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    Muslims contribute 31b pounds to British economy Monday, February 12, 2007
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 1, 2007
      Muslims contribute 31b pounds to British economy
      Monday, February 12, 2007

      LONDON: The British Muslim community contributes more than 31 billion
      pounds to the country's economy each year, it was revealed at a
      function in Central London on Saturday evening.

      The function was meant to honour the 100 Muslims, including business
      leaders, writers, academics, doctors, campaigners and aid agency
      founders, who do most for Britain. They ranged from lords to lawyers,
      from authors to sporting icons and pre-eminent academics to giants of
      industry. They all had two things in common: all of them were Muslims
      and all of them had made an outstanding contribution to British society.

      Established to recognise Muslims who have made "significant
      contributions to the social, cultural and economic well-being of
      Britain", the awards have been praised by commentators as a timely
      public reminder of the positive contribution to the British economy by
      its 1.8 million Muslim citizens. On the list were
      cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, Labour peer Lord Patel of
      Blackburn, actor Art Malik, boxer Amir Khan, singer Yusuf Islam
      (formerly Cat Stevens) and Harrods boss Mohamed al Fayed.

      The list, sponsored by the Islamic Bank of Britain (IBB), had been
      compiled from some 6,000 nominations and judged by a 16-member panel
      including Sir Iqbal Sacranie of the Muslim Council of Britain and Lord
      Bhatia and Dr Ghayassuddin Siddiqui of the Muslim Parliament of Great

      Sultan Chaudhry, spokesman for the IBB, said the event was the
      culmination of nine months of preparations and voting. "We wanted to
      highlight the positive contributions made by British Muslims to
      society - contributions that are in complete contrast with media
      connotations that somehow Muslims are linked to terrorism, they are
      not educated or they are segregating themselves. The opposite is true
      - we are integrating and contributing across a wide range of fields."

      Excellence awards were also given to nine guests, including Dr Hany El
      Banna, founder of Islamic Relief, and Haifa Fahoum Al Kaylani,
      chairwoman of the Arab International Women's Forum.

      Businessmen dominated the `Power 100' list. Some 22 names on the list
      were of company chiefs, including Sir Gulam Noon, whose curry empire
      is worth around 55 million pounds.

      Lord Patel, Britain's first Asian peer, said he was "absolutely
      delighted" to be included in the `Power 100' that "can help improve
      perceptions about Muslims in Britain".

      Journalist Rageh Omaah, also on the list, said: "Anything that helps
      remind people that there's a mainstream British Muslim community that
      has no problem being proud to be British and Muslim is a good thing."



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