High-flyers from around the country gathered in Bradford for the glittering annual British Muslim Awards on January 31.

Outstanding figures in the fields of business, sport, charity, and the arts, among others, were rewarded for their achievements at the ceremony at the Bradford Hotel.

Bradford West MP Naz Shah said the awards served to show people around the world that British Muslims were great role models.

A spokesman for Al Rayan Bank said: “We congratulate all of the winners of this year’s British Muslim Awards, they fully deserve the recognition that they have received. We also congratulate the nominees for the positive effect that they have had on their communities over the last 12 months.”

The evening showcased and celebrated the finalists’ sheer determination and hard work alongside the personal and commercial achievements of individuals and organisations whose work often goes unrecognised.

Bradford winners included Sabbiyah Pervez who is BBC Look North’s community correspondent and blogger. She won the Rising Star in the Media award and paid tribute to the community for their support.

Senior partner at Whiterose Blackmans Solicitors LLP, Kamran Hussain took the Services to Law award.

Based in Leeds, Kamran qualified in 2005 as a solicitor and set up the practice with partners in 2008.

He said: “I am honoured and humbled to have received this award. I would like to thank my parents, my wife, my family, friends, colleagues and our clients for their support over the years. Without them, I would not have got to where I am today.”

Meanwhile Leeds University graduate Adeem Younis scooped the Entrepreneur of the Year award.

The businessman and philanthropist is no stranger to accolades as the founder of the Penny Appeal charity which he set up in 2009.

Last year the charity raised nearly £14m and operates in disaster relief efforts across the world. He also set up ‘halal dating’ website SingleMuslim.com and has helped more than 20,000 couples get wed and featured on television.

Irfan Younis, CEO of Oceanic Consulting who organized the awards said: “For a community that is often victim to misrepresentation, it is great to see the work that the finalists have been doing in various different sectors across the country showcased in a positive light and we hope to keep showcasing such committed and talented nominees in years to come.”

The evening also helped to raise funds for the National Zakat Foundation, a charity with a vision for an entirely “faithful, confident, selfless and self-sufficient Muslim community in the United Kingdom.”