Who is Dabirul Islam Choudhury and what is his story?

Dabirul Islam Choudhury was born on 1st January 1920, in a village known as Kulonj in British Assam, now located in Derai District, Sunmagonj, modern-day Bangladesh.

Growing up, Dabirul was described as a strong and tall young man, around 6 ft 1. He was very active and loved horse-riding. He spent his childhood mostly outdoors, learning new things, playing, and reading. Dabriul spent most of his time learning about poetry, drama, and literature.

His favourite poem was “On the nature of Love” (1896) by Rabindranath Tagore, which spoke of conserving human resources. Dabirul felt that this reflected his conservationist nature.

Fascinated by the way writers would encourage the expansion of imagination and understanding, Dabirul moved to London in 1957 to study English Literature. Quickly adjusting to the life in the UK, Dabirul became fluent in both Hindi and Urdu and started partaking in community activities.

He always engaged with the society around him and often addressed issues impacting BAME communities. He became everyone’s “Chacha”, a respectful form of address given to men in the Bangladeshi community.

He then went on to established the first East Pakistani & Bangladeshi St. Albans football team, which played in the 8th division. The team comprised of his colleagues, both working and playing at the same time.  

During the liberation war of Bangladesh in 1971, Dabirul organised several campaigns in support of the seccession of Bangladesh in the UK. He went on to support families after the war by providing them with food and shelter.

He has now spent 65 years (as of 2022) in the UK and has brought people together with the vision of making a positive change in society.

That said, A keen philantrophist, Dabirul never missed out on an opportunity to give back to the community because he strongly believed in sharing his wealth for the sake of others. That said, in 2020, Dabirul walked 100 laps of his garden during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in 2021 whilst fasting. He raised more than £420,000 for coronavirus relief and the donations helped people affected by coronavirus in Bangladesh and the UK.