Top prize for star student Basim

Student Basim Khajwal is presented with his trophy by Mosque leader Afroz Ashrafi.
Student Basim Khajwal is presented with his trophy by Mosque leader Afroz Ashrafi.

A very special awards ceremony was held at the Mohaddis-E-Azam Education Centre and Madani Mosque in Dewsbury.

Basim Khajwal received the first prize trophy during this year’s Maddrassah awards ceremony.

Basim’s award was also in recognition of him successfully gaining 12 A* GCSEs in August.

He is now studying for his A-levels at Heckmondwike Grammar School.

To the delight of his family, friends, school teachers, and his Mosque, the Gomersal lad was also selected last year to represent Great Britain as part of the successful Informatics Computing Team which flew out to the Russian Federation for the 28th International Olympiad Games.

His award was also in recognition for the hard work put in during Maddrassah hours reciting the Koran in proper Arabic ‘Tajweed’ pronunciation.

Other local children from Dewsbury Moor were also in line to pick up lots of trophies at the awards ceremony.

Recipients were selected from a number of categories that included best Koran recitation, good attendance, punctuality and excellent behaviour.

Along with their trophies a number of pupils were also presented with brand new in-line scooters.

Headteacher at the Mohaddis-E-Azam Education Centre, Imam Moalana-Hafiz Faiz-Ur-Rahman, said: “It was a pleasure to recognise Basim’s numerous achievements during this year’s awards ceremony.

“The competition is always tough in the run-up to the awards day, but Basim Khajwal clearly shone out like a star to take the top trophy.

“All our children are a credit to the mosque.

At the Mohaddis-E-Azam Education Centre we are always working to help get the best out of our pupils by motivating them to try and achieve beyond the odds.

“We want all our children to reach their full potential and Basim Khajwal has been an amazing example in this area for everyone. We are proud of Basim.

“This is what positive citizenship is all about in the Islamic faith.”