Lord and Lady Sheikh attended a Private Dinner and Award Ceremony for the Asantehene – King of the Ashanti (Ghana): His Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II at the London Capital Club.
Lord Sheikh presented His Majesty the Global Excellence Award in recognition of outstanding and invaluable services to Education in Ghana and across Africa. He is the founder and funder of the Otumfuo Osei Tutu II Charity Foundation.
Lord & Lady Sheikh attended the launch of the Islam Channel Urdu. Lord Sheikh congratulated Mohammed Ali the CEO on the success of the Channel and its progression in the start of the Urdu Channel. Lord Sheikh is seen above cutting the cake with Mohammed Ali and speaking at the event.
Lord Sheikh hosted the Eid ul Fitr in the House of Lords, the event was organised by the Chairman Mr Khurshid Alam of the Progressive Muslims Forum. In his speech Lord Sheikh spoke about the achievements and contributions of the Muslims to the United Kingdom.
Lord Sheikh spoke at the Eid event organised by the Metropolitan Police in Houses of Parliament. Lord Sheikh encouraged the ethnic minorities to join the Police and the Armed Forces.
Lord Sheikh spoke at the Iftari and the memorial event organised by Al-Khoei Foundation. He praised the Foundation for the charitable work they undertake and for actively promoting interfaith dialogue. As His Excellency the Ambassador for Bosnia was present and one of the reasons for the event was to commemorate Srebrenica and what happened at that time was a blot on humanity and we must never forget the massacre of the Bosnians by the Serbs. We must not allow something like this to happen again. It was a great shame that the Dutch soldiers who represented United Nations allowed the massacre to take place within the area which they should have protected.
Lord Sheikh attended a reception organised by the Council for Education in the Commonwealth in the House of Lords. He met and conversed with the Scholars from the Commonwealth and stressed the importance of educational and cultural ties between the Commonwealth countries. He also stressed the importance of the links between Universities in the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth countries. He made the point that the Commonwealth binds people because of the history, commonality and the legal system. He also made the point that he has a background in business and academia and hence the matter of education was very dear to him.
Lord Sheikh, Lady Sheikh and Shaheen Thantrey met with Amena Hussan, who is a Yazidi Iraqi MP and works to help the Yazidi community in Iraq.
Lord Sheikh attended and presented an award at The Atul Pathak Community Awards in the Parliament.
Lord Sheikh laying the reef at the Chattri.
Picture taken by Tony Mould.
This monument records the names of 53 soldiers cremated at the Chattri.
Picture shows Horsell Common Memorial Ground for the Muslims.
Lord and Lady Sheikh attended the memorial service at the Chattri for the 70 Indian soldiers who lost their lives in the First World War. These injured soldiers were brought to hospitals around Brighton. 53 Hindu and Sikh soldiers were cremated at the Chattri according to their tradition, and the other 17 were buried at Horsell Common according to their Islamic tradition; others were buried at either the Muslim burial ground in Woking or the Brookwood Military Cemetery in Surrey.
The Indian Army was one of the largest volunteer armies in the world, which totalled 240,000 men. Over one million Indian troops served overseas, of whom 62,000 died and another 67,000 were wounded.
In World War I the Indian Army fought against the German Empire in German East Africa and on the Western Front. At the First Battle of Ypres, Khudadad Khan became the first Indian to be awarded a Victoria Cross.