On Monday 3rd July 2023, Alastair was pleased to host a Celebration of the Muslim Communities contribution to London at the Old Bailey, alongside The Rt Hon Lord Safraz of Kensington.
This event was held at the time of Eid Al-Adha and is part of his Communities and Faiths event series. This reception was a celebration of the success of Muslim Communities and their contributions to London, marking the many examples of how British Muslims have successfully set up business in London, providing jobs and prosperity.
The compere for this event was news anchor and TV presenter Ru Abbass Kermani, who has worked with CNN, Channel 4 News, the BBC, and France 24.
Her Royal Highness Princess Badiya bint El Hassan of Jordan was the special guest speaker. A qualified English Barrister, Her Royal Highness Princess Badiya focusses on promoting interfaith and cross-cultural understanding.
Lord Safraz, an English entrepreneur of English/Pakistani heritage is a Member of the House of Lords where he promotes investment in technology and venture capital, spoke of stories of successful British Muslims.
After the formal part of the event, the talented singer Wajiha Naqvi and her musicians performed for the guests.
Alastair thanks the team at the Old Bailey who organised and catered the event; His Honour Judge Mark Lucraft KC, the Recorder of London, with whose permission the event took place, together with all the excellent speakers.
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