Bashir Maan CBE
(born October 1926) is an Asian-Scottish
politician, businessman, judge, social worker and writer. He was born in Maan village, near Qila Didar Singh
, Gujranwala District
, British India
(now modern day Pakistan
). His father had a small landholding there and his paternal uncle had already moved to Chicha Watni, District Sahiwal. He completed his high school studies at DB High High Scholl, Qila Didar Singh. He was an undergraduate and worked as a clerk at Lahore. Ultimately, he decided to leave for the United Kingdom.
He arrived in Glasgow
from his native Pakistan in March 1953 at the age of 26. By 1967, he was a magistrate. He opened one of the first shops in Glasgow selling alcohol at heavily discounted prices. He subsequently sold this side of his business concerns due to the conflict that it had with his Religious beliefs.
In 1970 he was the first Muslim to be elected to a public office in the United Kingdom, to serve as a Labour
councillor for the Kingston ward of the City of Glasgow Corporation. He allowed his Labour Party membership to lapse over the Blair/Bush Iraq invasion.
He played a major role in bringing the Muslim community together in Glasgow and having their own grand mosque and a center of congregation. He made efforts to give the community confidence and integrate in the Scottish society. He visited Bosnia and Herzegovina
with many Scottish Christian
leaders and made the plight of the Muslims known to all. He raised funds and collected aid. He... Read More