Category: Events

Book Launch – Emperor of the Five Rivers, The Life and Times of Maharajah Ranjit Singh

The launch took place at the Nehru Centre in Central London and was attended by a range of prominent community members from a spectrum of backgrounds.

Speeches were delivered by Lord Lexden, Lady Singh, Mr Hardyal Luther and the author, Lord Sheikh. Their words and the excerpts read from the book inspired an audience which was already intrigued about this book which has stemmed from years of research and dedication. Lord Sheikh pledged that the full proceeds from the sales of the book will go to Orphans in Need; his generosity inspired the same from the amazing crowd and all copies of the book were sold out on the night.

The book is on general sale and with all proceeds going to Orphans in Need, we encourage all of your supporters to read this inspiring biography whilst helping orphans at the same time.



Lord Sheikh BookAbout the book:

Ranjit Singh was the first Maharaja of the Sikh Empire and one of the greatest figures in the history of the Punjab. Despite the difficult conditions he faced, including harsh terrain, a mixed ethnic population and surrounding aggressors (particularly the British in India), Ranjit Singh managed to unite the various Sikh factions and built a nation that neighbours soon learnt to treat with respect This new biography sheds new light on this important figure in Sikh history. Lord Sheikh’s accessible account of Ranjit Singh’s life illustrates the extraordinary leadership qualities, military prowess and political skills which ensured his success as a leader in challenging circumstances.

About the author:

Lord Mohamed Sheikh is a Patron of Orphans in Need. He is also Chairman of the Conservative Ethnic Diversity Council and the founder and Chairman of the Conservative Muslim Forum. Lord Sheikh, who was made a life peer in 2006 is a prominent promoter of interfaith activities.

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King of Ashante – His Majesty Otumfuo Tutu II

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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.

Launch of Islam Channel Urdu

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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.



Al Khoei Foundation Iftari

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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.



Commonwealth Scholars

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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.


Chattri Memorial – Brighton


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.

Muslim Cemetery Horsell Common

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.