Sri Lanka Moor Family Genealogy

Cassim Sheriff - Family #51

Cassim Sheriff of Mutuwal in Colombo North was popularly known as "Budda" Sheriff Nana amongst the Muslims. His father was a textile trader from Beruwela, who, during his early years, settled down in Mutuwal. The latter and Dr. M.C.M. Kaleel’s father, Casie Lebbe, were first cousins.

Cassim Sheriff was employed as a sorter of mail in the General Post Office, Colombo, where he served for 42 years and rose to the position of Accountant at the time of his retirement. During his period of office he indulged in living a very frugal life, and, with the monies saved, he invested in real estate in the area where he resided. These properties were valued at Rs. 75,000 at that time.

He maintained a very high standard of honesty and integrity and the people of the area loved and respected him. In his own way he made generous contributions towards many charitable causes and was very helpful to the people, especially his tenants who found him to be a very sympathetic landlord. He was elected President of the local Mosque congregation. He was also a pioneer in the cause of education for Muslim girls and ensured that his own daughters received their basic secondary education, which was not favourably looked upon by Muslims of that time.

Cassim Sheriff’s Father-In-Law, knwon as "Kochika" Shamee Nana hailed from Hambantota and was engaged as a transport contractor for the Government. He was the owner of real estate at dawson Street, Slave Island, opposite Colonial Motors. His eldest Brother-In-law was known as Shelton Saly Nana and he was a co-palintiff with H.A.B.M.Misbah in the famous Maradana Mosque case in which the late N.H.M.Abdul Cader was the respondent.

Cassim Sheriff died in 1934 at the age of 66 having been a Government Pensioner for almost 11 years. He had 14 children. His oldest son was also called Cassim Sheriff and was employed as a Probation Ofiicer in the department of Probation Services.

Cassim Sheriff served for three years in the Public Assistance Committee of the Colombo Municipal Council. He was also the Chief Trustee of the Old Mosque situated in Mutuwal and Vice President of the Mutuwal Mosque Congregation. He also held sevaral appointments in public organizations.

His youngest son, Aamir Arslan Sheriff was an Attorney-at-Law by profession, a Justice of the Peace, and a member of the Colombo Municipal Council since 1966, serving a predominantly Catholic Ward, which he won comfortably. He also served as City Coroner, Colombo, and proved a great asset to the Muslim community in expediting their deceased for immediate burial as per the Sunnah. Aamir Sheriff married Sithy Zehra, daughter of Mr. Hameem Dastakeer of Matara.

1 Cassim Sheriff (Mutuwal) 1868-1934 (Budda Nana Sheriff)

......2  Naseema Sheriff + A.M. Rahim

 

......2  Sithy Sheriff + Mihilar Mohideen  (11)

............3  Sulaiman Mihilar Mohideen, d:Jun 23, 2018 + Niloufer Moosin (186)

               4  Shihan Mohideen (UK)
               4  Parvin Mohideen (Australia)

               4  Ayesha Mohideen (Dubai)

 

      2  Marzoona Sheriff

 

......2  Sadhuna Sheriff + I.L.M. Zanoon (79)

............3  Norfel Wazeer Zanoon 1947-1997 + Mumtaz Shereen Ahmed

..................4  Shadiya Zanoon

..................4  Amani Zanoon

..................4  Nadhra Zanoon

..................4  Naveed Zanoon

............3  Rizvi Zanoon, Dr. + Waffa Hanim Ayad (Kandy)

                   4  (daughter) + Ghouse

............3  Zeeniya Zanoon + Name Not Known

............3  Rafi Zanoon + Name Not Known

............3  Shihara Zanoon + Mueez Marikar

                 4  son

                 4  son

............3  Muees Zanoon + Fouzia

............3  Nahas Zanoon (d)

............3  Ayesha Zanoon + Waffa Rafi

 

......2  Cassim Sheriff (jnr) d:1995

 

......2  Anis Sheriff (ex Mayor of Negombo)

 

......2  Uvais Sheriff

 

......2  Aamir Arslan Sheriff 1927 JPUM Attorney at Law (ex City Coroner) + Sithy Zehra Dastakeer 1937 (35,84,143)

............3  Fathima Dinazade Sheriff + Afulal Salih

..................4  Sajjed Ali Aflal Salih

..................4  Sabir Afulal Salih + Name Not Known

..................4  Sameera Afulal Salih + Name Not Known

..................4  Sameeha Afulal Salih

............3  Sheherazade Sheriff + Farook Irfan (116)

..................4  Alia Irfan + Mansoor

                           5  son

..................4  Altaf Irfan

..................4  Aman Irfan

............3  Amar Azad Sheriff

............3  Farah Umareen Sheriff + Ifham Deen (Toronto, Canada) (div)

..................4  Amir Deen

............3  Ahmed Yousry Sheriff 1962 + Fathima Melina Sameer, b:4 Feb 1975, BSc (Hons) Sociology, University of London 2008 (20,10,13,30,40,46,60,90,93), m:1993, (div 2004)

..................4  Maria Admira Sheriff 1994 (Sep 22) in Toronto

..................4  Abdullah Yousry Sheriff 1997 (Mar 25) in Toronto

 ............3  2nd spouse of Ahmed Yousry Sheriff 1962 + Name Not Known
                   4  AbdulRahman Sheriff
                   4  Mariam Sheriff