Author Archives: Farid Ahmed Reza

Farid Ahmed Reza is an educationist, poet, columnist and a visionary intellect for Muslim communities in Britain. He was born and brought up in a literary family of Syed Pur, a famous village in the greater Sylhet. His father and grandfather were distinguished mystic poets of their times. His grandfather Pir Mojir (1845 – 1905) has written a number of books and the most famous of them is an epic entitled Shahadot-e-Buzurgan (Great Martyrdom). A regular contributor to Surma and Jonomat and other newspapers in London, Farid Ahmed Reza is also an editor of the periodical ‘Kobita’ (Poetry). Other publications also include ‘Jesuser Agomon Onibarjo’ (Surely Jesus is coming, anthology of poems) and ‘Biporeet Uchcharon’ (Utterance against the tide, anthology of essays).

At university he served as the central secretary general for a nationwide youth organisation. After obtaining honours and masters from the University of Chittagong he taught in a college for few years while working as a journalist in Sylhet and Dhaka. He came to Britain in 1991 and completed PGCE (post graduate certificate in education) from University of East London (UEL) and post graduate certificate in Teaching English from the Institute of Education (IoE).

In 1996 he was elected as central president of Dawatul Islam UK & Eire, a nationwide charity organisation in the UK and played a vital role for establishing Jamitul Ummah, an independent secondary school in East London. During this period he took part organising the Muslim Council of Britain, the largest umbrella organisation of Muslim organisations, and chaired the meeting that finalised the constitution.

Farid Ahmed Reza is the chair of Al-Quran Institute London, and also the Chair of Sheba Trust, a charity organisation operating in London. He organises youth activities, runs Quran Circles for women and men, and delivers lectures on the Quran and on issues that affect the local community and humanity at large. He speaks for a just society where every individual will enjoy equal rights and opportunities.