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Mr Sacranie was born in Malawi in 1951 and his family were among the many East African Asians who followed the British presence out of the continent at the end of the empire.

Educated in London, Mr Sacranie trained as an accountant and went on to become managing director of the family business.

He and his wife Yasmin, who married in 1976, have three sons and two daughters. During the early 1980s, he joined with many other Muslims in considering how to improve the position of the growing faith community within British society.

Mr Sacranie was involved in a variety of groups which culminated in the formation of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) in 1997, an umbrella body drawing support from hundreds of affiliates.

He became the second secretary general of the body in 2002. In 1999, he was made an OBE in recognition of his efforts in the community, including his work for race relations, charity and in a former advisory role to the Home Office.

Contributions / Achievements:

Founder of Muslim Council of Britain

Influence & Impact on the community:

Iqbal has contributed considerably to community cohesion within the UK both through the Muslim Council of Britain and many government and community initiatives. He has also been instrumental in creating a more singular voice for Muslims in the UK


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