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The evening commences with a welcome to the 4th annual British Muslim Awards presented by Al Rayan Bank, from the host, Inayat Kanji.

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Speeches from : Irfan Younis (CEO and Founder of Oceanic Group and The British Muslim Awards) Sultan Choudhury (CEO at Al Rayan Bank) Iqbal Nasim (Chief Executive of National Zakat Foundation)

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Finalists 2016 Muslim in the Community Rizwan Rafik (Taught by Muhammed, Dundee) Farook Younis (Kumon Y’all, Dewsbury) Mohammed Zafran (South & City College, Birmingham) Ibrar Ul-Haq (British Airways, Rochdale) Adnan Ali (Greater Manchester Police, Manchester) Mohammed Ali (QED, Bradford) Haseena Lockhat (Mosaic Network, Birmingham) Conor Ibrahiem (Arakan Creative, Bradford) Famida Noor Mahomed (Elutec College Design and Engineering, Rainham) Arts & Cultural Awareness Sadiya Ahmed (Khizra Foundation, London) Hajera Memon (Shade 7 Publishing Ltd, London) Raanaz Shahid (Artist, Derby) Tahmima Anam (Author, London) Sufiya Ahmed (Author, London) Avaes Mohammad (Poet, London) Ali Omar Ermes (Artist, London) Charity of the Year London Tigers (London) Muslim Woman’s Network (Birmingham) 1st Ethical Charitable Trust (Bolton) Penny Appeal (Wakefield) Islamic Help (Birmingham) Orphans in Need (London) Muslim Youth Helpline (London) MEND (London) Tell Mama (London) Humanity First (London) Best at Sport Harris Akbar (Boxer, Bradford) Halima Khan (Badminton England, Bradford) Qais Ashfaq (GB Boxer, Leeds) Shayan Siraj (Table Tennis England, Leeds) Easah Suliman (Under 18’s Football Captain, Birmingham) Zubair Hoque (Racer, Hale) Ruqsana Begum (Muay Thai Kickboxer, London)

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Finalists 2016 Services to Civil/Third Sector Nasir Jilani (London Fire Brigade, London) Sofia Buncy (Muslim Hands, Bradford) Saima Afzal (Lancashire Police Commissioner, Blackburn) Alina Khan (Bradford Council, Bradford) Salim Kholwadia (HMRC, London) Museji A Takolia (Intellicomm Solutions, Gloucestershire) Parveen Hassan (Conservative Womens Hub, West Midlands) Nahid Majid (Aventa Capital Partners, London) Ahmed Sasso (Hampshire Police, South Hampton) Shahda Khan (Middlesbrough Council, Middlesbrough) Noor Inayat Khan Memorial Award for Muslim Woman of the Year Julie Siddiqi (Sadaqa Day, Slough) Saleha Jaffer (FAST – Families Against Stress & Trauma, London) Rana Nazir (British Kashmiri Women Council, Birmingham) Aliya Mohammed (Race Equality First, Cardiff) Yasmin Nazir (Derby Women’s Centre, Derby) Dilara Khan (British Bangladesh Chamber of Woman Entrepreneurs, London) Ayesha Qureshi (A.P. Berkeley, London) Nabila Zulfiqar (Solicitors Regulation Authority, Birmingham) Zaha Hadid (Zaha Hadid, London) Mehmuda Mian (Lokahi Foundation, London) Services to Finance & Accounts Ashraf Piranie (Nottingham Building Society, Leicester) Abdul Mullick (West Yorkshire Accountancy Services Ltd, Huddersfield) Jaffer Kapasi (J.A. Kapasi & Co Ltd, Leciester) Moorad Choudhry (Habib Bank AG Zurich, London) Aref Karim (QCM, Surrey) Samad Chaudhary (CITI, London) Samer Hijazi (KPMG, London) Sajid Hussein (Bank of America, London) Atif Hanif (Allen & Overy, London) Nemat Shafik (Bank of England, London)

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Finalists 2016 Dr. Abbas Khan Memorial Award for Services to Medicine Dr Faizan Ahmed (Manchester Medical, Manchester) Dr Fatima Hussain (Windsor Gynaecology and Fertility, Manchester) Dr Mohammed Saqib Anwar (The Croft Medical Centre, Leicester) Zafar Iqbal (Crystal Palace Football Club, London) Prof. Abdul Rashid Gatrad (Manor Hospital, Walsall) Prof. Mahmood Ali (Health Protection Scotland, Glasgow) Dr Tahseen Chowdhury (Royal London Hospital, London) Dr Soheir Elneil (Fistula Foundation (London) Dr Robina Shah (Manchester Medical School, Manchester) Dr Yasmin Drabu (Barking NHS Trust, London) Services to Media Ibrahim Rahman (Cambridge 105 & Freelance Journalist, Cambridge) Reshmin Chowdhury (BT Sport & BBC Sport, London) Noreen Khan (BBC Asian Network, Birmingham) Faisal Islam (Sky News, London) Murad Ahmed (Financial Times, London) Nina Hossain (ITV, London) Mishal Hussain (BBC, London) Services to Education Farhat Choudry (The Olive Tree Primary School, Bolton) Hawa Bibi Laher (Spring Grove Primary School, London) Dr Imran Awan (Birmingham City University, Birmingham) Prof. Mushtaq Khan (University of London, London) Dr Farhan Nizami (Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, Oxford) Prof. Mohammed Kayed Abdel-Haq (Bolton University, Bolton) Dame Naila Zaffar (Copthorne Primary, Bradford) Services to Science & Engineering Dr Hamid Mughal (Rolls Royce, Derby) Dr Farid Khan (Protein Technology Ltd, Manchester) Professor Waqar Ahmad (Middlesex University, London) Professor Adel Sharif (University of Surrey, Surrey) Dr Amir Hussain (Stirling University, Glasgow) Dr Farzin Deravi (University of Kent, Kent) Dr Bushra Al-Duri (University of Birmingham, Birmingham) Professor Nazneen Rahman (Institute of Cancer Research, London)

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Finalists 2016 Services to Law Mirza Ahmad (St Philips Chambers, Birmingham) Naila Akhter (Platt Halpern Solicitors, Manchester) Kamran Akram (Asons Solicitors, Bolton) Altaf Hussain (Addison Aaron, Birmingham) Zia Chaudhary (St Johns Building Barristers Chambers, Liverpool) Mona Bayoumi (Civitas Civil & Public Law Barristers, Cardiff) Koser Shaheen (Association of Muslim Lawyers, London) Imran Khan (Imran Khan and Partners, London) Makbool Javaid (Simons Muirhead & Burton, London) Amjad Malik (36 Bedford Row, London) Religious Advocate of the Year Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad (Cambridge Muslim College, Cambridge) Qari Asim (DLA Piper, Leeds) Ghulam Sarwar (Muslim Educational Trust, London) Shaykha Safia Shahid (Sacred Knowledge, London) Dr Ali-Reza Bhojani (Al-Mahdi Institute, Birmingham) Dr Shuruq Naguib (Lancaster Univeristy, Lancaster) Maulana Shaykh Shahid (Leicester Central Mosque, London) Ustadah Rehanah Sadiq (Muslim Chaplain, Birmingham) Imam Dr Mufti Abduljalil Sajid (The Brighton Islamic Mission, Brighton) Imam Asim Hafiz (UK Ministry of Defence, London) Young Achiever of the Year Shahbaz Mirza (The Napiershall Formula, Glasgow) Syed Mohammed Usman Shah (Costain Group, London) Labonya Siddiqui (Model & Writer, Burnley) Syed Shah (Carter Law Solicitors, Manchester) Hussain Manawer (Social Entrepreneur & Aspiring Astronaut, Bulford) Ahmad Hussain (Iqra Promotions, Sheffield) Ahmed Hussain (BBC Radio 1 Asian Network, London) Shamim Miah (UK Youth Parliament, Leeds) Hashim Bhatti (The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, Travers Smith LLP, London) Mariah Idrissi (Model, London)

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Finalists 2016 Businesswoman of the Year Farzana Baduel (Curzon PR, London) Ruby Hammer (Ruby Hammer, London) Farida Gibbs (Gibbs S3, Surrey) Rukhsana Ali (Venus TV, London) Zeenat Harnal (Bombay Halwa Ltd, London) Businessman of the Year Touker Sulyman (Hawes & Cutis, Ghost, Huxley & Cox, London) Shelim Hussain (Eurofoods, Newport) Nasir Awan (Awan Marketing International Plc, Birmingham) Afzal Kahn (Kahn Design, Bradford) Umar Kamani (Pretty Little Thing, Manchester) Shamim Ahmed (The MathWorks Ltd, Cambridge) Mamun Chowdhury (London Tradition, London) Nisar Ahmed Malik (Haji Baba Ltd, London) Sheazad Hussain (Medina Dairy, Berkshire) Tariq Sheikh (Tariq Halal Meats, London) Entrepreneur of the Year Sadaf Rahman (Hadiya’s Natural Essence, London) Razan Alsous (Yorkshire Dama Cheese, Huddersfield) Nasar Hussain (ITC, Bradford) Khuram Choudhry (PharmaNutricals, Birmingham) Arsh Ellahi (Ellahi Group, Wolverhampton) Yasmin Choudhury (Lovedesh, London) Faraz Khan (Seed Ventures, London) Abdul Raoof Malik (Pak Butchers (UK) Ltd, Bristol) Hashim Haq (Aroma Shisha Lounge, London) Khalid Sharif (Ummah Foods, London) Services Creativity & Technology Ajmal Masroor (Alchemiya Media Ltd, London) Junaid Khan (Bibi Interiors, Blackburn) Del Hossain (Adrem Group, London) Mashukul Haque (Sandyx Systems, Manchester) Mohibul Hoque (Curries Online, London) Saira Hussain (Hussain Architectural Design, Blackburn) Tahir Mirza (Muslim Lifestyle Expo, Birmingham)

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Finalists 2016 Politician of the Year Lady Zahida Manzoor (House of Lords, London) Nusrat Ghani MP (Wealden) Lord Mohamed Sheikh (UK Parliament, London) Sadiq Khan MP (London) Tasmina Ahmed Sheikh MP (London) Baroness Arminka Helic (House of Lords, London) Mohammed Afzal Khan MEP (Manchester) Business of the Year Kashmir Crown Bakeries (Bradford) Parklane Group (Leeds) Regal Foods (Bradford) Bombay Halwa Ltd (London) CK Foods (Hull) Cheshire Homes Group (Manchester) Lesta Packaging (Leicester) Mumtaz (Bradford) KQF (Blackburn) Gafoor Pure Halal Ltd (London) Outstanding Business of the Year Euro Garages (Blackburn) Boohoo (Manchester) Criterion Capital (London) Bestway Cash and Carry (London) Seamark (Manchester) Quiz Clothing (Glasgow) Spirit of Britain Nadiya Hussain (Columnist & Author, Milton Keynes) Mohammad Taj (Unite the Union, London) Javed Khan (Barnardo’s, London) Naz Koser (Electronic Sufi Music, Birmingham) Judge Khatun Sapnara (London) Emdad Rahman (Writer, London) Mirza Waqas Ahmed (Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association, London)

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last ruler of the Sikhs, Duleep Singh, after the British annexe of the Punjab, the stone is “one of the many artefacts taken from India under dubious circumstances�, according to David de Souza from the Indian leisure group Tito’s. Souza claims the British colonisation of India had stolen wealth and “destroyed the country’s psyche�. Bollywood star Bhumicka Singh, also part of the group, said, “The Koh-i-noor is not just a 105-carat stone, but part of our history and culture and should undoubtedly be returned.� British Lawyers instructed by the “Mountain of Light� group to return the stone, said they would base their case on the Holocaust (Return of Cultural Objects) Act, which gives national institutions in the UK the power to return stolen art. Continued on Page 2

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much easier if everyone just listened to him and followed his lead, but his obsessively house-proud wife and two feisty daughters, Alia, (Bhavna Limbachia) and Shazia (Krupa Pattani) usually have other ideas. This series sees Mr Khan enjoying his new role as a grandfather to newly born ‘Baby Mohammad’. Mr Khan goes to extraordinary lengths to prove that the ‘genius’ baby is more genetically Khan than Malik. He tries to land an unlikely job at the local academy to boost Mohammad’s chances of getting a place. Mr and Mrs Khan are forced to face up to the fact that Alia might have found herself a boyfriend; Mr Khan uses son-in-law, Amjad (Abdullah Afzal), mother-in-law Naani (Adlyn Ross), and his 13 yearold nephew to help him with his next new business idea - a chicken shop; and Mr Khan attempts to be Birmingham’s new local hero in order to bag a Pride of Birmingham Award.

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A FATHER-OF-SIX doused his Tyseley home with petrol and set a fatal fire that killed his wife because he feared a daughter’s wedding plans would shame his family. Mohammed Inayat torched the Cateswell Road house in the early hours of April 17 – the day a daughter was booked on a flight to Dubai to marry her police officer lover. His wife Naika Inayat died after being overcome by thick smoke, whilst three daughters – one of whom suffered 45 per cent burns – and a family friend were forced to leap from first floor windows as intense flames quickly spread through the semidetached house.

Birmingham Crown Court heard that Mohammed Inayat had recently learned of his 30-year-old daughter’s Middle East relationship and plans to marry and relocate to Dubai. The 56-year-old responded angrily to the news – saying the “love marriage� would dishonour the family – and kicked out at the bride-to-be during one row and on another occasion threatened to have her killed. CONTINUED ON PAGE 13

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