Author: Conservative Muslim Forum Office

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

Faruk Miah MBE

Chairman CMF

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 

In accordance with CMF Constitution which requires that an election be held for a new Executive Committee every three years, the general meeting and election took place in Committer Room G in the House of Lords on Friday 13th March 2020.

Requisite notices to all the members with the nomination papers for the office bearers and members of the Executive Committee were sent out on 12th February 2020.

After a lengthy discussion it was unanimously agreed that CMF should only have one Chairman rather than two Co-Chairmen.

There were three nominations received for the position of the Chairman, only one nomination was received for the position of Deputy Chairman and the post of the Treasurer. No nomination was received for the position of Secretary. This will now be filled at the next Executive Committee meeting.

Eight nominations were received for membership of the Executive Committee. Our constitution states that we can have a maximum of ten members elected on the Executive Committee with provision for additional Executive Members if required.

The only election that was held was by secret ballot was for the position of the Chairman.

There were two independent Invigilators who supervised the election of the Chairman.

In regard to the other office bearers and members of the executive, as there was no need to hold the election, their names were duly proposed, seconded and unanimously agreed.

It was also proposed, seconded and agreed that Lord Sheikh will remain as the President

The Office bearers are therefore as follows:

President – Lord Sheikh
Chairman – Faruk Miah MBE
Deputy Chairman – Hashim Bhatti
Secretary – Vacant
Treasurer – Samir Thantrey
Members of the Executive Committee –

Charles Choudhary
Jeanne Marie Douglas
Dr Haq Nawaz
Dr Alam Ara Khan
Mike Mogul
Lady Shaida Sheikh
Nabeel Sheraz
Suzy Webb

It is permissible to co-opt other persons to be members of the Executive Committee later.

Kind Regards
Shaheen Thantrey
Executive Secretary

CMF Executive member, Hashim Bhatti, delivers a workshop on democracy and leadership -July 2019

CMF Youth Chair, Hashim Bhatti was invited to deliver a workshop at SOAS University on civic democracy and leadership.

Hashim spoke for 45mins on his role as a local councillor, the challenges involved before working through a case study with the group.

The workshop was organised by Faiths Forum during democracy week for their leadership programme.

Former Windsor councillor & CMF Youth chair Hashim Bhatti selected to attend the One Young World Summit in London 2019.

Hashim was chosen out of hundreds of applications to attend as a UK delegate at the One Young World Summit which was held in London between 22-25th October 2019.

The annual One Young World Summit convenes the brightest young talent from every country and sector, working to accelerate social impact. Delegates from 190+ countries are counselled by influential political, business and humanitarian leaders such as Justin Trudeau, Paul Polman and Meghan Markle, amongst many other global figures.

Hashim has previously been chosen as an UK Ambassador at the Commonwealth Youth Forum which was held in 2018 on the side lines of the Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

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