Alavi Moulana entered politics in 1948 as a Trade Unionist. In 1956 he joined the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and in 1960, under the leadership of Sirimavo Bandaranayake, he became the leader of the Trade Union Movement of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party.
Moulana was appointed as one of the Vice-Presidents of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and the Senior Vice-President of the Sri Lanka Nidahas Sevaka Sangamaya.
He was a councillor in the Colombo Municipal Council for a period of 10 years. In 1994 he entered Parliament as the Deputy Minister of Media going on to become a Cabinet Minister of the Provincial Council and Local Government. (Colombo Gazette)