Huffaz Awards

BKF Project

The Baraka Khan Huffaz Award recognises the achievements of young people that complete the memorisation of the Holy Qur’an.

The Huffaz awards started in early 2010 after Baraka’s father, Iqbal Khan saw Abubakr Karimabadi quietly memorising the Qur’an after school in the main prayer hall of the East London Mosque. He was so impressed with the young man and his attitude towards learning and his gratitude towards his parents, that Iqbal Khan decided to gift a new laptop to Abubakr Karimabadi. However, Abubakr refused, as he thought about his peers before himself. So, Iqbal Khan decided that all of the students completing the memorisation of the Qur’an, would receive a prize and award. Thus, the Baraka Khan Huffaz Award was born.

Through a chance encounter, an incredible project was created to recognise and honour young people that had finished the memorisation of the Qur’an. Huffaz are the light bearers of our communities and the future leaders and scholars of our religious institutions. – Iqbal Khan

The Baraka Khan Huffaz Award works directly with the London East Academy and Al Mizan Primary Schools based at the East London Mosque. Each year, approximately 50 Huffaz graduate from the schools. The Baraka Khan Huffaz Awards, named in honour of Baraka Khan, are a continuation of her strong belief in faith and excellence. 


Q: What is a Huffaz?

Huffaz means a person who has memorised the entire Qur’an. They are also sometimes referred to as Hafiz of the Qur’an.

Q: Why are Huffaz important?

Without Huffaz the longstanding tradition of the rote memorisation of the Holy Qur’an would not be possible. 

Huffaz play an important part in leading congregational prayers in the Islamic faith.

Q: How many Huffaz has the Foundation supported?

The Baraka Khan Foundation has supported over 200 Huffaz since its inception and continues to honour their achievements today.

London East Academy,

46 Whitechapel Road,

London E1 1JX.

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