|80 nominations have been received for election to the CWC... |
Over 230 delegates from 35 towns and cities across the UK will participate in the Annual General Meeting on 10th June, where under the supervision of election commissioner Judge Khurshid Drabu CBE, a two-stage electoral process will take place: firstly of the Central Working Committee (CWC), and secondly of Secretary General, Deputy Secretary General and Treasurer (elected by the newly convened CWC).
80 nominations have been received for election to the CWC. Nominees were invited to submit their profiles for publication on the MCB website. The submissions received thus far are presented below - further updates to follow:
Mrs Talat Ahmed
I was voted onto the Central Working Committee in June 2010 and would very much like to be voted as a CWC member once again, inshaâ€™Allah. I am totally committed to seeking the common good for British Muslims that is based on a moral and ethical stance that does not benefit one individual but for the betterment of the whole of British society.
Outside the CWC, I have given my support to the MCB office with my time and expertise in a Human Resources capacity. I have advised and assisted in the recruitment of two posts, given personnel advice regarding staff matters, written contract letters and implemented the use of standard templates.
Fundraising for the MCB is critical in order for it to continue the excellent projects such as: Footsteps, Books for Schools, Mosque 100. I went on a proposal writing course and have used those skills to write fundraising proposals to seek funds for the continuation of those projects. I have also secured standing orders from family members and friends for MCBâ€™s core activities, which we urgently need.
Finally, I hope that my statement clearly outlines my commitment to the MCB. I am always encouraging fellow contacts from various professions, young people and particularly sisters to actively participate within the MCB by promoting the excellent work that we have done and continue to do.
Mrs Firdaus Arif
Mrs Firdous Arif was born in Pakistan but has been residing in London since the 1970s. She is educated to Masters level, having studied Persian at Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan and used to teach at the Government College for Women. After marriage to the late Muhammad Arif, she came to London in 1978. Her husband used to work at JP Morgan and with him she raised 3 children - two sons and one daughter. She is presently Secretary General of the Muslim Womenâ€™s Association (MWA) and Secretary General of the Pakistan Womenâ€™s Movement (PWM). She wishes more women and young people joined the MCB. She thinks the MCB should survey women and young people, to find out why they do not get involved and how would they like to see the MCB change. [Extract]
Dr. Abdul Aziz Belattar
I have 26 years experience in student and community dawah work within registered charities and voluntary organisations with special interest in mosque development, schools and youth work. As a professional teacher for 16 years, I have been able to establish -with other Muslims- a full time school which brings the three curricula in one i.e Quran & Arabic, Fiqh and British national curriculum with an Islamic environment.
I will try my best in any project I get involved with and I love challenges. I am always prepared to learn and share good practice and experience with others. I would like to see MCB playing its positive role within the British life and make it stronger than ever before. MCB has established itself and it needs to build on the success of previous years as well as has a strong relation not only with organisations but also with the muslim community. My other experience is Media and public relations where I was able with the help of Allah (SWT) establish a good relation with faith network as well as community schools.
I studied at the University of Sheffield and qualified as a dentist in 1998. During this time and beyond, I occupied positions like the President of the Islamic Society (USIC) and the Chairman of the Muslim Welfare House (Sheffield).
Both these positions helped me learn a lot about management and working with people, on university and community levels.
In 2011, I was appointed as the President of MAB; and this gave me a further national dimension to working with the many varied elements in British Society.
I have and continue to work with the MCB; and believe that I can contribute in many ways to the promotion of the MCBâ€™s role in Britain today.
Currently, I reside in the suburbs of London.
Dr Ahmed Helmy
Dr. Helmy is a Consultant Physician â€“ Diabetologist & Endocrinologist at the Erne Hospital â€“ Enniskillen â€“ Western Health & Social Care Trust in Northern Ireland since July 2009. He has developed the Diabetes service in the Southern sector of the Western Trust. Dr Helmy is member of various professional organisations (Diabetes UK, Society for Endocrinology, Association for the Study of Obesity & European Association for the Study of Diabetes) and he chairs the Western Trust Diabetes Foot group. Dr Helmy has an active role in teaching and medical education. In March 2012, the Academic Council has conferred on Dr Helmy Honorary Lecturer post, school of Medicine, Queenâ€™s University Belfast.
In addition to his academic and clinical professional expertise , Dr Helmy holds a diploma in Islamic Sciences from the Higher Institute of Islamic Studies â€“ Cairo , Egypt and has various contributions in Public work : He is member of the executive committee of the Northern Ireland Muslim Family Association( NIMFA ),member of the Belfast Islamic Centre (BIC ),vice chair of the Northern Ireland Interfaith Forum ( NIIF ),parent school governor at Victoria College Belfast , former member of the Shoura council of Muslim Association of Britain(MAB)and member of the Central Working Committee of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB ).
Dr Helmy lives with his wife Nevine (MSc in Diabetes, Roehampton University London) and his children Aya (GCSE student at Victoria College Belfast), Omar (year ten at Royal Belfast Academic Institution) & Eman (year three at Harmony Hill Primary school) .Dr Helmyâ€™s children also study by distant learning at the Arabic school of the Egyptian Embassy in London.
Dr Helmyâ€™s vision is to give good practical model of the true Islam as a way of life translating peaceful Islamic teachings into real life with mutual respect, coordination and hard work with other faith groups for the common good of the society and the whole humanity. [Extract]
Ms Esmat Jeraj
Esmat has considerable experience in developing and fostering better relations between communities, through her work with her own institution and a community organising body. She hopes that through her work she is able to act as a good ambassador for the Muslim faith and encourage and inspire others to become actively involved within community work. Her main aim is to promote community cohesion, by working with like minded individuals for the betterment of society as a whole. Taking pride in being a British Muslim in a metropolitan society; Esmat enjoys meeting and working with those from diverse cultures and backgrounds for the common good, as she believes this to be her faith in action. She is keen to continue serving her community, bringing with her a fresh outlook and the desire to contribute positively to the running of the MCB.
Harun Rashid Khan
Harun is a public sector Senior Manager and has been actively involved in youth and community work for many years. He has been involved with the MCB since its inception in 1997 and served as the Chair of the London Committee from 2006-2010. During this period he led â€˜Eid in the Squareâ€™, an annual celebration held in Trafalgar Square, in conjunction with the Mayor of London and the Greater London Authority. He has also been responsible for coordinating the annual Muslim Leadership Dinners.
I am a hard working, trustworthy and reliable person with the ability to work well under pressure, independently or as part of a team.
I am sure that working with MCB as a member will enable me to share my management experience and skills to help MCB make further improvement towards its vision.
I enjoy working in non-profit and charitable organisations where I put my enthusiasm, time and compassion to support, engage and communicate with the diverse Muslim communities and help to make a real positive difference not only to the Muslim community but to the wider British society.
Having a Masters Degree in Charity Management and with the help of Allah, I am sure that I can contribute to the success of the MCB and make the MCB a main representative and a reference for the wider Muslim community in the UK.
A founding member of MCB, Treasurer 2008-10 and Secretary General since 2010. Worked with the Muslim youth and community organisations since the early 80â€™s, being the founding President of the Young Muslims UK (84-88), and the President of the Islamic Society of Britain (93-95, 98-00). Involved actively in relief and international development field as a trustee of Muslim Aid, was its Chairman from 2004-08.
Muslim Council of Britain is a much needed platform for giving voice to the common agenda of a richly diverse community. Its transparent, democratic and accountable structure allows all sections of the community to participate and work together for a peaceful and prosperous Britain. Whilst being proud of MCBâ€™s achievements, MCB needs greater representation of the women and the young people. This can be achieved by engaging more proactively, facilitating capacity building programmes and providing inclusive and quality support services for the community.
The major issues facing the community are continuing alienation, growing anti-Muslim environment, the underachievement in education, employment, housing, health, and the injustices around the world. These challenges provide unprecedented opportunities for the British Muslim community. In the coming phase, MCB must focus on these by drawing on the wider constituencies, professional expertise and greater resources.
PARTNER&CONSULTANT- LORDS SOLICITORS LLP
REGISTERED WITH SOLICITORS REGULATION AUTHORITY (UK)
MEMBER BAR COUNCIL
ADVOCATE HIGH COURT, SINDH-PAKISTAN
ACCOUNTANCY PRACTICE IN UK FOR 15 YEARS, TRAINEE CHARTERED ACCOUNTANT AND AUDIT SENIOR WITH FIRM OF CHARTERED ACCOUNTANTS (UK) FOR SIX YEARS
PRESENT: COMMUNITY/VOLUNTARY SERVICES IN UK
CHAIRMAN, REDBRIDGE CITIZEN ADVICE BUREAU
TREASURER (FORMERLY CHAIRMAN FOR THREE YEARS)
REDBRIDGE RACIAL EQUALITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL
MEMBER (FORMERLY DIRECTOR FOR THREE YEARS)
TREASURER AND BOARD MEMBER
REDBRIDGE VOLUNTARY SERVICES COUNCIL
PREVIOUS; COMMUNITY/VOLUNTARY SERVICES IN UK
NOMINATED MEMBER ON MUSLIM COUNCIL OF BRITAIN
UNION OF MUSLIM ORGANISATIONS UK
CHAIRMAN AND TREASURER
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BRITISH PAKISTANIS
Dr Saeed Shehabi
Born in Bahrain 13th September 1954
Completed primary and secondary education in Bahrain.
Worked and studied Telecommunications with Cable & Wireless 1970-1973
Studied at The City University (BSc Control Engineering 1977, PhD Control Engineering, 1981)
Trustee Abrar Islamic Foundation
Trustee Dar Al Hekma Trust
Chairman; The Gulf Cultural Club
Co-Founder; The Muslim Solidarity Committee 1980
Editor: Al Aalam (Arabic weekly) 1983 -1999
Contributor to The Muslim News
Columnist at Al Quds (Arabic daily) since 2000
Editor of several small newsletters including Abrar