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Title: Contribution of Naleem Hajiyar (Sri Lanka) and B.S.Abdurrahman (Tamilnadu) for the development of Muslim’s education of their countries - a comparative study
Authors: Jalaldeen, M.S.M.
Keywords: B.S. Abdul Rahman
Naleem Hajiyar
Sri Lanka
Tamil Nadu
Issue Date: 30-May-2016
Publisher: Faculty of Islamic Studies and Arabic Language, South Eastern University of Sri Lanka
Citation: 3rd International Symposium. 30 May 2016. Faculty of Islamic Studies and Arabic Language, South Eastern University of Sri Lanka, Oluvil, Sri Lanka.
Abstract: Historically, Sri Lankan Muslims have been having a close relationship with Tamil Nadu Muslims ever since the ancient period. It has been observed that there are some similarities between the Muslims of both countries in the fields of political, economic, languages, cultural and education. Naleem Hajiyar was born on 4th April 1933 in the Western coastal town of Beruwala in a middle class family. He started his life as a local gem trader, and through his honesty and perseverance soon become one of the leading and internationally renowned gem business men in Sri Lanka. Naleem Hajiyar had a mission to uplift the Muslim community through education. He founded the Renaissance 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 of international standards. B.S.Abdul Rahman was born on 15th October 1927 to Buhari Aalim of Kilakarai of Tamil Nadu. The pearl diving tradition of the Kilakarai coast led to many of its Muslims choosing the Gem trade as a means of livelihood. Among them was BuhariAalim, a descendent of Imam Sadakathulla Appa. He has studied in Tamil Nadu local Schools, colleges and traditional Madrasa. Abdur Rahman has started the Crescent School for boys in 1968. He believed that quality education, discipline, mutual help and understanding could be developed only in residential schools. He therefore began scouting for sites to build a residential school and acquired 120 acres of land in Vandalur of Tamil Nadu. Determined to provide students with greater opportunities, Abdur Rahman turned his attention to higher education, especially in the field of Engineering. The Crescent Engineering College that he had dreamed of came into being in 1984. It has been developed and named B.S.Abdul Rahman University. Now B.S. Abdur Rahman University has several faculties with international organization. Both the leaders had been pioneers in promoting education of their communities and have adopted different methods to achieve their goals and both communities received a fruitful development in the field of education. The aim and objective of this paper is to identify contribution of Naleem Hajiyar and B.S.Abdul Rahman in the field of education of their communities in the different attitudes and multicultural life and to focus the similarities and differences of their methods and achievements. This research will help to identify the exact ways they adopted for the development of education. The study takes the form of qualitative, quantitative and descriptive analysis. In this research primary data were collected through questionnaires, key informant interviews and focus group discussion. Secondary data were collected through related books, magazines, research articles from print and electronic publications.
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