Muslim Council of Britain elects first female leader

The new secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) says she feels ‘humbled and truly honoured’ after becoming the first female to hold the role.

Zara Mohammed, a masters graduate in human rights law and a training and development consultant, was elected to Britain’s largest umbrella body of mosques, Islamic schools and Muslim associations.

She won the majority of affiliate votes against rival candidate Ajmal Masroor, an Imam, teacher and broadcaster who was also running for the post.

Ms Mohammed, 29, is also the first Scottish secretary general of the MCB and the youngest. She said: ‘I am really grateful for the opportunity and the trust that the delegates and the MCB have put in me to carry this role forward.

‘Being a young female, it is quite a good representation of the future leadership that we need to see now.’

She said she hoped her election would inspire confidence in other young women.

Ms Mohammed added: ‘I think women sometimes hesitate to take on leadership roles even though they are more than qualified to do so.

‘It is really important to engage young people, engage more women and diversify the organisation and the work we are doing.’

As part of her manifesto, she pledged to help develop practical solutions to the Covid-19 pandemic, amid some concerns around vaccine take up in Muslim communities. 

The MCB leader said: ‘We want to challenge misinformation and we want to continue to promote the guidance, the clarity and reassure the community as part of the united and national effort.

‘So definitely promoting the vaccine, encouraging our communities to follow the guidance and keep safe. So that will definitely be at the forefront of the work we are continuing doing.’

Islamaphobia is a ‘pervasive’ issue she said wanted to continue to challenge, as well as looking at how ethnic minority communities have been impacted during the pandemic.

London mayor Sadiq Khan, who is also Muslim, congratulated Ms Mohammed and said it was ‘terrific’ to see her elected.

Ms Mohamed had previously served as assistant secretary general for the MCB.

She succeeded Harun Khan, who completed the maximum of four years as the head of the organisation and congratulated her on the role. 

Mr Khan said: ‘I wish the very best of success to Zara Mohammed – may she continue to lead this organisation to greater heights for the betterment of our communities across the country.’

Get in touch with our news team by emailing us at [email protected]

For more stories like this, check our news page.

Source: Read Full Article