● Reception marks end of Hajj and Eid
● Concludes Muslim Council of Britain’s
activities at the highly successful World Islamic Economic Forum
● British Muslim initiatives organised
at the WIEF
● World Islamic Economic Forum in
London demonstrates how the Muslim world and British Muslims bring added and
enduring value to Britain’s prosperity
Council of Britain organised its annual reception at the House of Lords last
Thursday (31 October 2013) to celebrate Eid and Hajj, and to mark the
conclusion of the 9th World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF) in London.
Held at the
House of Lords, the reception also bade farewell to delegates for the World
Islamic Economic Forum after 3 days of programmes which included workshops,
roundtables and of building international networks at London’s Excel Centre.
event at the House of Lords was attended by Parliamentarians, members of the
diplomatic corps, members of the International Advisory panel of WIEF, and
senior businessmen and professionals and community leaders.
Leitch of Oakley commended the World Islamic Economic Forum and promise
the conference gave for building bridges across cultures. The Forum provided
“opportunities that are built out of relationships”. Lord Leitch also praised the introduction of
Islamic bonds, announced by the Prime Minister at the Forum. It was “great news
for the UK and Britain” and noted how “collaborations and partnerships are the
key to economic prosperity”.
Secretary General of the MCB, spoke about the importance of addressing poverty
in third world countries and acknowledged the importance of Sukuk and also spoke
about the need of “creating a just world where every person has a right to
wealth and livelihood, we must take this message from the WIEF”. He spoke about
the importance of building a just, peaceful and cohesive society, which is at
the heart of the vision of the Muslim Council of Britain.
Sacranie, former Secretary General of the MCB and founding member of the
International Advisory Panel of the World Islamic Economic Forum, congratulated
the MCB in organising regular delegations to the WIEF since its very inception.
He spoke about how “the conference is able to show how Muslims can engage in
non-Muslim countries”. Speaking about MCB’s role in bringing WIEF to London, he
said, “Every year young Muslim professionals and businessmen have attended
(WIEF) and have really made a mark in being ambassadors for Britain through
their active participation at every Forum either as speakers or panellists”.
thanked the presence of senior members of the Forum’s International Advisory
Panel which included, Ian Buchanan, from Australia, Essa Al Ghurair, from the
United Arab Emirates and Salahuddin Kasem Khan, from Bangladesh for their
attendance and the support they had provided to bring WIEF to London. He also
thanked the tremendous support provided by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson
and his staff as well as UKTI and the Foreign Office. He acknowledge with great
appreciation the kind remarks made by HRH the Prince of Wales
at the Gala Dinner where he acknowledged the important role of the Muslim
Council of Britain in the WIEF over many years which finally brought the great
Forum to London.
Hussain of Luton also commended the work and the role of the MCB in the WIEF
and expressed his well wishes for the event.
The event was supported
by the National Zakat Foundation which was immensely appreciated by the Muslim
Council of Britain. NZF raised one
million in Zakat in the current year for UK based projects. A huge thanks also
goes to Shelina Janmohamed, Vice-President of Ogilvy Noor, for her fantastic compèring
throughout the course of the evening.
The Muslim Council of Britain at the World Islamic
The Muslim Pound
at the House of Lords concluded a week long activities dominated by the World
Islamic Economic Forum. The week began with the launch and press conference of
the ‘Muslim Pound’, a document highlighting how British Muslims add enduring
value to the UK’s prosperity. The press conference heard from MCB leaders as
well as entrepreneurs and professionals who spoke about their own experiences.
Sessions held by MCB at the WIEF
required to facilitate the continued growth of the Islamic Finance industry?’
On Thursday afternoon (31 October), MCB facilitated the
inaugural bi-lateral meeting of businessmen from Bangladesh and Britain. After
a healthy exchange of discussions the group resolved that key individuals would
be identified and approached from Britain and Bangladesh to form the steering
team co-chaired by Sir Iqbal Sacranie and Salahuddin Kasem Khan to facilitate and
encourage bi-lateral trade between the two countries.
‘Accessing Halal Pharmaceuticals: Halal Vaccines’
session was addressed by Founding Patron and former Prime Minster of Malaysia,
HE Tun Abdullah Badawi, and was followed by a Round Table Discussion, which addressed components
in vaccinations and raised concerns from a Muslim’s perspective. There were
contributions from panellists Dr Richard England from Glaxo Smith Kline, Joanne
Yarwood from ‘Immunisation’, Mufti Sarfraz Mohammed – Shariah advisor and halal
food consultant and Dr Shuja Shafi, Deputy Secretary General of the MCB.
Delegates to the World Islamic Economic Forum
Council of Britain annually organises a delegation to attend the Forum. This
year was no different. Members came from a cross section of business and
Muslim Council of Britain initiatives coming out of
the World Islamic Economic Forum
Memorandum of Understanding for Hajj Tour Operators
signing took place at the Reception where a Memorandum of Understanding was
initiated to encourage Hajj tour operators to be rated on the basis of their
operations and customer service. It was signed by Fazal Bahardeen, CEO of
Crescentrating from the Republic of Singapore and by Dr Shuja Shafi, Deputy
Secretary General of the MCB. “This is an important step in upholding the good
work done by the vast majority of hajj tour providers whose work is undermined
by dubious operators deceiving hopeful pilgrims” said the Deputy Secretary
Association of Shariah Scholars in Islamic Finance
Council of Britain also helped launch at the World Islamic Economic Forum the
Association of Shariah Scholars in Islamic Finance (ASSIF). The Association was
established as a response to a globally recognized need for a self-regulating
professional body for Shariah scholars in the Islamic finance industry. The
Association will share knowledge and expertise with counterpart national and
international regulatory bodies for other professions such as accountants, lawyers
and finance professionals.
initiatives at the Forum were the main initiatives coming from the British
Muslim community. We also welcome and commend the significant artistic
contribution made by British Muslims to the World Islamic Economic Forum and
its parallel ‘MocaFest’ programme which saw, amongst others, the works of
Mohamed Ali, a.k.a AerosolArabic and performances of Sukina Pilgrim.
For the Muslim
Council of Britain, the World Islamic Economic Forum coming to London was a
hugely positive step in demonstrating how the Muslim world and British Muslims
bring added and enduring value to Britain. In the coming months and years, the
Muslim Council of Britain will work to ensure we build on this legacy.
Highlighting the role of Islamic finance and encouraging entrepreneurship in
the Muslim community to help add further prosperity for the UK.