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Straw to attend Muslim awards function

Jack Straw is expected to attend an award ceremony to honour the contribution of Muslims in Britain, writes Nabanita Sircar.

india Updated: Mar 28, 2006 18:52 IST

The Foreign Secretary Jack Straw is expected to attend an award ceremony to honour the contribution of Muslims to British society.

At The Muslim News Awards for Excellence, Straw, who has a large Muslim constituency, is expected to say, "British Muslims are where Britain and Islam intersect. Celebrating their success is the best way of showing that these two identities can and do thrive in the same place and in the same person. British Muslims contribute hugely to this country's success, prosperity and culture and it is only right that this is recognised."

Ahmed Versi, editor of The Muslim News, said the annual event had "become a beacon of light in the midst of such gloom. In these trying times it is befitting to honour and acknowledge our shining stars."

In his message Blair said the awards reflected the "extraordinary contribution of Islam over many centuries to learning, literature, art and science across the world."

Nominees include Ken Livingstone, mayor of London, for building dialogue between the West and the Muslim world and raising awareness about issues affecting the Muslim community. Jon Snow, Channel4 newsreader, has been nominated for his in-depth coverage of the Muslim world, while Stanmore Football Club receives a mention for providing a safe and sociable environment for young Muslims to play football.

Another nominee is Mustapha Shafayat, the first England batsman to score a double-century in an under-19 Test cricket match against India.

First Published: Mar 28, 2006 18:52 IST