Mohammad Kamaruzzaman – A Biography

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Mr. Muhammad Kamaruzzaman is known to his contemporaries to be a soft-spoken man and an excellent leader. A person who always maintained placidity in the face of adversity. A quiet and reflective man, Kamaruzaman is presently a Senior Assistant Secretary General of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami.

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Early Life and Education:

Muhammad Kamaruzzaman was born on 4th of July, 1952, at Mudipara village, Bajitkhila union, under Sherpur District (erstwhile Mymensingh) into a well known Muslim family. He started his schooling in Kamri Kalitola Government Primary School at his native village. In his school life he had the distinct achievement of being the first boy in his classes all throughout. In Class VIII, he was awarded Residential Scholarship from Sherpur G.K.M. Institute. In 1967, he passed SSC Examination in the first division with letter marks (achievement of above 80 percentile marks in a subject) in four subjects from the same school. He was again awarded Residential Scholarship for his brilliant result. Afterwards he got himself admitted into Jamalpur Ashek Mahmud College.

But he could was unable to sit for his HSC examination due to his active participation in the 1969 mass upsurge. He passed H.S.C. Examination with good result in 1972. Then he graduated from Ideal collage in Dhaka City with distinction in 1974. He did his M.A. in Mass Communication & Journalism from University of Dhaka in 1976. He was a resident student of Salimullah Muslim Hall. Apart from having a luminous result in his studies, Mr. Kamaruzzaman, during his college study period, was a champion in debate and cultural competitions as well.

Role in student Islamic movement:

While a student of class nine Kamaruzzaman came into contact with da’wah of Islamic movement through late Kazi Fazlur Rahman, father of former Jamaat female MP Rashida Kahtun, after which he joined the erstwhile popular Islamic student movement known as the Islami Chhatra Sangha. Over a long period of dedication to the movement, he became the Organizing Secretary of the organization in 1972. He discharged his responsibilities as the President of Dhaka City Unit during 1974-77.

He was appointed as Secretary General of Bangladesh Islamic Chhatra Shibir in 1977 after its inception in the same year. In April 1978 he became Acting President of Islami Chhatra Shibir and after one month was elected as Shibir President in the by election. He was re-elected as President for session 1978-79. In 1979, the Islamic Youth Camp was held at Mauchak Scout Camp on the outskirts of Dhaka, where leaders of student Islamic movements from across the world took part. Mr. Kamaruzzaman, as the chief organizer, was a significant factor behind the successful administration of the camp.

Career in Journalism:

As Kamaruzzaman was a student of journalism, it was only natural that he would make his debut in journalism, which he did from 1980 onwards. In January 1980, he joined the Monthly Bengali Dhaka Digest as Executive Editor. He took the charge of Bengali Weekly Sonar Bangla as its Editor in January 1983. He was a member of Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) and was an executive member of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) for the term 1985-86 and 1986-87. He is also a member of the National Press Club.

Role as a politician in Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami:

Mr. Kamaruzzaman joined Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh in October 1979 and took oath as a Rukn (Member) on December 16 the same year. In 1981-82 he was Joint Secretary of Dhaka City Jamaat-e-Islami. He served as Central Publicity Secretary of Jamaat-e-Islami from 1983 till 1991. Since 1992 he has been discharging the responsibility of Assistant Secretary General of Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh. He played a vital role as a member of Jamaat-e-Islami Political and Liaison Committee in the movement for restoration of democracy in Bangladesh from 1983-90 and in the movement for Caretaker government during 1993-95.

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An advocate for social work:

Mr. Kamruzzaman also has an established track record of being an advocate for social work. He has set up a good number of educational institutions and organisations. He is the Chairman of Sherpur Darus Salam Trust which runs a madrasah, an orphanage, a clinic, a library and a number of Maqtabs (Islamic school at primary level) as well. Besides, he has also been a patron to many welfare organisations.

An internationally acclaimed Islamic personality:

Mr. Kamaruzzaman is a widely travelled person who has visited many countries of the world. He travelled Saudi Arabia , Iran , Nepal , India , Pakistan , Thailand , Hong Kong, UK , UAE, USA , Canada , France , Japan , Malaysia , Singapore , South Korea , Australia , Indonesia , Italy , Germany , Turkey , Yemen , Brunei , Bahrain , Kuwait. During his visit in these countries he participated in many international conferences and workshops. Moreover, he spoke to gatherings of Bangladeshis living there and met world leaders and internationally reputed personalities. In 1976 he performed the holy Hajj.

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A prolific writer:

Mr. Kamaruzzaman has written numerous columns on current affairs at home and abroad throughout his celebrated life as a journalist. His thoughtful articles on burning issues published in different newspapers and journals have regularly been appreciated by readers for their valuable insight and thought provoking nature. He wrote a number of books such as Adunik Juug e Islami Biplob (Islamic Revolution in Modern Age), Biswa Paristhiti-o-Islami Andolon (World Situation & Islamic Movement), Paschatter Challenge-o-Islam (Challenge of the West & Islam) and Sangrami Jononeta Oddapak Ghulam Azam (Revolutionary Leader Professor Gulam Azam), among others.

Moreover, he has also translated an important book of internationally acclaimed Islamic thinker late Khurram Murad into Bengali titled “Quran Adhayan Sahayika” (The Way to the Quran).

Personal Life:

He is married to Begum Nurun Nahar in 1977 and they have five sons and one daughter, all of whom are well educated and contributing in their respective fields.

Mr. Kamaruzzaman always took immense pleasure in reading extensively. Despite being awfully busy in politics and organizational work he always found the time to devote himself to reading. His favorite personality was Hazrat Muhammad (Peace be upon him).