The inaugural ground breaking award ceremony for British Imams and Scholars was launched on Friday 12th June at the Waterlily, London. The BISCA Awards celebrated the contributions and achievements of British Imams and Scholars, male and female.
Founders of the BISCA Awards, Imams Fahimul Anam & Abdullah Hasan said,
‘’This is a unique platform to celebrate the contributions of some of the pillars of our society. As is the nature of these key contributors to society, they naturally shy away from recognition. This grassroots community initiative inspiring knowledge and faith aims to celebrate these special people. We are honoured that so many organisations, charities and leading Imams and Scholars joined us and supported the project. It was a truly inspirational and outstanding night. We would like to thank all our sponsors, supporters, the large number of men and women who attended the awards ceremony from all over the UK and congratulations to our nominees and 2015 awardees. Our deepest gratitude is to our panel of Judges, Shaykh Mol Shahid Raza, Mufti Barkatullah, Dr Shurq Naguib, Dr Fulla Lahmar, and Aamer Naeem, for advising and taking time out from their busy schedule and selecting the awardees with the strict criterion of BISCA and nominations from the public. This initiative’s strength lies in nominations provided by members of the public and we are truly humbled that so many chose to get involved with this project.”
Following is the list of awardees of BISCA 2015:
Penny Appeal Award For Outstanding Contribution To Charity Work – Sheikh Zahir Mahmood
Islamic Courses Award For Outstanding Contribution To Education And Teaching – Sheikh Haytham Tamim
Al Rayan Bank Award For Outstanding Contribution To Interfaith Work – Sheikh Ibrahim Mogra
IADA Award For Outstanding Contribution To Social Media Reach – Imam Ajmal Masroor
BISCA Award For Outstanding Contribution To Dawah Work – Imam Wasim Kempson
BISCA Award For Outstanding Contribution To Research – Dr Mansur Ali
Gift Of Knowledge Award For Outstanding Khatib – Shaykh Hasan Ali
Islamic Relief Award For Outstanding Contribution To Women’s Empowerment – Shaykha Safia Shahid
BISCA Award For Outstanding Contribution To Translation Work – Imam Tahir Mahmoud Kiani
BISCA Award For Outstanding Contribution To Publishing – Mufti Abdur-Rahman ibn Yusuf
BMTV Award For Outstanding Contribution To Media Engagement – Imam Qari Asim
Human Appeal Award For Outstanding Contribution To Chaplaincy Work – Imam Yunus Dhudwala and Ustadha Rehana Sadiq
Al Rayan Bank Award For Outstanding Contribution To Community Cohesion – Sheikh Shafiur Rahman
Muslim Aid Award For Outstanding Contribution To Youth Work – Sheikh AbdelRahman Musa
The celebratory event was attended by Imams, community leaders, various leading charities and organisations and the general public. The organisers are already planning BISCA 2016.
· The British Imams and Scholars Contributions & Achievements (BISCA) is a non-sectarian, non-political community venture to highlight positive work of British Imams and Scholars. It seeks to promote good work, encourage excellence, and create a positive environment for the UK society by showcasing inspirational work of Imams and Scholars.
· BISCA is supported by: MCB, MAB, Islamic Relief, Human Appeal, Muslim Aid, Muslim Council of Wales and MEND.
· For more information, visit: www.biscaawards.org