Abdul Qayum (imam)

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Abdul Qayum
আব্দুল কাইয়ুম
Born (1960-03-01) 1 March 1960 (age 63)
Occupation(s)Imam, lecturer, religious leader
Organization(s)East London Mosque
European Council for Fatwa and Research

Abdul Qayum (Bengali: মুহাম্মদ আব্দুল কাইয়ুম, Arabic: مُحَمَّد عَبْدُ الْقَيُّوم; b. 1 March 1960) is a British Bangladeshi scholar and the chief Imam of the East London Mosque.[1] A former lecturer of the International Islamic University Malaysia, Abdul Qayum served also as a presenter on Islamic programmes on Peace TV Bangla and Channel 9.[2]


Abdul Qayum was born in the District of Noakhali in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh). He studied Islamic Sciences and Hadith at the Government Madrasah-e-Alia in Dhaka and then continued his studies of Islamic Sciences under several scholars in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. At the Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University, he completed a Bachelor of Arts in Arabic Language & Literature and a Master of Arts in Applied linguistics. He then became a lecturer of Quranic Arabic at the International Islamic University of Malaysia.[3]

After moving to the United Kingdom with his family, he was elected as the Khatib of the East London Mosque in 1993. In 2008, he was made aware of Richard House Children's Hospice and in 2010 he became a patron.[4] He 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.[5] He is also a signatory to Istanbul's Environmental Declaration.

Abdul Qayum studied hadith and other Islamic sciences alongside Mohammad Akram Nadwi[6] and attended SOAS, University of London.[7]

In early January 2021,[8] he and some of his family members had tested positive for COVID-19 amid the pandemic,[9] and were admitted to the Royal London Hospital for care.[10]

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  4. ^ "About us". Richard House. Archived from the original on 5 October 2016. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
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  6. ^ "Angel Wing: Events". angelwingmedia.net. Archived from the original on 10 April 2015. Retrieved 20 June 2014.
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  8. ^ ইষ্ট লন্ডন মসজিদের প্রধান খতিব শায়েখ আব্দুল কাইয়ুম করোনায় আক্রান্ত [East London Mosque's chief khatib Sayekh Abdul Kayum infected by coronavirus]. MAH London News 24 (in Bengali). 6 January 2021.
  9. ^ Chowdhury, Saeed (6 January 2021). বৃটেনে করোনা আক্রান্ত শায়েখ আবদুল কাইয়ুম [Shayekh Abdul Kaiyum Corona-infected in Britain]. Manab Zamin (in Bengali).
  10. ^ Dr Abul Kalam Azad (16 January 2021), লন্ডনের ইমাম শায়খ আব্দুল কাইয়ুম [London's imam Shaykh Abdul Qaiyum] (in Bengali)
  11. ^ "Independent Shariah" (PDF). Etfsecurities. Retrieved 8 October 2012.
  12. ^ "Restrained anger at the mosque". BBC News. Retrieved 25 April 2013.
  13. ^ "Muslim leaders stand against gay marriage". The Daily Telegraph. 18 May 2013.

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