The Conservative Muslim Forum has written to the Prime Minister Boris Johnson MP, calling on the Government to support the Genocide Amendment to the Trade Bill, noting the horrific treatment of Uyghurs in China.
As we come to the end of 2020, quite possibly the most challenging year of our lifetime, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our members and supporters for your kindness and human spirit.
The year started with our elections when I won the mandate as only the 3rd Chairman of Conservative Muslim Forum in 15 years. Unfortunately, the global COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on all our lives across the globe. Our thoughts and prayers are with those that have lost lives and wish everyone to keep safe and healthy.
Christmas is an important time for Christians marking the birth of Christ and a time to reflect on the values of love, service and compassion for others.
We all know this year will be a very different Christmas but even if we can’t be together in person, we will be together as a community in sprit.
The festive period offers us a chance to reflect on what we all know has been a very challenging year but also to focus on the message of hope as we approach the new year.
The story of Jesus’s virgin birth occurs not only in the Bible, but also in the Quran, where the nineteenth surah is called “Surah Maryam (Mary).” Wikipedia has a very detailed article “Jesus in Islam” linked below:
On behalf of the Executive of the Conservative Muslim Forum, I would like to wish all of our members and friends a happy Christmas, and a prosperous New Year.
As of 1st January 2021 we are introducing a new Membership Scheme as follows:
CMF SUPPORTER (open to non-party members) Cost: FREE
o On CMF mailing list (receive regular updates)
o Invitations to CMF events
o ** No voting rights to elect CMF Executive **
CMF MEMBER (open to Conservative Party Members ONLY) Cost: £25.00
o On CMF mailing list (receive regular updates)
o Invitation to CMF events (Receive Priority)
o Members only events
o Invitation to Annual Policy Forum Meeting
o Voting Rights to elect next CMF Executive
o Opportunity to stand as an Executive
We are also introducing 2 higher tier memberships for those that want a little extra. If you would like more details about becoming a CMF AMBASSADOR or a CMF PATRON please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
2020 has been a very difficult year for our finances just like many other voluntary organisations. Unable to hold any fundraising events yet having fixed costs has put CMF in a very difficult position. It would be amazing if you could start the new year by signing up as a new member, renew your membership or just simply make a small donation.
Our bank details is as follows:
Account Name: Conservative Muslim Forum
Sort code: 30-91-35
Account no: 03392069
Name of Bank: Lloyds
WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!
One of the key priority for CMF in 2021 is to improve our engagement with our members and supporters. With this in mind, we are setting up a number of different ways that you can engage with us including:
o write to us at email@example.com on anything that you wish to discuss, anything that you would like CMF to take up, anything that is impacting your community, suggestions for engaging with individuals or groups, fundraising or event ideas
o join our “Tea and Talk” zoom events, just join the open discussion on topics that impact you. There is no agenda. You have opportunity to meet CMF Executives.
o Join us at our events (when possible)
o Become a Member and join our Annual Policy Forum to shape our priorities for the next 12 months.
Thank you once again for your continued support. Hope you have a wonderful festive break and wishing you all an amazing New Year.
Faruk Miah MBE
On Remembrance Sunday we commemorate the contributions of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and servicewomen who took part in the two World Wars and other conflicts.
A large number of them paid the ultimate price for our freedom and we pay tribute to them for their bravery and sacrifice.
We must remember that these brave men and women included Muslims from different parts of the world and who also died for our freedom. We must also appreciate their contributions.
A registered Charity has now been established which has a distinguished Board of Trustees and the Chairman of the Board is our President, Lord Mohamed Sheikh. The initiative is supported by the British government and by General Sir Nicolas Carter, Chief of Defence Staff.
The name of the charity is “The National Muslim War Memorial Trust” and the objectives are as follows:
“The erection and maintenance of a national war memorial to commemorate the services of Muslim personnel to Britain’s Armed Forces during the two World Wars and subsequent conflicts. The Trust will also undertake an educational role to promote in schools, colleges and the wider public arena the contributions of Muslims to Britain’s Armed Forces.”
We will announce later more details of this Charity.
Noor Inayat Khan was sent to occupied France in 1943 to act as a secret radio operator for the British Army. A blue plaque is being unveiled honouring the secret radio operator, who died at Dachau.
A Muslim woman who became an “unlikely spy” for Britain when she was dropped into occupied France during the Second World War has been honoured with a blue plaque at the site of her family home in London.
Noor Inayat Khan, dubbed “Britain’s first Muslim war heroine in Europe”, served in the Special Operations Executive (SOE) during the conflict.
Ms Khan was born in 1914 in Moscow, but her family quickly moved to Bloomsbury in London’s West End at the outset of the First World War.
They then moved to France, where she looked after her mother and siblings following the death of her father.
However, in 1940, the family fled occupied France to Falmouth in Cornwall, where she joined the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force and trained as a radio operator, despite her Sufi pacifist beliefs.
She was recruited to the SOE – which was set up by Winston Churchill – in 1943, and was then sent back to France as an undercover radio operator.
In October that year, she was arrested by the Gestapo – the secret police of Nazi Germany – after she was betrayed by a French double agent, who was reportedly paid to hand her over.
Ms Khan was questioned by Gestapo agents, who managed to imitate her over the radio so as not to arouse suspicion, but she escaped along with other members of the SOE.
She was recaptured nearby and taken to a German prison, where she was shackled and interrogated. She refused to cooperate, and managed to scratch carvings of her address on to her bowl so other prisoners could identify her.
After 10 months she was taken to the Dachau concentration camp, where she was executed with three other women.
The English Heritage tribute will mark the London family home which Ms Khan left for Nazi-occupied France.
Shrabani Basu, Khan’s biographer, applied for the plaque and is unveiling it on Taviton Street in Bloomsbury.
“When Noor Inayat Khan left this house on her last mission, she would never have dreamed that one day she would become a symbol of bravery. She was an unlikely spy,” she said.
“As a Sufi she believed in non-violence and religious harmony. Yet when her adopted country needed her, she unhesitatingly gave her life in the fight against fascism.
“It is fitting that Noor Inayat Khan is the first woman of Indian origin to be remembered with a blue plaque. As people walk by, Noor’s story will continue to inspire future generations.
“In today’s world, her vision of unity and freedom is more important than ever.”
The plaque will be unveiled at the address that Ms Khan etched on to her bowl while in prison, with a virtual ceremony broadcast on English Heritage’s Facebook page at 7pm on Friday.
Ms Khan’s plaque comes after English Heritage admitted the number of women represented by the scheme is “still unacceptably low”, with only 14% of London’s 950 plaques representing women.
The charity said that “if we are to continue to see a significant increase in the number of blue plaques for women, we need more female suggestions”.
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 his attendance at a Conference in Tunisia in 2014 which was categorised as “conference of hate” and it went on to accuse him of rubbing shoulders with Islamists, hate preachers and Holocaust deniers for years.
The article in MailOnline made other unfounded accusations regarding two of his overseas visits and hosting of certain events. He had done nothing improper regarding these issues.
In view of the libellous remarks he decided to take action against Associated Newspapers Ltd and the case was decided in his favour.
Last Thursday Associated Newspapers Ltd apologised to him in a Statement in Open Court which was read out before Mr Justice Warby.
Attached is a copy of the Press Release issued by Lord Sheikh’s solicitors Hamlins and the Statement in Open Court which was read last Thursday by his Solicitor and a Barrister appointed by Associated Newspapers Ltd read out paragraphs 9 and 10.
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.
Faruk Miah MBE
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Faruk Miah MBE
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