Lord Sheikh was born in Kenya and brought up in Uganda. His family originated from the Punjab.
Lord Sheikh has been honored by the presentation of several personal awards which have been given to him for his achievements, leadership, business and community work.
He has also been awarded an honorary doctorate for Humanitarian work which he undertakes.
Lord Sheikh was elevated to the House of Lords in 2006. He is an active Peer and speaks regularly in the House of Lords on a variety of subjects including issues relating to the Muslim Community.
He founded the Conservative Muslim Forum and was its Chairman for several years. He is now President of the Forum.
He is the Chairman of companies relating to Property and other businesses.
Lord Sheikh is also a writer. His first book on the Maharaja Ranjit Singh was very well received, and his second, An Indian in the House, is on the first four Indians who were members of British Parliament. He has nearly completed his third which is a historical novel based in India.
Lord Sheikh has spoken in the House of Lords and held events to commemorate the contributions of the Indians and the Muslims during the World Wars.
He has been a visiting lecturer at Universities and acts as an advisor to a British University.
He is the Chairman or a senior official of several All-Party Parliamentary Groups which includes the Group on Islamic Finance.
He has been described as a businessman, academic, philanthropist and writer.