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The Muslim News is a monthly and digital newspaper. Having established itself in February 1989,[1] it has grown to become the largest monthly ethnic paper in the UK. It describes itself as, "The only independent monthly Muslim newspaper in the UK, that is not backed by any country, organisation or party."[2]

The newspaper offers a platform for Muslims "to lobby and campaign" on a range of issues. 140,000 copies are distributed, many for free in mosques.[3] Its website ( received 1.5 million hits a month.

The current editor of The Muslim News is Ahmed Versi, who volunteers full-time to run the paper. Ahmed Versi is an established lobby journalist of three years.

The Muslim News Awards for ExcellenceEdit

The Muslim News established these awards in 2000, under the leadership of founder Ahmed J Versi, with the aim of recognising the achievements of Muslims in the UK, which often go under the radar.[4] In 2014 the Awards celebrated its 12th anniversary, and in a letter to The Muslim News, Prime Minister David Cameron, who was also an attendee said: "Now in its 12th year these prestigious awards showcase the incredible talent in our vibrant Muslim community."

The awards have also previously been attended by British politicians, including former Prime Minister Tony Blair and Prime Minister, Rt Hon Theresa May MP.[5]

Awards and nominationsEdit

In January 2015, The Muslim News was nominated for the Responsible Media of the Year award at the British Muslim Awards.[6]


  1. ^ Jørgen Nielsen; Samim Akgönül; Ahmet Alibašić; Egdunas Racius (19 September 2013). Yearbook of Muslims in Europe. BRILL. p. 699. ISBN 978-90-04-25586-9. Retrieved 13 October 2016.
  2. ^ The Muslim News.
  3. ^ Sophie Gilliat-Ray Muslims in Britain: An Introduction, Cambridge University Press, 2010, p. 237.
  4. ^ "Women dominate all fields of achievement at The Muslim News Awards for Excellence". The Muslim News. Retrieved 2019-02-28.
  5. ^ "Ahmed Versi – Camp UK". Retrieved 2019-02-28.
  6. ^ "British Muslim Awards 2015 finalists unveiled". Asian Image. 23 January 2015. Retrieved 1 November 2015. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)