Some of the top professionals and businesses from the British Muslim community were awarded for their ingenuity and achievements at the ninth annual British Muslim Awards 2022.
The event took place last week on Thursday, 24 February, at the Marquee British Muslim Heritage Centre in Manchester where hundreds of the most remarkable Muslims from across the UK were gathered as finalists.
The 2022 British Muslim Awards were a celebration of the brilliant, accomplished, and dynamic Muslim community across the UK.
The awards were held to celebrate the wide range of achievements across the country including those who positively impact business, charity, sport, arts, culture, religious advocacy, education, and medicine among others.
They commended British Muslim individuals for their entrepreneurship, spiritual endurance, and wide range of successes across a variety of sectors. Categories ranged from Muslim in the Community, Young Achiever of the Year to Spirit of Britain.
Irfan Younis, CEO of Oceanic Consulting 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 serve their communities. I have no doubt that the Muslim community will continue to thrive and act as leaders for future generations to come.”
Out of the two-dozen people from Bradford nominated for an award, the directors of 360 Secure Systems, took home the top prize for the district in the Small Business of the Year category.
The company is based in Bradford but covers across West Yorkshire and surrounding areas. It provides CCTV video security solutions that are innovative, smart, and designed to deter theft and fraud, and provides high-quality surveillance data and mobile phone security footage viewing.
Three out of the four West Yorkshire winners came from Kirklees. Nazim Maniar, founder of Sweetheat Technology, from Dewsbury walked away as the winner of the Creative Entrepreneur award for his work in manufacturing award-winning heated delivery bags for restaurants, fast food, hospitality, and home delivery markets.
Noushin Aslam Raja, from Dewsbury, was named the coveted Noor Inayat Khan Muslim Woman of the Year for her work as the founder and director of Moonlight Trust.
Ms Raja, who was also named in Asian Standard’s Most Influential South Asian’s list of 2021, has dedicated herself to helping the needy, both in Kirklees and around the world, and in recent years, has focused her energy on helping refugees in Europe and South Asia in memory of her late brother.
Maysoon Shafiq, from Huddersfield, won the Religious Advocate of the Year Award for her work as the founder and Director of Al Mu’Minun (The Believers), a non-profit organisation dedicated to serving the youth through open spaces of spirituality, dialogue, and empowerment.
Ms Shafiq regularly attends primary schools to clear misconceptions pertaining to Islam, organises and arranges seminars in educating women, the young and the elderly on topics of concern within society. Last year she won the British Beacon Mosque Award 2021 award for the Most Impactful Alimah.
With 35 awards presented on the night, the winners are as follows:
- Muslim in the Community: Ghulam Farid and Shagufta Shamim (Bowhouse News Agents, Grangemouth)
- Media Achievements of the Year: Unzela Anna Khan (My London, London)
- Young Achiever of the Year: Hannah Miah (Hannah’s Challenge, Oldham)
- Charity of the Year: World Care Foundation (Edinburgh)
- Religious Advocate of the Year: Maysoon Shafiq (Al Mu’minun, Huddersfield)
- Noor Inayat Khan Muslim Woman of the Year: Noushin Aslam Raja (Moonlight Trust,Leeds)
- Achievements in Law: Shah Qureshi (Irwin Mitchell, London)
- The Mohammad Sarwar Civil Service Award: Habib Rahman (Newcastle City Council)
- Achievements in Accounting & Finance: Zeeshan Haider (UBL, London)
- Entrepreneur of the Year: Sed Shaikh (Bamboo Buds, Bolton)
- Spirit of Britain: Samah Khalil (Oldham’s Youth Mayor)
- Community Initiative of the Year: Zaynab Jogi (Z’s Defence Academy Blackburn)
- Business of the Year: Motorserve UK (Midlands)
- Small Business of the Year: 360 Secure Systems (Bradford)
- Man of the Year: Safwan AhmedMia (SuperSaf, Leicester)
- One to Watch: Mohammed Hannan (Johnson & Johnson, Manchester)
- Social Inclusion Group of the Year: Muslimah Sports Association (London)
- Rising Star in Sport: Hamzah Sheeraz (WBO European Super- Welterweight Champion, Slough)
- Dr Abbas Khan Services to Medicine Award: Mohammad Tayyab Haider (Basildon and Thurrock University Hospital, Mid & South Essex)
- Professional in Business: Khalid Master (Bankview Smile Studios, Blackburn)
- Digital Activity of the Year: Youness Abidou (Nester, London)
- Outstanding Achievement of the Year: Aminah Shafiq (Severn Trent, Birmingham)
- Religious Education Provider of the Year: Al Iman institute (Slough)
- Rising Star of the Year: Usman Basharat (Lloyds Banking Group, Nottingham)
- Community Group of the Year: Rainbow Muslim Women’s Group (Falkirk)
- Rising Star in Law: Hasin Amin (Harrison Drury, Manchester)
- Corporate Achievements of the Year: Monica Shafaq (Kaleidoscope Plus Group, West Bromwich)
- Community Pioneers of the Year: Idris Patel (Supporting Humanity, Newham)
- Mosque of the Year: Masjid E Sajedeen (Blackburn)
- Organisers Award of the Year: ‘10 Nights’ – Graeae (London)
- Food Business of the Year: Simply Doughnuts (Blackburn)
- Creative Entrepreneur: Nazim Maniar (Sweetheat Technology, Dewsbury)
- Leading Lights of the Year: Rokaiya Khan (Together Women, York)
- Services to Education: Adnan Qadir Khan (London School of Economics)
- Business Achievements of the Year: Shahzad Younas (Muzmatch,London)