Muslim leader honoured by university

PUBLISHED: 21:15 22 July 2008 | UPDATED: 13:28 05 October 2010

ONE of the most senior members of Britain’s Muslim community has been awarded an honorary fellowship by East London’s Queen Mary College. The Muslim Council of Britain’s Secretary General Dr Muhammad Bari received the honour at a London University ceremony in Mile End in July 16

By Julia Gregory

ONE of the most senior members of Britain's Muslim community has been awarded an honorary fellowship by East London's Queen Mary College.

The Muslim Council of Britain's Secretary General, Dr Muhammad Bari, received the honour at a London University ceremony in Mile End in July 16.

He was the council's deputy secretary for four years before taking over as Secretary General two years ago and is also chairman of the East London Mosque Trust which includes the London Muslim Centre in Whitechapel.

Dr Bari also serves on the board of the London Organising Committee of the 2012 Olympic Games, alongside Princess Anne and Lord Coe.

Queen Mary's director of corporate affairs, who made last week's presentation, said: "There can be few people who have made such a substantial contribution to addressing one of the key issues facing contemporary Britain as Dr Bari.

"His numerous leadership roles in the community have put him at the forefront of debate about how Muslim values and other British values can be mediated. He is seen by all who have contact with him as a voice of moderation and reason."

Dr Bari is an educationalist with a PhD from King's College, London, and a management degree from the Open University.

The former Bangladesh Air Force officer has had a varied career as a researcher in physics, science teacher and as a tutor in special educational needs.

He is the former president of Islamic Forum Europe and is a trustee of the Muslim Aid charity and a patron of the National Youth Agency.

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