Sir Razik Fareed

Sir Razik Fareed

Sir Razik Fareed, OBE, JP, UM (29 December 1893 - 23 August 1984), was a Ceylonese (Sri Lankan) landed proprietor, politician, diplomat and philanthropist. He was the former Cabinet Minister of Trade, Senator, member of parliament and the state council. He had also served as Ceylon's High Commissioner to Pakistan.

He was educated at the Royal College, Colombo; he was a landed proprietor. In 1915 he joined the Moorish Section of the Colombo Town Guard as a Corporal and was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 1916 having served during the 1915 Riots.

Moving into politics in 1930 Razik, entered the Colombo Municipal Council where he was a member for 15 years. Thereafter he was voted into the State Council of Ceylon before being appointed to the Senate of Ceylon after independence in 1948. A founding member of the United National Party he retained his seat for Colombo central in the House of Representatives of Ceylon for three times running.

In 1968 he was sent as Ceylon's High Commissioner to Pakistan. Razik is remembered for the establishment of the Muslim Ladies College with his own land.

Razik is the son of Wapchi Marikar Abdul Rahman, ex-MLC (1868–1933), and paternal cousin of Mohamed yousuf Mohamed shakir,the famous Ceylon Moor building contractor in Colombo, Arasi Marikar Wapchi Marikar (Bass) (1829–1925), who was descended from the Sheiq Fareed family who arrived in Ceylon in 1060 AD.

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