The Muslim Council of Britain will be led by a woman for the first time in its history. Zara Mohammed, a training and development consultant from Glasgow, was elected secretary general of the organisation on Sunday.
The 29 year old is well-educated and is seen by many as an ideal symbol for modern British Muslim values. She succeeds Harun Khan, who completed a maximum of four years as the head of the MCB.
“Being elected as the first female secretary general is quite an honour and I hope it will inspire more women and young people to come forward to take on leadership roles,” she said.
“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.”
The Muslim Council of Britain is the largest umbrella body of mosques, Islamic schools and Muslim associations in the UK.