A R Rehman gets OIC award

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A R Rehman gets OIC award

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Wednesday honoured 10 outstanding Muslims, including A R Rehman, famous Indian music composer, by conferring on them the Jewels of the Muslim World Award.

By T K Devasia

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Published: Thu 26 Sep 2013, 10:19 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 11:09 AM

The awards were given away by Malaysian Minister for Trade and Industry Najib Tun Razaq at a glittering function organised in conjunction with the OIC World Muslim Biz at Putra World Centre here on Wednesday.

The other recipients of the award are boxing great Muhammad Ali, OIC Secretary General Prof Ekmeleddin Ishanoglu, AmBank group chairman Azman Hashim, Sapura Group president Shahril Shamsuddin, Petrofact Group chief executive Ayman Asfari, Malaysian Indian Goldsmiths and Jewellers President Haji Abdul Rasull Bin Abdul Razak, International Islamic University Rector Dr Zaleha Kamaruddin, Hassad Export Co president Asadollah Asgar and Palestine Ambassador to Malaysia Abdelaziz Abughoush.

While Rehman and Muhammed Ali were not present to receive the award, that of Ishanoglu and Ayman Asfari were received by their representatives. In a video speech, Rehman thanked the organisers for selecting him for the prestigious honour.

The award was instituted by the OIC Today magazine to serve as an inspiration to the younger generation and to enhance the image of the Muslims globally as productive and capable participants in the global economy.

The award committee noted that Rehman had enhanced the Muslim prestige by winning the Oscar twice and getting the nomination five times.

The music composer, who redefined the Indian music, was hailed by Time magazine as the ‘Mozart of Madras.

As for Muhammad Ali, the committee said the greatest boxer had never failed to promote Islam as the faith he believes in. He has influenced millions of people across the world by his insight and persistence.


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