16 Jul 2008
Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari, MBE was made an Honorary Fellow of Queen Mary, University of London at a graduation ceremony held Wednesday 16 July 2008.
The Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain since June 2006, Muhammad Abdul Bari is a high-profile member of the UK’s Muslim community. Prior to this he was the Council’s Deputy Secretary General for four years.
He was presented at the ceremony by Nigel Relph, the College’s Director of Corporate Affairs, who said: “There can be few people who have made such a substantial contribution to addressing one of the key issues facing contemporary Britain as Dr Bari. His numerous leadership roles in the Muslim community have put him at the forefront of debate about how Muslim values and other British values can be mediated, and he is seen by all who have contact with him as a voice of moderation and reason. We regard him as a friend here at Queen Mary as Chair of the East London Mosque and as one of the most important community voices in this part of London.”
Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari is an educationalist with a PhD and PGCE from King’s College London and a Management degree from the Open University. He has worked as an Air Force Officer, a researcher in physics, a science teacher and a SEN specialist in London. He is former President of Islamic Forum Europe and is Chair of the East London Mosque Trust that includes the London Muslim Centre.
In addition, Dr Abdul Bari is a trustee of the international Muslim Charity (Muslim Aid), a patron of the National Youth Agency and Ramphal Centre and a Board member of The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) Ltd. Dr Bari occasionally writes in newspapers, journals and community publications. He has also authored several books on family and parenting and issues of youth and identity.
Accepting the Fellowship, Dr Abdul Bari said “It is indeed a matter of great honour for me to receive your invitation to be admitted to Honorary Fellowship. In conferring this Fellowship, Queen Mary College demonstrates the importance it attaches to the role of community and civic action in Britain today. I believe that it is imperative for all of our communities to come together and and create a positive vision for ourselves. It means we must provide hope, it means we must provide aspiration, and chart a path that will allow us to build a better Britain, one where people of all faiths and none can make a meaningful contribution to the future of this country.”[ENDS]