The University of Leicester has conferred an honorary degree on Muhammad Shahid Raza, a Muslim cleric and teacher, who serves as Imam at Leicester Central Mosque. He received this honorary Doctorate from Lord Grocott, the University Chancellor at the University’s degree ceremony, which was held at De Montfort Hall.
“The city of Leicester has always been a place of significance in my life since I emigrated from India in the late 70s. One of my first responsibilities as Imam of Leicester Mosque and Leicester Central Mosque was to oversee the moral and spiritual education of children,” Raza was quoted as saying.
Raza serves as the executive secretary and registrar of the Muslim law and is actively involved in various initiatives concerning the wider community in Britain, Europe and North America. He was also awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2008 New Year's Honours list for services to the Muslim community in Leicester.
Muhammad Shahid Raza was born in Bihar and pursued education in Moradabad, Agra and Meerut before shifting to the UK.