Story by Victor Mujakachi. Photo by Muhammad Saleh.
Burngreave’s own Zia Ul Khan, was awarded the British Empire Medal for his services to the community. The BEM is an award for meritorious service worthy of recognition by the crown. Zia, spoke about his award, which he learnt of in December last year.
A formal ceremony delayed by lockdown, is expected to be held this year. Zia works tirelessly in the community, and fundraises for charitable and worthy causes including providing support to the homeless in Sheffield and disadvantaged people at home and abroad.
The personable Zia humbly says of himself:
“Aside from personal gratification, one of the reasons I’ve decided to help the most vulnerable in society is to follow in the footsteps of our beloved Prophet Muhammad, (peace and blessings be upon him). He ordered us to feed the hungry and to visit the sick and not to discriminate against one another based on race or appearance.”
Zia’s BEM is recognition of a decade of community work, which includes An Nasiha, Race Against Racism, Bringing Joy To The Elderly, Bluebells Wood Hospice, Assist Sheffield, Weston Park Cancer Charity, DePauls Youth Services and others.