Abdul Qayum (born 1 March 1960) is a Bangladesh-born British writer, lecturer and the Chief Imam of the East London Mosque. By many scholars and imams, Abdul Qayum is considered to be the most talented Bengali islamic scholar in Europe. He serves the largest Bangladeshi congregation in the United Kingdom. Formerly, he was a lecturer of the International Islamic University Malaysia. He is also well known as a presenter on Islamic programs on Peace TV Bangla and Channel 9.Abdul Qayum was born in Noakhali, East Pakistan, now Bangladesh. In 1988 he was a lecturer and the Khateeb of Jamia Islamia Masjid in Gazipur City. He moved to the Saudi Arabia at a young age with his family to study at university. He then studied Arabic and Sharia at the European College of Islamic Studies in France and then in Wales. He also spent some time studying under teachers in the Middle East, foremost amongst them were Shaykh Ahmad Hawwa in Jordan, with whom he studied Shafi’i Fiqh, and Shaykh Munir al-Jawwad Al-Tunisi in Syria, with whom he studied Arabic grammar. When he moved to the United Kingdom with his family, he was elected as the Khateeb of the London Muslim About More..