Kechchimalai Mosque, Beruwala (one of the oldest mosques in Sri Lanka)
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|• Chairman||Masahim Mohamed|
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Beruwala (Sinhala:බේරුවල Tamil: பேருவளை ) is a town in Kalutara District, Western Province, Sri Lanka, governed by an Urban Council. Beruwala with a total area of approximately 15 square kilometres and is located on the south-west coast of Sri Lanka, 60 km (37 mi) south of Colombo.
The name Beruwala is derived from the Sinhalese word for the place where the sail is lowered. It marks the spot for the first Muslim settlement on the island, established by the Somali Sheikh Yusuf bin Ahmad al-Kawneyn, who converted the people into Islam. The town was originally named Berbereen in honour and respect of the Somali Shaikh.  The Chinese also traded here and Beruwala was known to them as Piehlo-li.
Beruwala has the first recorded Muslim settlement in Sri Lanka, with records establishing the settlement by Arab traders around the 8th century AD.
Yusuf bin Ahmad al-Kawneyn is also credited with establishing the first Sri Lankan Muslim settlement. Which marks the spot for the first Muslim settlement on the island, established by the Somali Sheikh Yusuf bin Ahmad al-Kawneyn, .
A large population of Sri Lankan Moors, many of them are gem merchants, still live in the town, particularly in the China Fort and Maradana areas.
- Beruwala has a large population of Sri Lankan Moors, many of them gem merchants, who still live in the town particularly in the China Fort and Maradana area.
- Kechchimalai Mosque (Masjid-ul-Abrar) situated in Maradana is a significant landmark of the town and one of Sri Lanka's oldest mosques. It was constructed by Arab traders on a rocky peninsula overlooking the town.
- Galapata Temple - a Buddhist temple built in the 12th Century.
Beruwala is served by the A2 highway, which runs past the town.
Beruwala is home to Al-Fasiyatul Nasriya Muslim Balika Navodaya School Maradana, which is the first and oldest Islamic girls school in Sri Lanka. It was damaged by the tsunami on Boxing Day 2004.
- Al Fasiyathul Nasriya Ladies (Navodaya) College
- Naleem Hajiar Ladies College (Navodaya)
- Al Humaisara National School (boys)
- ZAM Refai Hajiar Maha Vidhyala
- ILM Samsudeen Maha Vidhyala
- DS Senanayake National School
- Ariyawansha Maha Vidyala
- Al Fasiyathul Nasriya Boys School
- Harrow International School
- Wisdom International School
- Golden Gate International School
University and colleges
- Jamiah Naleemiah Islamic University (1973) Founder - Al Hajj Marhoom Naleem
- Iqra Technical College Founder - Al Hajj Marhoom Naleem
Twin towns – Sister cities
Beruwala is twinned with:
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Translated from French to English: Now this holy man - this is the new point (Al Kownayn) – seems to be the same as that which the people of the Maldive Islands, near India, called Barakath Al-Barbari who spread Islam in this region as he did in the Horn of Africa. We only know in which of these two regions he lived first and this prompted him to change sectors of business.The tomb of Sheik Barkhadle (Yusuf Al Kownayn) is in a ruined city called Dhogor, near Hargeisa, in the north of the Democratic Republic of Somalia.[verification needed]
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In reference to Ibn Batuta's Moroccan theory of this figure, citation 8 of this text mentions, that other accounts identify Yusuf Al Barbari as East African or Persian. But as a fellow Maghribi, Ibn Battuta likely felt partial to the Moroccan version.[verification needed]
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