Religious and Community Figures

1. Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari MBE

Chairman of the East London Mosque & London Muslim Centre

Abdul Bari was Former Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain from 2006 until 2010. He is a Board member of LOCOG (the body which organises the London 2012 Olympics). He is also an Educationalist and author.

2. Sheikh Abdul Qayum

Chief Imam of East London Mosque

The Sheikh obtained his M.A in Arabic Language from the prestigious Muhammad Ibn Saud University, Riyadh. He is a former lecturer at the international Islamic University of Malaysia. Currently undertaking his Phd at SOAS, he is a patron of the Richard house children’s hospice and supports a number of charities.

3. Barrister Atur Rahman

Community Activist

Atur is current Chair of the Greater Sylhet Development and Welfare Council in the UK (GSC) and is a qualified Barrister. He is actively campaigning on the Stop Tipaimukah Dam campaign which is threatening severe environmental damage to the Sylhet region of Bangladesh.

4. K M Abu Taher Chowdhury Community


Abu Taher is a prominent community activist and has edited or contributed to a number of Bengali newspapers and has presented programmes on Channel S. He has served on the committees of many leading community organisations and is the former chair of the Greater Sylhet Development Council.

5. Nurul Islam

Community Activist

A businessman and very prominent community activist. Nurul is the General Secretary of Bangladesh Welfare Association based in London it is one of the oldest Bangladeshi community organisations in the UK and General Secretary of the Kendriyo Ekushey Udjapan Committee (the 21st February language day massacre remembrance).

6. Mahmud Hassan MBE

Chair of the Consortium of Bengali Associations

Mahmud Hassan is chair of a consortium which is a leading organisation focusing on developing and strengthening the infrastructure of the Bengali voluntary groups in the UK. He was awarded an MBE in 1999 for his services to community relations.

7. Maulana Abdur Rahman Madani (Mphil, MA)


Abdur Rahman is Principal of Jamiatul Ummah Secondary School and sixth form, and presents weekly prime time show “Islam Essentials” on Channel S TV. He is also a respected Islamic scholar.

8. Moulana Shamsul Hoque

Imam of Ford Square Mosque

Moulana Shamsul is Chair of Council of Mosques in Tower Hamlets an umbrella body for 47 local mosques. He has with over 25 year’s experience of serving the community and is the leading figure in interfaith and community cohesion initiatives.

9. Sheikh Mahmudul Hassan

Imam of Essex Mosque

Sheikh Mahmadul Hassan holds a 1st Class MA and BA in Arabic and is currently studying for a PhD at the Institute of Education (University of London). He presents Jibon Jiggasha, an Islamic Q& A show on NTV Sky 834.

10. Dr Hasnat Hussain MBE

Community Activist

Hasnat is a respected community figure and academic. Convenor of the Voice for Justice World Forum, founding chair of Greater Sylhet Development Council. He is currently a Consultant for DfES Standard Unit UK. He was awarded an MBE in 2003 for services to education.