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Dear Brother/Sister in Islam

Assalaamu Alaikum

On 15 August 2018 MailOnline published an article headed “EXCLUSIVE: Top Tory Peer’s appearance at Corbyn’s ‘hate conference’  in Tunisia comes after YEARS of rubbing shoulders with Islamists, hate preachers and Holocaust deniers”

The article focussed on my attendance at a Conference in Tunisia in 2014 which was categorised as  “conference of hate” and it went on to accuse me of rubbing shoulders with Islamists, hate preachers and Holocaust deniers for years.

The article in MailOnline made other unfounded accusations regarding two of my overseas visits and hosting of certain events. I had done nothing improper regarding these issues.

In view of the libellous remarks I decided to take action against Associated Newspapers Ltd and the case was decided in my favour.

Last Thursday Associated Newspapers Ltd apologised to me in a Statement in Open Court which was read out before Mr Justice Warby.

I am sending you a copy of the Press Release issued by my solicitors Hamlins and the Statement in Open Court which was read last Thursday by my Solicitor and a Barrister appointed by Associated Newspapers Ltd read out paragraphs 9 and 10.

If you would like a copy of the original article the please let me know.

Kindest Regards

Lord Mohamed Sheikh

Read more:
Lord Sheikh v Associated Newspapers Limited press release
Sheikh v Associated Newspapers Statement in Open Court

Eid al-Fitr is the religious celebration marking the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.  Despite Coronavirus it’s been clear that the focus on prayer, reflection, community and charity has continued across the United Kingdom during Ramadan.

Whilst Eid this year will obviously be different with the guidance remaining that Mosques will be closed and people are encouraged to stay at home and continue to maintain social distancing our community spirit will continue in the face of this challenge.

You can learn more about Eid al Fitr at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eid_al-Fitr

Eid is likely to start on Saturday or Sunday this weekend, although Muslims traditionally rely upon observation of the new moon before declaring that religious festivals have arrived.  Although Eid is traditionally marked with congregational prayers in mosques and parks followed by parties amongst families and friends, Eid in the time of the coronavirus for reasons of safety will be different.

On behalf of the CMF Executive, I would like to wish all of our Muslim members and friends Eid Mubarak. I know this year celebrations will be slightly different as you are encouraged to stay a home, so please do find a way to celebrate safely with your loved ones and remember to continue to maintain social distancing.

Eid Mubarak!  

Best Wishes

Faruk Miah MBE
Chairman CMF

I would like to send my very warmest wishes to all our Muslim members and supporters across the United Kingdom and beyond. Fasting during the holy month of Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam, but it’s much more than just fasting from food. It’s a time of self-discipline, sacrifice and devotion.


Ramadan is the ninth month in the Muslim calendar and is a holy month, being the month in which God commenced revealing the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) via the Archangel Gabriel. 

Those first verses to be revealed now form Quran surah 96 verses 1-5, since the Quran is not arranged in chronological order of revelation. 

“Read! In the name of your Lord who created:
He created man from a clinging form.
Read! Your Lord is the Most Bountiful One
who taught by the pen,
who taught man what he did not know.” 

From “The Quran: a new translation” by M.A.S. Abdel Haleem, Oxford University Press.

This Ramadan will be different as we respond to the coronavirus pandemic which means staying at home to save lives. As per Government guidance Mosques will continue to remain closed until restrictions are lifted. People should continue to pray at home with their household only and not invite others for Iftar or prayers.

You can learn more about Ramadan at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramadan 

On behalf of the Executive Committee of the Forum, I would like to wish all of our Muslim members and friends Ramadan Kareem.  I wish you peace, success and a blessed month.


Faruk Miah MBEChairman CMF

“We are sorry to hear that our Prime Minister is unwell and is in intensive care. The Conservative Muslim Forum’s Executive and Members wish Boris Johnson a speedy and full recovery. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family at this difficult time.”  

Faruk Miah MBE – Chairman 
The Lord Sheikh – President 

Coronavirus Bill is being heard in the House Commons on Monday and will be discussed in the House of Lords on Tuesday. Like other Muslims Lord Sheikh is deeply concerned about the possibility of cremation of the deceased which may happen under Section 27 of the Coronavirus Bill.

Lord Sheikh will be looking for clarification from the Minister regarding the Clause in the Bill and will table a suitable amendment if necessary. Islam does not allow cremation and Verse 20.55 in the Holy Quran states this point.

Lord Sheikh has spoken to Mosques and Muslim Organisations who have indicated willingness to work with Local Authorities in order to find effective solution. 

If you have any pertinent comments please send them to Lord Sheikh at sheikhm@parliament.uk

Faruk Miah MBE

Chairman CMF

Conservative Muslim Forum (CMF) held an afternoon tea at the prestigious Carlton Club, founded in 1832 as the original home of the Conservative Party.

The event was attended by 75 guests who came across all over the UK including London, Birmingham, Oxford, Luton, Southend and Peterborough.  It was an opportunity to meet some of the newly elected members of the CMF Executive Board following the election that took place on Friday 13th March 2020 at the House of Lords.

Speakers at the afternoon tea included CMF President Lord Sheikh, the newly elected Chairman Faruk Miah MBE and Conservative Councillor from Wiltshire County Council Cllr Atiqul Hoque.

You can read the President’s speech here 

You can read the Chairman’s speech here 

In accordance with CMF Constitution which requires that an election be held for a new Executive Committee every three years, the general meeting and election took place in Committer Room G in the House of Lords on Friday 13th March 2020.

Requisite notices to all the members with the nomination papers for the office bearers and members of the Executive Committee were sent out on 12th February 2020.

After a lengthy discussion it was unanimously agreed that CMF should only have one Chairman rather than two Co-Chairmen.

There were three nominations received for the position of the Chairman, only one nomination was received for the position of Deputy Chairman and the post of the Treasurer. No nomination was received for the position of Secretary. This will now be filled at the next Executive Committee meeting.

Eight nominations were received for membership of the Executive Committee. Our constitution states that we can have a maximum of ten members elected on the Executive Committee with provision for additional Executive Members if required.

The only election that was held was by secret ballot was for the position of the Chairman.

There were two independent Invigilators who supervised the election of the Chairman.

In regard to the other office bearers and members of the executive, as there was no need to hold the election, their names were duly proposed, seconded and unanimously agreed.

It was also proposed, seconded and agreed that Lord Sheikh will remain as the President

The Office bearers are therefore as follows:

President – Lord Sheikh
Chairman – Faruk Miah MBE
Deputy Chairman – Hashim Bhatti
Secretary – Vacant
Treasurer – Samir Thantrey
Members of the Executive Committee –

Charles Choudhary
Jeanne Marie Douglas
Dr Haq Nawaz
Dr Alam Ara Khan
Mike Mogul
Lady Shaida Sheikh
Nabeel Sheraz
Suzy Webb

It is permissible to co-opt other persons to be members of the Executive Committee later.

Kind Regards
Shaheen Thantrey
Executive Secretary
E: Shaheen.Thantrey@conservatives.com

CMF Executive member, Hashim Bhatti, delivers a workshop on democracy and leadership -July 2019

CMF Youth Chair, Hashim Bhatti was invited to deliver a workshop at SOAS University on civic democracy and leadership.

Hashim spoke for 45mins on his role as a local councillor, the challenges involved before working through a case study with the group.

The workshop was organised by Faiths Forum during democracy week for their leadership programme.

Former Windsor councillor & CMF Youth chair Hashim Bhatti selected to attend the One Young World Summit in London 2019.

Hashim was chosen out of hundreds of applications to attend as a UK delegate at the One Young World Summit which was held in London between 22-25th October 2019.

The annual One Young World Summit convenes the brightest young talent from every country and sector, working to accelerate social impact. Delegates from 190+ countries are counselled by influential political, business and humanitarian leaders such as Justin Trudeau, Paul Polman and Meghan Markle, amongst many other global figures.

Hashim has previously been chosen as an UK Ambassador at the Commonwealth Youth Forum which was held in 2018 on the side lines of the Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

CMF Youth Chair, Hashim Bhatti organises interfaith fringe reception at party conference in Manchester  – Sunday 29th September

On Sunday 29th September 2019, Hashim organised the first ever interfaith reception which was co-hosted with the Conservative Christian Fellowship in Manchester at Bridgewater Hall.

The aim of the reception was to thank faith communities for their positive contribution to society as well as acknowledging the social impact their work has on our local communities, across the UK and globally

The theme for the reception was religious freedom and unity.

Keynote speakers included the following:

  • Shaun Bailey – The London Mayoral Candidate 2020
  • Joy Morrissey – Councillor in Ealing
  • Roberto Weeden-Sanz – Councillor on Barnet Council
  • David Walker, The Bishop of Manchester
  • Maqsood Ahmed – CEO of the British Heritage Centre in Manchester

The event followed the successful launch by Hashim of the first ever interfaith reception held at party conference in Birmingham in 2018.