Young Muslim Beacons Award 2008

30 Oct 2008

The Youth Committee of the Muslim Council of Britain presented the Young Muslim Beacons Awards 2008 in Affiliates Youth Conference at the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund in Westminster on Wednesday 29th October 08.

Lord Ahmed of Rotherham and Dr Daud Abdullah, Deputy Secretary General of the MCB presented the trophies to the winning Beacon Projects. The Beacons awards aimed at recognising and celebrating the achievements of three Muslim youth projects and organisations which have made a real and meaningful difference to the lives of young Muslims in their local communities, the country and beyond.

Out of the numerous applications which poured in from all over the country, only three organisations were selected. The awards went to The Federation of Muslim Organisations Youth Awards in Leicester, PEACE in Youth project in London and to the AMR in Preston. All three organisations and projects have distinctively made a real contribution in helping young Muslims to deal with some of the challenges facing the community as well as aiding youngsters to overcome these challenges.

In his keynote speech Dr. Muhammad Abdul Bari, the Secretary General of the MCB highlighted MCB’s vision of empowering young Muslims to lead the community and create a better Britain for all.

On receiving the award, Riyaz Layer, from the Federation of Muslim Organisations Youth Awards said `it is an honour to receive this prestigious award from the MCB. We have worked to recognise the work of young Muslims as have the MCB. These awards will inshaAllah (God willing) drive other similar organisations to actively work for the community.’

Kawsar Zaman, the Vice-Chair of the Youth Committee, who co-ordinated the Young Muslim Beacons Award 2008 said `the three recipients of the awards have all contributed immensely to the lives of young Muslims in their communities and I hope this will encourage and indeed inspire other young people to actively work in their communities.’

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