The 8th British
Muslim Awards took place in the city of Manchester.
With 33 awards presented, Irfan Younis, the CEO of Oceanic
Group, the organization behind the awards, said: “Every year I think we’ve seen
the best the British Muslim community has to offer but every year I’m blown
away by just how special the talent is and just how hard people work to service
“I have no doubt that the Muslim community will continue to
thrive and act as leaders for future generations to come.”
With 13 years of experience, Oceanic Consulting hosts annual
award ceremonies in major English, Scottish and Irish cities.
The award ceremony took place on Friday at the Mercure Piccadilly Hotel in Manchester, showcasing the strength of the British Muslim community, their impact on culture and achievements over the last year.
Categories include Muslims in the Community, Young Achiever
of the Year and Spirit of Britain.
The finalists are divided into 33 categories, with around 10
finalists in each one.
The Rising Star of the Year award went to Najwa Jawahar of WSP.
Humayun Islam, the chairman of Bangla Bantams, said of the
British Muslim Awards win: “We are delighted to have won the Social
Inclusion group of the Year Award 2020 at the British Muslim Awards 2020.”
“The award means a lot to us and we want to thank
everyone involved with the Bangla Bantams group.
“We have done lots of work around community cohesion
and increasing fans from diverse communities.
“We hope to inspire more groups to increase fans from diverse communities as football is a great way to bring communities together.”
The Digital Activity of the Year prize went to Leicester blogger and cook known as Anisa, Leicester Mercury reported.
“OMG! We did it! We won! Really honored and humbled to
be with some of Britain’s most inspirational and awesome Muslims!” she
posted on Facebook and Instagram.
Bradford firm Nafees Bakers and Sweets took home the Food
Business of the Year award.
Nafees Bakers has been in operation since 1979 and is the
largest Asian confectionery producer in Europe.
On Facebook the firm posted: “Alhamdulila and thank you
to all our beloved customers and fans, we have received Business of the year
2020 today at British Muslim Award 2020.”
With 33 awards presented on the night, the winners are as
Muslim in the Community: Aysha and Kiran Iqbal – Odara
Media Arts & Cultural Awareness: Mobeen Azhar – BBC
Young Achiever of the Year: Jewels of Jannah (Manchester)
Charity of the Year: Karimia Institute (Nottingham)
Religious Advocate of the Year: Habib Khan – Dunfermline
Central Mosque & Islamic Centre (Dunfermline)
Noor Inayat Khan Muslim Woman of the Year Award: Sahar
Al-Faifi – Muslim Engagement and Development (London)
Food Business of the Year: Nafees Bakers and Sweets
Achievements in Law: Sahar Farooqi – DWF
Advocacy (London – Langbourn)
The Mohammed Sarwar Civil Service Award: Munira Mirza –
Number 10 Policy Unit (Westminster, London)
Achievements in Accounting & Finance: Adnan Sajid – UHY
Business Leader of the Year: Rahmeez Younas – National Care
Entrepreneur of the Year: Samreen Hussain – The ModestMe
Spirit of Britain: Yashmin Harun – Muslimah Sports
Association (Redbridge, London)
Services to Education: Sammar Javed – University of
Huddersfield’s Business School (Hudersfield)
Community Initiative of the Year: Tasneem Disabled Muslim
Business of the Year: Pakeeza Dairies (Rochdale)
Small Business of the Year: Jog On (Essex)
International Charity of the Year: Muslim Charity (Retford)
One to Watch: Hafsah Dabiri – Basira the Basketballer
Social Inclusion Group of the Year: Bangla Bantams
Leading Lights of the Year: Nagina Munawar – Almas Martial
Arts Centre (Birmingham)
Rising Star in Sport: Roman Shafiq – British Lawn
Tennis Association (Burnley)
Dr Abbas Khan Services to Medicine Award:
Mohammedabbas Khaki – General Medical Council (Camden, London)
Professional in Business: Qamar-ur Rehman – DV Solicitors
Hajj Operator of the Year: Mohammed Arif – Hajj Tours
Digital Activity of the Year: Anisa Grams – Anisagrams
Outstanding Achievement of the Year: Mohammed Haroon – Greater
Manchester Football Club (Manchester)
Religious Education Provider: Joweria Khan – Al Iman
Rising Star of the Year: Najwa Jawahar – WSP (Bradford)
Community Group of the Year: Purple Patch (Blackburn)
Rising Star in Law: Vic Younis – Wall James Chappell
Corporate Leader of the Year: Usman Basharat – Lloyds
Banking Group (Notttingham)
Community Pioneers of the Year: INSAAN (Reading)
International Muslim of the Year: Dr. Bashayer AlMajed –
Kuwait University (Kuwait)
Mosque of the Year: Green Lane Masjid and Community Centre
Diversity Award of the Year: Mohammed Arif – England &
Wales Cricket Board (Camden, London)
Organisers Award of the Year: Khalid Saifullah – STAR Tissue