Royal Boost for Race Relations Initiatives; an Awards Ceremony Next Week Will Help to Smash the Muslim Stereotype, Reports Rachael Crofts
Byline: Rachael Crofts
Famous sportsmen, businessmen and artists will join little-known community workers, teachers and carers for a glittering awards ceremony in the presence of the Prince of Wales next week.
The Muslim News Awards for Excellence will honour the efforts of members of the Islamic community in the UK and those of non-Muslims who have worked to improve race and cultural relations.
Stories of sporting excellence and financial acumen will be told alongside moving accounts of personal resilience and bravery.
Editor of The Muslim News Ahmed Versi says the event celebrates positive Muslim role models and challenges the sea of negative attention often projected by the media.
'The event is an opportunity not only to acknowledge achievement and promote excellence within the Muslim community and highlight their contribution to the British society, but also identify the role models of tomorrow,' he says.
The Prince will join more than 450 people, including those short-listed, ministers, politicians, ambassadors, religious leaders, journalists, community activists for the gala evening at London's Marriott Hotel on Wednesday.
This year's event, the third in the competition's history, will honour those who have promoted understanding and respect between Muslim and non-Muslim communities at a national or local level, and those who have increased health awareness among Muslims.
Categories also include excellence in arts, media, and community development, business, science, education, and sport.
Individuals who have shown courage and determination in securing rights for British Muslims and non-Muslims who have supported a Muslim cause, also receive recognition.
Some of those shortlisted include Shami Ahmed, the Manchester-based businessman behind the pounds 75 million Joe Bloggs fashion empire and Nasa Khan, from Kingston, Surrey, who built up his business of mobile phone accessories from an initial investment of pounds 2,000 to reach a turnover of pounds 15 million.
Sportsmen who receive recognition for their efforts include the world-famous Naseem Hamed, the Sheffield boxer known to millions as Prince Naseem, and current International Boxing Organisation World Featherweight Champion. …