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The Sheikh Abdullah Quilliam Awards

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Launch 22nd April 2012

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Sheikh Abdullah Quilliam the first native Englishman to embrace Islam in 1887 established
precedents for Muslims in Britain on how to engage with wider society, and utilise popular methods
of communication of his time to promote Islam.

With his writings, public lectures, visits, dealings with the media, officialdom and representatives of other faiths; he set precedents for Muslims which are relevant even today.

He sought to address some of the challenges of his period, namely:

  • To correct commonly held misconceptions about Islam and Muslims existing at the time and challenge negative prejudices and stereotypes.
  • To promote dialogue, engagement, and a better understanding of the faith of Islam amongst the public and in the media.
  • To establish and ensure acceptance of the Islamic faith as part of British life.
  • To use his writing and speaking skills to fight against injustice in Britain and the rest of the world.

 

Remarkably, 80 years after Sheikh Quilliam passed away, these challenges remain as relevant today as they were then. Muslims and Islam face constant vilification in the media and prejudice and stereotyping in society. Islam, is still seen as an alien religion of immigrants, rather than an indigenous religion, and has not been fully accepted as part of British society. Muslims and their institutions are still subject to increasing verbal and physical attacks. And Muslim loyalty and identity are constantly questioned due to their stance on wars overseas.

The Abdullah Quilliam Society, based in Liverpool not only seeks to refurbish the historic first mosque and create a heritage centre; but also to revive the methods that Sheikh Quilliam used to engage with wider society and harness the skills that he utilised to communicate and engage with others.

Therefore to mark the 80th anniversary of his death we are launching two Awards in his memory, to encourage his methods of communication and engagement.

These awards are:

1. The Sheikh Abdullah Quilliam Engagement Award

This Award is specifically for an individual that has made a unique contribution to promoting engagement, dialogue and understanding between Muslims and Non-Muslims or the wider society.

2. The Sheikh Abdullah Quilliam Communication Award

This Award will be for an individual who has either communicated Islam or Muslim life in a positive or creative way, to a non-Muslim audience. This can be in either in the form of writing, journalism, a speech or lecture, poetry, art or other form of modern communication.

The award is open to all, but we wish to target schools, both primary or secondary and hope schools can make this a part of their curriculum around history, RE or other relevant subjects.

Details of both awards and the nomination procedure are set out below. Nominations can be made via it or through the post. The Awards Ceremony will be held in October 2012 and sponsors are being sought. There will be prizes for both awards.

To mark the launch of the Awards we made some Honorary Awards at the memorial event in April 2012. The individuals mentioned are excellent examples of both awards. These were:

Honorary Engagement Award

The Right Reverend Bishop James Jones of Liverpool

Honorary Communication Award

Professor Ron Geaves, author of “Islam in Victorian Britain”

Should you wish to sponsor, contribute or nominate to our awards event this year, please contact the Abdullah Quilliam Society at
contact@abdullahquilliam.com. For more information contact Jahangir Mohammed on 07961427950 or Galib Khan on 07900413038.

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Nominate Now For Sheikh Abdullah Quilliam Annual Awards 2012

Our Award Categories.

1. The Sheikh Abdullah Quilliam Engagement Award

This Award is specifically for an individual that has made a unique contribution to promoting engagement, dialogue and understanding between Muslims and Non-Muslims or the wider society. The work and person do not have to be high profile, however, it does need to have had a positive impact on relations between Muslims and non-Muslims and have either, created better understanding, been innovative or broken down prejudices and stereotypes. This Award is open to anyone in any apart of the country and from any age group.


2. The Sheikh Abdullah Quilliam Communication Award

This Award will be for an individual who has either communicated Islam or Muslim life in a positive or creative way, to a non-Muslim audience. This can be in either in the form of writing, journalism, a speech or lecture, poetry, art, website or other form of modern communication.

The award is open to anyone with a particular focus on schools, in any part of the country.


Guidance For Schools

The Award is open to primary or secondary school children up to sixth form. To encourage children we would ask teachers to set their students specific tasks around Islam and Muslim communities, or themes. This could be contemporary or historical. Tasks could be set around the curriculum in either history, sociology, religious education or other subject that teachers think might be relevant. For example, a piece of work might be around:

  • How Islam was portrayed in Victorian Britain.
  • What does the Life of Sheikh Abdullah Quilliam tells us about the treatment of Muslims and other minorities in Victorian Liverpool.
  • The contribution made by Muslim communities to modern Britain.
  • How Ramadan is observed by Muslim communities.
  • The contribution of Muslims to modern science (please view the Ben Kingsley video “1001 Inventions and The Library of Secrets” below, as an excellent example of creative communication about Islam and Muslims): » 1001 Inventions

We want schools to be creative and think of positive and new methods of communication. However traditional essays or poetry and writing are also perfectly acceptable.

Although the Award is aimed at individuals should schools wish to enter a contribution from a number of students or class, we will accept the application and an appropriate Award will be considered.

Nominations must be received by midnight on Thursday 1st November 2012 to be considered for 2012. All nominations received after that date will be considered for the 2013 Awards. A Panel of Judges will make the decisions and the judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Awards will be presented at a special event. The Awards celebration event and dinner will be held on Sunday 25th November 2012. If you wish to sponsor the awards or purchase a table for your organisation and celebration please contact us. We wish to make this an annual prestigious event.

For application the following details are required.

  1. Name of your nominee.
  2. The Award you are nominating them for.
  3. Address of your nominee (if you have it)
  4. Contact number of your nominee (if you have it)
  5. Why do they deserve the award? Please include as much detail as possible and for communication award attach their work (required) there is no set minimum word limit for any written work but a maximum of 2000 words is suggested.
  6. The name of the person or school nominating (required)
  7. Your address (required)
  8. Your daytime telephone number (required)
  9. Your email (required)

Please email us the above information on: » contact@abdullahquilliam.com

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