- Issim Ullah
Hajj MohammedIssim Ullah (born Mohammed Issim Ullah) was a landlord, businessmanand soldierfor The British Empire, East Pakistanand Bangladesh.
Issim Ullah was born into a wealthy
landlordfamily of Mohammed Abdullah and Begum Naseerah Bibi Talukdar in February 1913 in Holiyarpara, Mirpur Union, Jaganathpur, SunamganjUpazila in what is now Sylhet Division.
Issim Ullah had stated in his memoirs that he was a descendant of
Ikhtiyar Uddin Muhammad bin Bakhtiyar Khaljifrom his mother’s side, but he had no idea who he was.
He was an important factor of
Sunamganj politicsand was involved in many reforms of the feudal system against the ruling British. Due to this, some of his lands where given to the British supporters and his title reduced to Talukdar.
Although Issim Ullah lost his title, he did support the
Muslim Leaguein 1946 and fought in the Second World Warclaiming the title of lieutenant in the Navy. He became one of the first Sylheti immigrants in Brick Laneand set up his own restaurants, and sent monetary support to the newly formed Awami Leaguein the 1970s.
He died in 1997 after suffering for a decade of
cancerin Northampton, United Kingdom. He is buried in the same graveyardas his elder brother CaptainDewan Masim Ullah Talukdar.
Issim Ullah married three times. His first wife died
barren; his second wife had one girl and one boy and his third wife had two boys and one girl. His eldest son Isaac lives in Lewes, East Sussexand has two boys Iklass and Rizwan; and two girl Sara and Shabana. His second elder son Syedur lives in Northamptonand has one offspring Shabnam.
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