Great British Bake Off final 2015: Winner Nadiya Jamir Hussain 'an inspiration to British Muslims'
Great British Bake Off 2015 champion Nadiya Jamir Hussain has been hailed as an "inspiration" to British Muslims.
The champion has "demonstrated the inclusivity of British Muslims in society", according to Dr Omer El-Hamdoon, president of the Muslim Association of Britain (MAB).
Nadiya has referred to her faith before, saying: ''Originally, I was a bit nervous that people would look at me, a Muslim in a headscarf, and wonder if I could bake.
"But I hope that week by week people have realised that I can bake - and just because I'm not a stereotypical British person, it doesn't mean that I am not into bunting, cake and tea."
Her credentials as a baker were proved tonight when she was crowned champion of the hit BBC show.
The MAB said Nadiya has been "an inspiration to many British Muslims, and especially Muslim women".
The organisation added: "Her participating in the Great British Bake Off has demonstrated the connection that young British Muslims have with British society.
"The hijab that she wears has not deterred her from participating and winning the show. This demonstrates how Muslims have made great efforts in integrating into society; and how they are achieving that in many various aspects."
Dr Omer El-Hamdoon said: "We are really delighted that Nadiya has won the Great British Bake Off, as she has demonstrated the inclusivity of British Muslims in society.
"This is the message that organisations like MAB continue to advocate to Muslims about the necessity of being active Muslims who participate at different levels.
"We are really happy for her and her family."
Nadiya has previously said: ''I'm just as British as anyone else, and I hope I have proved that. The feedback I have had reveals how accepting people are of different cultures and religions.
"Now people know who I am, I can see how tolerant and accepting British society is.''
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