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50 British Muslims Recognized in New Year Honors

Muslim scientists, NHS staff, and charity workers are among a long list of 50 Muslims who have been named in the Queen’s New Year Honors list for 2021 in recognition of their efforts to help their community.

“We congratulate all those who have been singled out for their work during the Covid-19 pandemic,” the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) wrote in a statement.

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The honored Muslims include Kaneez Khan, Coordinator, Near Neighbours, West Yorkshire, recognized for services to Interfaith Relations, particularly during Covid-19; Dr. Syed Ahmed, Clinical Director, Health Protection Scotland, recognized for services to the Covid-19 Vaccination Program.

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The list also includes Rizwan Patel, Founder, Lint GFroup, recognized for services to the disadvantaged communities in the UK and abroad, particularly during covid 19; Dr. Seema Safia Arif, for services to Health Care amongst the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Community and Gulam Muhammad Ismail Teladia, Vice Chair, Birmingham Muslim Burial Council, for services to the community in Birmingham, particularly during Covid-19.

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“We also congratulate Sabir Mahmood Shaikh who is one of the founders of Muslim Community and Education Centre (MCEC) in Palmers Green, London, and Akthar Hussain of Muslims in Rail, both affiliates of the Muslim Council of Britain,” the statement added.

For more details on those who made it to the honor list this year, check the MCB website.

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Mixed Reactions

Many people have gone to the social media to congratulate those named in the honors list.  

While the honors list warmed the hearts of many Muslims, others rejected some names on the list, describing this as promoting and encouraging Islamophobia.