On 23 March 2017, the Islamic Reporting Initiative (IRI) attended the 15th Muslim News Awards for Excellence, Britain’s oldest and most prestigious Muslim awards.
The Muslim News Awards for Excellence is a high-profile gala ceremony showcasing the best of British Muslim talent and is hosted by The Muslim News, the country’s largest and longest-established Muslim newspaper with a readership of over 150,000.
An inspiring evening of Muslim talent and contributions to British society, the event was held in the presence of the Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP, Chairman, Intelligence and Security Committee, Baroness Shami Chakrabarti, Shadow Attorney General, Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh MP, SNP Westminster Spokesperson, International Trade, Rt Hon Tom Brake MP, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Chief Whip.
Previous guests of honour have included HRH The Prince of Wales and numerous senior members of the Government including prime ministers Tony Blair and David Cameron.
The Prime Minister the Rt Hon Theresa May MP, who has attended the event in the past, said: “These awards are a fixture in our national calendar, and they serve a really important purpose: highlighting the achievements of British Muslims from all around our country. I am delighted to be able to send my best wishes to everyone at this year’s Muslim News Awards for Excellence.”
In his speech Mohamed Amersi, founder of his Inclusive Ventures Group and trustee of the IRI, focused on building sustainable and cohesive communities and tackling modern-day slavery, including child slavery. In particular, he highlighted the work of the Islamic Reporting Initiative, and the Global Sustainability Network, which focuses on Sustainable Development Goal 8 – respecting human rights, global resource efficiency, full and productive employment and sustainable economic development.
Ahmed J. Versi, editor of The Muslim News, stated, “The awards ceremony showcases the brilliance of the British Muslim community – huge contributions made by diverse men, women and young people from around the country. You will also find Muslim activists who have done much to improve the lives of others, and of non-Muslims who have worked hard to improve the lives of Muslims.”
For the complete overview of winners, please see: http://muslimnews.co.uk/news/uk/winners-muslim-news-awards-excellence-2017/