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Moulavi Al-Haj M.J.M.Riyal

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_riyal_shk.jpgAl-Haj Ash-Sheikh Mohammed Jalaldeen Mohammed Riyal (Gafoori) (well known as Riyal Moulavi) was born on the 25th day of January 1933 in a village called Kammal Thurai in the Gampaha District of Sri Lanka. He started his primary education in 1938 at Kammal Thurai Muslim Vidhyalaya, which is now renamed and known as Al-Fala Maha Vidyalaya. In 1942 he left his primary school and joined Maharagama Gafooriya Arabic Collage in 1943 where he continued the studies till 1951. He obtained the honour of Al-Aalim at Gafooriya Arabic College in 1951. He then sat for the Senior School Certificate (S.S.C) examination, which was conducted by the government, in 1954. He continued his secondary school studies at Kalpitiya Senior School until 1956. Moulavi Riyal became a trained teacher from Addalachchenai Training College in Sri Lanka.


Dr. M.A.M. Shukry


Born in the year 1940, Dr. Mohamed Ali Mohamed Shukri passed out with a First Class Honours in Arts (Arabic) in 1965 from the University of Ceylon. Dr. Shukri was awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship to follow a Post graduate course at the University of Edinburgh, UK in 1973 and was awarded the Ph.D. in 1976.


Dr. Shukri has held Lecturer, Head of the Department positions at the University of Kelaniya and University of Peradeniya and he is presently holding the position of Director at Jamiah Naleemiah, Beruwala, Sri Lanka, since April 1981. He has been a member of various committees and boards of management such as University Council of the University of Kelaniya, Muslim Religious Programmes Advisory Board at Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation, since 1998 and founder member of Al-Balagh Cultural Society for the Service of Islam on the Internet, Doha, Qatar, since 1999.


Usthaz M.A.M.Mansoor

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Usthaz M.A.M.Mansoor a well-known Islamic scholar & intellectual was born in 01st July 1958 in Akurana, Sri Lanka. He graduated from the Ja’miah Naleemiah in 1981 and joined Ja’miah Naleemiah as a lecturer in the same year. Subsequently, he also completed his Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree at the University of Peradeniya in 1981. He served as a lecturer for nearly 22 years between 1981 and 2002.

He has been active in the field of Da’wah since 1978 to date. He committed his entire life to Da’wah being a full time Islamic Activist since 2002. He is an expert in “Thafseer” nevertheless a generally specialised scholar, a respected think-tank specialised in minority Da’wah. He’s also a well-versed in the middle eastern politics, particularly the Arab spring.


Ash Sheikh A. C. Agar Mohammed

Born in 1960 in the village of Thorayaya in Kurunegala, Abdul Careem Agar Mohamed completed his Licentiate Certificate Examination in Islamic Studies & Arabic Language with a first class pass at Jamiah Naleemiah, Beruwala, Sri Lanka in 1983. Subsequently he was absorbed to the academic staff of his alma mater as a lecturer. In 1984, Sheikh Agar passed out from the University of Peradeniya with a Second Class (Upper Division), honours degree in Arts.

While rendering his service to the Department of Arabic Language & Islamic Civilization, University of Peradeniya as a Visiting Lecturer in early 90’s, he also held the Senior Lecturer and The Dean of Academic Affairs positions at Jamiah Naleemiah. Currently he is the Deputy Director of Jamiah Naleemiah.


Ash Sheikh S.H.M. Faleel (Naleemi)

Born in the village of Nachchaduwa in Anuradhapura, Shahul Hameed Mohamed Faleel completed his Licentiate Certificate Examination in Islamic Studies & Arabic Language at Jamiah Naleemiah, Beruwala, Sri Lanka in 1987. In the same year(1987), Sheikh Mohamed Faleel became Bachelor of Arts in the University of Peradeniya and later in year 2000 he became the Master of Arts.

He also became the Master of Philosophy (M.phil. Reading) in Peradeniya University by writing the Thesis: “Concept of Tolerance and Coexistence in Islam and its application in a pluralistic society with special reference to Sri Lanka”. Sheik Mohamed Faleel accomplished the Diploma in Teaching Arabic for non Arabs at King Saud University of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in 1996.


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