Zaman nominated for The Muslim News award
MFA Zaman has been nominated for The Muslim News Al-Biruni Award 2018 for Excellence in Community Relation in the United Kingdom. The most prominent English Muslim newspaper in the UK; The Muslim News will give awards in different categories recognise individual who give freely and generously of their own time, energy to make community an even better place to live.
Winners will be announced in a Gala Evening at The Grosvenor Square, London Marriott Hotel on 23rd April Monday where the British MP Hon David Lidington CBE, Yasmin Qurashi MP and others renowned guests will be attending.
The Ambassador of London Olympic 2012; Mfa Zaman has involved with charity work for humanity from number of years. In Ramadan 2017; he participated in a national movement The Great Big Walk with Jo Cox Foundation & Eden Project. He walked 616 miles from Yorkshire to London while he was fasting to promote The Big Lunch. The Big Lunch is the UK’s annual get together for neighbours, an idea from the Eden Project and is supported by Royal Patron HRH The Duchess of Cornwall. As only a Muslim in the Great Big Walk; He walked to connect people and communities across the United Kingdom, encouraging everyday people to make positive change where they live. During 616 miles walk; he visited many community projects, charities and met with local MP, Mayor and Councillor. He especially met with volunteers to encourage them and share the idea to make a strong, better community. During walk Zaman became known for his infectious positivity and enthusiasm; when asked about his journey and his energy, he responds‘I am still walking & fasting but I am still smiling’
Zaman said, I always feel humble that I have completed the Great Big Walk while I was fasting 18 hours during summer. During my walk I have tried my best to spread the message of peace, love and harmony which really need in our British society. Also I appreciated the volunteers who are working day-night without a single penny to make this community a better place. Every charity, community project has paid stuffs but to make every project become successful; the contribution of volunteers are unquestionable. So we should encourage and recognise their valuable work. As a volunteer, it is my moral duty to appreciate them. Because today I came to this position for my volunteer work in British society. I always work with integrity, honesty. My work is to serve the creation of my Creator who blessed me with lots favours. Volunteer work creates a positive vive which helps me to motivate myself. And this motivation is helping the British society. We could not compare our life with money, house and social status. End of the day, this person is successful and happy who done something good for this world. Always I want to remember and show my respect to those special people who hold my hand and support, motivate me to walk on my vision. Without them; I will not able to stand here because I had nothing even no place to live. My motive in volunteer work is; I am doing volunteer work to help others without expecting in return from them.
During the Great Big Walk; Mfa Zaman was interviewed by BBC, ITV, Channel S, Islam Channel and local media. Also as a first Muslim Bengali he attended in the BBC One Show to share his journey.
In 2014 Zaman has been awarded Best Volunteer of The Year award by the international humanitarian charity Muslim Aid and in 2017 he has been nominated for the Calderdale Community Spirit of the year award
Mfa Zaman is an active volunteer who running his own project ‘I Am With You’ to help, feed the homeless. He is helping people from all race, colour and religion as a volunteer. He runs in London Marathon, Brighton, Birmingham Marathon and many half marathons to help the disabled kids who are involved with sports. The ECB cricket umpire Zaman was a volunteer in Rugby World Cup England 2015. He served the Volunteer Centre Lewisham as a Vice-Chairman, Trustee. He is a founder of Safe & Save, Community of Jews & Muslim. He is involved with Team London, Near Neighbours, Active Newham, Newham Cricket Club, St John Ambulance and Bart’s Health NHS Trust. Zaman said, I remember those people who always support, encourage me to carry on my good work. Without them; today I am not able to be reached here. Also I appreciate those who nominated me for this award. After facing long battle and challenge; today I am here with few positive vibe which will inspire those who wants to change in their life. So it is not end here; I would like to give my best service for creation. And it reminds me once Mother Teresa said,
‘Give The Best You Have And It Will Never Enough, But Give Your Best Anyway, Because The Final Analysis Is Between You & God; Not Others’