Words from the Editor
The Muslim News, the largest independent Muslim newspaper in Britain, is proud to launch its twelfth ‘Awards for Excellence’ event to recognise achievement and promote excellence within the UK Muslim community. Muslims in Britain are a remarkable group of people. We represent many – if not most – of the world’s cultures. Yet we are also united by common values, a shared history and the legacy of a rich and colourful heritage. This heritage has been evolving and is developing into a distinctly British Islam. When the first issue of The Muslim News rolled off the presses, one of our main aims was to strengthen communication among ourselves, and with the wider world.
We wanted to provide a vehicle through which Britain’s Muslims could share their experiences, and convey the excitement, challenges, and disappointments that come as a new community carves out its place in society. It has been 25 years since then. And there is much to report. If I were asked to pick out the two most positive developments from the past decade, they would be: a heightened awareness of a faith-based identity and the emergence of role models. The Awards for Excellence have been designed to celebrate both of these achievements, but also to take them further. But for this to happen, we need your help. This year, our independent panel of judges chose 15 men and women who will be tomorrow’s role models. These unsung heroes and heroines emerged from nominations sent by you, our readers.
Once again, we’d like you to nominate an individual, a project or an initiative that you think deserves recognition and can serve as an example to us all. Please complete this form, and forward your nominations to us. This year’s awards were a huge success. The nominations received were of the highest quality. And the event is firmly established on the national Muslim calendar. I’m sure that next year’s awards will be no less successful. I look forward to another year in which Britain’s Muslim community goes from strength to strength.
Al Biruni award for excellence in Community Relations: For promoting understanding and respect between Muslim and non-Muslim communities at the national or local level
Ibn Sina award for Health: This award recognises those who excel and promote in health issues
Alhambra award for excellence in Arts: For achievement to fine art, performing art or architecture
Ibn Battuta award for excellence in Media: For fair, accurate and balanced reporting on an issue involving Muslims nationally or internationally.
Uthman Dan Fodio award for excellence in Community Development: For a person, project, or initiative aimed at raising the quality of life of Muslims locally or nationally.
Malcolm X Young Person’s Award for excellence: To be given to an individual, organisation or initiative run by young people (16-25 years), whose principal aim is to support and create opportunities for their peers.
Alija Izetbegovic award for Good Citizenship: For showing courage and determination in securing rights for British Muslims.
Ummul Mu’minin Khadijah award for excellence in Enterprise: For achievement in business and commerce.
Annemarie Schimmel award for Championing a Muslim Cause: For a non-muslim individual, initiative or organisation which /who has supported a Muslim cause.
Allama Iqbal award for Creativity in Islamic Thought: For the development of a new, innovative and challenging approach to the understanding and application of Islam
Faezeh Hashemi award for excellence in Sports: For outstanding sporting achievement or the initiation of a sports project for the benefit of the Muslim community at national or local level
Fazlur Rahman Khan award for excellence in Engineering/Science/Technology
Sankore University award for excellence in Education
Ibn Khaldun award for excellence in Promoting Understanding between Global Cultures and Faiths: For a person or organisation who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in, or commitment to, promoting international understanding between cultures and/or faiths.
Imams Hasan and Husayn Children’s Award for excellence: For a child (5-15 years) who has demonstrated outstanding achievement.
Iman wa Amal special award: For outstanding contribution to Islam and Muslims. a special award at the discretion of the judges.
GUIDELINES: The Awards are open to Muslims (and non-Muslims where applicable) who are ordinarily resident in the UK
IMPORTANT DATES: A shortlist will be published in the January/February 2016.
All shortlisted will be invited to the awards ceremony, which will take place in London in April 2016
Deadline For the Nominations: Friday 6 November 2015
THE PANEL OF JUDGES: Judges reserve the right to move an entry into a category they consider to be more suitable.
The judges decision is final – Nominations will be judged by a panel of experts drawn from the UK Muslim community. The judges are totally independent of The Muslim News