On 1 May 1997 Mohammad Sarwar was elected as Member of Parliament for Glasgow Govan in the 1997 general election, becoming Britain’s first Muslim MP.
He was re-elected in Glasgow Govan in the 2001 general election.
The 2005 general election saw boundary changes in Scotland, so he fought and won the new constituency of Glasgow Central.
On 21 June 2007, Sarwar announced he would not stand again at the 2010 general election. His son, Anas Sarwar, succeeded him as MP for the Glasgow Central seat.