Muslim Personalities

Those People from the Past

It was while researching the genealogy of my maternal ancestors that I stumbled upon a burgher lady named, Ms Pompeus, who was supposed to have been the Governess who taught English, Reading, and Piano, to my maternal grandma’s father, MLMH Shareef, and his siblings, Sakeena and Haseena. The Marikar Haji family members belonged to the “Jemmi” ootar (family group) in those …

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SENATOR A.M.A. AZEEZ – AN INTROSPECTIVE ANALYSIS BY C. NARAYANASUWAMI

Remembering Senator Azeez on his 110th birthday- 4th October 2021- brings memories of a great Muslim visionary. He was a great intellectual, an able administrator, an erudite scholar and an accomplished educationist whose multiple services to the nation and to the Muslim community in particular, are well documented. His life provides stimulating examples of challenges and successes in varied areas …

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NALEEM HAJIAR, BENEFACTOR TO THE NATION

Naleem Hajiar was one of the noble personalities who worked for the national interest of Sri Lanka. Born in 4th April 1933, to Muhammad Ismail and Sharifa Umma of China Fort, Beruwala, Naleem Hajiar was raised in a very poor family background, due to which he was only able to continue his schooling up to the fifth grade, and was …

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Deshamanya M.A. Bakeer Markar – An accomplished, dedicated parliamentarian

24th Commemorative Anniversary Deshamanya Marhoom Al Haj Mohammed Abdul Bakeer Markar’s ancestry is traced to Sheik Jamaluddeen-Al-Maghdoomi, an Arab settler in Beruwala. His father Hakeem Alia Marikkar Mohomed Marikkar belonged to a family of physicians, whose ancestors too were physicians. He was born in Beruwala on May 12, 1917 and educated at Zahira College, Colombo under the tutelage of Dr. …

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Azwer’s outstanding parliamentary record

Marhoom Al Haj Abdul Hameed Mohamed Azwer It is four years to the day that Marhoom Al Haj Abdul Hameed Mohamed Azwer left this world. May God grant him a special place in paradise and make his grave a place of rest and tranquillity. Azwer’s loquacious participation in every debate in the Sri Lanka parliament, and his trilingual wit, has …

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