Dr Musharraf Hussain
Dr Musharraf Hussain is Director of the Karimia Institute Nottingham and the chief editor of a family magazine, The Invitation. He is the chairman of the Christian Muslim Forum, senior trustee of Muslim Hands, and a trustee of the National Centre for Citizenship and Law. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by Staffordshire University in 2005 for his services to the British Muslim community. He is also the founder and director of the PGCE course sponsored by the Teacher Training Agency, and formerly vice chair of the Association of Muslim Schools.
Born in 1958, he moved to Halifax from Pakistan in 1966 with his parents, where he memorised the glorious Quran, and learned Tajweed and basic Quranic Arabic. After completing a degree in biochemistry at Aston University, he went on to gain a science doctorate. He worked as a scientist until 1990 and then decided to dedicate himself to serving the community. He read Islamic studies at a seminary in Pakistan and at Al-Azhar University in Cairo.
In 1995 Dr Musharraf helped to establish a Muslim boarding school for boys in Retford, where he was the headteacher for three years. In 1997 he was appointed Director of the Karimia Institute. He began working on a number of projects ranging from community development to raising the educational achievements of Pakistani children, to adult classes and interfaith work. Currently Karimia runs some 20 projects and is a premier Muslim organisation in UK.
Dr Musharraf has translated and written ten books about traditional Islamic teachings to help Muslims practice their religion as well as some seventy articles. He has written an introduction to Islam, published by Nelson and Thornes, and has taught in secondary schools in England. He is a familiar voice on BBC Radio Nottingham's thought for the day and Radio 4's prayer for the day...