Muhammad Abdul Bari

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Muhammad Abdul Bari, MBE FRSA (; born 2 October 1953), was the Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain from 2006 until 2010, and is the chairman of the East London Mosque, one of the largest mosques in London.

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Bari was born in Bangladesh in 1953. After studying at Chittagong University, he joined the Bangladesh Air Force in 1978. Later he moved to the United Kingdom. In 1983, he was awarded a scholarship to do a PhD in England. He studied at King's College London, and at the Royal Holloway College as a postdoctoral researcher, which let him become involved in community work. He spent five years in a secondary school in London training as a teacher.

His interests include reading and travelling "where there are mountains and seas." His father was a land-owning farmer in the Tangail outside Dhaka. He speaks Bangla and English fluently and believes all immigrants to the United Kingdom should speak English.

Bari has served East London's diverse communities in various capacities for three decades. Since 2002, he has been the Chairman of the board of trustees at the East London Mosque (London’s first mosque, which now...
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