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 diversity of the speakers.
The Master of Ceremonies was CMF Executive Committee member Raza Anjum. As with all CMF events, we began with a Quran recital which was given by Imam Shakeel. The passage recited came from Surah Maryam, the 19’th Surah in the Quran which recounts the virgin birth of Jesus.
Speeches were given by:
- Lord Sheikh – Chairman of the CMF
- The Rt Hon Eric Pickles – MP for Brentwood and Ongar and Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
- Kris Hopkins – MP for Keighley and Parliamentary Under-Secretary in the Department for Communities and Local Government
- Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne
- Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
- Lord Popat of Harrow
- Lord Singh of Wimbledon CBE
- Dr. Rami Ranger MBE
CMF Deputy Chairman Mohammed Amin concluded the formal proceeding by giving the vote of thanks. This was followed by a buffet dinner which was catered by Pride of Asia whose owner Mr Shelim has supported the CMF’s events for the last three years and catered for the last two Eid ul-Adha events.
Below are some photos from the event starting with the audience.
Lord Sheikh speaking.
Some of our other speakers. From left to right, Kris Hopkins MP, an audience member, Lord Sheikh, Raza Anjum, the Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP and Dr Rami Ranger MBE.
From left to right, Executive member Raja Najabat Hussain, Lord Sheikh, Mohammed Amin, Baroness Nicholson, Lord Singh, Raza Anjum, Eric Pickles.
Lord Popat speaking.
Lord Ahmad speaking.
After the event was over, those members of the Executive still present posed for a group photo.
Seated left to right: Mohammed Amin, Lady Sheikh, Lord Sheikh, Dr Alam Ara Khan, Shaheen Mahmood (CMF Administrator).
Standing left to right: Hashim Bhatti, Cllr Asif Ayub, Ajantha Tennakoon, Fuad Hamzeh, Hasina Momtaz, Samir Thantrey, Ash Zaman, Faruk Miah.