Monday, 27 February 2012

Muslims Recognised in the UK New Year Honours

Elham Asaad Buaras writes for the Muslim News about the 18 Muslim men and women that were honoured in the new years list in 2012:

"Eighteen members of the Muslim community were recognised in the Queen’s New Year Honours. One CBE, 5 OBEs and 12 MBEs will be handed to British Muslims for their varying contributions to society.

Gynaecologist Dr Tahir Ahmed Mahmood is the highest decorated member of the Muslim community this year; he is to be made a CBE for his service women’s health.

Professor Mohamed El-Gomati, who has been a Professor of Electronics at the University of York since 1997, is to be made an OBE.

Mohammad Habeebullah has also been awarded an OBE for his services to the community in Greater Manchester. Habeebullah, 60, worked for Rochdale council for 29 years. As a part of his work he set up various other community projects. Habeebullah’s work helped Rochdale council achieve various national awards such as RIBA commendation award for helping to set up Sparth Community Centre and the AMA award for launching Castleton Water Activities Group.

Durdana Ansari of Queens Walk, South Ruislip, was “shocked” and “overwhelmed” to learn of her inclusion in the in the honours, for her services to Muslim women in the UK. The Pakistan born journalist, who led a successful Muslim women’s charity project, is to be made an OBE.

Saki Chowdhury, an outreach worker at Surestart Longsight Children’s Centre, run by The Big Life (TBL) group, has been appointed MBE. The mother of three has volunteered in her local community for the past 30 years and began her work with children and families in Longsight 10 years ago volunteering at the Children’s Centre - which supports over 1000 parents and carers to access services each year - before becoming employed as an outreach worker which she continues to do today.

Staffordshire University’s Equality and Diversity officer Hifsa Haroon Iqbal has been has been awarded an MBE. The honour was awarded in recognition for services to community cohesion in Staffordshire."

The Full List


Dr Tahir Ahmed Mahmood, for services women’s health

Zahoor Ahmed, chm, Gifts Internat for services to internet trade.
Durdana Ansari for services to Muslim women in the UK.
Prof Mohamed El-Gomati, prof of electronics, Univ of York, for services to science. Mohammad Habeebullah for services to the community in Gtr Manchester.
Amin Mohamed Mawji for services to public and voluntary service.

Akram Zaman, JP, pres, protocol for service to community in Northants.
Al’adin Maherali for service to Voluntary Sector and to Business.
Anwer Ibrahim Issa Ismail Patel, md, Cohens Chemist Group, for service community pharmacy. Bajloor Rashid, restaurateur and pres, Bangladesh Caterers Association for services to Bangladeshi catering.
Mohammad Bhatti for service to local govt and to the community.
Dr Syed Nayyer Abbas Abidi for service to black and minority ethnic community.
Hanif Mohammad Raja for service to inter-faith relations, Scotland.
Hifsa Haroon Iqbal, DL for service to community cohesion in Staffs.
Mohamed Foiz Uddin for service to community cohesion.
Mohammed Akram, JP for service to Brit Pakistani community in Scotland.
Mohammed Saeed Moughal for service to community in Birmingham.
Sayeeda Chowdhury, outreach worker, Longsight Sure Start children’s centre, Manchester for service to children and families.

You can see the original full article here.

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