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BEGINNINGS

Introduction

Origins & History

Arab Influence in the East

Arab Trade with Ceylon

Interaction with the Portuguese

Dealing with the Dutch

British Rule

Language & Society

GROWTH & PROSPERITY

Colombo Grand Mosque 1855 List of contributors for purchase of land

Consuls

History of the Colombo Grand Mosque

History of The Maradana Mosque

Maradana Mosque Board of Trustees 1924

Members of Legislative Councils

Members of Muncipal Councils

MICH Moors' Islamic Cultural Home

MICH Official Website

Moors' Sports Club

Mosques of Colombo

Muslim Business Establishments - 1820

Population & Statistics

Professionals

Revolt of Arabi Pasha

Sameer Recalls

Significant Personalities - 1876

The Sri Lanka Flag

Sri Lanka Islamic (UK) Association

Travels of Haji Ismail Effendi

Votes Polled 1882-1944  

The "KUDI" Maraikayars of Batticaloa South

Nindavur, land of the Matri clans

OBITUARIES

Aunty Fathuma of Galle

A Mansion called Mumtaz

Moors Sports Club 2002-2003

The Ahadiya Schools Movement

AMYS

Kashawatte

Ayesha Siddeeqa Educational Institute

Sailan Muslim Web Portal

Sri Lanka Muslim Web Portal

 

THE MALAY COMMUNITY

Colombo Malay Cricket Club 2002/2003

Chronology of the history of the Malays

Malay Personalities of Sri Lanka

O'Deane - First migrant to Australia

The Malay Community

The Malay Language

Portrait of a Malay

Malays and their Coexistence

Malay Minority in Sri Lanka

 

THE MEMON COMMUNITY

The Memon Association of Sri Lanka

Memon Family Names

The Memon Community

ETHNOLOGY & ETHNIC CRISIS

A criticism of Mr Ramanathan's Ethnology of the Moors' of Ceylon

Concise history of Kayalpatnam

Marakkala

 

GENERAL INFORMATION  

In search of Taprobane

Kings of Sri Lanka

Vathimi Kumaraya

History of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Genealogy Website

Sri Lanka Genealogy Forum

Sri Lanka Heritage Website

Sri Lanka Web Page

Destination Sri Lanka

Kollupitiya

Saradiel & Tuan Saban

Sri Lanka CIA Factbook 1999

Victor Melder Website

Bibliography

Links  

 

The Muslims of Sri Lanka have been an integral part of Sri Lankan society since the advent of Islam and the movement of Arab, Indian, Persian and other Muslim traders to the Island. An influx of Muslims to the Island from Java, in the Indonesian region, has also contributed to the Muslim community in the country.

History records that the Arabs were trading in many parts of the coastal belt of Ceylon long before Islam and had always maintained a very cordial and friendly relationship with the local people. Trading and business has always been the forte of the Muslims, mainly on account of their ancestors who came to the Island in search of business and barter. It is interesting to note that the Arab traders never ventured into war with the local rulers or colonization of the land like the Portuguese, Dutch, and British did. They never had any desire of the exploitation and commercialization of the local people and their land and only concentrated on trading and business in an open, honest, just, and fair manner.

The Muslims of Sri Lanka, today, are the progeny of the union of many of these Arabs, Persians, Indians, and Malays, with local women, whom they married during their sojourns and trading in the country.

The subsequent Muslim Communities, that lived their lives in Sri Lanka have, in no small means, contributed extensively with their talents, wealth, and ability to the development and progress of the country in a peaceful and comfortable manner, integrating with the society and blending with the local environment comfortably.

Concentrating mainly on trade and business the Muslims were mainly resident on the coastal belt of the Island where their ancestors landed in search of commerce. Having developed a lucrative enterprise in all varieties of business they have engaged themselves in the business community since ancient times. The gem and jewelry business was monopolized by the Muslims for many centuries. The influx of Indian Muslims int Ceylon also helped in enhancing this business acumen, especially in the spice, textile, and garment industries.

This website intends to provide an insight into the personalities, contributions, and significant achievements of the Sri Lanka Muslim Community in the progress and development of the country since, almost, 600 AD.


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