Leading UK Haj and Umrah charity bags top honor


BRADFORD, England — Winners for the 6th British Muslim Awards, presented by Al Rayan Bank, have been announced after a lavish, black-tie ceremony was held on Jan. 31, 2018 at the Bradford Hotel in central Bradford, England.

The awards ceremony aims to recognize various achievements from the entire British Muslim community in all aspects of society including business, charity, sport, arts and culture.

A spokesperson for Al Rayan Bank said: “We congratulate all of the winners of this year’s British Muslim Awards, they fully deserve the recognition that they have received. We also congratulate the nominees for the positive effect that they have had on their communities over the last 12 months.”

The evening showcased and celebrated the finalists’ sheer determination and hard work alongside the personal and commercial achievements of individuals and organizations whose work often goes unrecognized.

The Council of British Hajjis (CBHUK), a Bolton-based charity won the “Best Community Organisation Award” 2018.

Dr. Myriam François hosting the award, said, “The Community Organisation Award is about recognizing the positive impact being made by organisations that are making a tangible difference and that in itself is a vast accomplishment. Those achievements which leave a legacy and positive change to carry forward into the future should therefore be held in the highest esteem.

Rashid Mohammed Mogradia, founder and CEO of CBHUK while receiving the award said: “It is humbling to be recognized for our work from the array of high performing organisations right across the UK. This award is a testament of the great work the charity has been doing since 2006 and I am grateful for the opportunity we have been given to deliver this service and be recognised for it by the British Muslim community.

A huge heartfelt thank you to our team of dedicated volunteers, well-wishers, supporters and partners at the Council of British Hajjis for their continuous dedication in serving the Guests of the Almighty who embark on the Haj and Umrah, without whom this work would not be possible to deliver.

We dedicate this award to everyone associated within the UK Haj and Umrah sector, from those who have had the opportunity to serve the Guests of the Almighty in the past, to those who will do so in the future and to all the pilgrims who have walked the streets of Makkah and Madinah and will do so in the future”.

Irfan Younis, CEO of Oceanic Consulting hosting the awards said: “For a community that is often victim to misrepresentation, it is great to see the work that the finalists have been doing in various different sectors across the country showcased in a positive light and we hope to keep showcasing such committed and talented nominees in years to come.”

The evening also helped to raise funds for the National Zakat Foundation, a charity with a vision for an entirely “faithful, confident, selfless and self-sufficient Muslim community in the United Kingdom.”

CBHUK is the leading national charity working for the welfare of British Muslims who go to Hajj & Umrah for over a decade.

It is a Travel Aware partner with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and works with City of London Police to tackle Haj Travel Fraud.

CBHUK pioneered the first community based Haj and Umrah Vaccination clinics in the UK, making travel vaccines accessible and affordable. It regularly holds Haj & Umrah Travel Advice and Vaccination Clinics in towns and cities in the UK.

Haj is the 5th and final pillar of Islam, and one which every mature male and female, sane and financially able male and female must perform at least once in their lifetime.

In 2017, British Haj pilgrims were over 25,000 a rise from 19,000 in 2016 and Umrah pilgrims were up from 75,000 to just under 100,000 in the same period.