Jahurul Islam (1928-1995) businessman, entrepreneur and social activist was born in Bhagalpur village of Bajitpur thana under Kishoreganj district on 1 August, 1928.
Jahurul Islam began his career as a contractor. He established Bengal Development Corporation which over time grew into a great construction company.He could foresee the housing problem in Dhaka in near future as a result of its very fast population growth and urbanisation and development spree and in 1964 he established the first real estate organisation in the country namely Eastern Housing Ltd.
He later established 'Islam Group'. Since then Islam Group has diverged into multidimensional sectors including engineering, construction, trading and even manufacturing. The group, over the years, concentrated in other sectors including pharmaceuticals, textiles, jute, ceramics, media, real estate, finance, construction and agricultural sector.
Through the variety of his concerns, Jahurul Islam has shown diversified thinking capability that no one in his generation possessed. His unique way of thinking and leadership also resulted in Islam Group to be one of the leading industries in Bangladesh.
Besides being good businessman, he was also a humanitarian. He founded Jahurul Islam Medical College and Hospital, for the betterment of the country. Although the institute officially began in 1992, the hospital service started as early as 1989. It had huge capacity of holding patients, as much as 500 beds with both emergency and normal hospital facilities; no kind of injury was ever rejected for treatment. Modern and intensive case has been offered ever since its establishment. The institution also earned foreign reputation by admitting approximately 30 students every year.
Jahurul Islam died on 19 October 1995 in Singapore. He was buried at his village home, Bhagalpur. He is survived by a son and four daughters. At present, his son Manzurul Islam is the Chairman of Islam Group, the consortium of enterprises founded and nourished by Jahurul Islam.