Abdul Qayum (imam)

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Sheikh
Abdul Qayum
Native name আব্দুল কায়ুম
Born (1960-03-01) 1 March 1960 (age 55)
Noakhali, Bangladesh
Residence Tower Hamlets, London, England
Ethnicity Bengali
Citizenship British
Education Arabic language, Muhaddith
Alma mater Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University, Bangladesh Madrasah Education Board
Occupation Imam, lecturer, religious leader and writer
Organization East London Mosque,
European Council for Fatwa and Research
National Council of Imams and Rabbis
Religion Islam
Denomination Sunni

Abdul Qayum (born 1 March 1960) is a writer, lecturer and the Chief Imam of the East London Mosque.[1] By many scholars and imams, Abdul Qayum is considered to be the most talented Bengali islamic scholar in Europe.[2][3] He serves the largest Bangladeshi congregation in the United Kingdom.[4] Formerly, he was a lecturer of the International Islamic University Malaysia. He is also well known as a presenter on Islamic programs on Peace TV Bangla and Channel 9.[5]

Background[edit]

Abdul Qayum was born in Noakhali, Bangladesh. In 1988 he was a lecturer and the Khateeb of Jamia Islamia Masjid in Gazipur City. He moved to the Saudi Arabia at a young age with his family to study at university. He then studied Arabic and Shari’ah at the European College of Islamic Studies in France and then in Wales. He also spent some time studying under teachers in the Middle East, foremost amongst them were Shaykh Ahmad Hawwa in Jordan, with whom he studied Shafi’i Fiqh, and Shaykh Munir al-Jawwad Al-Tunisi in Syria, with whom he studied Arabic grammar.[6] When he moved to the United Kingdom with his family, he wa elected to be the Khateeb of the London Muslim Centre. In 2008 he was the first made aware of Richard House Children's Hospice and in 2010 he became a patron.[7] Abdul Qayum is a member of European Council for Fatwa and Research and National Council of Imams and Rabbis, which is a registered operating name of the Joseph Interfaith Foundation.[8][9]

Abdul Qayum is studying hadith and other Islamic sciences alongside Mohammad Akram Nadwi[10][11] and is pursuing a PhD at SOAS, University of London.[12]

Current employment[edit]

Previous employment[edit]

  • 1990–92: Lecturer, International Islamic University, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia
  • 1988–90: Lecturer and Khateeb of Jamia Islamia, Gazipur, Bangladesh

Education[edit]

  • MA Teaching Arabic to non‐Arabs, 1987, Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University, Riyadh, KSA Dakhil, 1972, Bangladesh Madrasah Education Board, Dhaka
  • BA (Hons) Arabic Language & Literature, 1984, Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University, Riyadh, KSA
  • Arabic Language Diploma, 1980, Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University, Riyadh, KSA
  • Intermediate 1978, SSc, DHSE Education Board Dhaka
  • Kamil (muhaddith) 1978, Bangladesh Madrasah Education Board, Dhaka
  • Fazil 1976, Bangladesh Madrasah Education Board, Dhaka
  • Alim 1974, Bangladesh Madrasah Education Board, Dhaka[16]

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