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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.

Eid Mubarak!  

Best Wishes

Faruk Miah MBE
Chairman CMF

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 sheikhm@parliament.uk

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 

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