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Ismailis in Sri Lanka

Encyclopaedia of Ismailism by Mumtaz Ali Tajddin

The extant records reveal that a handful Ismailis of Bombay slowly moved towards Colombo, in which Wazir Saboor Chatoor (1899-1967) was a prominent figure. He came in Colombo in 1915, and started his labour work in a shop. Later, he ventured into the business field and helped the Indian Ismailis in their settlement in Colombo. He parted a big portion of his residence for the Jamatkhana in 1933. Imam Sultan Muhammad Shah came in Colombo on March 20, 1934 and appointed him the Mukhi with Ibrahim Ismail Virji Madhani as the Kamadia. When the influx of the Ismailis drifted towards Colombo, a colossal fund was raised to build a Jamatkhana. Sir Oliver Gontal, the minister of foods and agriculture performed its opening ceremony on November 30, 1952.


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