Most Renowned Community Leader and Philanthropist, Muhibur Rahman Muhib MJF, was born in Sylhet, Bangladesh in 1959. Son of the late Mr. Aalhaj Arab Ali and Mrs. Hashida Begum, Muhib grew up in the village of Purushpal, part of the Mathiura Union, Upazilla, Beanibazar.
At the age of 13 and after an average childhood, Muhib travelled to the UK in 1972 to start a new chapter in his life. Upon arrival, Muhib enrolled at Robert Montifiore Secondary School in Tower Hamlets, east London, where he furthered his secondary education. Whilst studying, Muhib worked two local part time jobs, working hard in an Indian restaurant and a garment factory.
Upon finishing secondary education, Muhib stuck to the world of business, determined to make a successful career and improve their family’s living standards. This was at a time when many British Bangladeshis were heavily involved in the garments trade.
In 1979, Muhib continued that trend by establishing, with the help of a few business partners, his own garment factory, Modern Embroidery, in Tower Hamlets. The business rapidly became very successful, owing to his hard work, creative business skills and the quality of the work his factory produced.
Following the success in the garments trade, he ventured into the catering business and in 1982 was a business partner of the Indian restaurant he worked in as a teenager, India Grill, in Tower Hamlets, London. To date, he has carried on his successful business empire and is the owner of four restaurants and multiple properties in and around London.
Outside of his business prowess, Muhib plays an important role in community activities both in the UK and in his homeland of Bangladesh. His way of thinking and supporting communities was not new to him and from an early age was taught about the importance of social responsibility from his late father, Mr. Aalhaj Arab Ali. Coming from a well respected family who had worked generations for the betterment of their local community, Muhib developed his love to help and support people who needed it the most.
He is currently the President of Beanibazar Welfare Trust helping people in his homeland of Bangladesh. Muhib’s involvement with community initiatives expands further. He is the Vice President of the Bangladesh Centre based in the UK, Vice Chairman of the British Bangladesh Business Council and a member of the Bangladeshi Caterers Association, all based in the UK.
Muhib is also the founding member and treasurer of the All European Bangladeshi Association (AEBA). In November 2012, AEBA held its first ever European Convention in Greece’s capital city of Athens where over 800 Bangladeshi expatriates from all over Europe attended. A great organisation, it works to bring Bangladeshi expatriates under one roof to discuss common areas affecting the Bangladeshi community.
His wealth of experience and dedication to the community can also be evidenced through his past role as joint treasurer of the Bangladesh Welfare Association and Vice President of the Beanibazar Thana Welfare Association.
His work with the community does not stop with being aligned with charitable organisations, Muhib has also spent much of his own fortune in supporting good causes. He has previously financed a Bengali Newspaper called Weekly Sylheter Dak where he was a Director and a member of the publishing board.
He is known to inspire education amongst generations of young people. He has spent over £20, 000 of his own fortune to build a library in Beanibazar’s Women’s College, helping hundreds of women from poor families to have access to much needed books and resources. In memory of his late father, he financed the Madrassa Academy Bhavan in 1982. He is also a founder of Purushpal Hafizia Madrassa and a lifetime member of the managing committee for 12 secondary schools in Beanibazar. In addition to this, Muhib is currently investing thousands of pounds in building a community hub for local people which will provide much needed community facilities as part of his commitment to empower local people.
He is one of the founding members of the Beanibazar Cancer Hospital Foundation, the first hospital of its kind in Sylhet, Bangladesh. Having served as Vice President of this organisation, Muhib along with a number of Bangladeshis living in the UK, funded this noble scheme.
In the year 2005, when Muhib was elected president of the Beanibazar Welfare Trust, he took the initiative to distribute computers in Beanibazar in order to enhance the education of local children. On his second term of presidency, he has kick-started another project to build houses for the poor and neglected freedom fighters of Beanibazar.
In 2007, The Lions Club International Foundation awarded Muhib, with its highest ‘Melvin Jones Fellowship’ Award for his work with the community and made him a member of the prestigious organisation.
From 2010 Muhib has been actively involved with the Bangladesh Centre in central London holding the post of Vice President. The Bangladesh Centre is a registered charity and the committee is chaired by the Bangladesh High Commissioner in London. Muhib headed a team recently to improve the dilapidated listing building where works are currently continuing. Muhib’s strong business skills and business contacts facilitated in approving a significant bank loan for the building works.
Since 2012 Muhib has been the President of the Beani Bazar Trust and helped through the trust to improve the life of the residents of Beani Bazar. The trust has donated houses for the poor and raised around £80,000 for treatment for cancer patients in the area to name only a few of the good causes he has been involved with.
Muhib also holds the position of President at the Jalalabad Association, where recently they have been helping COVID-19 patients in Bangladesh providing them with emergency assistance. The association headed by Muhib has built 3 Isolation Centers for patients supplying equipment along with oxygen concentrators and assisting not only with the medical needs of patients but also the needs of the families affected. The association is also involved in the building of a new hospital for those in the community with renal illnesses. This will change the life of those that use the hospital and their families.