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Madawala, also called Madawala Bazaar - மடவளை பசார், is a village in the Central Province of Sri Lanka. This village, which consists of over 2500 families most of whom are practising Muslims. The inhabitants speak a local dialect of Tamil which differs with the Tamil due to Islamic influences. They can also speak Sinhalese, which is the national language of Sri Lanka as well as English it was believed that Western Christian traditions will interfere with their local cultures and Muslim traditions when giving priority for learning English, but the classic nation is now proved with Proper Understanding of Islam which is brought into action by Sunnathul jamath, Thableegh, Jama'ath-e-Islam and Thawheed working shoulder with shoulder's amicably.
Madawala is popular for its Madina Central College (National School) or also known as Madina Central College, is one of the leading Tamil medium schools in Sri Lanka, which is situated in this village. It has produced several renowned intellectuals, scholars, religious leaders, professors, lawyers, doctors, engineers, computer experts, sportsmen, school principals, teachers, poets, authors, traders, innovative industrialists and soldiers of armed forces of the country. The popular innovative Industrialist for Minerals with Dolomite in Sri Lanka Late Alhaj Azeez Muhammedh Rauf and senior journalist and author Mr.Latheef Farook were born in Madawala. Madawala also has a famous Grand Mosque where the ancestors had dignified the villagers to be always as one group.The Grand Mosque is to be the one and only Jumma mosque of this calibre and many other Thakkiya mosques which have made the inhabitants very easy to pray at a mosque.
Madawala has come into spotlight mainly due to the negative events such as the event that took place in the year 1999 when the opposing political factions took up arms to fight against each other which was only stopped when the Government forces intervened and the more recent event in 2001 where 10 Muslim boys who supported the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress were shot dead by then Government Party activists.
Recently Ashraff Memorial Building was built in the grounds of Madawala Madina Central college (http://madinacc.sch.lk) in memory of M. H. M. Ashraff who was the founder of Sri Lanka Muslim Congress. This area is well linked with the Kandy city by good road network.
And recently from 2010 they have their own website called www.madawalanews.com which has more details and latest news about madawala bazaar. madawala fm, madawala jummah bayaan and more local events are live telecast online.