MCB Annual Meeting Elects New Secretary General

30th April 2002

The Muslim Council of Britain is pleased to announce that Mr Iqbal Sacranie has been elected as its new Secretary General at its fifth Annual General Meeting held on Sunday 28th April in Brent Town Hall in Wembley. Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari was elected as the Deputy Secretary General of the MCB, and Mr Ali Omar Ermes was elected to the post of Treasurer. Elections for the remaining 4 executive posts will be undertaken at the end of May 2002. A new Central Working Committee has also been elected for a two year term.

“The MCB has committed itself to a policy of service to the community and to work for the common good of all Britons. This policy has brought wide recognition and appreciation for the MCB’s efforts and we will continue to invite all Muslim organisations to join with us to forge a better future for our country,” said Mr Sacranie in his acceptance speech.

The Annual General Meeting was attended by delegates representing mosques, educational and charitable institutions, and regional and national organisations all over the UK, consolidating the MCB’s position as Britain’s most representative Muslim body.

The MCB also expressed its deepest gratitude to the outgoing Secretary General Mr Yousuf Bhailok for his immense efforts during his two-year term (the maximum allowed under the MCB constitution) in what was an especially sensitive and difficult period for the British Muslim community. The BNP-led violence in northern towns last summer and the aftermath of September 11 atrocities had led to acute concerns and anxieties in the British Muslim community. Despite these hurdles, MCB had worked tirelessly with the government and other faith groups and communities to ensure the British Muslim community continued to make progress and reached out to other sectors of society.

Full details of the AGM and the MCB Annual Report will be released shortly and will be available on the MCB website. [Ends]

Notes to the Editor: Brief Profile on the New Office Bearers

Iqbal A K M Sacranie OBE – Secretary General

Iqbal Sacranie is an accountant by profession and has been in business for nearly 20 years. He has been involved in voluntary community work at both local and national level for over 30 years. He was the first Secretary General of the MCB for the two year period 1998 – 2000. He has been the Chair of Muslim Aid, Balham Mosque, Memon Association UK, Balham Preparatory School and has been on the Committees of a number of voluntary and charitable institutions. He was one of the first Muslims to be¬†appointed on the Inner Cities Religious Council and has also served on the Home Secretary’s Race Relations Forum. He is a member of the Coroners Review Group set up by the government last year. He was honoured with OBE in 1999 for services to Charities and Voluntary organisations.

Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari – Deputy Secretary General

Dr Abdul Bari is the Vice Chair of the East London Mosque Trust Ltd. He has long been involved with Europe-wide Islamic organisations, Islamic Forum Europe and East London Mosque and Battersea Mosque. He gained his PhD and PGCE from King’s College London and a Management degree from the Open University. He has worked as an Air Force Officer, Researcher in Physics and has held teaching position in Science and lately as Special Educational Needs (SEN) Specialist in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Dr Abdul Bari is also a member of the Inner Cities Religious Council and sits on the GLA’s Faith Advisory Group. He writes on social issues and Islamic regeneration. He is very much involved in the Youth and Community work and has a written a book on Parenting which is to be published shortly.

Mr Ali Omar Ermes – Treasurer

Ali Omar Ermes is the Chairman of the Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre Trust London, who has over thirty years of theoretical and practical experience in Islamic and other human issues. As a thinker, writer and artist, he has travelled widely around the world for various intellectual, business and artistic engagements. He is a founding member of numerous educational, intellectual and charitable organisations, such as the World of Islam Festival which gathered and exhibited in various British Museums, some of the finest examples of Islamic Art, scientific references, manuscripts, and other fine examples of Islamic culture through the regions and ages. He is an active member of the London Civic Forum and sits on two of its three Commissions

A list of the members of the Central Working Committee is available in the “Committees” section of the website.