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When Islam came to Australia


Few Australians are aware that the country's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples had regular contact with foreign Muslims long before the arrival of Christian colonisers. And Islam continues to exercise an appeal for some Aboriginal peoples today, writes Janak Rogers. The white lines are faint but unmistakable. Small sailing boats, picked out in white and yellow pigment on the ... Read More »

KATHI S.M. ABOOBUCKER J.P. – Muslim Leader of Jaffna – By Ali Azeez

Kathi S.M. Aboobucker J.P.

The Muslims had lived for many centuries in Jaffna and they were an integral part of Jaffna Society. They were traders and later dominated the hardware, lorry transport, jewellery, tailoring and meat trades. They shunned education in Christian schools for fear of being converted to Christianity. During their period the British were more tolerant and with the opening of Hindu ... Read More »

Islamic Architecture in Jerusalem

The Dome of the Rock is often held up as the first work of Islamic architecture. © Arwa Aburawa

By Arwa Aburawa Freelance Journalist – UK Haram al-Sharif: first qibla, second mosque and third holiest site in Islam The Dome of the Rock is often held up as the first work of Islamic architecture. © Arwa Aburawa Nestled in the old city walls of Jerusalem, the Haram al-Sharif, or al-Aqsa Sanctuary, is the single most sacred site in the ... Read More »

Islam’s Journey Into Southeast Asia


By Farrukh I. Younus Freelance Writer, Globetrotter Sunday, 25 May 2014 00:00 Defined as the region of land between India to the west, China to the north, and the Pacific Ocean to the east, Southeast Asia today comprises 10 countries: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Burma, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand (Siam), and Vietnam. Allah Almighty speaks of traveling to different ... Read More »

Nostalgic memoirs of a great personality

Arasi Marikar Wapchie Marikar (born 1829, died 1925)

  The Colombo National Museum and the Moorish Muslims of Sri Lanka Mohammed Jehan Khan. The construction of the Museum was carried out by Arasi Marikar Wapchie Marikar (born 1829, died 1925, aka Wapchi Marikar Bass, who was descended from the Sheikh Fareed family of Iraq who arrived in Ceylon in 1060 AD). Wapchie Marikkarwas a Renowned Architect and a ... Read More »

Race in Sri Lanka: What genetic evidence tells us By Asiff Hussein


Muslims least exclusive community in Sri Lanka   Race is a touchy issue almost everywhere in the world but nowhere is this more pronounced than in countries where there is a plurality of peoples. People become more race conscious when another group of people differing in physical features, language, culture and religion live in their midst. The greater the difference, ... Read More »



ARTICLE ON FORTIETH COMMEMORATION MEETING The Ceylon Muslim Scholarship Fund has rendered yeoman service to Muslim education over the last 68 years. The Architect and Founder of the CMSF was Dr. A.M.A. Azeez, eminent educationist, efficient administrator, erudite scholar, visionary and community worker. Aboobucker Mohamed Abdul Azeez was born in Vannarponnai, Jaffna on 4th October, 1911. His  education in the ... Read More »