Sixteen British Muslims including four Muslim women are amongst an influential list of people who have been honoured in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
These awards (3 CBE, 4 OBE, 6 MBE, 3 BEM) represent achievement in many fields including business, medicine, music and sport to name a few.
Other members of minority faith communities were also awarded this year including 18 members of the British Jewish community (3 Knighthoods, 1 CMG, 3 CBE, 5 OBE, 5 MBE, 1 BEM).
One of only three Muslims to be made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) this year is Ammar Yusuf Mirza, owner of AmmarM (UK) Ltd, a leading business development, leadership and management consultancy.
He is awarded for his services to business and the community in the North East.
Mirza also holds a number of other directorships and is involved in organisations across the public, private and third sectors, including Your Homes Newcastle and Sunderland BID. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management.
A chair of governors at a primary school, patron of Charlie Bear for Cancer Care and board development member of Marie Curie, Mirza makes a significant impact to the social and economic wellbeing of the North East. More recently he has founded the Primary Inspiration through Enterprise Project that aims to engage, inspire and educate 10-11 year olds in enterprise.
Mirza spoke to The Muslim News of his honour in being recognised: “The Muslim community makes such a significant positive social and economic impact to the whole of the UK and I hope this award goes some way in encouraging others to do more for community cohesion. I dedicate this award in memory of my late father and mother – Muhammad Yusuf and Salim Mirza – who were devout Muslims, may Allah (swt) bless them eternally.”
Vice-Chair of Confederation of British Industry (CBI) Scotland, Nosheena Mobarik, is to be made a CBE for her services to business and public service in Scotland.
Mobarik has championed business development and greater social cohesion within Scotland and internationally.
She is a graduate of the University of Strathclyde and is the Joint Chief Executive of M Computer Technologies.
She has served a two year term as the Chair of CBI Scotland from 2011-2013, having been a member of Council of CBI Scotland since September 2001.
She is also the Chair of the Pakistan Britain Trade & Investment Forum amongst a number of other voluntary roles.
Mobarik was awarded an OBE in 2004 for Services to Business.
She was also awarded the Medal for Excellence in August 2012 by the State of Pakistan and an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Edinburgh in January 2013.
Mobarik told The Muslim News she “had not expected to receive such an honour a second time – it was a complete surprise – I am both delighted and humbled.”
Professor of Primary Care Research and Development at the University of Edinburgh, Aziz Sheikh, is to be made an OBE for his services to medicine.
Sheikh also serves on Government’s Research Excellence Framework for medicine and is a co-investigator on the Scottish eHealth Research Informatics Centre and the UK Farr Institute.
He has had over $55m in research grants and has over 575 peer-reviewed publications. Sheikh has advised the Scottish and UK governments and the World Health Organisation on health information technology and patient safety.
Sheikh is also the director of the 13 university collaborative Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research, which is leveraging the UK’s informatics infrastructure to transform the ways in which applied research is undertaken in the UK.
He holds visiting professorships at the University of Birmingham, Queen Mary’s University of London, Maastricht University (Netherlands) and at Harvard Medical School (US) where he is currently based pursuing a Commonwealth Fund Harkness Health Policy and Practice Fellowship.
Sheikh, who is also Co-director of the Centre for Population Health Sciences at the University of Edinburgh told The Muslim News, “I have the good fortune to work with scholars of the highest standing from across the world, and this award marks in many ways a recognition of our collaborative, international effort.”
Abu Zafar, founder and owner of Canal Road-based Orient Press, one of the UK’s leading card manufacturers, has also got mention in the honours receiving a BEM.
Zafar, who lives in West Yorkshire, says the honour was for his invention of a foil-printing machine 15 years ago which he is now making in Bradford and sending all over the world to such countries as in the Arab states, Canada and Australia.
“I’m very much delighted with the news from Buckingham Palace. I’m so excited and thankful.”
Muslims honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE):
Ammar Yusuf Mirza, Managing director AmmarM and Co-Founder, Asian Business Connexions. For services to Business and the community in the North East.
Salim Mitha, Deputy director Policy Specialist, London, H.M Revenue and Customs. For services to Tax Policy Work. Nosheena Mobarik, OBE, Chair, CBI Scotland. For services to Business and public service in Scotland.
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE):
Faisel Rahman, Founder and managing director Fair Finance. For services to Community Finance. Shahien Taj, MBE, Executive director Henna Foundation. For services to Victims of Honour-Based Violence and Forced Marriage.
Wasim Mir, Head Projects Task Force, Foreign and Commonwealth Office. For services to new and innovative ways of working and diversity in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Professor Aziz Sheikh, Professor of Primary Care Research and Development University of Edinburgh. For services to Medicine.
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE):
Aisha Rashida Rehman, Operational Team Leader National Security Unit, Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism, Home Office. For services to Public Protection. (London).
Majid Hussain, Executive Director Accrol Papers. For services to Business and the community in the North West of England. (Accrington, Lancashire). Dr Mohammed Jiva, General Practitioner Rochdale. For services to General Practice. (Bacup, Lancashire).
Sarah Khan Bashir, For services to the community in Bradford, West Yorkshire. (Bradford, West Yorkshire). Javid Ibrahim Isap, Assistant Officer Benefits and Credits, Security and Information Management Team, Preston, HM Revenue and Customs. For public and voluntary service. (Preston, Lancashire).
Muhammad Ayyub, For services to Asian Music in the UK. (Birmingham, West Midlands).
British Empire Medal (BEM):
Abu Zafar, Founder and Owner Orient Press. For services to Business and to the Asian community in Bradford. (Bradford, West Yorkshire).
Anwar Khattak, Founder Birmingham Youth Sport Academy. For voluntary service to Community Sport. (Birmingham, West Midlands).
Habiban Nisa Zaman, For services to Women in North Kirklees, West Yorkshire. (Dewsbury, West Yorkshire).