Tel: 07759 446 555
Suleman is a community advocate with extensive experience in the business and management sectors. He was awarded the MBE by Her Majesty the Queen in 2002 in recognition for his long years of service to local communities relating to regional and national issues. His knowledge and experience of the diverse community and national issues over the last twenty five years has made him invaluable in securing service provisions for the community ranging from, multi-faith prayer rooms in private and public organisations, dietary needs in hospitals and prisons, the establishing and training of chaplaincies in the health, educational and prisons settings. In 2008, he was appointed as Her Majesty’s Deputy Lieutenant.
Suleman is one of the founder members of MBCOL, and has provided community consultancy work to the Police and other statutory authorities. His work has been published in a pioneering book titled ‘Discovering through Death – Beliefs and Practices’. This landmark work is universally recognised as a definitive practice guide in hospitals and other settings.
From the inception of MBCOL has was involved in establishing a historic legal agreement with Leicester City Council and others which provided for the delivery of faith sensitive and timely funeral provisions. He has provided guidance and opinions to many Government consultations.
Suleman is a longstanding spokesperson and Public Relations Officer of the Federation of Muslim Organisations (FMO). He regularly contributes to the print media and appears often on local, national and international TV and radio.
Suleman has many strategic roles in the community. He is Vice Chair of the Leicestershire Inter Faith Forum and a member of the Leicester Council of Faiths, Faith Leaders Forum and many other dialogue groups involving Muslims, Christians, Hindus, Sikhs and Jews. This has made him versatile in his approach to faith, regeneration and community diplomacy.
Suleman also plays a pivotal role in the area of criminal justice, law & order and related matters. He has served as a Magistrate. He is a trustee of the Futures Unlocked an organisation involved in the rehabilitation of young prisoners. He also serves as a Governor on the Board of East Midlands Community Contact Unit which supports people deemed at risk of radicalisation.
Suleman received the National Police Award. Suleman’s work on the PREVENT agenda includes mentoring of vulnerable young people in secure training centres and giving evidence to the House of Commons Select Committee on PREVENT in 2010.
A linked area has been Suleman’s work on issues of human rights across the globe. He has travelled widely to the Middle East, Southern Africa, Europe and North America. Suleman has lectured at Georgetown University in Washington, USA on good community relations.
In 2012 Suleman gave written evidence to the Leveson Inquiry. His evidence will be part of the Inquiry’s official record on recommendations for a more effective policy and regulation that supports the integrity and freedom of the press while encouraging the highest ethical standards.
His unique strength of character and a selfless attitude in the service of others has driven him into taking a role of being an advocate with those in society that often need a voice. His exemplary conduct shows his commitment to serving unconditionally the needs of others. He has, and continues to play a key role in community matters locally, nationally and internationally.
Tel: 07742 783 370
Luman came to the UK in 1988 from Bangladesh and settled in Leicester in 1992; completing his education at local schools. After completing his Masters in 2007, Luman is currently conducting a PhD in History at The University of Nottingham, focusing on the British diplomatic experience in Iran from 1978-1982.
Luman has for several years now worked as a volunteer for the FMO in the role of assistant PR Officer, making contributions where possible in the areas of public relations and inter-faith work. In his capacity as assistant PR Officer, Luman has had significant experience in relation to counter-extremism initiatives, sitting on Leicestershire Constabulary’s Independent Advisory Group (IAG) as well as writing articles which have been published in the Leicester Mercury.
Luman brings to MBCOL the expertise he has acquired in the area of community and voluntary based PR work which includes the experience of having completed several funding applications for various projects including helping MBCOL secure funding for the training of other faiths and non-faiths on bereavement related issues.
Tel: 07801 101 786
Adam Y Sabat came to the UK from Burma in 1969. He was schooled locally and eventually joined the family Continental Foods business in Highfields. He is currently self employed running a textile waste recycling business.
Adam was one of the key members to help establish Islamic the Education Trust – Masjid Al-Falah where he currently holds the office of Secretary. He was also a key member of the Federation of Muslim Organisations (Leicester) where he was the office of assistant secretary, member and Assistant Secretary of the Indian Muslim Association and a member of the C.W.C of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB).
A long time member of MBCOL and its current Secretary Adam is also one of the most experienced in facilitating burials. He is also pivotal in MBCOL’s community training program. Adam is very popular and well known within the various community organisations as well as the general Muslim community in general. He has sincere community spirit and is always keen to help others, sacrificing much of his personal time for the betterment of others.
Tel: 07801 905005
Yakoob Dassu has a wealth of experience from his business activities having run a successful textile business in Leicester. He has had an active involvement in the Leicester business community and has involved himself with various community groups. He brings a commercial perspective to our work and provides valuable advice and guidance on strategic planning and future development. Yakoob has also served as Chairman of MBCOL for a number years. He provided valuable leadership in the development and transition of MBCOL from its previous structural arrangement.
Mohamed Salim Esat – Trustee
Tel: 07966 177297
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Dr Kamal Hoque – Trustee
Tel: 0715 209306
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Zubeir Hassam – Trustee
Tel: 07879 610 649
Zubeir Hassam was born in Malawi and arrived in the UK as a young boy in 1976. He studied at Moat Boys School between 1976 and 1978 and went on to higher education at Charles Keen College between 1978 and 1980. He then went into business with his brother opening a Halal, fish and chips, takeaway, and the first in the East Midlands currently employed with Royal Mail.
He then progressed into community welfare becoming Chairman of the Muslim Khatri Association between 1990 and 1993. During this period he also became part of the original team to establish MBCOL. As a member of MBCOL he and a colleague initiated burials at the cemetery without a box or coffin. He and a fellow Trustee also provide training for funeral arrangers and regularly hold awareness sessions in relation to burials for the general public. His roles on the board of MBCOL have been that of a Trustee, Treasurer and trainer.
In addition Zubeir is the Trustee of the Oadby and Wigston Muslim Association (OWMA). He is also principal of Muslim School in Oadby and funeral arranger for Muslim Khatri Association and OWMA.
Overall Zubeir is an active member of the Burial Council and generally for the Muslim Community dedicated to the betterment of the communities he serves.
Mohamed Jamil – Trustee
Tel: 07590 551555
Mohammed Jamil attended school in royal county of Berkshire at age of 9 years and lived with his family in Slough. He moved to Sheffield in 1975 due to parents obtaining new employment attended College and apprenticeship with Mars LTD in engineering and then worked for British Steel. he then changed career to Youth and Community Work and attended full time course at Leicester De Montford University. In 1990 he was employed by Warwickshire County Council. The Organisation promoted Jamil three times, Area Youth Officer, Locality Coordinator and then Area Youth and Community Officer.
He studied a part time degree course at De montford University in Public Administration and Management and whilst holding full time post and bringing up a young family.
He also attended range of in-service courses, too many to mention. He have been teaching part-time Youth and Community Course through his employment and recently qualified as Adult Education Tutor.
In 2014 he worked as a self employed director/manager running his own business selling new and second hand goods similar to cash converters but on a smaller scale.
Jamil has been involved with the local community in Leicester. working most of his career with different communities and is very helpful in dealing with local issues and is much involved currently. He is valued member of the community. He also holds position of General Secretary at Jamia Masjid E Bilal where he has done voluntary work for many years.
Jamil will bring range of work and life skills to faith and non faith organisations and has a “can do” attitude. His efforts and expertise will have great benefit to community and voluntary organisations via MBCOL
Sikander Sattar – Trustee
Tel: 07762 786 786
Sikander Sattar, a leading and dynamic businessman, was born in Malawi and arrived in the UK in 1976. He moved to Leicester in 1977 from London who then started a wholesale family business.
Today the company, Shenu Fashions, is highly successful and has been established for over 35 years. It is the largest importer and wholesaler of baby wear in the midlands. Sikander serves also as a Director of Baby Planet.
Sikander serves on many charitable boards and is known for his generosity and goodwill. He has travelled widely and been part of many compassionate causes. He is currently the Vice Chairman of Memon Association and also serves as a Trustee of Masjid E Abubakar.
Overall Sikander is a very motivated and active member of MBCOL and is seen as a valuable asset to the Board.