Sheikh Jamal

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Sheikh Jamal
Kader Siddiqui (left) and Sheikh Jamal (right) at the first public meeting after liberation in Polton, Dhaka (1971)
Native name
শেখ জামাল
Born(1954-04-28)28 April 1954
Tungipara, Gopalganj District, East Bengal, Pakistan
Died15 August 1975(1975-08-15) (aged 21)
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Allegiance Bangladesh
Service/branch Bangladesh Army
Years of service1971-1975
Rank Lieutenant
UnitEast Bengal Regiment
Battles/warsLiberation War of Bangladesh
Alma materRoyal Military Academy Sandhurst
Military Academy of the University of Defence
RelationsSee Sheikh–Wazed family

Sheikh Jamal (28 April 1954 – 15 August 1975) was the second son of Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib and Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,[1] the first president of Bangladesh.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Jamal was born at Tungipara, Gopalganj on 28 April 1954. His father was Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his mother was Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib. He was their second son after Sheikh Kamal.[4] He was a freedom fighter. His sister, Sheikh Hasina, is the current Prime Minister of Bangladesh.[5]

Sheikh Jamal, after a period of studies at BAF Shaheen College Dhaka, finished his matriculation from Dhaka Residential Model College in Dhaka.[citation needed] He passed his HSC from Dhaka College. He learned playing guitar at a music institution and was also a good cricketer.


Detained with his mother and other members of the family at a house in Dhanmondi during the war of Liberation in 1971, Jamal found the means to escape and cross over to a liberated zone, where he joined the struggle to free the country. While a student of Dhaka College, Jamal traveled to Yugoslavia for military training under the auspices of the Yugoslav army. Subsequently, he trained at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in Great Britain. He joined the Bangladesh Army as a second lieutenant in the East Bengal Regiment.[2][6][7]

Death and legacy[edit]

Jamal and his wife Rosy were killed with other members of his family during the Assassination of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, his father.[8] The professional sports club Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club is named after him.[9] Sheikh Jamal Stadium in Faridpur town is named after him.[10]


  1. ^ "34th anniversary of Bangabandhu murder: National Mourning Day today". The New Nation. 2008-08-15. Archived from the original on 2012-03-26. Retrieved 2009-09-30. Bangabandhu's wife Begum Fazilatunnesa, three sons Sheikh Kamal, Sheikh Jamal and Sheikh Russel...
  2. ^ a b "Sheikh Jamal". Bangladesh Awami League. Archived from the original on 2009-11-04. Retrieved 2009-09-02.
  3. ^ Islam, N.; Trust, Anwara-Nur Welfare (2001-01-01). Bangabandhu in the eye of his personal physician. Anwara-Nur Welfare Trust. p. 115.
  4. ^ "My Friend Shaheed Sheikh Kamal". The Daily Star. 2016-08-15. Archived from the original on 2017-09-28. Retrieved 2017-09-27.
  5. ^ "Businessmen to grab sports". The Daily Star. 2009-09-30. Archived from the original on 2009-10-06. Retrieved 2009-09-30. Dhanmondi Club, now a limited company, has been named after Sheikh Jamal, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's slain brother...
  6. ^ Gupta, Jyoti Sen (1981-01-01). Bangladesh, in Blood and Tears. Naya Prokash. p. 50.
  7. ^ "Be ready to make any sacrifice, PM asks army". Prothom Alo. Archived from the original on 2017-09-28. Retrieved 2017-09-28.
  8. ^ "In pain, in anger". The Daily Star. 2017-08-15. Archived from the original on 2017-09-28. Retrieved 2017-09-27.
  9. ^ "Safwan made president of Sheikh Jamal". The Daily Star. 2017-03-09. Archived from the original on 2017-09-28. Retrieved 2017-09-27.
  10. ^ "Hasina visits the house of her daughter's in-laws in Faridpur". Archived from the original on 2017-09-28. Retrieved 2017-09-27.

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