Musharraf Hussain OBE, DL, is the Chief Executive of the Karimia Institute Nottingham, England and the Chief Editor of The Invitation, a Muslim community magazine. He is a Senior Trustee of Muslim Hands and a Trustee of the National Centre for Citizenship and Law in the United Kingdom. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Staffordshire University in 2005 for his services to the British Muslim community and an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2008.
Formerly, he was the Director of the PGCE course sponsored by the Teacher Training Agency, former Vice Chair of the Association of Muslim Schools (UK) (2000-2003), the Chairman of the Christian Muslim forum (UK) (2008-10) and the Chairman of UK- Indonesian Islamic advisory group at the FCO.
Born in 1958, he came to Britain from Pakistan in 1966 with his parents to Halifax, where he memorised the glorious Quran, learnt Tajweed and basic Quranic Arabic. After completing a degree in Biochemistry at Aston University, he went on to gain a Science Doctorate. He worked as scientist until 1990, and then decided to dedicate himself to serving the community. He read Islamic Studies at a seminary in Pakistan and at Al-Azhar University Cairo.
In 1995, Dr. Musharraf helped establish a Muslim boarding school for boys in Retford, England, where he was the head teacher for 3 years. In 1997, he was appointed Director of the Karimia Institute. He began working on a number of projects ranging from community development to raising educational achievements of Pakistani children to adult classes and interfaith work. Currently, Karimia Institute runs some 20 projects and is a premier Muslim organisation in the UK.
He has translated and written twenty books about traditional Islamic teachings to help Muslims practice their religion as well as some two hundred articles. His book on introduction to Islam has been published by Nelson and Thornes and is taught in secondary schools in England. He is a familiar voice on BBC Radio Nottingham’s Thought For The Day and Radio 2’s Pause For Thought.
Over the past fifteen years, he has worked tirelessly promoting interfaith work locally and nationally. He has organised three conferences for Imams and Christian ministers for fostering better understanding amongst Christian and Muslim leadership.