Sri Lanka Moor Family Genealogy

Sri Lanka Moor Family Genealogy

Abu Bakr Muhammad ibn Abdul Malik ibn Thufail al-Madani - Family # 57

Vaidiyatilleka Rajakaruna Rajavaidiya Gopala Mudaliyar family of Uda Rata were also popularly known and called as Behethge Mudiyanselage Odayar Nilame of the Kandyan Provinces.

The arrival in Sri Lanka of the two male ancestors of the Uda-Rata family had taken place during the reign of Parakrama Bahu II (1230 AD). According to traditions handed down from generation to generation, these two ancestors, were, for some years living in the town called Gop, situated towards the Northern part of Bombay in the Sind Province. They were ordered by the Ministers of the Delhi Sultanate (Sultan Muizzudin) to leave for Sri Lanka at the invitation of a Sri Lankan Monarch, one Parakrama Bahu.

Thereafter the term Gopala was assigned to the names of their descendants by the Singhalese Kings. This is evidenced by the inscriptions on a tombstone found in the burial place of a mosque in the Kegalle District.

The Odayar family has maintained a brief account of the actvities connected to their services rendered to both the Singhalese Kings and British Rulers.

In the field of medicine, they occupied a unique position and have been the recipients of the highest honor through one member after another being conferred the rank of Behethge Muhamdirams by the Singhalese Kings. They also held the ranks of Army Commanders and rendered loyal service to the Kings. An important reference to this is given on page 330 of the History of Ceylon in the Portuguese Era by Dr. Paul Peiris.

Vaidiyatilleka Rajakaruna Haji Muhandiram Sheikh Muhammad Odayar, a Unani Physician by profession, is a descendant of the pioneer Moorish Royal Physicians who came to Ceylon as early as the fourteenth century. He descends from some of the distinguished men who adorned the public services of the Island from the timeof the ancient Sinhalese Kings dating from the reign of Sri Sangabo and Sri Parakrama Bahu. Reference to this family is made on page 99 of the Getaberiya Sannasa of Antiquarian Research in Kegalle.

One of his earliest ancestors was the eminent scholar and scientist, AbuBakr Muhammad Abdul Malik Ibn Thufail of North East Granada, Spain.

Muhandiram Muhammadís forefathers were all Unani Hakims (medical practitioners). In 1672 his great-great-grandfather, Rajakaruna Behethge Mudiyanse Abdul Qadir, a popular physician at that time, was holding the rank of Adigar. His great-grandfather, Palkumbure Vaidyatileke Rajakaruna Gopalana Mudiyanselage Behethge Segu Muhammad Odayar, was a Royal Physician and served as a member of the Royal Court. His grandfather, Segu Madar Odayar, another practitioner of the Unani system of medicine, was a Head Aratchi of Parana Kuru Korale, where he received many rewards for his services. Sheikh Abdul rahman Pediliyar, the Muhandiramís father, too carried down the tradition of his forefathers in the sphere of medicine and his was a household name in every Sinhalese home although due state recognition failed to come his way.

Born in the year 1885, haji Muhandiram Muhammad Odayar, continued the noble service of his proud ancestors. He started the practice of medicine in 1902 and has proved himself a distinguished son of the soil by his aid to the poor and his munificent endowments for several charitable purposes. [Culled from Sailan Vol 2 No 1 June 1955]

1 Abu Bakr Muhammad ibn Abdul Malik ibn Thufail al-Madani

(b:1110 AD at Waadiah, East Granada, Spain, Royal Physician of the Mawahadd Dynasty of Islamic Andalusia, Graduate of the University of Cordoba, Spain, Chief Physician and Secretary to Caliph Abu Yakub ibn Yoosuf of Morocco in 1165 AD)

...2 Waidyaratne Gopala Mudalige Ansar ibn Thufail Odayar 1234-1269 AD - King Parakrama Bahu II

......3 Rajakaruna Waidyatilleka Gopala Mudalige Sheiku Sheriff bin Ahmed Thufail 1357-1374 - King Wickramabahu III

.........4 Rajakaruna Rajawaidya Divurumpola Gopala Mudiyanselage Sheikh Sally bin Ismail Odayar 1412-1468 - King Parakrama Bahu VI

............5 Rajakaruna Vehangopalla Doowagoda Mudiyanselage Sheikh Saldin bin Attas Thufail Odayar 1590-1604 - King Vimala Dharma Suriya I

...............6 Waidyatilleka Rajakaruna Senevirat Mudalige Muhammad Ali bin Cassim Odayar 1604-1635 - King Senarath

..................7 Palkumbure Waidyatilleka Rajakaruna Gopala Mudiyanselage Sheikh Muhammad Odayar ibn Ali ibn Thufail 1629-1687 - King Rajasinha II

.....................8 Rajakaruna Gopala Mudiyanselage Muhammad Odayar Sultan Thufail 1687-1707 - King Vimala Dharma Suriya II

........................9 Palkumbure Waidyatilleka Rajakaruna Gopala Mudiyanselage Abdul Cader Odayar Ahmed Odayar 1747-1780 King Kirthi Sri Rajasinghe

...........................10 Getaberiya Waidyatilleka Rajakaruna Mudiyanselage Madar Odayar 1780-1798 - King Rajadi Rajasinghe

..............................11 Getaberiya Hajji Muhamdiram Pulkumbure Waidyatilleka Rajakaruna Gopala Mudiyanselage Muhammad Odayar 1798-1815 - King Sri Vickrama Rajasinghe

.................................12 Sheigu Madar Odayar 4-Oct-1826 Governer Sir Edward Barnes

....................................13 Segu Muhammad Odayar 14-Nov-1846 Governer Sir Colin Campbell

.......................................14 Segu Adam Odayar 8-Jun-1853 Governer Sir William Anderson

..........................................15 Sheigu Hassan Sinne Odayar 1-Sep-1876 Governer Sir William Gregory

.............................................16 Sheikh Muhammad Odayar 6-6-1945 (Getaberiya, Aranayake) Governer Sir Monkmason Moore

................................................17 Sheikh Muhammad Ahamed Odayar


Daily News Ė Friday May 24, 2002

Death of Ayurvedic physician S. A. R. Nizamudeen

S. A. R. Nizamudeen Udyar, 85, Ayurvedic physician expired on Monday following a brief illness. He was the father of N.M. Ameen the Managing Editor (Tamil Publications) of the Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd. He was a resident of Thalgaspitiya, Aranayaka.

Mr. Odayar was a student of late Ven. Thalgamuwe Indrajoti thera and was well versed in Pali and Sanskrit. He has been a popular Ayurvedic physician who had the knack for treating patients through the reading of the pulse rate.

He was commended by the British Government for his service in treating Malaria patients during the Malaria epidemic in 1940s. He also engaged in local politics and contested Local Government elections several times.

A large number of Ministers and MPs and a large crowd attended the funeral on Monday at the Thalgaspitiya Jumma Mosque. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has also sent a condolence message.