Lord Sheikh attended the Eid prayers at Palmers Green Mosque. He knows the organisers of the mosque which are the Sheikh family. At the Eid event, Counsellor Roberto Weedon-Sanz (of Chipping Barnet) was in attendance. He was dressed in a traditional Pathan.
Lord Sheikh spoke at a reception organised by the Conservative Muslim Forum which was attended by a number of politicians and members of various communities. Lord Sheikh explained that Eid is to celebrate mindfulness, self-control and purity.
It is written in the Holy Quran: “O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another.” Eid therefore has relevance amongst the Muslim, Jewish and Christian communities.
Lord Sheikh hosted Islamic Relief’s Eid Reception in the House of Lords. The reception was held on 26th June 2018 in the River Room of the House of Lords and was very well attended.
Lord Sheikh mentioned, “Most Muslims all over the world believe in helping people who are less fortunate than themselves. There are many Muslim charities which are based in the United Kingdom. UK Muslims gave 100 million pounds to charities during Ramadan last year. That’s £38 pounds a second.”
Talking about Ramadan, Zakat and Islamic duty, Lord Sheikh also said, “It is compulsory for us to give Zakat. It is of course the third pillar of Islam. We also like to help others. Although Muslims donate to charities at all times, during the month of Ramadan, the contributions tend to be large and generous.”
Penny Mordaunt, MP, Secretary of State for International Development (DFID) was the keynote speaker and wished ‘all a belated Eid Mubarak.’ She said, “I hope you were able to spend the day with your families and loved ones. And that you were able to reflect on the sacrifices you made and the good you have done during the month of Ramadan.”
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
- 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 which was followed by a buffet dinner.
Lord Sheikh was one of the VIP Guests at the MCB function celebrating Eid ul Adha. Lord Sheikh in his speech talked about the demonization of Islam in certain quarters which was totally unjustified as Islam is a religion of peace. In regard to media freedom, Lord Sheikh said that as a democrat he values democratic principles including freedom of the media but the media must exercise this freedom with responsibility.
The Conservative Muslim Forum held an event at 7 Millbank to celebrate the Muslim festival of Eid ul Adha. At the event there were speeches by Lord Sheikh, the Rt. Hon. Eric Pickles MP, Baroness Nicholson, Lord Singh, Gavin Barwell, Syed Kamall MEP and Dr Rami Ranger. Lord Sheikh in his speech said that Eid ul Adha amongst the Jews, Muslims and Christians and referred to similarities between Islam and other religions. He also mentioned about equality in Islam and that the religion promotes peace amongst all people.
Lord Sheikh attended and spoke at 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 Staff, Head of the British Armed Forces, Patron of the Armed Forces Muslim Association.
Lord Sheikh in his speech congratulated General Sir David Richards on his recent appointment as Chief of the Defence Staff and also explained the significance of Eid in other major religions. Lord Sheikh encouraged the ethnic minorities to join the Armed Forces and the police force and said that they need to get involved in every walk of life.
Lord Sheikh also acknowledged the sacrifices that Muslims and the ethnic minorities have made in the World Wars and expressed his gratitude to the Armed Forces personnel for the risks they bear. He added that we need to ensure that the Forces are properly resourced when deployed and adequately looked after once they have ceased to serve.
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 to sacrifice his son for Allah.
The Chief Guest was the Rt. Hon. Andrew Mitchell MP (Secretary of State for International Development). The other VIP guests who attended and spoke were Baroness Sayeeda Warsi (Minister without Portfolio & Co-Chairman of the Conservative Party), Lord Tariq Ahmad, Dr Rami Ranger MBE, Syed Kamall MEP and Imam Asim Hafiz (Imam of the Armed Forces).
The Quranic recital was made by Imam Asim Hafiz who recited Surah Maryam (Chapter on Mary, mother of Jesus). The event was very well attended despite the inclement weather and student protests! The attendees included community leaders and members of various racial and religious groups.