WCF member Imam Monawar Hussain, Founder of The Oxford Foundation; Muslim Tutor and Imam at Eton College; Muslim Chaplain at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; has been awarded the prestigious Sternberg Interfaith Gold Medallion, for his work nationally, in building relationships between the different faith communities in the United Kingdom.
The Award Ceremony was hosted by The Provost and Head Master at Eton College, Windsor, on 9th March 2020.
The Sternberg Interfaith Gold Medallion is awarded by the Trustees of the Sir Sigmund Sternberg Charitable Foundation to those who have 'endeavoured to make an exceptional contribution to the improvement of understanding between the faiths in the United Kingdom, and across the world'. Some of the previous recipients’ of the award include: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, King Hassan II of Morocco, Pope John Paul II, Cardinal Basil Hume, President Mary Robinson of Ireland, Lord Yehudi Menuhin and Cardinal Edward Cassidy.
Imam Monawar Hussain, MBE DL stated:
“I feel deeply moved and honoured, to have been awarded this most prestigious award. I accept this on behalf of my wonderful family, my friends and all those who have supported me in my work, to build deeper understanding between our diverse faiths and cultures, in the United Kingdom.
“At a time when populist and extremist narratives of hate, division and violence, are being propagated by extremists, it is more important than ever, that we continue to stand united in our common humanity, love, compassion, understanding and respect for one another.”
Michael Sternberg QC KCFO
Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
Chair, Sir Sigmund Sternberg Charitable Foundation, stated:
“This is a hugely well-deserved award to Monawar, recognising as it does his unique and extensive contributions to interfaith relations over so many years in such an attractive and effective way. We are indeed very lucky to have him.”