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Wanstead man elected as new head of Muslim Council of Britain

PUBLISHED: 17:32 26 July 2016 | UPDATED: 17:33 26 July 2016

Harun Khan, trustee at Redbridge Islamic Centre and Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain

Harun Khan, trustee at Redbridge Islamic Centre and Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain

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As the new head of the Muslim Council of Britain, Harun Khan has big plans for the organisation.

The 46-year-old, who lives in Wanstead and is a trustee of the Redbridge Islamic Centre, in Woodford Avenue, Gants Hill, said it was “fantastic” to accept the role.

He said: “I am very excited.

“I have been here since the beginning, since we were founded in 1997 and I never expected to be leading it one day, it’s fantastic.”

Mr Khan was elected secretary general of the council on July 18, and says he is passionate to strive for change.

In the future, Harun says he would like to appoint more women to roles within the organisation.

He said: “That is something that we’d like to change.

“We want to make sure we’re representing the whole of the Muslim community in the UK.”

The council is an independent body, representing over 500 national, regional and local organisations, mosques, charities and schools.

Harun said: “There are a lot of young people doing good work, and I would like to highlight that.

“I want young people to know that if you work hard, you will be rewarded for that.”

In 2001, the council successfully campaigned for a question on faith to be included on the census, which Harun says was an important moment.

He said: “That was very good for us, as it provided information on Muslims in Britain that didn’t exist before.

“We learn things that we had no idea about, such as the high number of single parent Muslim families.”

Now, Harun says he wants to inspire young Muslims in Redbridge.

He said: “Redbridge is a great place, it’s very tolerant.

“Communities normally get on very well here, and I think it’s a good example of different groups working together.

“We can always build on that.”


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