go into deeper, into what they're singing about. A lot of these quwwalis and gospels are based on the same things, the people that we forget that were the real heroes. Prophets and saints who had power in their hands to have big palaces and to dwell in that world of luxury, but they didn't. And to me they're the real heroes".
Aki was born in Pakistan and raised in Bradford.


Yashar Ismailoglu

Yashar Ismailoglu is a bon vivant septaugenarian, writer and community worker in North London, running the largest Kurdish/Turkish community organisation in Europe. He is related to the legendary Caucasian leader, Shaikh Shamil. He is the founding member of the Turkish Fine Arts Society and Toplum Postasi newspaper. He is presently associated with the Halkevi Centre, Hackney. He recently observed, "I [also] coordinate the activities of the Cypriot Community Centre, which involves mainly elderly people. Recently, the management committee changed. Therefore, they needed to change the organisational signatures for the bank account. And the bank said to me that they got specific instructions from the Home Office: any organisation that wants to open an account or authorise signatures must prove their residence; they must go personally to see the bank director and show their passport. This rule was introduced after 11 September 2001.Thus the state now controls the accounts of charity organisations and of individuals. What right do you have to know how much money I have in my bank account? But now the police have the authority, without going to court to get a warrant to get into my account. The ATCSA gives them the utmost access to the privacy of individuals or a company. So terrorism becomes an excuse or a tool for controlling society and limiting civil rights. Collecting money in Turkish society is a part of communalism, of working together. Helping an organisation is the same. Now Halkevi is organising fund-raising for the victims of the earthquake in Turkey. But the 'anti-terror' law may criminalize that".
He stood in Enfield in the 2005 parliamentary elections as a Green Party candidate, losing his deposit. He has an MSc from SOAS and an MA from Birkbeck College, University of London.


Dr Amir Hussain

Dr Hussain is an expert in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and senior lecturer at the University of Stirling in Scotland. He graduated with a BEng in Electronic & Electrical Engineering in 1992, from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, UK, with the highest 1st Class Honours of the year for which he was awarded the Professor Maclean Memorial Medal of Distinction. This was followed by doctoral studies in AI at Stratclyde. His academic and professional distinctions include appointment as the 'Invited Independent Expert' for the European Commission's (EC) 6th Research Framework Programme: New & Emerging Science & Technology, (NEST) - for research & technological Development (contributing to the creation of the European Research Area and to innovation, 2004-6). He is on the editorial board of several journals in his field and was the IEEE guest speaker on "Biologically Inspired Computing" in Glasgow in February 2005.
Dr. Hussain holds one international patent and has authored over 70 research-publications (since 1993) in various professional journals, books and refereed international Conference proceedings.


Yunus Dudhwala

Yunus Dudhwala is the Multifaith Manager at Newham University Hospital NHS Trust, located in an area with one of the highest Muslim populations in the country. He started providing spiritual care to patients on a voluntary basis in 1998, prior to his appointment as the first person from a minority faith to head a chaplaincy service in the NHS. He is a regular trainer on national chaplaincy courses and was elected to the Council of the College of Healthcare Chaplains in 2003. He has served as a mosque Imam in Seven Kings, Essex and East Ham, London and also worked as a full-time Imam at the high security Belmarsh prison. Yunus is from Blackburn and a graduate of Darul-Uloom, Bury and Al-Azhar University, Cairo and a frequent speaker at Islamic events and youth meetings.


Joseph-Desire Job

Joseph is a striker in the premier football league club Middlesbrough. His mother had settled in Lyons, France after arriving from Cameroon, and Joseph was born in the city in 1977.
He says that he was determined to take on football as a career from the age of five. He was spotted by a talent scout and began training with the famous Lyons club from the age of ten. The other top Muslim footballer in the UK club Tottenham Hotspur, Omer 'Freddy' Kanoute is also from Lyons. Joseph recently wrote, "I've been a committed Muslim for many years now, and I feel that my faith really makes a difference to the way I behave, not only in my everyday life, but on the football pitch too.
When you've got faith, you don't feel like you have any problems and it's a nice feeling. You don't feel the pressure that maybe other people do…That doesn't mean I am not committed. I always run my legs off every match, and give everything I've got. But it helps to keep things in perspective. There are more important things than playing football, and my faith in God reminds me of that…The discipline I've learnt through religion means that I believe that I conduct myself better on the pitch". Joseph's personal web site states that his favourite book is the Qur'an, his favourite drink 'orange Fanta' and the celebrity he would most like to meet is Jamilia.


Shahid Malik

Unsuccessful in being re-elected fas MP for Dewsbury in the May 2010 General ElectionShahid Malik was elected to the House of Commons as a Labour MP in May 2005 for Dewsbury.

Labour MP in May 2005 for Dewsbury.

He fared badly in the MP's expenses scandal in May 2009, when he was suspended from Government after reports that he rented a three-bedroomed home in his Yorkshire constituency at a below-market rate of less than £100 a week. He was subsequently reinstated as the Minister for Communities at the Department of Communities & Local Government.

In the October 2008 reshuffle he was promoted to a ministerial position - Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State - at the Ministry of Justice.In August 2007 he was appointed a minister in the Department for International Development.

He was born in Burnley in 1968, the Lancashire town where his father has served as Deputy Mayor.

Notwithstanding his work in community relations and his role on the Labour National Executive, in June 2001 he was beaten by the police, handcuffed and arrested while trying to calm a confrontation involving young Asian youths provoked by the BNP.

Malik was a Commissioner of the Commission for Racial Equality from 1998 to 2002 and member of the Northern Ireland Equality Commission. He is vice chairman of UK UNESCO and a member of Labour’s National Executive Committee. He is Chief Executive of Inclusive Futures, Burnley and a race equality adviser to the Home Office, Prison Service and Middlesex University. He is also a member of Gordon Brown's Economic Policy Commission.

In October 2007, he was detained by US Homeland Security while departing from Dulles Airport in Washington DC, and stopped and searched. On the incident he stated, "After a few minutes a couple of other people were also taken to one side. We were all Muslims - the other two were black Muslims, both with Muslim names....Obviously, there was no malice involved but it has to be said that the US system does not inspire confidence."

Shahid Malik has admonished Muslim community organisations in recent years, for example observing,"Ruth Kelly, the Communities Minister, has set down the rules for engagement with government. Attending Holocaust Memorial Day is a prerequisite. The MCB [Muslim Council of Britain] cannot enjoy the privileges of partnership with government without shouldering responsibilities".

Notwithstanding this impeccable fealty, Ruth Kelly's successor, CLG Secretary of State Hazel Blears could not countenance Shahid's participation in 2008 IslamExpo:"Britain's first Muslim minister has been prevented from addressing an Islamic conference after an interdepartmental row over the alleged political affiliations of an organiser of the London event...Hours before the event, Malik contacted Anas Altikriti, one of the directors of the conference, and apologised for the fact that he would not be able to attend." (The Guardian, 14th July 2008).

A further admonishment from the junior minister came in January 2009, following MCB's abstention from the Holocaust Memorial Day event:~ "I'm sad to be writing critically about the Muslim Council of Britain on the issue of the Holocaust Memorial Day once more ...For the record, as a former humanitarian affairs minister, I was angry at the Israeli military action in Gaza and at the BBC's decision not to air Gaza appeal, but I am also a proud member of the HMD Trust - there is no contradiction" (The Guardian, 29th January 2009).


Sajjad Karim

Sajjad is a solicitor by training, describing himself “a person of Pakistani origin, Muslim faith and British birth”. He was initially a Liberal Democrat MEP for the North West of England, elected in 2004, but is now a Conservative MEP. He is emerging as an outspoken parliamentarian in Strasbourg, where as member of the committee on International Trade, he has posed awkward questions to Trade Commissioner Peter Mendelson on more than one occasion.
Writing in The Guardian in October 2004, he noted “Whilst there are clearly situations where anti-Zionist expressions are presented by anti-semitic sources, it is stretching matters too far to argue that any criticism of Zionism is anti-semitic as this simply acts as an argument to try and prevent sometimes justified criticism of the Israeli government. There is no other government on the world that is provided with such cover. Those who present legitimate grievances with Israel for its flouting of UN resolutions and its violations of the most basic of human rights ought not to be classified in line with those who desecrate Jewish cemeteries in France”.
He has also declared, “Insha Allah I will use the position I am in now to campaign more actively for Islam, not just in Britain, but also in Europe by voicing the thoughts, views and opinions of my Muslim brethren”.
Sajjad was named as a rising star by The Times newspaper in its 'Who's Who' 2005. He studied law at the London Guildhall University and the College of Law, Chester. He was a member (Lib Dem) of the Pendle Borough Council, Lancashire, 1994-2002.


Hussein Kassim

Distinguished academic Professor Hussein Kassim is an Oxford man, having studied PPE at New College and completed an MPhil and DPhil at Nuffield College. He has held visiting positions at Columbia University, New York University, the Center for European Studies, Harvard University, and the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris. He is a member of the ‘Connecting Excellence on European Governance’ (Connex) network, the Transformation and Sustainability of European Political Order (Eurotrans) based at ARENA, University of Oslo, and the Observatoire des Institutions Européennes at the Centre d’Etudes Européennes, Sciences Po Paris, and is a founder of the London EU Group. Since 2005, he has been Political Science Mentor in the ESRC Competition Policy Centre at University of East Anglia. He is a visiting professor in Politics at Birkbeck, University of London.

He has completed projects on the EU and preference formation and was convener of an ESRC Research Seminar, ‘Modelling Political Accountability: Principal-Agent in Government and Politics’ (with Peter John, Bill Tompson and Catherine Waddams). He is currently working on projects on the Europeanization of air transport (with Handley Stevens), EU coordination (with Anand Menon and Guy Peters), coordination in the new member states (with Vesselin Dimitrov), the EU and policy instruments (with Patrick le Galès), and EU competition policy. He teaches undergraduate and postgraduate modules on the EU and undergraduate units on Britain and Europe and International Organizations.


Ibrar ul-Haq

Ibrar is a pilot captain at British Airways – the first Muslim to this position. He joined BA in 1989. Ibrar went to school in Rochdale, and subsequently studied at Oxford. He has an MSc in Medical Statistics from the University. Ibrar is also a school governor, voluntary director for Crescent Radio in Rochdale, a magistrate, and trustee of the Al-Shifa Trust raising money for eye treatment in Pakistan. He is keen advocate of Muslim TV channels, which he believes are particularly important after 9/11 “to overcome the negative stereotypes people had about Muslims and at the same time to bridge the gap between the different communities”. He is supporting the launch of ‘Bridges TV’ in the UK.


Tariq Mahmood

Dr Tariq Mahmood is Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist and a world expert in the field of colonoscopy. He is also the prospective parliamentary candidate for the Liberal Democrats in the May 2005 General Election, in the Uxbridge constituency, where he resides.
Dr Mahmood joined the NHS after a distinguished academic record in Pakistan, where he was a gold medalist from the University of Punjab and a silver medalist from King Edward Medical College, Lahore. His academic achievements include a certificate in Aviation Medicine from the Royal College of Physicians, London and in 2003 he obtained an MD from Imperial College, where he has extensive research collaboration with Professor Sir Ara Darzi. Dr Mahmood is a member of the Examinations Committee of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland for the MRCP exams, and author of a book on MRCP exams for the British Medical Journal (1995). He was born in 1958 and is married with three children.

He is also senior lecturer at the University of East Anglia.
Dr Tariq Mahmood BSc, MBBS, LMSSA, MSc(Med Edu), MD, FRCP


Razi Rahman

Razi graduated in Political Science from the University of Birmingham in 1993. He has worked for solicitors Harbottle and Lewis in London. He has been in the Prime Minister's Political Office at 10 Downing Street as one of three assistant political secretaries since 2000 (the posts in the Political Office are paid for by the Labour Party). He was a parliamentary hopeful in the last General Election – seeking nomination from Ealing & Acton - and also in Brent South bye-election in 2005 following Paul Boeteng's decision to leave Parliament and take up the post of High Commissioner in South Africa. Razi is described as 'publicity shy' – more interested in shaping the story, rather than being the story – and also as 'the keeper of the secrets'.


Professor Javaid Rehman

Javaid Rehman is a professor of law at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland. He is a member of the International Law Association's Committee on Islamic Law and International Law.
He has served as co-organiser of a major London conference (March 2005) examining the operation of Islamic states' legal frameworks and how Islamic law deals with issues such as human rights and terrorism


AbdulWahab El-Affendi

AbdulWahab El-Affendi teaches at the Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster, where he is lead tutor of its MA module 'Democracy and Islam'. He is originally from the Sudan where he trained as a pilot later entering the field of journalism and scholarship, undertaking further studies at the University of Reading. He is well-known for his book 'Who needs an Islamic State?' which offered a constructive critique of modern Islamic movements.

Dr El-Affendi is a member of the Consultative Council of the Arab Human Rights Organisation in the UK, and a trustee of the International Forum for Islamic Dialogue. He is also author of 'Turabi's Revolution: Islam and Power in Sudan' (1991), 'Revolution and Political Reform in Sudan' (1995), 'Rethinking Islam and Modernity (2001) and 'For a State of Peace: Conflict and the Future of Democracy in Sudan' (2002). He has contributed to many leading journals, including African Affairs, Encounter, Journal of International Affairs, Futures, Muslim World, and the International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, and to such works as The Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy (1998), Social Science and Conflict Analysis (1993), Islam and Justice (1997), Islam and Secularism in the Middle East (2000), Islamic Thought in the Twentieth Century (2003) and Understanding Democratic Politics (2003).


Tahir Abbas

'Dr Tahir Abbas BSc(Econ) MSocSc PhD FRSA is researching ethno-politics, Islam, Muslims and public policy at the Exeter Centre for Ethno-Political Studies, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, where he is currently Honorary University Fellow. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (since 2006). Abbas taught ethnic studies and sociology of British Muslims and Islam, establishing the Birmingham University Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Culture (2003-2009), before joining Exeter University in late 2009.

He has an Economics degree from Queen Mary, University of London, a Masters of Social Science degree in Economic Development and Policy from the University of Birmingham and a PhD from the Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations, University of Warwick. He followed that with a post-doctoral Research Fellowship at the Birmingham City Business School. His publications include 'The Education of British South Asians: Ethnicity, Capital and Class Structure' (Palgrave-Macmillan 2004) and 'Islamic Radicalism and Multicultural Politics: The British Experience' (Routledge 2010, as part of the Exeter Studies in Ethno Politics).


Allah Ditta

Born in Lahore, Pakistan, he moved to Kashmir when he was just six months old, following the death of his father. Thirteen years on he found himself living with his family in Worcester after his father-in-law moved to Barbourne when he found work building the M5.
As well as running a grocery store and city taxi firm, over the years he has become a leading figure in Worcester's Asian community. A father of six and a grandfather, he is also a founding member of the Muslim Welfare Association.
Allah Ditta has lived in Worcester since 1967. He served as the City Counsellor and was then elected as Deputy Mayor in 2003. In 2004, he was inaugurated as the Mayor of Worcester, hence being the first Asian occupant of the 777-year-old post.


Waqar Azmi

Waqar Azmi OBE is the chief diversity adviser at the Cabinet Office. He was previously managing director of equality and diversity at the global firm TMP/Monster Worldwide.
He recently served his appointment by the Home Secretary on the judicial public inquiry into the murder of Zahid Mubarek - battered to death by his racist cellmate at Feltham prison. He was also a member of the Oldham Riots Inquiry Panel and chief executive of Worcester Racial Equality Council. He founded the British Federation of Racial Equality Councils, Herefordshire Race Equality Partnership and, Race Equality West Midlands. . He has researched and published widely on Equality and Diversity issues, holding a doctorate in this field.
Waqar was lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire between 1991 and 1993, He then moved to the Comparative Ethnic Studies Unit at Southampton Institute and acted as a consultant to Southampton Racial Equality Council.
He was the UK representative at the Inter-Governmental Meeting on Minority Rights organised by the Council of Europe in Zagreb, Croatia
He stood as the Labour candidate for West Worcestershire in 2001's General Election, coming third behind the sitting Conservative MP Sir Michael Spicer and the Liberal Democrat candidate. In the same year, the University College Worcester awarded him an honorary Masters of Arts degree in recognition of his work. He was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2002 and a year later, he was awarded Britain's Young Asian Achievers Award by the Institute of Asian Professionals at the Asian Jewels Awards.


Masood Ahmed

Masood Ahmed, world expert on poverty reduction, is one of the two senior most Muslim civil servants (the other being Anwar Choudhury ) holding the position of Director General, Policy & International, since 2003 at the Department for International Development (DFID). He was headhunted from the IMF, where he served as Deputy Director, Policy Development and Review Dept, 2000-03. At the Fund, Masood Ahmed was closely involved on issues relating to low-income countries, including coordinating the implementation of the Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility (PRGF) and the development of the Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSP) approach.

His distinguished career includes twenty years at the World Bank, which he joined as Senior Economist in 1979. Between 1987-91 he was the Bank's Division Chief for North Africa, and then promoted to head up the International Finance Division and subsequently Head, Poverty Reduction & Economic Management Network. In 1998 he was an Acting Vice President of World Bank, responsible for Private Sector Development and Infrastructure. In December 2003 he was one of the experts called to give evidence to the House of Commons International Development Committee.


Amir Khan

Amir Khan was born in 1986 in Bolton. He was a surprise silver medalist in boxing in the 2004 Olympics - the youngest Briton since Colin Jones's participation in the 1976 Montreal Olympics. “The most accurate and precise punch-picker I’ve seen boxing in England’s colours,” was how Paul King, the England team manager, described Khan. He took up boxing when he was eight years old. In his own words “I was a really hyperactive kid and my dad says I was a born fighter. I got bored easily and was always fighting with other kids at school. So my dad took me to Haliwell Boxing Club, which was just round the corner from where we lived in Bolton.” Nicknamed “Golden Boy”, he started boxing competitively by the age of eleven. Within six years he won three English school titles, three junior ABA titles, gold at the 2003 Junior Olympics, gold at the 2004 European Championships and gold at World Junior Championships in South Korea in the same year.

Amir turned professional in May 2005. In 2006 he was awarded the Sony Sportsman of the Year award; in February 2008 he retained his Commonwealth lightweight title with a unanimous points win over Australian Gairy St Clair.

Amir has studied sports development at Bolton Community College.


Farzin Deravi

Dr Farzin Deravi MA (Oxon), MSc (London), DIC, PhD (Wales), CEng, MIEE, MIEEE

Farzin was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1960. He went to Andisheh School (Don Bosco College) in Tehran. At the age of 16 he became a boarder at Atlantic College in Wales to study for the International Baccalaureate. He read Engineering Science and Economics at Worcester College, University of Oxford, where he obtained a BA and subsequently an MA degree. He obtained an MSc degree in Communications Engineering at Imperial College, London.

He returned to Wales as a research assistant in the University of Wales at Swansea for doctoral research. He became a lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the Univesity of Wales Swansea. He joined University of Kent at Canterbury as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Electronics where he is now Reader in Information Engineering.

Dr Deravi has made over 50 publications on Image Processing and Computer Vision and is an acclaimed expert in this field.

He is a member of IEE and IEEE and is the founding chair of the IEE's Professional Network on Visual Information Engineering. He was an associate editor of the Electronics and Communication Engineering Journal published by the IEE.

A member of the British Machine Vision Association and the International Association for Pattern Recognition, he is also an advisory editor for Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence - The International Journal of Intelligent Real-Time Automation, published by Pergamon - Elsevier Science Ltd

He is a founding member of the Association of Muslim Researchers (AMR).


Afzal Khan

In May 2005, Afzal Khan was invested with the office of Lord Mayor of Manchester, having served in the previous year as Deputy Mayor. The city has 36000 Muslims – roughly 10% of its total population. Afzal has played a leading role in anti-racism campaigns and in increasing the political profile of Mancunians of Muslim and Pakistani Kashmiri background.
He is a solicitor by training and was formerly partner at the law firm Hussain Singh Khan & Co. His public service work has included membership of the Ethnic Minority Business Forum of the Department of Trade & Industry. He is a founding director of the Ansar Foundation Ltd formed in 1994 and which has done pioneering work in shariah compliant home purchase schemes. He is an activist in the UK Islamic Mission and has also served as Assistant Secretary General of The Muslim Council of Britain (2000-2002). In this capacity he delivered a paper in February 2002, ‘'Freedom of Belief is the Cornerstone of Democratic Society’ at a conference organised by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan . He is also extensively involved with number of charities, including BBC children in need and Manchester Christie Hospital. He is a board member of North West Labour Party and member of AMICUS and GMB trade unions. He is frequently called on to serve as a North of England media spokesperson by the MCB and is also spokesperson for UK Pakistani Kashmiri Councillors forum.
In March 2009 Afzal Khan was appointed a trustee of the Red Cross, UK.

  • AbdulWahid Hamid

AbdulWahid Hamid, writer, editor, educationalist, teacher and community activist, was born in Trinidad in 1943. His paternal grandfather had migrated to the Caribbean from Kanpur (Cawnpore) in India while his grandmother as a young Hindu girl of 14 was kidnapped off the streets by British agents in India and taken to Trinidad as an 'indentured labourer'. His best-selling 'Islam: the Natural Way' has been translated into several languages including French, Spanish, Turkish, Bossanski, Urdu and Malay. He has recently published 'Burnishing the Heart', selections from the Qur'an for self-awareness with some personal reflections. Earlier publications include a pioneering course for the teaching of Qur'anic Arabic, and life histories of the Companions of the Prophet based on original Arabic sources. He has edited numerous books including the important 'The Meccan Crucible' by Zakaria Bashier, and more recently M. S. Kayani's 'Pondering the Qur'an' and 'The Quest for Sanity - reflections on September 11 and the Aftermath'.

Prior to arriving in Britain in 1964, AbdulWahid was a primary school teacher and had a brief sojourn as a student at Al-Azhar in Cairo. In London, while doing further 'A' levels in Latin and History, he joined the Labour Party but left in disgust at Harold Wilson's Rhodesia policy.

AbdulWahid studied history and Arabic at the School of Oriental & African Studies. A life-long activist and mentor, he has been president of the London Islamic Circle, general secretary of the Federation of Students' Islamic Societies, editor of 'The Muslim', a member of the team that launched 'Impact International' in 1970, and a mainstay of community initiatives both in Trinidad and Britain, in particular the founding and development of The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB). He was a member of the MCB panel that presented evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee on Religious Offences in October 2002. He was responsible for the major refurbishment of the Rabitah Centre and Mosque, Goodge Street, Central London under the supervision of the architect Ayyub Malik and the graphic designer Zafar Malik. His career has included work as a university lecturer and an educational consultant in Saudi Arabia and the teaching of Qur'anic Arabic in London, Chicago, Toronto, Trinidad and Bahrain.


Dr Farhan Nizami

Farhan Nizami is the founding Director of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (established 1985) which, under his patient supervision, is now a world-recognised academic centre of excellence, attracting visiting scholars from all parts of the Muslim world. He was awarded a CBE in the 2007 New Year's Honours for services to Islamic studies.

Dr Nizami, with support from his Trustees, most notably Dr Abdullah Naseef, has conducted a remarkably prolonged and persistent campaign for the relocation of the Centre to a purpose built college. The OCIS was first offered a central 1.6-acre site near Merton college in 1994, but this could not be pursued due to complaints that an Islamic design would ‘jar with the Oxford skyline’. A new three-acre site by Magdalen college was subsequently agreed and construction work is now underway. Its opening will be landmark event for the British Muslim community with far-reaching effects.

Dr Nizami is a Prince of Wales Fellow in the Study of the Islamic World at Magdalen College, Oxford. He was educated at the Aligarh Muslim University (MA History) and at Wadham College, Oxford. He became a fellow of St. Cross College in 1983 and subsequently a Fellow in Islamic Studies. Upon his move to Magdalen, he was elected to an Emeritus Fellowship at St. Cross. His doctoral research topic was ‘Madrasahs, Scholars and Saints: Muslim Response to the British Presence in Delhi and the Upper Doab, 1803-1857’ (PhD, 1983).

Dr Nizami’s father was the historian Khaliq Ahmad Nizami, a Vice-Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University. One of Dr Nizami’s brothers, Ehtisham Ahmad Nizami, teaches at Aligarh.

Farhan Nizami has observed that the world’s Muslims will rise to the post-9/11 challenge, “as the eagle does when the wind blows against it.” -->


Professor Muhammad Magdi Yaqoob

Professor Yaqoob was born on 11 November 1960 in Karachi, Pakistan. He graduated in Medicine from Dow Medical College, Karachi Pakistan in 1982 with multiple honours (gold medalist). He came to UK for postgraduation in 1983 obtaining MRCP, MD and PhD before becoming Consultant Nephrologist at the Royal London and St Bartholomew's Hospitals in 1996.

Laterly he has been appointed as Professor and Head of the Department of Experiment Medicine, Nephrology and Critical Care at the Queen Mary's College, London UK and William Harvey Research Institute. He was awarded best invesigators award by European Renal Association 1991 and trainee investigators award by American Association of Physician in 1995 for excellence in scientific research. He is actively involved in both basic and clinical reserach with over 125 peer reviewed publications and multiple book chapters. This includes a chapter in the standard book used by medical students, 'Clinical Medicine' (ed. Kumar & Clarke) on acid-base reactions.


Professor Sia Amini

Professor Amini is Subject Leader in Mathematics and Director of the Centre for Applied and Discrete Mathematics at the University of Salfard, Manchester. He is an expert in the field of ‘Boundary Integral Methods’ that has application in fluid mechanics and the interaction of structures and fluids. He obtained a First Class BSc in Mathematics from the University of Manchester in 1977, and his PhD in 1980. He has assisted in the establishment of a split-PhD scheme between Salford and universities in Iran.


Aamir Ghaffar

Aamir Ghaffar won the English National Badminton Championships in February 2004. He has been representing Middlesex County since 1996 and trains at the National Badminton Centre in Milton Keynes.
Aamir has family ties in Peshawar, North West Pakistan. He made an international debut in 2002 - after fasting all day because England's match with China fell during Ramadan. He has said that "my religion gives me discipline and strength”. In addition to a grueling training regime - five hours' training six days a week - he is studying for an HND in business studies. About the future: “I just find the idea of joining the police interesting. You don't need a degree, the pay is good and you still need to be fit. I've never had any hassle off the police. I'm pretty cool with them."


Professor Tariq Muneer

Professor Muneer is Professor in Energy Engineering at Napier University, Edinburgh. He is a versatile scientist who has specialised in solar energy issues as well as automobile-generated air-pollution. He was the keynote speaker at the Third National Arab Conference on Solar Energy, held in Bahrain in March 2004. Professor Muneer currently chairs a research group at Napier University engaged in the measurement and utilisation of solar energy in buildings. He has wide experience in the development of the mathematical models and their incorporation in building energy simulation packages.
He is the author of over 140 technical articles and recommended engineering texts including: Solar Radiation and Daylight Models - 2nd Edition (2004); Heat Transfer: A problem solving approach (2003); Solar Energy (in Kempe's Engineer's Yearbook (2001); Windows in Buildings (2000). He has developed an Islamic Prayer Times Visual Basic calculator. He is also co-author, with Maulana Yakub Qasmi of ‘Prayer Times for United Kingdom & Ireland’, published by the Islamic Research Institute of Britain, Dewsbury, (1989)
His academic and professional distinctions include a DSc, C Eng, MIMechE and FCIBSE and Millennium Fellow Professor in Energy Engineering


Professor Rashid Gatrad OBE

Professor Gatrad is consultant pediatrician at the Manor Hospital in Walsall, West Midlands and well-known for co-authoring (with Professor Aziz Shaikh) 'Caring for Muslim Patients' (Radcliffe Medical Press). Originally from Malawi, he came to the UK for his 'A' levels and subsequently went to the Leeds Medical School. He has served as consultant for over 20 years. His medical career has included 18 months in Malawi at a Catholic mission hospital, where he helped set up a nutritional fund for orphans of the AIDS epidemic. He has also been instrumental in establishing a 250 bed orphanage he established in India, on estates once owned by his ancesters: "So we bought back those properties; we got the squatters out and paid them off and did the buildings up". Rashid Gatrad is an advisor to the MCB's Research & Documentation Committee.
(for a review on Professor Gatrad, see also the British Medical Journal LINK TO BELOW)


Javed Khan

Javed Khan was born in 1961 in Birmingham. After university he lectured, then served as director of development at Birmingham's City College. He was subsequently assistant director, and later head, life-long learning at the Birmingham LEA (local education authority). He pioneered school exchanges and twinning with schools in Jamaica, Pakistan, Bangladesh and India, as a means of addressing issues of underachievement and gang culture. He observes that "if you recognize the home culture of pupils with their origins in different parts of the globe, then it raises self-esteem and makes it more likely that they will apply themselves better at school. He was described as a rising star in local government by the Guardian newspaper in 2001. He observes, ""I'm quite a spiritual person. I believe I've been given a chance to make a difference and must do that." In January 2004 Javed Khan started work as Harrow Council's Director of Learning and Community Development - the first person of Musllim Pakistani/Kashmiri heritage to hold the position of chief education officer within a UK local authority.


Ali Omar Ermes

Ali Omer Ermes was born in Libya in 1945 and has lived in London since 1981. He is a foremost exponent of the calligraphy art form. Poetry also plays an important role in his work, and is often incorporated in vivid and bold calligraphic murals and paintings. He studied at Portsmouth School of Architecture and Design, and then at St. Martins College, London. He is also involved in charity and voluntary work, most notably in the establishment of the Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre, West London.

Ali Omar Ermes' works are collected around the world, and are part of collections ranging from The British Museum's (London) to the Smithsonian Institute's (Washington), galleries from Malaysia to The Netherlands, and private collections throughout the Arab and Christian worlds.


Sadiq Khan

Successfully defended Tooting in the May 2010 General Election.

Appointed Shadow Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice in October 2010 - thus making him the senior-most elected Muslim-heritage politician; previously shadow Transport Secretary. During the September 2010 Labour Party leader elections, he was victor Ed Milliband's campaign manager and went into the room with him when the leadership announcement was made.

Sadiq Khan was elected as MP of Tooting on 5th May 2005 with a majority of 5,300. He is a former chair of the Legal Affairs Committee of the Muslim Council of Britain. Sadiq Khan was born in Tooting in 1970. He represents a young generation of talented British Muslims making their mark in public life.

On 8th June 2008, he was promoted to Minister of Transport, attending Cabinet when Transport policy is on the agenda, and acting as the lead speaker on Transport in the House of Commons. He was appointed to the Privy Council. In December 2009 he became the first Muslim to sit on the Government front benches.

In July 2006 Sadiq observed, "As an ethnically Asian Muslim, but born and bred in this country, I am unambivalently British. I have never felt a conflict between my country, my religion and my background. My parents came from Pakistan and brought their children up to be good British Muslims – and the values of Islam and Britishness happily morphed together."

In October 2008 he was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Department for Communities and Local Government, as part of the government reshuffle. He noted at the time, "Community cohesion and equality are subjects close to my heart. Having been brought up in Tooting – somewhere I believe to be good example of a multi-cultural community - and worked as a human rights solicitor, I hope that I can have a positive impact on the challenges our country faces today."

Public disquiet following the Israeli invasion of Gaza in January 2009 placed Sadiq Khan in the limelight, where he was required to defend the Government's policy to Muslim audiences and rally their support. In March 2009 he was reported as stating, "The days of lazy politicians just speaking to one or two powerful community groups or leaders are gone. You need to speak to individuals and local community groups, even though there will still be a role for umbrella groups to play", taken as a reference to his Secretary of State's decision to 'suspend' dealings with the Muslim Council of Britain.

In September 2008 he voted with Government to support the 42-day detention plan.

In early 2007 Sadiq became the Parliamentary Private Secretary to Rt Honourable Jack Straw MP, who was then Leader of the House of Commons. In July 2007, the new Prime Minister appointed Sadiq a Minister in the Government Whip's Office. He has special responsibility for managing Ministry of Justice legislation.

In February 2008 it emerged that his conversations with constituency member Baber Ahmed had been bugged by the security agencies. This intrusion into the constituency affairs of an MP has prompted disquiet within the Muslim community and has also broken the so-called Wilson doctrine. A subsequent investigation by the chief surveillance officer, Sir Charles Rose, found that the eavesdropping had been authorised by a Met Police chief - Andy Hayman - rather than the Home Secretary.

Prior to his career in politics, Sadiq Khan was a solicitor specialising in employment, discrimination and human rights law and a partner of Christian Khan Solictors. He was elected as a Labour councillor for Tooting ward in 1994 and served three terms as a local councillor. He was Deputy Leader of Labour Councillors until 2001 and acted as Planning spokesman.

In a crucial Parliamentary vote on 9th November 2005, Sadiq Khan was the only Muslim MP prepared to defy Government whips and vote against the Government’s bill to extend the pre-charge detention of terrorist suspects from two weeks to three months. The three other Muslim MPs voted in support of the draconian measure. Sadiq also helped to limit the extension to 28 days, by being the only Muslim member of the House of Commons to vote for the subsequent amendment. Sadiq Khan was named as ‘Newcomer of the Year’ at the annual Spectator Parliamentarian of the Year 2005.

He is a visiting lecturer in employment law at the University of North London and has published articles on legal reform and human rights issues. Sadiq has served as a director and chair of Liberty and Vice-Chair of Legal Action Group (LAG). He was a member if the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies Committee examining Civil Legal Aid, a member of the Liberty Advisory Committee examining an independent Police Complaints System and a member of the Advisory Committee looking into the reform of Inquests. Sadiq is advisor to a number of individual of groups including the National Black Police Association and the Metropolitan Black Police Association. Committee.

Together with Louise Christian, he has represented a number of the UK prisoners held in Guantanamo Bay.


Dr Mamoun Mobayed

Dr Mamoun Mobayed is Associate Specialist in Psychiatry at Muckamore Abbey Hospital , Belfast since 1990. He is also a Lecturer at the Queen's University Belfast Medical School. Prior to that he worked as a psychiatrist in Dublin. His publications (Arabic) include 'A Guide to Psychiatric Illness and Disturbed Behavior' (1994), 'Parenting: Psychological and Behavioral Management of Children and Adolescents' (1997) and 'Communication in Marital Relationships' (2000). Dr Mamoun graduated from the Damascus University Medical School, Syria, in 1978. He is President of the Northern Ireland Muslim Family Association.


Saleem Siddiqui

Councillor Saleem Siddiqui has the unique distinction of serving twice as Mayor of Hackney, the London borough in which he has lived for over 25 years - in 1995/96 and 2001/02. He has been a councillor since 1990. He was the only Muslim on the Inner London Education Authority (ILEA) as Additional Member for Hackney (1986-90). His mission in local politics has been to improve Hackney's schools. He currently serves as the Education Scrutiny panel Lead for Hackney. He is a school governor and also chair of SACRE, Hackney. After an MSc in Chemistry from the University of Karachi he completed a diploma in Chemistry from the West Ham College of Technology (now University of East London).


Tom (Taufiq) Shelley

Dr Shelley was educated at Bushey Grammar School and Pembroke College, Cambridge, where he obtained a first in Part II Natural Sciences. He has a PhD in metallurgy (on the topic of arc electrolysis), also from Cambridge. He is the technical editor of Eureka, the design technology journal. He was highly commended in the 'Writer of the Year' (Business and Professional Magazines) category of the PPA Awards for Editorial and Publishing Excellence in 2002. He was winner of the JET Media Excellence Award in the Technical Writer Category in 1996, a finalist in the BBP/DTI Innovation Writer of the Year Awards (1993-96). He is a descendent of the tragic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and novelist Mary Shelley. He is Member of the Institution of Mining and Metallurgy, Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Plant Engineers, now part of the Institution of Operation Engineers. His current ventures include technology transfer with Russia.


Salim Kholwadia

Gloucester-born Salim Ismail Kholwadia was awarded an MBE in 2001 for his work in improving administrative efficiency at HM Customs & Excise. He is also recipient of the Outstanding Adult Learner Award from the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education in 2002. Salim is a member of a team controlling VAT and Insurance Premium Tax for a number of large UK businesses. Reflecting on life in Britain in the 1970s he recalls that: "In those days teachers didn't think Asians could achieve very much so I was not encouraged - I did not reach my full potential. From then on, I knew I would have to work twice as hard to prove myself." He is passionate about promoting education and learning amongst Muslim communities: "Just as the grain of sand within the oyster over time transforms into something beautiful, we must discover the gifts within ourselves and refine them into something of value".


Omer 'Freddy' Kanoute

Omer 'Freddy' Kanoute is a forward in the premier league football club Tottenham Hotspur. Born in Lyons in 1977, he played for a while in French clubs before crossing the Channel, initially signing up for West Ham. Omer attended the prize giving ceremony organised by the Amal Trust in London in December 2003, where he encouraged young persons to engage in sport and to retain their religious values. His transfer from West Ham to Tottenham Hotspur in September 2003 was valued at £3, 500, 000. Omer's family connections are with Mali, which has hopes of signing him up for the national side for African competitions.


Makbool Javaid

Makbool is a high-profile partner of UK law firm DLA, one of London's largest employment practices. He was formerly head of litigation at the CRE. He is considered one of the UK's top ten solicitors and amongst Europe's top discrimination lawyers.He has advised the Government on race relations.

He is a frequently invited speaker on religious discrimination and human rights issues, most recently at the Diversity Day conference (4 December 2003). He was a member of the expert panel at the Fourth Biennial Minority Conference 2003, speaking on 'Strategies for success in the Bar'.

Amongst his celebrated court successes has been the case of Laurent Weinberger, a Jewish City trader ordered to wear an Adolf Hitler uniform as a 'joke punishment' for being late for work, for whom Javaid obtained substantial damages in July 2001. He was also solicitor in the race discrimination case of Sam Yeboah, a housing director at the London Borough of Hackney that led to a record settlement.

In 1998 objections were raised by the Jewish Board of Deputies to his appointment to the Home Secretary's Race Relations Forum. Javaid responded by stating, "It’s rich of the Board, which is not even accepted as a representative of the Jewish Community, telling an elected government how to conduct its business and dictating which voices from other communities are acceptable" (Q-News, 01.10.98).


Museji Ahmed Takolia

Museji Takolia is a former Senior Adviser at the Cabinet Office (Diversity Strategy & Equal Opportunities). He is presently a Director at Barkers Norman Broadbent Group heading up its Global Diversity Practice and chair of the Metropolitan Housing Trust, London. His background is in local government and community development, with a focus on community wide initiatives to improve access to and quality of local services. His public appointments include serving as lay member of the Commission for Health Improvement, vice chairmanship of the audit committee and of the national service frameworks programme board, and member of the governing council and executive of Ruskin College, Oxford. He is also a former magistrate (JP). He established a race equality unit at Bristol City Council and was head of economic and community development at Gloucester City Council.

Museji was educated educated in Coventry (Sidney Stringer School & Community College). He graduated from Cambridge - BEd (Hons) - and has an MSc. (Social Sciences) from Bristol. He spent a year in America as a Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow completing an Executive Education Programme at Princeton University.


Ziauddin Sardar

Muslim academic, Ziauddin Sardar, is a writer, cultural critic, philosopher, and Visiting Professor of Postcolonial Studies, Department of Arts Policy and Management, the City University, London. Born in North Pakistan in 1951, Sardar moved to London with his family at a young age. He was educated in London and graduated from City University with degrees in physics and information science. In December 2006 he was appointed a commissioner at the Commission for Equality and Human Rights and also delivered an acclaimed lecture at the Royal Society on 'Islam and science - beyond the troubled relationship'.

Sardar worked at the Hajj Research Centre of King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah, where he developed a simulation model for the performance of pilgrimage to Makkah and studied the dynamics of the hajj environment. He authored numerous books including Postmodernism and the Other (1998), Orientalism (1999), The A to Z of Postmodern Life (2002) and Why Do People Hate America? (Icon Books, 2002). He has also written illustrated guides in the Introducing series, including Islam, Mathematics, Chaos, Media Studies, Science, and the international best-seller Cultural Studies. Sardar had a brief television career at the London Weekend Television where he worked as a reporter. But shortly afterwards he left television to hold the position of Consulting Editor of the Muslim magazine, Inquiry. Sardar founded the Centre for Future Studies at the East-West University, Chicago. He is known for his frequent contributions to the New Statesman and national and international newspapers and magazines. Currently, Sardar is working as an independent writer, consultant and program worker. He is also Visiting Professor of Science and Technology Policy at Middlesex University.


Anwar Choudhury

Bangladesh-born, Anwar Choudhury, is the first British Muslim to be appointed High Commissioner to Bangladesh. He took up his new appointment in April 2004. Choudhury was previously Director of Technology Policy in the Office of the e-Envoy, Cabinet Office, with responsibility for leading the Markets, Technology, and Innovation vision and policy for the UK’s ambition to become the leading knowledge economy. Born in Sunamgonj in 1959, Anwar graduated in electrical engineering from Salford University in 1985. He worked in industry as a design engineer and IT strategist. He then obtained a post at the Ministry of Defence where he managed a large team of civilian scientists and senior military personnel. He developed MOS strategies and policies in a wide range of IT and Communications areas, with the aim of integrating Defence systems within the MOD, NATO, and Allies. Choudhury has varied research interests including policy for radical change in government and the potential of the information revolution for developing world economies.

  • Mahmood Adil
  • Dr Mahmood Adil is deputy regional director of public health for North West, in the Department of Health for England. He has graduated from King Edward Medical University, Lahore (Pakistan) and completed his postgraduate qualifications in paediatrics, health service management, health economics, health informatics and public health in the UK. He has won many academic awards and fellowships during his postgraduate studies. He has made substantial contributions to the improvement of health services through his clinical, public health, academic and senior civil service roles which are reflected in his regional, national and international accomplishment in the last 20 years of his professional career. Notably the development of diabetes national service framework (NSF), preparation of the Department of Health's toolkit to support good practice in international humanitarian and health work, need assessment, planning and quality assurance of a number of healthcare services, leading the health & emergency planning operations of the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, building international health collaborations with a number of countries and conducting comparative health system analysis of the UK and US health systems during his one year teaching and research work at the Yale University.

    He is a visiting fellow at the Yale School of Public Health, alumnus of the Kennedy School of Government (Harvard University) and the Judge Institute of Management (University of Cambridge) Leadership Programmes, Common Purpose 20:20 graduate, fellow of Royal College of Physician and Faculty of Public Health, associate of the Nuffield Trust and member of the NHS Health Technology Assessment Therapeutic Procedure Panel. In a recent interview he observed that, "I am very lucky to be brought up by very caring parents and have had the opportunity to work with some leading figures in the profession, who have acted as my teachers and mentors. I now look back and thank God"."


  • Haroon Ahmed
  • Haroon Ahmed is Master of Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge and Professor of Microelectronics at the Cavendish Laboratory. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and holds the degree of Doctor of Science from Cambridge University. Haroon Ahmed has worked at the University of Cambridge in the Engineering and Physics Departments for more than 33 years and was elected a Fellow of Corpus Christi College in 1967. o

    He graduated in Engineering from Imperial College and has worked in the Engineering Department as well as the Physics Department of Cambridge University. He has published several hundred scientific papers including several papers on single electron devices and their application in future generations of semiconductor chips.

    Sources: Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge; Addenbrooke's NHS Trust

  • Luqman Ali
  • Born in Washington DC in 1969, Luqman is a second-generation African American Muslim. He initially trained for 10 years in the sciences of Islam and the languages (Arabic, Persian and Urdu) and cultures of the Middle East and the Indian Sub-continent before spending a decade working as a linguist, writer and translator for various publishing houses in both the USA and the UK. He then served for several years as International Programmes Co-ordinator for Relief o
    International UK, a humanitarian organisation dedicated to providing aid and relief to Iraqi refugees in the Middle East.

    In 1997, Luqman co-founded the UK based Khayaal, the first professional theatre company of its kind offering audiences a fascinating experience of Muslim world culture through contemporary art forms. Since then he has been the company's chief conceptualist and artistic director.


  • Muhammad Anwar
  • Research Professor and Director of Centre for Research in Ethnic Relation's PhD Programme. He was awarded an OBE in the 2007 New Year's Honours for his service to higher education. Professor Anwar was also profiled in The Guardian on 30th January 2007, which noted: His other project is on ethnic minority participation in the general elections of 1997, 2001 and 2005. To Anwar, the two subjects are inextricably linked. "Greater participation will ultimately lead to greater's a two-way process. The majority of the population needs to make space for Muslims to participate, while Muslims have to seize opportunities to take part and make a contribution".

    Formerly Director of CRER (1989-94) and Head of Research at the Commission for Racial Equality (1981-89). He has written extensively on ethnic and race relations and his publications include: Between Two Cultures (1976), The Myth of Return: Pakistanis in Britain (1979), Votes & Policies (1980), Ethnic Minorities & Broadcasting (1983), Race and Politics: Ethnic Minorities and the British Political System (1986), Race and Elections (1994),

    British Pakistanis (1996) and Between Cultures 1998. He is joint editor of Black and Ethnic Leaderships: The Cultural Dimensions of Political Action (1991) and From Legislation to Integration (1999). His research interests include: Muslims in Britain and Europe, the political participation of ethnic minorities and race relations legislation.

    Source: Centre for Research in Ethnic Relation, Warwick University



  • Asad Ahmad
  • Asad is currently presenter and reporter on Reporting Scotland, Newsnight Scotland and Radio Scotland’s Newsdrive programme. He has worked extensively as the BBC’s Scotland Correspondent and regularly presents BBC Breakfast News in London and the news on Breakfast with Frost. Asad has worked as a reporter in London for the national news. o

    Before starting his career at the BBC he was a foreign exchange dealer in London and a researcher at the House of Lords. In 1996 he entered journalism through the BBC Trainee scheme and worked as a reporter/presenter for BBC Midlands Today (based at Pebble Mill, Birmingham) until December 1998. During his time there he was in the team that won the 1998 Royal Television Society News programme of the year and the 1998 Sony Radio Station of the year award. Asad was a finalist in the EMMA awards 2000 for the Best Radio News journalist category. He also spent some time as political reporter before joining BBC Scotland, on attachment, in January 1999.

    Asad initially started reporting on Radio Scotland, then went onto reporting/presenting Reporting Scotland bulletins before going onto the main programme.

    Because Asad is the first Muslim newsreader and one of the very few Asians in the industry, he enjoys giving regular talks and lectures in order to inform and encourage others from similar backgrounds to enter the profession.

    Born 1969, South Kensington, London. Studied in Blackheath, London before spending a year at the University of London and then read Law in Bristol.




  • Khurshid Drabu
  • Khurshid Drabu is a Senior Immigration Judge at the Asylum & Immigration Tribunal (since 2004) and Legal Member, Special Immigration Appeals Commission (since 2001). He has served as Deputy Director, UK Immigrants Advisory Service, London (1984 -1990), Deputy Legal Director and Head of Litigation & Complaints, Commission for Racial Equality (1990-1996), President (part-time) Mental Health Review Tribunal (1988-1998), Special Adjudicator, Immigration Appeals (1996-2000) and Vice President, Immigration Appeals Tribunal (2000-2004).


    He is a founder trustee of the Kashmir Medical Relief Trust (a registered charity) and has been chairman of the Kashmiri Association of Great Britain (1997 to 2005) and Art Asia, Southampton (1998 - 2002). He has been a legal and constitutional advisor to the Muslim Council of Britain since its inauguration in 1997 and is Honorary Advisor to the Ministry of Defence on Islamic Affairs (since 2001). He is also convenor of the MCB's Board of Counsellors. He has served as the body's election commissioner from the outset. He was recipient of the Good Citizenship Alija Izetbegovic Award at the Muslim News Awards for Excellence ceremony in 2007.

    Khrushid Drabu was born in Srinagar, Kashmir in 1946 and obtained his Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Political Science from the University of Jammu & Kashmir in 1967. He obtained a First Class First award (gold medallist) in an LLB degree from Aligarh Muslim University in India in 1969. He has been settled in the United Kingdom in 1971 and is married to Dr Reefat Drabu. He was called to the Bar in 1977.

    He has played first class level cricket in India, making his debut at 17. He was also one of the country's youngest captains at that level, leading the J&K Ranji Trophy Team 1969-70.



  • Tarique Ghaffur
  • Tarique Ghaffur started his police career in Greater Manchester Police in 1974. In 1996 he passed the strategic command course, the gateway to the senior ranks, and was subsequently appointed Assistant Chief Constable of Leicestershire Constabulary. He joined the Metropolitan Police (London’s ‘Met’) in 1999.

    He reached the rank of Assistant Commissioner in the Met Police, with responsibility for the Specialist Crime Directorate (SCD). The SCD includes homicide investigation, gun crime,


    drugs, child protection, the flying squad, the fraud squad, organised and serious crime, the Directorate of Intelligence and the Forensic Science Service. He was subsequently moved from the Specialist Crime Directorate to Central Operations, which included the unit charged with preparing for London's hosting of the 2012 Olympic Games. However his working relationship with the Met Chief, Sir Ian Blair, turned acrimonious, and Tarique Ghaffur felt compelled to resign: "In retrospect, I should have seen that there was a culture clash between myself and Sir Ian, both in terms of ethnicity, which I am not permitted to discuss, and in what you might call working culture, our philosophy and style of policing. I found him a terrifically arrogant man" [Mail on Sunday, 7th December 2008].

    Of East African origin, he is married with two children and has a strong interest in Asian music and sports – particularly squash where he has won numerous awards and represented the police service at national level.
    Mr Ghaffur has a BA (Hons) in Public Administration and an MA in Criminology. Mr Ghaffur received the Queen’s Police Medal (QPM) in 2001 for his services to policing as well as a number of high achievement awards from different communities in London.

    It has been reported that on his first day at work in 1974, he was refused entry into the station where he was to be based until a white officer vouched for him.

    In a conference speech to the National Black Police Association in August 2006, he made the following observations on community relations post July 7: "We must think long and hard about the causal factors of anger and resentment. In particular, we need to adopt an evidence-based approach to building solutions. I therefore support those who are calling for an independent judicial review of the issue of young Muslims and extremism and the wider community dimension. An equally important challenge is that certain elements of Muslim communities are in various stages of denial, whether about the events of 7th July, Muslim extremism or the responsibilities of the Muslim community and leadership at large. Elements of the Muslim community have become intensely self-reflective, both in terms of individuals and communities. They remain inward looking and are still in "survival" mode, thinking and feeling victimised, disconnected and separated. For some, there is an overriding preoccupation with conspiracy theories around the threat of terrorism and the significant political leverage of fear attributed to the West. The persistence of an attitude of denial will undoubtedly be counter-productive to any significant and lasting change. Yet despite all these challenges, I think it is important to acknowledge the almost universal condemnation of the July bomb attacks by the Muslim community and the corresponding willingness from Muslim communities to come forward in active participation. The key issue remains that everyone wants to feel safe, irrespective of which community they belong to. To achieve this mutual safety, communities must work together in an atmosphere of trust to prevent another terrorist attack."

    After leaving the Met, he has founded the Community Safety Foundation "to help vulnerable communities in Britain."


  • Prince Naseem Hamid
  • Naseem Salom Ali Hamid was born on February 12, 1974 to Yemeni parents. At seven, Hamed's potential was spotted at a local gym by Brendan Ingle, who would become his personal trainer for the next 17 years. Hamed won the National Schoolboy Boxing Championship five times and the junior Amateur Boxing Association title twice. o

    At 18, Hamed turned professional in the bantamweight class; by the time he was 20 he was European Bantamweight champion and the following year he defeated Steve Robinson to secure the WBO Featherweight world title. In 1997 he added the IBF title to his collection, although this was relinquished by Hamed less than six months later when he declined to meet the organisation's mandatory challenger. As of today, Hamid has won 36 (31 of which were knockouts) of his 37 fights losing only one to Marco Antonio Barrera in April 2001.

    Sources: Boxing Records Archive;;



  • Salim Al-Hassani
  • Iraqi-born Professor Al-Hassani is one of the UK's senior-most professors in Mechanical Engineering, appointed to a chair at the University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology (UMIST) in 1991. He is emeritus professor in civil engineering. In September 2009, Professor Salim granted a Fellowship of the British Science Association for his work to promote the scientific and technological achievements within Muslim cultures.He was an undergrad at UMIST (1962-65), participating during his student days in the fledgling Muslim student organisations of the 60s, including the Muslim Student Society (MSS) and the Federation of the Students Islamic Societies (FOSIS). He is o

    today a world expert in the decomissioning offshore installations and in major plant-related accident investigations. His research area is the deformation and fracture of solids and structures to impact and explosions, particularly under water. He served as an expert witness in the enquiry into the Piper Alpha oil rig disaster (1988). His other special interest is the history of Islamic science where he has made his mark in the application of applied modern engineering analysis to the machines of Al-Jazari and Taqi Al-Din, recreating their work in 3-D. He is Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Foundation for Science Technology and Civilisation (




  • Mohammed Akram Khan-Cheema
  • Mohammed Akram Khan-Cheema, who has over thirty years experience in the British education system, moved to England from Kenya in 1960. Having taught at primary and secondary level until 1979, he then became a Schools Inspector in Birmingham before taking up the position of General Education Adviser in 1981. He later took up a post with Bradford LEA as senior education Inspector with special responsibility for staff development projects and resources.  o

    Khan-Cheema has been instrumental in pushing back the barriers facing Muslim teachers through various community based self-help or voluntary educational intitiatives. As Education Consultant with the Association of Muslim Schools, Khan-Cheema helped develop schemes to enable trainee teachers to bring Islam to the classroom. He was also a recipient of The Muslim News Awards for Excellence in 2002 in Education, and was made an OBE.

    Sources: The Muslim News; Q-news


  • Bashir Maan
  • Bashir Maan, who emigrated from Pakistan to Britain in 1953, was the fist Muslim councillor in Britain when he was originally elected to Glasgow City Corporation in 1970. In April 2003 he stepped down as councillor of Ferthill Ward, Glasgow, at the age of 75. He combined a career in business with thirty years of public service. These included the posts of Convenor of the Joint Police Board of Strathclyde Police, Deputy Chair of the Commission for Racial Equality, Chair of Strathclyde Community Relations Council, o

    Deputy Lieutenant of Glasgow and also serving as a Magistrate and District Court Judge. He completed an MSc at Stratclyde University in 1995. He is author of 'The New Scots' (Jonathan Donald, 1992), a pioneering study on the Asian and Muslim presence in Scotland. The sequel, 'The Crescent and the Thistle' was published in 2008.

    Bashir Maan was a President of Glasgow Central Mosque and a founding spirit behind the formation of the Muslim Council of Britain in 1997. He was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from the University of Stratchlyde in 1999. In the same year he was conferred a CBE for services to Race Relations and to the community in Scotland. In 2002 he was awarded the Alija Izetbegovic award for good citizenship in the 'Awards for Excellence' organised by The Muslim News.



  • Hafiz Mirza
  • Hafiz teaches on a wide variety of International Business courses at the undergraduate, postgraduate, PhD and Executive Development levels, both at Bradford University and on the University’s international programmes. Managing International Development, Japan in the World Economy and Advanced International Business are among the specialist, research based, courses in his repertoire. He is currently supervising about a dozen PhD and DBA students on a full and part-time basis. o

    His current administrative duties include, Head of Research, Business Economics and International Strategy Group (BEIST); Chair, Asia-Pacific Business and Development Research Unit (APBDRU); and membership of the Executive, Research, Doctoral and other Management Centre committees.

    Source: University of Bradford



  • Jaafar El-Murad
  • Dr. El-Murad is Chair of the Department of Marketing and Business Strategy at Westminister University. He is also module manager for Strategic Marketing Management on the MBA programme, and for Advanced Marketing Practice on the undergraduate programme. o

    He joined Westminster in 1992, from a career with primarily marketing roles, mainly in UK-domiciled multinationals, and consultancy. He has considerable international experience across a number of sectors, from Carreras (Overseas) Ltd, to Burmah Oil Trading Ltd., and latterly as Global Marketing Controller for the London International Group plc. Recent consultancy clients include SCO/UNIX, KLM, North West Airlines, and Hewlett- Packard.

    Formerly Senior External Examiner at the University of Greenwich, and External Examiner at the University of the West of England, he is passionately interested in anything to do with marketing. His current research interests are in the area of the impact of culture on consumer motivation and the effect of risk attitude on advertising creativity.

    Jaafar became Chair of the Department of Marketing & Business Strategy in August 1997. He has an MBA from Cranfield (1983) and a DBA from Henley Management College. He is a member of the Academy of Marketing Science, the Marketing Society, and the Chartered Institute of Marketing, amongst others.

    Source: University of Westmintser


  • Tariq Modood
  • Tariq Modood is the Director of the Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship and a founding editor of the new international journal, Ethnicities (Sage). He is a leading authority in the field of ethnicity and was the principal researcher of the Fourth National Survey of Ethnic Minorities in Britain published as Ethnic Minorities in Britain: Diversity and Disadvantage (PSI, 1997). o

    His other publications include Not Easy Being British (Trentham, 1992), Changing Ethnic Identities with S. Beishon and S. Virdee (PSI, 1994), Asian Self-Employment with H. Metcalf and S. Virdee, Ethnicity and Employment in Higher Education with S. Fenton and J. Carter (PSI, 1999).

    Tariq has also edited Church, State and Religious Minorities (PSI, 1997); Debating Cultural Hybridity and The Politics of Multiculturalism in the New Europe, both with P. Webner (Zed Brooks, 1997); and Race and Higher Education with T. Acland (PSI, 1998).

    He has recently completed an ESRC project on Ethnic Diversity and Public Policy in Britain and a Nuffield Foundation sponsored project on South Asian Women and Employment. He is currently working on several comparative cross-national projects on ethnicity and public policy with colleagues in the US and Canada.
    Tariq was awarded an MBE for services to social sciences and ethnic relations in the 2001 New Year Honours list.

    Source: University of Bristol


  • Peter Sanders
  • Peter Sanders is a world renowned photographer. Born in London, he established himself in the 1960s shooting many of the pop stars of that era including Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones and The Doors. In 1971 he was granted the unique opportunity to photograph the rituals of Hajj or annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca. These images appeared in the Sunday Times Magazine, The Observer, among many other major journals in recognition of their rareness. o


    • Mohammad Sarwar

    Mohammad Sarwar was born in Pakistan in 1952 in the Punjabi village of Salleempur, he did not move to Glasgow until the age of 26.

    • Married. Four children.
    • BA in Political Science, English and Urdu, University of Faselabad.
    • Previously a Company Director (United Wholesale Grocers Ltd and United Homestores Ltd).
    • MP for Glasgow, Govan since 1997. Member of Scottish Affairs Select Committee. Vice Convenor, Scottish Group of Labour MPs. Councillor (1992 - 1997).
    • Member of Labour Party Scottish Executive (1995 - 1997).
    • Member of the UK Overseas Pakistan Chamber of Commerce, the Ethnic Minority Enterprise Centre and the GMB.
    • Played major part in successful campaign for Govan shipyard in Parliament and across Scotland. Considerable experience in charity fundraising and has undertaken charity abseils down Glasgow Marriott Hotel and the Finnieston Crane.
    • Britain's first Muslim MP and Scotland's first ethnic minority MP.


  • Aziz Sheikh
  • Aziz trained in Physiology and Medicine, graduating from University College, London in 1990 and 1993.

    After completing his training in general practice, Aziz decided to pursue an academic career specialising in the field of epidemiology. He has held academic posts in the Departments of Primary Health Care & General Practice at Imperial College, London and Public Health Sciences at St George’s Hospital Medical School, London


    His research interests are varied, including the epidemiology and primary care management of allergic disorders, medical errors and studying the intriguing relationship between religion, culture and health.

    Aziz has over 70 peer-reviewed publications and has edited two multi-disciplinary works. He has a number of editorial positions including that of editorial adviser to the British Medical Journal and serving on the international editorial board of the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.

    Aziz took up the post of Chair in Primary Care Research & Development in the School of Clinical Sciences and Community Health (Division of Community Health Sciences) at the University of Edinburgh in September 2003.

    Source: The University of Edinburgh



  • Dilwar Hussain
  • Dilwar Hussain is Head of the Policy Research Unit and Senior Research Fellow at the Islamic Foundation, Leicester.His research interests are in the areas of citizenship, Muslim communities in Europe and Muslim identity, and the challenge of evolving a fiqh for Muslim communities in Europe.

    His publications include 'Faith As Social Capital' (2006, with Rob Furbey et al) and 'Can Islam Make us British?' in Madeleine Bunting's Islam, Race and Being British (2005). He is also co-author/editor of 'British Muslims between Assimilation and Segregation ' (2004 ) and 'British Muslims: Loyalty and Belonging (2003) (both with Mohammed Seddon and Nadeem Malik). He has served as an assistant editor of the Muslim World Book Review.

    He was appointed a commissioner at the CRE (Commission for Racial Equality) in April 2006. In 2005 he participated in the 'Preventing Extremism Together' working group, convened by the Home Office. He has served on the Archbishop of Canterbury's Commission on Urban Life and Faith (2004 to 2006)and is co-Chair of Alif-Aleph UK, a network which brings together British Jews and Muslims. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Foundation of St. Katharine's Contextual Theology Centre, London and a Fellow of the Citizen Organising Foundation. He has been a member of the executive committees of the Islamic Society of Britain and the Forum of European Muslim Youth and Student Organisations (FEMYSO).

    In an essay he notes, "only as confident, assertive and engaged citizens can Muslims continue to shape British society and be of service to it. This necessitates that they complete the paradigm shift that has already begun, to realise that Britain belongs to them and they to Britain".

    Dilwar Hussain was born in 1971 and studied at Kings College, London.

  • Timothy J Winter
  • Abdal-Hakim Murad - Timothy Winter - is a lecturer at the Faculty of Divinity in the University of Cambridge and a leading British Muslim scholar. He was educated at Westminster School and Cambridge (MA in Arabic), where he is currently a don - University Lecturer in Islamic Studies at the Faculty of Divinity and Director of Studies in Theology at Wolfson College. Abdal-Hakim Murad's current research interests are in Muslim-Christian relations, Islamic ethics and the study of the Orthodox Muslim response to extremism. Abdal-Hakim Murad has attended courses in the traditional Islamic sciences in Cairo and Jeddah where his teachers included Shaykh Ahmad Mashhur al-Haddad and Shaykh Ismail al-Adawi. He has translated several classical Arabic works, including Imam al-Bayhaqi's 'Seventy-Seven Branches of Faith', and 'Selections from the Fath al-Bari'. He is also General Editor of the Islamic Texts Society's al-Ghazali series. His translations of Al-Ghazali’s 'On Death and What Comes After' and 'On Disciplining the Soul' have been acclaimed. He is a member of Pembroke College, Cambridge and holds the Sheikh Zayed Lectureship in Islamic Studies. He is the Trustee and Secretary of The Muslim Academic Trust, Director of The Anglo-Muslim Fellowship for Eastern Europe and President of the UK Friends of Bosnia-Herzegovina.





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