MIC Newsline 27 September 2005
NALEEM HAIJIAR OF BERUWELA
Innalillahi Wainna Ilahi Raajioon. [FROM HIM DO WE CO E AND UNTO HIM DO WE RETURN!]
The great Muslim philanthropist Alhaj MIM Naleem passed away
today Tuesday the 27th of September 2005 at 4.30 pm At Apollo
Hospital Colomoboat at the age of 73. The janaza prayer will be
conducted at Chinafort jumma Mosque at 2.30.P.M and the burial will
be taking place at JamiaH Naleemiah Campus following the prayers.
Alhaj Naleem, son of late Mohamed Ismail and Fathima Shereefa
Ismail was in born 4th April 1933 and expired leaving his wife
Mrs. Rafeeka Naleem, four sons Ilyas, Kamil, Mubaraq, Yakooth and a
daughter Silmiya Imran behind him.
Better known as Naleem Hajiar, he was born in the western coastal
town of Beruwala where he spent most of his life. He started his
life as a local gem trader, and through his honesty and erseverance,
soon became one of the leading and internationally renowned gem
businessmen of Sri Lanka.
Naleem Hajiar had a mission to uplift the Muslim community through
education. He founded the Renaisence Movement through which he
gave a new impetus to education of Muslim youth, supporting them
with extra classes and educational activities.
His apex achievement was the founding of the renowned Islamic
University the Jamiah Naleemiah in 1973, combining traditional
academic education with Islamic education of international
standards. To date this university has produced graduates who are
in leading positions of every sphere of life, making enormous
contributions to the Muslim community and to the development of Sri
Lanka in general. He was loved and respected by people of all
communities throughout Sri Lanka.