On Tuesday 20 October 2015, the Conservative Muslim Forum hosted an Eid Ul Adha reception in 7 Millbank which is part of the Parliamentary Estate. The lead
organiser was CMF Executive Member, Councillor Hashim Bhatti who was also the Master of Ceremonies for the evening.
The evening was well attended, with over 120 participants from Britain’s diverse communities. The CMF reflected this diversity by having speakers from a number of religions.
As with all CMF events, it began with a Quran recital which was given by Imam Ali Omar from the Ministry of Defence. The passage recited was from Surah Maryam, and told of the virgin birth of Jesus, a story which is shared by Islam and Christianity.
Speeches were given by
- Baron Lord Sheikh of Cornhill in the City of London – President of the CMF
- Alberto Costa MP – MP for South Leicestershire
- Baroness Berridge of the Vale of Catmose who for many years was Director of the Conservative Christian Fellowship
- Rabbi James Baaden of Sha’arei Tsedek, the North London Reform Synagogue
- Rami Ranger MBE – Chairman of the British Sikh Association and also Chairman of Sun Mark Limited
Each of the speakers spoke on how unity between different faiths groups can promote religious diversity in the UK.
CMF Chairman Mohammed Amin concluded the formal proceeding by giving the vote of thanks.
This was followed by a buffet dinner which was catered by Pride of Asia whose owner Mr Shelim has supported the CMF’s events for several years.