Lebbe Idroos Lebbe Marikar Hajiar
Lebbe Idroos Lebbe Marikar Hajiar was General Merchant and Landed Proprietor. He
was the Trustee of the Grand Mosque and had donated a valuable property in
Pettah for the Mosque.
male ascendants in reverse chronological order are:- Yusuf Lebbe (Jemmi) - Uduma
Lebbe - Idroos Lebbe (Batiar) - Ismail Lebbe.
ancestors migrated to Colombo from Weligama. He had four sons and one daughter
as follows:- Idroos Lebbe Marikar Haji - Muhammad Lebbe Marikar Haji - Sinne
Lebbe Marikar Haji - Marikar Haji - and Mrs. Wappu Marikar Haji.
Lebbe Marikar Haji had two sons and a daughter by his first marriage to
Fathumuthu Natchia. They were, Noordeen Hajiar (Saapu Wappa), Mohideen Hajiar
and Zulaikha. He also had four sons and two daughters by his second marriage to
S.M. Assena Natchia. They were, Sulaima Lebbe Haji, YYusuf, Abdul Rahman, Abdul
Hameed, Amsa and Safia.
Noordeen Hajiar succeeded his father Idroos Lebbe Marikar as Trustee of the
Grand Mosque in 1900 and donated properties in Hultsdorf for the upkeep of the
Mosque. he built the Hameedia School building, within the grounds of the Colombo
Grand Mosque, at his own personal cost and named it after Sultan Hameed of
Turkey. He took an active part in public life and was a member of the Fez
the early stages of the first Great War (WW-I), 1914-1918, he would, with the
aid of a wall map of Europe and Asia hung in his office room at "Muirburn",
Turret Road, Colombo 3, where he lived with his son-in-law, S.L.Naina Marikar
Hajiar, intensely follow the the fortunes of Turkey in the battle field.
Hajiar had some knowledge of Unani medicine and would practice it on his family.
There was a favourite decoction of his made from shoe flowers which was
frequently given to the children.
was stern disciplinarian who drilled in religion to his children and
grand-children who invariably attained high proficiency in the recital of the
eldest son, H.N.H. Jalaludeen Hajiar was one of the few Ceylon Moors who
qualified as a Hafiz, at that time, and also accompanied his father on
piligrimage to Makkah and at the Masjid-un-Nabaviya in Madinah where he had the
rare privilege of reciting from memory, at a single stretch, the full thirty
chapters of the Holy Quran. Jaludeen Hajiar was a bosom pal of Haji Muhammad
Macan Markar Effendi and inspite of his illness worked actively and
whole-heartedly in 1924 for the election of his friend as first member for the
all-Island seat in the Legislative Council. His sons are Thahir, Maruzook,
Mohideen and YYusuf and his daughters are Noorul Hidaya, Sithy Fathuma, and
eldest daughter of Noordeen Hajiar - Zohara Umma - married S.L.Naina-Marikar
Hajiar while the youngest daughter - Ummu Nafeesa - married N.D.H. Abdul Caffoor
Hajiar and the intervening daughter - Ummu Su’ooda - married I.L.M. Abdul
Cader. His youngest son, Mohideen married Haseena Umma, daughter of P.T. Meera
Hajiar seemed to have known the exact moment of his death. He took his ablutions
meant for prayer (Wudhu), prayed two rakaats and the laid himself to rest on his
bed in the direction of the Ka’aba. He brought his arms across his waist in
the position of prayer (Thakbir) while reciting "Allahu Akbar" before
breathing his last.
Mohideen Hajiar was a full brother of Noordeen Hajiar. He was a crockery
merchant, equally philanthrophic and pious. He was also the Trustee of the
Colombo Grand Mosque. He married Safiya Umma - granddaughter of Sekadi Marikar
Cassie Lebbe Marikar (Mudaliyar). He had five sons, Gheyas Mohideen, Ghouse
Mohideen (also Trustee of Grand Mosque), Zahir, Lahir, Abdul Hai, and Idroos,
His daughters were, Faleela (mother of Ummu Jamala), Jameela (mother of
M.I.A.Azeez - Engineer, Electrical Department and A.A.M. Thowfeek), Juwaila and
sister, Zulaikha, who married S.L. Abdul Rahman, had five sons and three
daughters, one of whom was Ummu Suroora, mother of Ahmed Salih Abul Mawahib.
Muhammad Lebbe Marikar Zainudeen Hajiar, MMC
Lebbe Marikar Zainudeen, MMC, was the son of Idroos Lebbe Muhammad Lebbe Marikar,
a leading merchant in the Pettah. He resided in a house in Grandpass and
received his English education at Wesley College, Colombo. He, together with his
brother Ismail, joined their father’s business of Commission Agency and
General Merchants. They had their showrooms at Hameediah Buildings, Main Street,
Pettah, in the year 1880.
1883, Zainudeen, under the leadership of Sahib Doray Ismail Lebbe Marikar Alim,
later known as Haji Ismail Effendi, together with a few other Muslims, visited
several Muslim countries. It is said that they carried a petition to the Khedive
(Viceroy) of Egypt from the Egyptian exiles in Ceylon, namely Arabi Pasha and
and group travelled extensively in Egypt and proceeded to Constantinople
(Istanbul) before arriving in Makkah to perform the piligrimage of Hajj. On
returning to Ceylon, Zainudeen exported large consignments of Ceylon produce,
viz hides, cocoa, corn, fibre, oil, coconuts etc. to those frims with whom he
had made arrangements with during his stay in Africa and Europe.
was elected a member of the Pettah Ward in the Colombo Municipal Council in
following account of the election appeared in the "Crescent" of
Liverpool dated October 10, 1900:-
election of a councillor for the Pettah Ward took place on Saturday, the 24th
August last, at the Town Hall. At first there were two candidates in the field -
Mr. Zainudeen and Mr. John Clovis de Silva, but the latter withdrew his
candidature a few days previous. The election took place at 8 a.m. the appointed
hour. Mr. Herbert White, acting Mayor and Chairman, presided, and there were
besides, a few Muslim and Sinhalese householders of the ward present.
proceedings commenced by Mr. C.B. Brodie, the well-known Fort merchant, formally
proposing the name of Mr. M.L.M. Zainudeen as a fit and proper person for
election as member to the Pettah Ward. Mr. I.L.M. Ismail Marikar seconded,
whereupon Mr. C.P. Dias, MMC handed in 850 proxies in favour of the nominee. The
Chairman examined the lists, and declared Mr. Zainudeen duly elected councillor
for the Pettah Ward. Mr. Zainudeen briefly returned thanks, and in turn proposed
a vote of thanks to the Chairman, the latter acknowledging the compliment
briefly. Mr. Zainudeen was "At Home" to his friends and well-wishers
during the whole of Saturday, when a large number of people called and
congratulated him on his election. Among them were members of the Council".
Muslims of Ceylon, along with the Muslims of the World, celebrated Sultan Abdul
Hameed Khan’s Silver Jubilee with grand illuminations and decorations of the
Mosques and houses on the day previous to the election of Zainudeen to the
Muhammadan community in the vicinity of Zainudeen’s residence repeated the
decorations and illuminations on his election.
was subsequently re-elected for the Pettah Ward and served as such till 1907. An
account of his life appears in the "Twentieth Century" impressions of
Ceylon edited by Arnold Wright and published in 1907 by Lloyds Great Britain
Publishing Company Limited.
was the paternal grandfather of Mrs. M.M.I. Kariappar.
Lebbe Mahmood Hajiar (1868-1940)
Lebbe Mahmood Hajiar, born in September 1868, was the son of P.T. Sinna Lebbe, a
wealthy merchant of Pettah. He received his English education at Wesley College.
He studied Arabic under Sahib Doray Ismail Lebbe Marikar Alim who lived next
door. He took up to business with his younger brother S.L.Abdul Rahim. He
visited several Muslim countries in 1883 accompanied by his Arabic tutor. Their
first visit was to Egypt. They then proceeded to Istanbul. Subsequently they
visited Makkah and performed the hajj pilgrimage and returned to Colombo.
contributed a sum of two thousand rupees towards a sum of twelve thousand seven
hundred and fifty rupees needed for the erection of houses for Zahira College.
made contacts with merchants in Arab countries, Mahmood Hajiar commenced
exporting Ceylon produce and mporting Middle Eastern products.
the Muhammadan seat in the Legislative Council fell vacant in 1900 his name was
submitted by a section of the Moors for nomination. He was the Secretary of the
Jammiyathul Hameediah Educational Association which conducted the Hameediah
his visit to England he visited Liverpool where Sheikh Abdullah Quilliam was
carrying on Islamic propaganda and the British newspapers referred to him as a
Muslims who settled in Ceylon were of the orthodox Sunnat Jama’at. They
followed the Shafi School of jurisprudence.
Hajiar was a keen student of Islamic Mysticism and well versed in Arabic. The
Moors lived in the Moorish quarter of New Moor Street and Old Moor Street and
the surrounding areas. After the first World War some Moors like A.M.Wapchi
Marikar, Haji Ismail Effendi, M.L.M.Ismail, S.M.L.M.Haniffa and a few others
started migrating to Colombo South. many other Moors followed suit.
was the Trustee of the Colombo Grand Mosque, New Moor Street, and was a
prominent member of Salihu Thakkiya of Abdul Gani Bawa and President of the
Jama-Athus Salihiya Burda Majlis.
was conferred the title of Justice of the Peace by the Government and also was
on the Fez Committee.
passed away on June 24, 1940 at the age of seventy two and was buried at
Maligawatte. He had one son, Muhammad YYusuf and three daughters, Nafia Mohideen,
Ameena Mohideen and Ummu Thahira Naina-Marikar