30 JUL 2014

Buddhist - Muslim Dialogue at House of Lords

On Wednesday 30 July the Conservative Muslim Forum organised a  gathering of Buddhists and Muslims for dialogue about concerns regarding recent events in some parts of Sri Lanka. People from all walks of life around the country, including Sri Lankans from all communities, Sinhal...


22 JUL 2014

Altaf Hussain represents CMF at Royal Welsh Show

The Royal Welsh Agricultural Show has been staged annually by the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society, and now has a permanent site Llanelwedd near Builth. It brings together urban and rural Wales with many activities throughout each of the four days of the event. That makes it an ideal place to ...


16 JUL 2014

Altaf Hussain supports World War 1 Commemoration

This year around the world, nations, communities and individuals of all ages are coming together to mark, commemorate and remember the lives of those who lived, fought and died in the First World War. The First World War claimed the lives of over 16 million people, involved over 100 countries from A...


10 JUL 2014

Mohammed Amin pays tribute to Lord Sheikh

Lord Sheikh's letter of 7 July 2014 gives the background to his relinquishing the chairmanship of the CMF. He formally communicated this to the Executive of the CMF at its meeting on Wednesday 25 June 2014. That meeting appointed him as President of the CMF and appointed Mohammed Amin as CMF Chairma...


09 JUL 2014

Welsh Srebrenica Commemoration Event

On Wednesday 9 July 2014 Dr Altaf Hussain, Chairman of CMF Wales, attended the inaugural Remembering Srebrenica memorial event in Cardiff at the National Museum of Wales. The event was hosted by Mr Saleem Kidwai and the keynote speaker was David Melding AM, Deputy Presiding Offi...


07 JUL 2014

Lord Sheikh relinquishes CMF Chairmanship

Lord Sheikh has sent the letter at this link to all CMF members and supporters by email. For convenience the text of the letter is also reproduced below. The Lord Sheikh Conservative Muslim Forum The Conservative Party CCHQ 4 Matthew Parker Street London, SE1 7TY 7th July 2014 Dear...


26 JUN 2014

Lord Sheikh's speech on British Values in Education

On 26 June 2014, the House of Lords held a short debate on Education: British Values. It was initiated by Lord Storey asking the short question: "To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to promote British values in all educational establishments in the United Kingdom in the next y...


23 JUN 2014

Lord Sheikh's speech on the Armed Forces

On Monday 23 June the House of Lords held a debate on the Armed Forces. It can be read on Hansard at this link. Lord Sheikh spoke, and the text of his speech is reproduced below. Lord Sheikh’s speech on The Role of the Armed Forces in the House of Lords on 23rd June 2014  My Lords,...


18 JUN 2014

"Be a Councillor" event

On 18 June 2014 the CMF held an event, “Be a Local Councillor”,  in the House of Lords. It was organised in association with Local Government Association Conservative Group. Talented people who are passionate about their local communities – who represent the views o...


09 JUN 2014

Lord Sheikh's welcoming the Modern Slavery Bill

The Queen's Speech on 4 June 2014 laid out the Government's legislative agenda. Afterwards, the House of Lords debated the speech over three days. On 9 June 2014 gave a particular welcome to the Modern Slavery Bill. The debate in full is at this link. We have reproduced the text of Lord Sheikh's sp...


05 JUN 2014

Campaigning at the Newark by-election

A historic by-election was held in Newark on 5 June 2014 after the resignation of the previous MP Patrick Mercer. Although Mr Mercer's majority in 2010 was 16,152 the by-election was expected to be hard fought. Many members of the Conservative Muslim Forum helped to support the Conservative candidat...


05 JUN 2014

CMF Annual Report 2013-2014

The Chairman of the CMF, Lord Sheikh, has prepared the report below summarising the CMF's activities over the last year. It is published here to share it more widely. Conservative Muslim Forum Report 2013-14 Conservative Muslim Forum (CMF) is now a potent organisation and the number of our members...


02 JUN 2014

Educating Muslim Pupils

On 2 June 2014 the Association of Muslim Schools held an all-day conference at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London, with the subject "Educating Muslim Pupils: Nurturing Excellence, Inspiring Futures." CMF Chairman Lord Sheikh gave the opening speech. Lord Sheikh reminded the audience...


28 MAY 2014

CMF at Welsh Conservative Party Spring Conference

The CMF was strongly represented at the Welsh Conservative Party Spring Conference which was held at the Llangollen Pavilion on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th April. Dr Altaf Hussain, Chairman of CMF Wales, Area Chairman, South Wales West Conservative Council, organised and chaired a CMF fringe...


21 MAY 2014

First cousin marriage - the science and the implications

On 13 May 2014 the Conservative Muslim Forum held an event on the relationship between first cousin marriage and birth defects, and the policy implications. As is our policy with CMF events, we began with a Quran recitation which was given by Imam Shakeel. The event was then introduced b...


14 MAY 2014

Preliminary meeting of Armed Forces Muslim Forum

As part of their outreach activities, on 14 May 2014 the Armed Forces hosted a meeting at the offices of the Ministry of Defence on Whitehall. The meeting was organised by Imam Asim Hafiz, Islamic Religious Advisor to the Chief of the Defence Staff and Service Chiefs, and the Master of Ceremonies w...


30 APR 2014

Telephone canvassing at CCHQ

Canvassing, both in person and by telephone, is vital in politics to ascertain which voters may support our party. Telephone cavassing can be done by people from home and also in London from Conservative Campaign Headquarters. The CMF holds regular telephone canvassing sessions, and CMF members also...


05 APR 2014

CMF at the Conservative Spring Forum

This year the Conservative Spring Forum was held on 5 April 2014 at the prestigious venue of the Grand Connaught Rooms,  Great Queen Street, London. The CMF was well represented, including Mohammed Amin, Faruk Miah and Dr Altaf Hussain from the CMF Executive. The leadership of the Conservative...


31 MAR 2014

CMF at the Muslim News Awards

The Muslim News Awards are organised each year by Mr Ahmed Versi, editor and publisher of the Muslim News. The Twelfth Awards held on 31 March 2014 were particularly prestigious as they marked the 25'th anniversary of The Muslim News. There was a glittering array of guests, headed by the Prime Minis...


28 MAR 2014

CMF Executive meets with army

The CMF's fourth objective is "Encourage Muslims to make effective and positive contributions to the development of an inclusive and cohesive society in the United Kingdom." Accordingly we encourage Muslims to be involved with all of the organisations that provide an opportunity to serve our societ...


28 MAR 2014

Halal and Kosher slaughter in the UK

British Muslims have recently been alarmed at the sudden and rather aggressive publicity surrounding the issue of religious methods of slaughter of animals for food. Our Chairman Lord Sheikh, has been particularly concerned and hence decided to take up the cause and take appropriate action. On 16th...


27 MAR 2014

CMF supports Harrow West AGM

Harrow West is a constituency presently held by Labour which the Conservative Party needs to win at the next general election. The CMF has been doing what it can to assist the candidate, Ms Hannah David. In that regard, Lord Sheikh was guest of honour at the Harrow West Conservative Association AGM...


05 MAR 2014

An attempt to criminalise wearing niqab and burqa

Muslims differ in their opinions regarding the religious signficance of wearing niqab or burqa. However almost all Muslims agree that this should be a personal decision of the wearer, and is not a matter for the state except  when special considerations apply such as security or the need t...


28 FEB 2014

Telephone canvassing for Harrow West

In a tight election, every vote matters. Victory often depends upon getting those people who support you to actually go and vote. In turn that requires you to know who your supporters are, which is the task of canvassing. While canvassing often feels tedious, sustained canvassing effort often makes ...


26 FEB 2014

CMF Youth host Rory Stewart MP on Afghanistan

The CMF Youth Wing hosted Rory Stewart OBE FRSL MP, academic, author and former diplomat in the House of Lords for a discussion on "The Endgame in Afghanistan: Opportunities and Challenges". Rory Stewart is an expert on Afghanistan. A former diplomat, at the request of of HRH The Prince of Wal...


13 FEB 2014

Campaigning in Enfield North constituency

The most important thing in democratic politics is to win elections. If you do not get elected to Parliament, you do not have the ability to speak in Parliament or to vote on new laws. If the Conservative Party does not have sufficient MPs to form a government, then the country will be run by other ...


04 FEB 2014

Integrate or Disintegrate - Saira Khan's message to the British people

On 28 January 2014 a packed audience in House of Lords Committtee Room 4A received an exceptionally passionate and highly personal presentation from Saira Khan. Saira Khan shot to fame in the first series of the smash hit BBC 2 TV Series “The Apprentice," in 2005, where she was the runne...


03 FEB 2014

Conserative Policy Forum Winter Conference

On 25 and 26 January 2014 the Conservative Policy Forum held its annual Winter Conference in Leeds. Members of the Conservative Muslim Forum were very much in evidence, with Mohammed Amin, Faruk Miah, Raja Najabat Hussain and Dr Ghulam Abbas attending. Attending such events and asking questions fro...


31 JAN 2014

Lord Sheikh's speech at House of Lords Interfaith Ethical Finance Roundtable

On 24 September 2013 the Islamic Finance Council UK organised this event at the House of Lords, with the keynote speaker being the Archbishop of Canterbury. Lord Sheikh is a patron of the Islamic Finance Council UK, was co-chair of the event and gave the following speech. As Patron of th...


23 JAN 2014

House of Lords debate on Animal Welfare: Methods of Slaughter

On 16 January 2014 the House of Lords had a debate on Animal Welfare:Methods of Slaughter. The debate can be read in full at this link. Lord Sheikh spoke, and his speech is copied below followed by a further statement from Lord Sheikh. Lord Sheikh’s speech My Lords, I speak as a Muslim...


26 DEC 2013

CMF visit to Bradford area

Much politics takes place on a large scale, via the media or large public meetings. However most of it takes place at a local level, with relatively small groups of people. The speakers can be either local or national figures. This type of politics is known in the USA, and now also in the UK, as the...


11 DEC 2013

Congratulations to Syed Kamall MEP

We were delighted to learn that the Conservative group in the European Parliament has chosen Syed Kamall MEP as its new leader and send him our warmest congratulations. Syed has represented London in the European Parliament exceptionally well since he was elected in 2005. In particular his rol...


10 DEC 2013

Rt Hon Dominic Grieve MP's comments about electoral corruption

On Saturday 23 November 2013, the Daily Telegraph newspaper reported an interview with the Rt Hon Dominic Grieve, MP for Beaconsfield and Attorney General. The story can be read on the internet at this link. When the story was reported on radio and television, the media gave enormous emphasis to a p...


09 DEC 2013

Giving thanks for the life of Nelson Mandela

Photograph attribution: South Africa The Good News / www.sagoodnews.co.za This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license The death of Nelson Mandela has united people all around the world who are both saddened by his death and grateful that South Africa ...


25 NOV 2013

House of Lords short debate on Islam

On 19 November 2013 the UKIP peer Lord Pearson of Rannoch initiated a short debate by asking the following question: To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the basis for the statement by the Prime Minister on 3 June that "There is nothing in Islam that justifies acts of terror" His speech to...


22 NOV 2013

Dinner celebrating the CMF Deputy Chairman's award from Clare College

After Lord Sheikh learned that Clare College Cambridge had selected the CMF's Deputy Chairmain Mohammed Amin as Alumnus of the Year 2014 he invited Mr Amin and his wife  to a celebratory dinner and extended his invitation to the entire Executive of the Conservative Muslim Forum. ...


18 NOV 2013

Lord Sheikh hosts Yorkshire Sikh Forum at the House of Lords

On Thursday 10 October 2013 Lord Sheikh hosted a delegation from the Yorkshire Sikh Forum for tea at the House of Lords. He was supported from the Conservative Muslim Forum by Lady Sheikh, Deputy Chairman Mohammed Amin and Executive Member Fuad Hamzeh. The guest of honour was the Rt Hon Eric Pi...


12 NOV 2013

CMF Executive members amongst the Brightest 100 British Bangladeshis

On Thursday 6 November 2013, an awards ceremony was held to recognise the Brightest 100 British Bangladeshi’s in the UK in the magnificent Jubilee Room of the House of Commons. The publication of the ‘Brightest 100’ is the brainchild of Wazid Hassan Shelim of Pride of Asia. He ...


07 NOV 2013

CMF Eid al Adha Reception

The Conservative Muslim Forum held its annual Eid ul-Adha reception on 6 November 2013 in Conference Room E of Westminster House, 7 Millbank, London. The evening was well attended, with over 120 participants from Britain's diverse communities. The diversity of the participants was reflected in the ...


04 NOV 2013

CMF members attend Prime Minister's Eid Reception

Each year the Prime Minister hosts a reception at No. 10 Downing Street to celebrate Eid. This year the event was held on Monday 21 October. Invitations to this event are always highly sought after. Accordingly we were very pleased that a number of members of the Conservative Muslim Forum were able...


03 NOV 2013

Recognition for our Deputy Chairman

Photograph of Clare College, Cambridge (Peter Church) / CC BY-SA 2.0 Clare was founded in 1326 and is the second oldest college in Cambridge. It is seen in many photographs of Cambridge due to its location by the river next to King's College Chapel. 45 years ago Clare College offered a place to ...


02 NOV 2013

Secretary of State for Health addresses CMF meeting

On 29 October 2013 the Secretary of State for Health, the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP addressed a meeting of the Conservative Muslim Forum and took questions. The CMF has many members who either work in the medical professions or take a strong interest in health issues and has an active Health Group....


01 NOV 2013

Tribute to Emperor Bahadur Shah II and Mushaira at House of Lords

A literary and cultural evening was held on 24 October 2013 at the House of Lords. This was a first for the CMF but hopefully will not be the last. Lord Sheikh, CMF Chairman, described how the idea germinated after the splendid Mughal Exhibition at the British Library a few mon...


31 OCT 2013

Launch of CMF East Midlands

The Conservative Party is a party for all parts of the country, and Muslims are now found everywhere in Britain. Accordingly setting up local branches is a key part of the Conservative Muslim Forum's strategy. On Saturday 19 October, we launched the Conservative Muslim Forum East Midlands Branch at...


30 OCT 2013

Prime Minister's announcements on Islamic finance

Over the last week, the Prime Minister has made two announcements which demonstrate the Government's commitment to ensuring that Muslims are not excluded from the financial system due to their faith, and to ensuring that Britain remains the leading country for international Islamic finance outside t...


19 OCT 2013

More outreach at Raynes Park School

Our fourth and fifth objectives are: Encourage Muslims to make effective and positive contributions to the development of an inclusive and cohesive society in the United Kingdom. Work to maintain and build bridges with all communities and religions within the United Kingdom. Accordingly when ...


07 OCT 2013

Raza Anjum attends US Ambassador's Eid Reception

Raza Anjum, Chairman of the CMF Youth Wing, attended an Eid reception hosted by His Excellency Matthew W. Barzun, the Ambassador of the United States of America to the United Kingdom which was held on 5 September 2013 at Winfield House, the Ambassador's official residence. While he was there R...


01 OCT 2013

Islamic Finance fringe event at Conservative Party Conference

On Tuesday 1 October 2013, the Associate Parliamentary Group on Islamic Finance and Diversity in Financial Markets held a fringe event "The importance of Islamic Finance in UK Growth." The event was chaired by Lord Sheikh, Vice Chair, Associate Parliamentary Group on Islamic Finance ...


30 SEP 2013

CMF Evening Fringe Meeting at Conservative Party Conference

At 6pm on Monday 30 September 2013 the national Conservative Muslim Forum and its branches in Yorkshire & Humber and the North West held a fringe meeting, hosted by Lord Sheikh, CMF Chairman. The venue was the Zouk Tea Bar and Grill Restaurant, The Quadrangle, Chester Street, Man...


28 SEP 2013

Outreach activity at Rayne's Park School

Some of the Conservative Muslim Forum's work is not expressly political. Our fourth and fifth objectives are: Encourage Muslims to make effective and positive contributions to the development of an inclusive and cohesive society in the United Kingdom. Work to maintain and build bridges with all ...


27 SEP 2013

CMF Executive members undertake humanitarian work in Savar

The 24 April 2013 collapse of a garment factory in Savar in the Greater Dhaka region in Bangladesh horrified the world, with a death toll of over 1,000. Several members of the CMF Executive and their friends were deeply touched by the disaster, and decided to visit Bangladesh at their own expense t...


04 SEP 2013

CMF event at CCHQ for Conservative Candidates

To win the 2015 General Election, the Conservative Party needs to win votes from all regions of the country, and from all parts of the community. Historically, most British Muslims have voted for parties other than the Conservative Party. However at each general election the share won by the Conser...


01 SEP 2013

Harrow West Conservatives Annual Dinner

Harrow West is a constituency presently held by Labour MP Gareth Thomas. Conservative candidate Hannah David aims to change that in the 2015 General Election, and the Conservative Muslim Forum is doing its bit to help her. On Friday 12 July 2013, Harrow West Conservative Association held a black ti...


23 JUL 2013

Royal Baby

The Conservative Muslim Forum is delighted to offer its loyal congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their son. The birth of the future king of the United Kingdom and of many other countries is a major global news event. However it is also a deeply personal occasi...


18 JUL 2013

Mosque hosts David Burrowes MP's Constituency Surgery

The regular constituency surgery is an essential tool for Members of Parliament to stay in touch with their constituents. They provide constituents with a forum to raise issues of local or national concern or request for intervention by the MP on their behalf with local or n...


17 JUL 2013

Celebrating Emmeline Pankhurst

15 July 2013 saw the 155'th anniversary of the birth of Emmeline Pankhurst who became a supporter of the suffragette movement at the age of eight, and went on to become its leader. Her contribution to British life is commemorated by a statue to her in Victoria Tower Gardens, the publi...


10 JUL 2013

Launch of CMF Yorkshire and Humber branch

The Conservative Party is a party for all parts of the country, and Muslims are now found everywhere in Britain. Accordingly setting up local branches is a key part of the Conservative Muslim Forum's strategy. Friday 5 July 2013 saw the the launch of our branch for Yorkshire and Humber at an event ...


09 JUL 2013

Executive members support telephone canvassing at CCHQ

In politics, to get your policies implemented you have to win elections. Canvassing, both in person and by telephone is an essential requirement for winning. The goal is not to persuade people, but to find identify which electors support the Conservative Party, so that they can be reminded and&...


01 JUL 2013

Shaheen Mahmood hosts Chipping Barnet Conservative Association

The Conservative Muslim Forum is an integral part of the Conservative Party. Accordingly CMF members are active in supporting their local Conservative Associations. On Sunday 30 June, CMF Administrator Shaheen Mahmood hosted Chipping Barnet Conservatives at her home, at an event supported by Fiona ...


30 JUN 2013

CMF Fundraising Dinner at Bundu Khan Restaurant

On Wednesday 1 May, the CMF held a fundraising dinner at Bundu Khan Restaurant on Commercial Street. This was attended by over 120 people who came to support the CMF, sample the excellent cuisine, and hear from speakers who included:   Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Popat of Harrow Lord ...


28 MAY 2013

CMF Executive members attend "MP of the Year 2013" launch event

On Monday 25th February 2013, CMF Executive members Hashim Bhatti and Rabia Bhatti attended the launch event for "MP of the Year 2013." This new award was launched in association with Mosaic Associates, Three Faiths Forum and UpRising and was hosted by Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson. The MP of the Ye...


27 MAY 2013

Hashim Bhatti participates in the Faith Matters Ambassadors project 2013 in Westminster

Building on the skills and experience he gained during the Three Faiths Forum Undergraduate ParliaMentors scheme, Hashim Bhatti (CMF Executive member) has been working with Faith Matters. The Ambassadors project brings together people of different faiths and gets them to interact with each other thr...


26 MAY 2013

Hashim Bhatti selected for the Interact Leadership programme 2013

On Friday 15th March 2013, CMF Executive member, Hashim Bhatti, was selected for a three month internship with Interact. Hashim has been working at the grassroots level in the London Borough of Barnet looking at issues ranging from homelessness and animal rights to youth unemployment. He will be hol...


25 MAY 2013

CMF Executive members invited onto Bangladeshi channel NTV

On Wednesday 24th April 2013, CMF Executive members, Faruk Miah MBE, Councillor Asif Ayub, Ahmedur Rahman and Hashim Bhatti were invited onto the Bangladeshi TV channel, ‘NTV’ which transmits on the Sky platform channel number 852. The were asked to discuss the importance of being invol...


22 MAY 2013

Murder on the streets of Woolwich

The Conservative Muslim Forum is shocked and horrified by the murder of a man on the streets of Woolwich, London earlier today. Reports indicate that the victim was a soldier and that the killers shouted Allahu Akbar (Arabic for “God is great”) as they carried out their crime. A video h...


13 MAY 2013

CMF delegation visits European Parliament

On 22 April 2013 Executive Member Faruk Miah MBE led a delegation of 22 CMF members and supporters, including Lady Sheikh, on a visit to the European Parliament. The European Parliament is the directly elected parliamentary institution of the European Union (EU) and it helps to ...


13 MAY 2013

Hashim Bhatti participates in BAME Young Leaders Mentoring with Lynton Crosby AO

On Tuesday 15th January 2013, CMF Executive member Hashim Bhatti was invited to participate in a BAME (Black and Minority Ethnic) Young Leaders mentoring session with Lynton Crosby AO (Order of Australia). Lynton Crosby is the chief political strategist in charge of David Cameron’s 2015 re-el...


29 APR 2013

CMF holds AGM

The Conservative Muslim Forum held its annual general meeting at 1 Millbank on Tuesday 16 April. As the agenda was relatively short, the meeting was scheduled to precede the monthly meeting of the CMF Executive. As with all CMF events, we began with a Quran recitation which was given by Cllr Altaf ...


19 APR 2013

Private viewing of British Library's Mughal India Exhibition

The British Library recently had a major exhibition "Mughal India: Art, Culture and Empire" which is now closed. At its peak, the Mughal Empire stretched from Kabul in the northwest and covered most of the South Asian subcontinent. Descendants of Timur (Tamerlane), the Mughal emperors ruled over th...


08 APR 2013

CMF mourns the death of Baroness Thatcher

The Executive of the Conservative Muslim Forum is deeply saddened by the death of Baroness Thatcher, and extends its sympathy to her family. It is our country’s good fortune that at key moments of crisis, great leaders emerge. It is hard to remember now the state of our country at th...


06 APR 2013

Fundraising dinner 1 May 2013

The Conservative Muslim Forum is holding a fundraising dinner on 1 May 2013. Full details are on the future events page.


13 MAR 2013

CMF holds Islam Awareness Week event in the House of Lords

The week beginning 10 March 2013 marked the 20th annual Islam Awareness Week, an initiative started by the Islamic Society of Britain in 1993. On Wednesday 13 March, the Conservative Muslim Forum hosted the Islamic Society of Britain at the House of Lords. The audience drawn from many listened to...


27 JAN 2013

The CMF is now on Twitter

The Conservative Muslim Forum now has its own official Twitter account. Our handle is @ConservativeMF Please follow us if you are on Twitter.        


23 JAN 2013

Event on Women's Health

The Conservative Muslim Forum organised a talk on health issues particularly affecting Asian women, which took place in Committee Room 4A of the House of Lords. The speaker was Dr Surraiya Zia MBBS, FRCOG, DGO, D.Obs, DCH, LM, DFFP (seated centre in the picture below). The event was chaired by...


15 NOV 2012

Altaf Hussain canvassing in the Police & Crime Commissioner Elections

Canvassing is one of the most important things we do in politics, since it is crucial to winning elections. Everyone in the CMF is encouraged to get more involved in this, regardless of what else you do for the Conservative Party. Here we see Excecutive member Altaf Hussain working the phones ...


12 NOV 2012

CMF members canvassing in Corby

Campaigning is one of the most important things that political organisations do. After all, if you fail to get elected you can never implement your policies! On Saturday 3 November a group of Conservatives were canvassing in Corby for our candidate Christine Emmett. They included two members of the...


11 NOV 2012

CMF at the Conservative Party Conference

As in previous years, the CMF was well represented at the Party Conference in Birmingham in October. We had a stand in the Party Zone of the exhibition hall and signed up a large number of new members. A number of CMF members helped us to staff the CMF stand. The following names are in al...


02 OCT 2012

CMF Executive Member Rabia Bhatti receives two awards

On 23 March 2012, Rabia Bhatti was awarded the Tamgha-i-Pakistan on the recommendation of the Prime Minister of Pakistan for being one of the most successful and influential British Pakistani's on a national and international level. The award is conferred by the President of Pakistan and the phot...


01 OCT 2012

Outcome of applications for USA Political Exchange

This is a brief report on the judging of applications to take part in this programme. Fifty complete applications were received within the time limit specified, and they were assessed by a committee of four, comprising Karen Huntress (Assistant Cultural Attache, US Embassy), Mohammed Amin (CMF ...


12 SEP 2012

Murder of the American ambassador in Libya

The Conservative Muslim Forum is horrified and saddened by the loss of life in the attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi and the killing of the American ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other people. We understand from news media that those responsible for the killings claim that they a...


17 AUG 2012

Forthcoming Police and Crime Commissioner Elections

15 November will see elections throughout England and Wales to elect Police and Crime Commissioners. (London is excluded since the Mayor of London already has the same powers as a Police and Crime Commissioner.)It is important for the Conservative Party that we win as many of these elections as poss...


17 AUG 2012

Closing day for applications for USA Political Exchange

This is a reminder that today is the last day for applications to the USA Political Exchange programme. As the application form requires a referee, some potential applicants have asked whether Lord Sheikh (CMF Chairman) or Mohammed Amin (CMF Vice Chairman) could be their referee. In each case Lord ...


14 AUG 2012

The need to end violence in Burma

Many British people have been horrified by the recent violence in Rakhine State in Burma. The BBC News website has an excellent short background briefing on the issue. The British Government has taken a strong position on this issue. Our Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs the R...


09 AUG 2012

CMF statement on Wisconsin Sikh Temple killings

The Conservative Muslim Forum was shocked and deeply saddened by the murder of six innocent Sikhs on Sunday 5 August while they were attending a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin in the suburbs of Milwaukee. Our thoughts go out to the bereaved and their lost loved ones, and we pray for the recover...


20 JUN 2012

CMF Health Event on Cardiology and Nutrition

The Conservative Muslim Forum organised an event on Heart Disease and Obesity at the House of Lords on 20 June 2012.  The event was co-chaired Lord Sheikh (chair of the CMF) Dr M Farrukh Hussain, consultant psychiatrist and chair of CMF Health.  Dr Shakeel Qureshi, a renowned Consulta...


13 JUN 2012

CMF Health – second visit by Rt. Hon Andrew Lansley CBE MP

The Conservative Muslim Forum held a meeting last year when the Secretary of State for Health Andrew Lansley outlined the Government’s proposals for major changes in the NHS and its service delivery.  Lord Sheikh invited him back to speak at our event on 13th June 2012 for update on ...


11 JUN 2012

Abrar Ul Haq Event

              The Conservative Muslim Forum invited the renowned asian pop singer and philanthropist Abrar Ul Haq to speak at the House of Lords about his musical career and charitable work. The event was chaired by CMF Youth Chairman Raza Anjum who n...


23 MAY 2012

Raza Anjum represents the UK at Transatlantic Inclusion Leaders Conference

Raza Anjum, Chairman of the CMF Youth Wing, was one of two United Kingdom representatives at the Transatlantic Inclusion Leaders Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. The three day conference held on 22-24 April 2012 was sponsored by the U.S. State Department and brought together more than 70 young ele...


22 MAY 2012

CMF Youth host Gavin Barwell MP

CMF Youth hosted Gavin Barwell, MP for Croydon Central, in the House of Lords for a discussion on "The Conservative Party's plans to promote community cohesion and integration". The event was chaired by CMF Youth Chairman Raza Anjum who in his opening remarks highlighted the need for all ethnic mino...


07 MAY 2012

Congratulations to Boris Johnson on his re-election

The Conservative Muslim Forum is delighted to congratulate Boris Johnson on his re-election as Mayor of London. In the last four years, Boris has led the way in preserving and enhancing the status of London as the premier world city, and as a place for Londoners to live and to develop their careers...


30 APR 2012

Canvassing for Boris

The CMF has been active in helping with telephone canvassing for Boris Johnson's re-election campaign. We are doing our next session on Monday 30th April 2012 at 6pm at CCHQ. Please come along. Since the election is now less than a week away, CCHQ will be running its telephone canvassing...


30 APR 2012

CMF Canvassing

The Conservative Muslim Forum has been campaigning on behalf of the Party (Boris Johnson) in the run up to the London Mayoral elections, with this aspect of our work being coordinated by our Administrator Shaheen Mahmood and led by our Vice Chairman Mohammed Amin. This has included: Mohammed Amin...


30 APR 2012

Shaheen Mahmood selected as Conservative Councillor Candidate

Message from Lord Sheikh (Chairman of the Conservative Muslim Forum): I am very pleased to announce that Shaheen Mahmood, who is our Executive Secretary, has been selected as a Conservative Councillor candidate in Chipping Barnet - Brunswick Park Ward. Unfortunately the vacancy arose because of th...


27 APR 2012

CMF helps to organise Boris / Ken hustings meeting

On 27 April 2012 Conservative Party candidate Boris Johnson and Labour Party candidate Ken Livingstone took part in the first ever London Mayoral hustings meeting before an all Muslim audience comprising 40 Conservative supporters, 40 Labour supporters and 20 neutrals. The event was hosted by the l...


12 APR 2012

Hajj Exbihition

  Lord Sheikh, Chairman, arranged a private viewing of the Hajj Exhibition: Journey to the Heart of Islam at the British Museum for members of the Conservative Muslim Forum. Over 150 members attended the exhibition and we have received excellent feedback from the attendees. Members of the CMF ...


21 MAR 2012

CMF statement on the killings in France

The Executive of the Conservative Muslim Forum was horrified by the recent killings in France. Firstly three French soldiers (two Muslims and one Catholic) were murdered and then three young Jewish children, two of them brothers, have been murdered along with the father of the two brothers. All ...


14 MAR 2012

Mr Terry Smith addresses CMF Meeting

Over 50 people attended a talk by Mr Terry Smith, Chief Executive of Fundsmith LLP and also Chief Executive of Tullett Prebon plc, on the subject "The most important mistakes people make when managing their savings". The meeting held in the House of Lords was chaired by Mohammed Amin, CMF Vi...


29 FEB 2012

UMO Eid Milad-un-Nabi Dinner

Lord Sheikh, as Chairman of the Conservative Muslim Forum, attended the Eid Milad-un-Nabi dinner organised by UMO (Union of Muslim Organisations in the UK & Ireland). In his speech Lord Sheikh paid tribute to the late Dr. Pasha, founder of UMO, who unfortunately passed away recently. Lord She...


14 FEB 2012

Tunisia - One Year After the Revolution

  The Conservative Muslim Forum held a meeting in the House of Lords entitled "Tunisia - One year after the Revolution - Challenges and Opportunities". The speakers at the meeting included Lord Sheikh (Chairman), HE Mr Hatem Atallah (Tunisian Ambassador) and Dr. Noureddine Malidi. Lord S...


09 FEB 2012

Dinner in honour of Cllr Mohammad Bhatti MBE

            Members of the Conservative Muslim Forum held a dinner for Cllr Mohammad Bhatti MBE to celebrate the award of the honour of the MBE which has been bestowed on him. Lord Sheikh congratulated Cllr Bhatti on the receipt of this honour which has been awa...


22 NOV 2011

Ali Azeem receives CIMA Consultant of the Year award

On 22 November 2011  at the 10'th Charterered Institute of Management Accountants awards, CMF Executive Member Ali Azeem received the Consultant of the Year Award , recognising his work and success in the field. This international award is reserved for those that have excelled beyond other...


22 NOV 2011

CMF Eid al-Adha Reception and Buffet Dinner

     The CMF held a reception and buffet dinner to celebrate the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha. The event was very well attended and in fact we were not able to accommodate all the requests for places and had to disappoint several members and supporters. The event was attended...


20 OCT 2011

Merton Muslim Interfaith Forum

Mohammed Rana, Chairman of Merton Muslim Interfaith Forum, arranged and hosted a Conference in Merton Council Chamber. Lord Sheikh is a patron of the Merton Muslim Interfaith Forum, Mohammed Rana is a keen supporter of the Conservative Muslim Forum and has been a Member of the Executive Committee ...


17 OCT 2011

Rashad Hussain Speaks to CMF Youth

    The Conservative Muslim Forum Youth Wing organised a meeting in the House of Lords where the main speaker was Rashad Hussain. Rashad Hussain is the US Special Envoy to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation. Rashad is a practising Muslim and he talked about the United States' polici...


02 OCT 2011

CMF North West Dinner at Party Conference

  Conservative Muslim Forum North West held a dinner at Sachas Hotel in Manchester during the Conservative Party Conference. The Chief Guest was Rt. Hon. Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. Other attendees included His Excellency Wajid Shamsul Hasan, High...


02 OCT 2011

Conservative Party Conference 2011

      The 2011 Conservative Party Conference was held in Manchester this year. The Conservative Muslim Forum had a stand at the Conference which was manned by Shaheen Mahmood and a number of Executive Committee Members and other CMF Members and Supporters. The stand was con...


13 SEP 2011

Role of the Righteous Muslims Book Launch

  The Conservative Muslim Forum hosted the launch of the book "The Role of the Righteous Muslims" in a Committee Room in the House of Lords. The book was edited by Fiyaz Mughal OBE and Esmond Rosen and is aimed at broadening knowledge and awareness of some Muslims who risked personal danger t...


11 SEP 2011

Meeting and Dinner to celebrate Eid al-Adha and Pakistani Independence Day

Cllr Mohammad Bhatti (member of CMF Executive Committee) organised a meeting and dinner to celebrate Eid ul-Adha and Pakistani Independence Day. The event was attended by Parliamentarians and other dignitaries. Cllr Bhatti in his speech referred to the history of Pakistan and passed his greetings...


11 AUG 2011

CMF statement on the recent rioting in London and elsewhere

The Conservative Muslim Forum has been shocked and saddened by the outbreak of looting, arson and other violence on the streets of England's major cities. Night after night we have seen shops being vandalised and robbed and properties being set on fire with no concern for the safety of residents, wh...


27 JUL 2011

CMF Statement on the killings in Norway

The Executive of the Conservative Muslim Forum was horrified by the loss of life and devastation caused by the car bomb in central Oslo, and then shocked to learn that Anders Behring Breivik had set out to murder as many young members as he could of the Norwegian Labour Party during their summer you...


05 JUL 2011

Dinner for orphanages and schools in Bangladesh

At the invitation of Yousuf Miah, Member of the Conservative Muslim Forum Executive Committee, Lord Sheikh attended a dinner organised by the NiinaMaria Foundation in order to raise funds for an orphanage and schools in Bangladesh. Yousuf Miah was also involved in arranging the dinner which took p...


19 JUN 2011

Islamic Cultural Centre and London Central Mosque Exhibition Opening

  Lord Sheikh with His Excellency Dr Abdullah bin Abdulmuhsin Al-Turki and His Excellency Mr Khaled Al Duwaisan.   Lord Sheikh (Chairman of Conservative Muslim Forum) was asked to attend the opening of "Muhammad - A Mercy to Mankind", a permanent exhibition at the Islamic Cultural Centr...


16 JUN 2011

Dialogue Seminar Speech following the Opening of the Exhibition "Muhammad - A Mercy to Mankind"

SPEECH MADE BY LORD SHEIKH AT THE DIALOGUE SEMINAR FOLLOWING THE OPENING OF THE EXHIBITION "MUHAMMAD – A MERCY TO MANKIND" AT THE ISLAMIC CULTURAL CENTRE AND LONDON CENTRAL MOSQUE ON 16th JUNE 2011 I was brought up in Uganda where there were people of different racial and religious background...


13 JUN 2011

CMF Statement on the Prevent Strategy review

On 7 June 2011 the Home Secretary, the Rt. Hon. Theresa May MP, announced the result of the Government's review of the Prevent strategy. Four documents were published, all of which can be downloaded free from the Home Office website. They are: Prevent Strategy – 113 pages Prevent Review...


07 JUN 2011

Al-Muntada Al-Islami Trust 25th Anniversary Gala Dinner

  Lord Sheikh (Chairman of Conservative Muslim Forum) was a VIP guest at the Gala Dinner marking the 25th Anniversary of the Al-Muntada Al-Islami Trust at the Royal Courts of Justice, Strand which was very well attended. Lord Sheikh spoke at the dinner and praised the charitable work unde...


01 JUN 2011

Barry Celebrates Eid al-Adha

Pictured at Barry Mosque are Sergeant Bernard Sullivan, Imam of the Mosque Maulana Arif Hansrod, Superintendent Jay Dave, Rashid Jeebhai, Sufyan Ullah and Moawia Bin-Sufyan. Muslims in the Vale of Glamorgan celebrated Eid al-Adha (Festival of Sacrifice) on Tuesday (November 16). This is one of th...


24 MAY 2011

CMF Health Event with Rt. Hon. Andrew Lansley CBE MP, Secretary of State for Health

    The Conservative Muslim Forum held a meeting in the House of Lords which was attended by the Rt. Hon. Andrew Lansley CBE MP, Secretary of State for Health. Mr Lansley has previously attended and spoken at meetings organised by the Conservative Muslim Forum in the last two years. ...


20 MAY 2011

Presentation to Dolphin Children's Unit at Croydon University Hospital

     Mr Mike Mogul, who is a member of the Executive Committee of the Conservative Muslim Forum, raised funds at a charity dinner held in the Houses of Parliament to purchase items for Dolphin Children's Unit at Croydon University Hospital. Mike Mogul also made a personal donati...


13 MAY 2011

Environment Speech

Lord Sheikh spoke at the Seminar organised by EcoMuslim on 13th May 2011 in the House of Lords and the subject of his speech was the environment. A transcript of his speech is below: Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen. This meeting has been organised by EcoMuslim and I am therefore going to s...


13 MAY 2011

EcoMuslim Seminar

     EcoMuslim hosted a seminar in Committee Room G of the House of Lords entitled "Exploring Business through Culture". The speakers included Lord Sheikh, HE Dr. Carolyn Browne (British Ambassador to Azerbaijan), HE Mr Fakhruddin Gurbanov (Ambassador of Azerbaijan). Lord Sheik...


02 MAY 2011

Burton-on-Trent

     A meeting was organised by the Conservative Party Association in Burton-on-Trent and Lord Sheikh (Chairman) and Mohammed Amin (Vice Chairman) were asked to address the audience. The meeting was very well attended and there was a large gathering of Muslim men and women. Lord...


26 APR 2011

CMF AV Debate in the House of Lords

    The Conservative Muslim Forum held a debate in the House of Lords Committee Room 4A on the subject of the Alternative Vote system ahead of the referendum on Thursday 5th May. The main speakers were Cllr Rene Kinzett (Conservative Leader of Swansea Council) speaking for AV a...


26 APR 2011

CMF Statement on the Royal Wedding

The Conservative Muslim Forum congratulates His Royal Highness Prince William of Wales and Miss Catherine Middleton on their forthcoming marriage. As befits the second in line to the throne, their marriage will be a major state occasion, watched by approximately two billion people around the world....


24 APR 2011

CMF Health Event with Rt. Hon. Andrew Lansley CBE MP on 24th May 2011

Conservative Muslim Forum Health has arranged a meeting with the Rt. Hon. Andrew Lansley CBE MP to discuss the proposed NHS reforms. The meeting will be held on 24th May at 6:00pm in Committee Room 4A, House of Lords. Andrew Lansley will give a speech and a Q & A session will follow where there...


20 APR 2011

CMF AV Debate in the House of Lords

The CMF is hosting a debate on AV in the House of Lords. The forthcoming referendum on AV has massive constitutional significance and could change the course of British politics forever. Be a part of history and listen to the arguments both for and against AV from two top Tories. Kwasi Kwarteng, Me...


03 APR 2011

Friday Prayers in the House of Lords

                  The holding of Friday Prayers in the House of Lords which was arranged by Lord Sheikh is continuing to be held when Parliament is in session. The congregation is made up of both men and wome...


19 MAR 2011

Inclusive Education Speech

Lord Sheikh was asked to speak at a Conference organised by the Muslim Teachers Association, please find a transcript of his speech below: Education is extremely important to me. I was the first Muslim to be appointed a Peer by the Conservative Party and it is a privilege to have a Coat of Arms. My...


19 MAR 2011

Conference on Inclusive Education

Lord Sheikh (Chairman) made the keynote speech at the Conference organised by the Muslim Teachers Association at University College London on the subject of "Inclusive Education". Lord Sheikh has a business as well as academic background and he is deeply interested in education. His coat of a...


14 MAR 2011

Commonwealth Day Observance & Reception

                Lord Sheikh (Chairman of CMF) and Lady Sheikh (Member of Executive Committee) attended the Commonwealth Day Observance at Westminster Abbey in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness the...


07 MAR 2011

Delegation from Kosovo

Bujar Derguti (Member of the CMF Executive Committee) brought a delegation from Kosovo to the House of Lords where they were received by Lord Sheikh. Lord Sheikh has supported Kosovo particularly on its independence and feels that more countries should recognise Kosovo as an independent state. Th...


03 MAR 2011

Lord Sheikh's speech to mark International Women's Day

Lord Sheikh made a speech in the House of Lords on the subject of women. In his speech he referred to the Muslim's beliefs regarding women and the transcipt of the speech is below: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Baroness, Lady Gould, for securing this important debate. International Women's Day ...


08 FEB 2011

CMF Statement regarding David Cameron's speech at the Munich Security Conference

The CMF Executive encourages all members, supporters and the general public to read for themselves the full text of Prime Minister David Cameron's speech delivered on Saturday 5 February 2011 at the Munich Security Conference which is available at this link. We congratulate the Prime Minister for r...


28 JAN 2011

CMF Annual General Meeting

Report on the CMF Annual General Meeting held on 28 January 2011. Thirty members attended the AGM which was held in Committee Room 4A of the House of Lords. In addition, two non-members, Mr Iqbal Asaria and Mr Paul Riat attended to act as tellers, supervising the issue of ballot papers and then cou...


25 JAN 2011

CMF Youth hosts Nick Boles MP

                   The Conservative Muslim Forum Youth Wing, chaired by Cllr Raza Anjum, invited Nick Boles MP to come and speak to members of the CMF on the subject of "what the coalition is doing to build o...


23 JAN 2011

Building Bridges

An event was held in Saffron Walden by Building Bridges which is an organisation that is engaging with both Christian and Muslim communities in order to bring them together and highlight their many similarities and promoting interfaith dialogue. Cllr Raza Anjum (member of the Conservative Muslim ...


23 JAN 2011

Meeting on Pakistan in Saffron Walden

Cllr Raza Anjum, head of CMF Youth, and Sarfraz Anjum organised a meeting in Saffron Walden to discuss the current situation in Pakistan. Raza has recently travelled to Pakistan to speak against the conviction of Asia Bibi who was sentenced to death for blasphemy. Raza Anjum in his speech referre...


20 JAN 2011

CMF Youth Event with Nick Boles MP

CMF Youth is hosting Nick Boles MP for Grantham & Stamford, to speak on the subject of "What the coalition is doing to build one nation". The event will take place on Tuesday 25th January at 6:30pm in the House of Lords, Committee Room 3A. Please email Shaheen Mahmood (shaheen.mahmood@conserva...


17 DEC 2010

Armed Forces Muslim Association Eid Gathering

Lord Sheikh (Chairman) and Mohammed Amin (Vice-Chairman) attended the Eid Gathering organised by the Armed Forces Muslim Association. The event was held at the Officer's Mess at RAF Northolt. The principal guest at the event was General Sir David Richards KCB CBE DSO ADC Gen, Chief of the Defence S...


03 DEC 2010

Friday Jummah Prayers in the House of Lords

Lord Sheikh (Chairman of the Conservative Muslim Forum) has arranged for Friday Jummah prayers to be said in the House of Lords. The prayers are said on a weekly basis during the time Parliament is sitting and are held in Committee Room G. The prayers are led by several different Imams and the con...


30 NOV 2010

Conservative Muslim Forum Eid ul-Adha Function

                      The Conservative Muslim Forum, chaired by Lord Sheikh, held a function at Westminster House, 7 Millbank to celebrate the Muslim Festival of Eid-ul Adha which is held to commemorate the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim ...


13 OCT 2010

Merton Muslim Interfaith Forum

Mohammed Rana (Member of the Executive of CMF) organised the Inaugural Interfaith Conference for the Merton Muslim Interfaith Forum of which he is the Chairman. Lord Sheikh attended and spoke at the Conference. The event was also attended by religious leaders of the Jewish and Christian faith...


11 OCT 2010

Young Muslim Beacon Awards

Lord Sheikh (Chairman) hosted a reception and dinner on the terrace and Cholmondeley Room in the House of Lords. The occasion was to present awards to organisations for their outstanding contributions to young Muslims in the United Kingdom. Lord Sheikh in his speech commented that it is appropria...


03 OCT 2010

Conservative Party Conference 2010

The Conservative Muslim Forum had a stand at the Conservative Party Conference 2010 in Birmingham. Several Parliamentarians visited the stand as well as many people who were interested in our work.


22 SEP 2010

National Association of Muslim Police Awards

Lord Sheikh (Chairman) and Mohammed Amin (Vice-Chairman) were invited by the National Association of Muslim Police to attend their annual awards ceremony and also present the Young Persons Award. Lord Sheikh in his speech emphasised the point that it is important that the achievements of young Musl...


09 SEP 2010

Planned burning of the Quran in Florida by Pastor Trevor Jones

STATEMENT FROM CMF The Conservative Muslim Forum is dismayed by the ignorance which underlies Pastor Jones' intention of burning 200 copies of the Quran on Saturday 11 September, to coincide with the ninth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Pastor Jones' planned book burning has been cond...


14 AUG 2010

Charity Dinner for Pakistan Flood Relief Efforts

Cllr Mohammad Bhatti (Member of the Conservative Muslim Forum Executive Committee) organised a charity dinner in aid of the flood relief efforts in Pakistan. Lord Sheikh was in attendance and in his speech referred to the fact that the floods have had a devastating effect in the lives of nearly 2...


25 JAN 2010

Visit by Afghan Parliamentary Delegation

Lord Sheikh (Chairman of the Conservative Muslim Forum) & Lady Sheikh met a Parliamentary delegation from Afghanistan led by the Speaker of their Parliament H.E. Younus Qanooni. The British Group Inter-Parliamentary Union had organised a Welcoming Reception in the Houses of Parliament for the ...


16 JAN 2010

Islam Channel ILM Day Awards

Lord Sheikh (Chairman of the Conservative Muslim Forum) attended and made a presentation of an award at the first annual ILM Day Awards organised by the Islam Channel at Hilton Metropole London. Lord Sheikh spoke before presenting the award and made the point that the theme of the awards was "ilm" w...


16 JAN 2010

Bangladesh High Commission Awards

Lord Sheikh (Chairman of the Conservative Muslim Forum) was a special guest and presented an award at the ceremony organised by HE the High Commissioner for Bangladesh to mark the achievements of the British Bangladeshi students. Lord Sheikh commented that he was pleased to be asked to make the p...


16 DEC 2009

Federation of Bangladeshi Caterers

Lord Sheikh (Chairman of the Conservative Muslim Forum) was invited to be the Guest of Honour at the sumptuous dinner and event held by the Federation of Bangladeshi Caterers to celebrate the National Victory Day of Bangladesh and the first anniversary celebration of the Federation.   Lord Sh...


15 DEC 2009

Young Muslim Beacon Awards

Lord Sheikh (Chairman of the Conservative Muslim Forum) co-hosted and supported the Young Muslim Beacon Awards event which was held at Westminster House. There were several members of the CMF in attendance. Lord Sheikh in his speech stated that it is important for us to recognise the achievement of...


06 DEC 2009

Deen Fest

Lord Sheikh spoke at the Deen Fest held at Alexandra Palace organised by the JAN Trust. The event was held to celebrate the positive contributions Muslims have made to the UK and to promote interfaith dialogue. Lord Sheikh referred to the fact that Muslims have done very well in every walk of Bri...


03 DEC 2009

Pakistan-India Friendship Forum

Lord Sheikh (Chairman of the Conservative Muslim Forum) is a patron of the Pakistan-India Friendship Forum UK and he attended and spoke at a dinner organised by the Forum at the House of Lords. Lord Sheikh emphasised the importance of people-to-people contact and referred to the speeches by Pandit J...


01 DEC 2009

Conservative Muslim Forum Eid Function with Rt. Hon. David Cameron MP

Lord Sheikh, Chairman of the Conservative Muslim Forum, Mohammed Amin, Vice-Chairman and members of the Executive Committee of the Forum hosted a reception and buffet dinner in the celebrous venue at Altitude 360, 29th Floor, Millbank Tower, 21-24 Millbank, London SW1. The Rt. Hon. David Camero...


25 NOV 2009

Islamic Finance Council Dinner - Glasgow

Lord Sheikh (Chairman of the Conservative Muslim Forum) travelled to Glasgow to make the keynote speech at the dinner organised by the Islamic Finance Council. Lord Sheikh is extremely keen to promote Islamic banking and financial arrangements and in his speech he referred to the fact that at prese...


17 NOV 2009

Dialogue Society 10th Anniversary Dinner

Lord Sheikh (Chairman of the Conservative Muslim Forum) attended a dinner organised by the Dialogue Society to commemorate their 10th anniversary. The dinner was very well attended and guests included a number of British Parliamentarians and community leaders. Lord Sheikh is in fact a member of the ...


11 NOV 2009

Dinner organised by Cllr Mohammad Bhatti in Chesham

Councillor Mohammad Bhatti, who is a member of the Executive Committee of the Conservative Muslim Forum, held a dinner in Chesham which was attended by a number of judges, Muslim leaders and diplomats from the Pakistani High Commission and the American Embassy. Lord Sheikh (Chairman of the CMF) att...


31 OCT 2009

Trip to Syria

Lord Sheikh, Chairman of the Conservative Muslim Forum, led a group of Parliamentarians to Syria which included Members of the House of Lords, House of Commons, Scottish Parliament and Irish Parliament. The Group met President Bashar Al-Asad in Damascus to discuss the position concerning Palestinia...


27 OCT 2009

Faith and Climate Change Conference

Lord Sheikh (Chairman of the Conservative Muslim Forum) hosted an event in the House of Lords to launch the Conference on Faith & Climate Change. Lord Sheikh talked about references to the preservation of the environment in the following religions: Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism and Islam. He ...


22 OCT 2009

CMF Women Event in the House of Lords

The Conservative Muslim Forum's Women's Branch led by Zahra Janmohamed (Member of the CMF Executive Committee) held a meeting in the House of Lords which was hosted by Lord Sheikh (Chairman of CMF). The meeting was very well attended. Zahra Janmohammed started the proceedings by welcoming the gues...


18 OCT 2009

Pakistani Professionals Forum

Lord Sheikh (Chairman of the Conservative Muslim Forum) attended and spoke at the Musharah (poetry recital) organised by the Pakistani Professionals Forum at the Pakistani High Commission. Dr Farrukh Hussain and Mohammed Shuaib Sheikh who are now members of the Conservative Muslim Forum Executive Co...


09 OCT 2009

Launch of Armed Forces Association

Sir David Richards, Chief of Army Staff, launched the Armed Forces Muslim Association at the Officers Mess at RAF Northolt. The office-bearers are as follows: Chairman - Group Captain Zahur Ulhaq, Secretary - Corporal Mohsin Ali, and the Imam is Asim Hafiz. Sir David Richards is the patron of the or...


06 OCT 2009

CMF Fringe Meeting at Conservative Party Conference

The Conservative Muslim Forum held a fringe meeting at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester and the subject was "winning Muslim votes". The meeting was very well attended and the room was packed and unfortunately some people were not able to come in. The guest speaker was Caroline Spelm...


05 OCT 2009

Pakistan High Commission Reception at the Conservative Party Conference

The Pakistani High Commission held a reception at the Conservative Party Conference which was attended by His Excellency Mr Wajid Shamsul Hasan, High Commissioner of Pakistan, Mr Asif Durrani, Deputy High Commissioner and a number of Shadow Cabinet members and senior politicians from the Conservativ...


04 OCT 2009

Cheadle Muslim Association

Lord Sheikh (Chairman of the Conservative Muslim Forum) and Mohammed Amin (Vice-Chairman) visited the mosque in Cheadle. They were given a tour of the mosque and met the leaders and congregation at the mosque. In his speech Lord Sheikh praised everyone at the mosque in the work they undertake to ...


04 OCT 2009

CMF Northwest Eid Function

Conservative Muslim Forum Northwest arranged a function to celebrate Eid on Saturday 4th October prior to the Conservative Party Conference. The dinner was held in Curry Mile and was very well attended. Among the guests were Conservative councillors, supporters and candidates. The speakers were Moh...


27 SEP 2009

Wan Saiful Wan Jan

Lord Sheikh, Chairman of the Conservative Muslim Forum, met Wan Saiful Wan Jan and his family for dinner at a hotel in Cockfosters before Wan’s return to Malaysia. Wan has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Conservative Muslim Forum and has rendered considerable support to the Con...


26 SEP 2009

Ben Jeffreys - Cheadle

Lord Sheikh, Chairman of the Conservative Muslim Forum, and Mohammed Amin, Vice Chairman, attended a dinner organised by Ben Jeffreys, the Conservative Party’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Cheadle with leaders of the Muslim community in Cheadle. Lord Sheikh made the point that the ...


26 SEP 2009

Muslim Heritage Centre

Lord Sheikh, Chairman of the Conservative Muslim Forum, and Mohammed Amin, Vice-Chairman of the CMF, visited the Muslim Heritage Centre in Manchester where they were met by all of the Trustees of the Centre. Mohammed Amin has already supported the establishment of the Centre. Lord Sheikh stated t...


25 SEP 2009

ROKO Cancer Dinner

Lord Sheikh, Chairman of the Conservative Muslim Forum, attended a dinner organised by Mr Chawla of ROKO Cancer. Lord Sheikh was presented with an award and in his speech said that he was accepting this with a great deal of humility. In his speech Lord Sheikh also referred to the fact that one of hi...


24 SEP 2009

Malaysian National Day

Lord Sheikh, Chairman of the Conservative Muslim Forum, and Mohammed Amin, Vice-Chairman, attended a luncheon organised by His Excellency The Malaysian High Commissioner in order to celebrate the occasion of Malaysia National Day. The photograph shows Mohammed Amin, Lord Sheikh, His Excellency and h...


19 SEP 2009

Bucks Punjabi Society International

Lord Sheikh, Chairman of the Conservative Muslim Forum, attended a dinner organised by Bucks Punjabi Society International. He is a patron of the Society which works for community cohesion and better relationships between different racial and religious groups. At the dinner Lord Sheikh in his speec...


13 SEP 2009

Kosovo Iftari

Lord Sheikh, Chairman of the Conservative Muslim Forum, attended evening prayers and Iftari organised by the Kosova Muslim community at their mosque in Maida Vale. The event was hosted by Sheikh Zymer Salihi (President and Imam of the Kosovo Islamic Centre UK) and attended by His Exce...


12 SEP 2009

Helping Hands

Lord Sheikh, Chairman of the Conservative Muslim Forum, attended a dinner organised by Helping Hands where he spoke and praised the work done by Helping Hands which includes education and literacy, eye operations and giving help to the orphanages. He particularly commended the work for orphanages a...


10 SEP 2009

Iftari at the US Ambassador's Residence

Lord Sheikh, Chairman of the Conservative Muslim Forum, attended an Iftari function at the American Ambassador's residence in Regents Park.


07 SEP 2009

Islamic Relief Iftari

Lord Sheikh, Chairman of the Conservative Muslim Forum attended an Iftari dinner organised by Islamic Relief at the Foreign Commonwealth Office. The event was held in order to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the foundation of Islamic Relief.


23 AUG 2009

Mohammed Amin, CMF Vice-Chairman, Interviewed on BBC Radio 4

On Sunday 23 August 2009 Mohammed Amin, CMF Vice Chairman, was interviewed on the BBC Radio 4 "Sunday" religious affairs programme. He explained the importance to Muslims of giving Zakaat, and reminded Muslims of the importance of properly registering charities so that they can qualify for gift aid ...


18 JUL 2009

Wedding of Raza Anjum

Lord Sheikh (Chairman of CMF) hosted a reception and dinner in the House of Lords to celebrate the wedding of Raza Anjum and Aisha. Raza Anjum is the Chairman of the Conservative Muslim Forum Youth Wing and is one of the youngest Conservative Councillors in the country. Raza's father Sarfraz Anjum ...


14 JUL 2009

CMF Health Launch

An event was held at 7 Millbank to launch CMF Health which is chaired by Dr Khalid Khan. The subject of the talk was "The NHS under the next Conservative Government" and the format of the function was speeches followed by a Q & A session followed by dinner. Lord Sheikh (Chairman of CMF) was one ...


12 JUL 2009

Mohammed Amin speaks at Islamic Circles Supplementary School's Annual Barbecue

On 12 July 2009 Mohammed Amin, CMF Vice Chairman, spoke to the children at the Islamic Circles Supplementary School's annual barbecue in Manor Park, London. Amin recounted his recent visit to the school in Indonesia that Barack Obama had attended as a seven year old, and reminded the spellbound chil...


08 JUL 2009

Zaman Newspaper Article on Lord Sheikh

Lord Sheikh visited the offices of Zaman newspaper in Istanbul where he was interviewed on the subject of Islamic finance. A transcript of the article is below: Turkey should think about Islamic banking, says Lord Sheikh While the global financial system still has not found a departure point for i...


06 JUL 2009

Istanbul Conference

Lord Sheikh was one of the speakers at a Conference organised by Earth Mates Dialogue Centre in Istanbul, Turkey on the subject of Islam and the Environment - "Muslim 7 Year Action Plan to deal with Climate Change". Lord Sheikh spoke about the need for expansion of various renewable energies as wel...


16 MAY 2009

Canvassing in High Wycombe

Lord & Lady Sheikh went out canvassing in High Wycombe on behalf of Councillors Arif Hussain and Bob Bate in preparation for the upcoming Buckinghamshire County Council Elections on June 4th 2009. Both Arif Hussain and Bob Bate are standing in the Bowerdean, Micklefield & Totteridge Division...


14 MAY 2009

CMF Northwest Launch

Conservative Muslim Forum Northwest was launched at a dinner in Manchester on the 14th May. The dinner was attended by over 400 people and the speakers included Lord Sheikh (Chairman of CMF), Caroline Spelman MP (Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government), Sajjad Karim MEP, Moh...


06 MAY 2009

Joint Meeting on Pakistan and Afghanistan

Lord Sheikh, in conjunction with Cllr Raza Anjum (Chairman of CMF Youth), hosted and chaired a meeting in the House of Lords for the Associate Parliamentary Group for Afghanistan and the British Council Associate Parliamentary Group. The discussion focused on education and global citizenship in Afg...


29 APR 2009

Shaun Bailey speaks to CMF Youth

Shaun Bailey (Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Hammersmith) visited the House of Lords to speak at a function organised by CMF Youth. He spoke about his experiences - both at work and personal. Also in attendance were Lord Sheikh who also said a few words, Cllr Raza Anjum (Chairman of CMF Yo...


25 APR 2009

Maidenhead Eid Milad-un-Nabi Event

Lord Sheikh (Chairman) attended a function in Maidenhead, organised by Islamic Trust (Maidenhead), to celebrate the occasion of Eid Milad-un-Nabi. The event was well attended and the speakers included Lord Sheikh, Theresa May MP (Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions) and Cllr Dorothy Kemp...


25 APR 2009

British Muslim Association of Merton

Mohammed Rana (CMF Executive Member) organised a function for the British Muslim Association of Merton to celebrate the occasion of Eid Milad-un-Nabi. The event was very well attended and was a great success. Mr Rana, who is a member of the Executive Committee of the Conservative Muslim Forum, is t...


24 APR 2009

Ilford South Conservatives

Lord Sheikh (Chairman) promoted the Conservative Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Ilford South, Toby Boutle at a function organised by the Ilford South Conservative Association. Lord Sheikh entertained the crowd with humorous stories and held an auction which raised funds for the Conservativ...


23 APR 2009

Pakistani Professionals Forum Visit to the House of Lords

Lord Sheikh hosted a visit from the Pakistani Professionals Forum to the House of Lords. In his talk Lord Sheikh highlighted the fact that the Pakistanis have played an active role in the advancement and wellbeing of the United Kingdom. They have been successful in every walk of life including...


14 APR 2009

World Takaful Conference - Dubai

Lord Sheikh (Chairman of the CMF) was invited to make the keynote speech at the World Takaful Conference in Dubai. The subject of his speech was "Towards an $11 billion market by 2015? Revitalising the Real Growth Opportunities for Takaful in International Markets." Click here to view his speech


02 APR 2009

Islamic Funds Conference - Edinburgh

Lord Sheikh (Chairman of the CMF) was invited to speak at the Islamic Funds Conference in Edinburgh that was organised by the Islamic Finance Council. The subject of Lord Sheikh's speech was "Life opportunities in the Islamic financial arena". Mohammed Amin (Vice-Chairman of the CMF) is also very a...


01 APR 2009

CMF Presentation and Q & A at the Dialogue Society

In April 2009 Mohammed Amin (Vice-Chairman) and Nash Jaffer (Treasurer) addressed a primarily Muslim audience at the Dialogue Society (www.dialoguesociety.org) on "What a Conservative Government would mean for British Muslims." The format was a short presentation followed by a long question and ans...


18 MAR 2009

UNA Meeting in House of Lords

Lord Sheikh (Chairman of the CMF) chaired a meeting in the House of Lords on Islam, democracy and human rights on behalf of the United Nations Association Westminster branch. The meeting was very well attended and there were speakers of high calibre which included a professor and Amedee Turner QC w...


11 MAR 2009

Environment Conference in Kuwait

Lord Sheikh (Chairman of the CMF) attended the 7th Civilisation Dialogue between Japan and the Islamic World in Kuwait which was organised by the Kuwait Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs. Lord Sheikh was invited to make the keynote speech and spoke about various issues including climate change,...


01 MAR 2009

Mohammed Amin speaking at the WIEF

Mohammed Amin (Vice Chairman) spoke at the World Islamic Economic Forum in Jakarta on "The Leadership Imperative: Towards a Good Succession Plan." To Amin's left in the picture's centre is the panel chairman, Dato' Nazir Razak, CEO of the CIMB banking group of Malaysia and younger brother of the n...


14 FEB 2009

Parliamentary Visit to Nepal

Lord Sheikh was part of a parliamentary delegation to Nepal organised by the Inter-Parliamentary Union. The delegation met the President, the Prime Minister, the Foreign Minister, heads of the Army and Police and senior members of the Nepali Parliament and the community. Lord Sheikh has spoken in t...


11 FEB 2009

CMF Health/ROKO Cancer Presentation on Breast Cancer

CMF Health and ROKO Cancer organised a presentation on Breast Cancer that was held at 7 Millbank. The main speakers were Dr Khalid Khan (Chairman of CMF Health) and Dr Richard Simcox (Oncologist). Lord Sheikh spoke for a few minutes as well. The vote of thanks was given by Zahra Janmohammed and a Qu...


29 JAN 2009

Meeting with Mark Hoban

On 28 January 2009, Lord Sheikh and Mohammed Amin met with Mark Hoban MP, Shadow Financial Secretary to the Treasury to discuss the benefits of Islamic finance for the UK economy, and the Conservative Party's strategy for Islamic finance.


28 JAN 2009

CMF Petition for single sex wards in the NHS

The Conservative Muslim Forum arranged for a petition relating to single sex wards to be signed by 2134 people. The petition called on the Government to finally fulfil its manifesto commitment of 1997 to provide every patient with the option of single sex wards in NHS hospitals. The Healthcare Com...


04 DEC 2008

Rememberance Meeting for Mumbai attacks

There was a Rememberance Meeting held in the House of Commons for the victims of the despicable attacks of terrorism in Mumbai. In attendance were the Indian High Commissioner, Shiv Shankar Mukherjee and a large number of MPs and Peers (including Lord Sheikh). There was a Book of Condolences to be ...


30 SEP 2008

CMF Fringe Meeting at the Conservative Party Conference

CMF held a fringe meeting at the Conservative Party Conference on 30th September 2008. The speakers included David Lidington MP, Sajjad Karim MEP and Lord Sheikh, Chairman of CMF. The meeting was chaired by Mohammed Amin, Vice-Chairman of CMF. There were presentations by Arif Hussain and Karim Sacoo...


30 SEP 2008

Presentation by Karim Sacoor and Cllr Arif Hussain at CMF Fringe Meeting

Karim Sacoor and Cllr Arif Hussain made a presentation at the CMF fringe meeting. The subject of the presentation was campaigning in diverse communities. The main focus of the presentation was on how CMF can help campaign in these diverse communities and how the ethnic minority vote could be the de...


05 SEP 2008

Dinner in honour of Dominic Grieve hosted by Lord Sheikh

Lord Sheikh hosted a dinner in honour of Dominic Grieve QC MP, Shadow Home Secretary. The dinner was attended by a number of guests who knew Dominic and were pleased at his appointment as the Shadow Home Secretary. Lord Sheikh in his speech paid tribute to Dominic Grieve's excellent and dedicated i...


15 AUG 2008

61st Anniversary of the Indian Independence

The Lord Sheikh, Chairman of the Ethnic Diversity Council of the Conservative Party and Conservative Muslim Forum attended a function organised by the Indian High Commission to celebrate the 61st anniversary of the Indian Independence. The event was held at the residence of the Indian High Commissi...


14 AUG 2008

61st Anniversary of the Pakistani Independence

Lord Sheikh attended an event at the Pakistani High Commission in Knightsbridge to celebrate the 61st Anniversary of Pakistan's Independence. Lord Sheikh spoke at the event and the function was very well attended. The picture shows Lord Sheikh with Pakistan's High Commissioner His Excellency Wajid ...


20 JUL 2008

ICSS Interfaith Barbecue

Mohammed Amin, CMF Vice-Chairman, attended the annual interfaith barbecue of the Islamic Circles Supplementary School (see www.icss.org.uk) in East Ham on 20 July. The school is a charitable project organised by local parents and other citizens, without any state funding, to provide extra support t...


05 JUL 2008

Meeting to establish CMF North West

Lord Sheikh and members of the CMF Executive Committee travelled to Bury to discuss the formation of CMF North West. Also at the meeting were Vice-Chairman Mohammed Amin and Arif Hussain. The meeting was attended by over 40 members of the local Conservative Party including Sajjad Karim MEP. A furth...


24 APR 2008

CMF Executive Member meets Iain Duncan Smith MP in Atlanta, USA

CMF executive committee member Wan Saiful Jan Wan met Iain Duncan Smith MP at a conference in Atlanta, USA, on 24 - 25 April 2008. The conference, organised by the Heritage Foundation, was a gathering of almost 700 think tank executives, public interest lawyers, policy experts, and elected official...


23 APR 2008

CMF members campaign with Boris Johnson

Cllr Arif Hussain and Karim Sacoor, executive members of the CMF went campaigning with Boris Johnson on St George's Day as he toured London on the Back Boris Campaign Bus. The CMF members met Boris Johnson at Westminster and travelled to Leadenhall Market in the heart of the city of London, where a...


11 APR 2008

CMF hosts event for Boris Johnson

The Chairman of the CMF, Lord Sheikh hosted Boris Johnson at an event in Croydon, where Boris had an enjoyable evening talking to the local Muslim community. Lord Sheikh introduced Boris to a packed hall of over a hundred guests and called upon the residents of Croydon to ‘vote blue' on May 1...


28 FEB 2008

CMF presents the Shadow Home Secretary with a petition against new terrorism proposals

Several members of the Conservative Muslim Forum presented a petition to the Rt Hon David Davis MP, the Shadow Home Secretary, which was signed by over twelve hundred people and opposes controversial Government proposals to extend the time for which terrorism suspects can be held without charge. Th...



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