Hameed Al Husseinie College
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|Hameed Al Husseinie College|
|Motto||Seek Knowledge From Cradle To Grave|
|Number of students||>2700|
|Medium of language||Tamil & Sinhala|
|Color(s)||Maroon, yellow & green|
Hameed Al Husseinie College (Sinhalese: හමීඩ් අල් හුසේනි විද්යාලය; Tamil: ஹமீத் அல் ஹுசைனி கல்லூரி; Arabic: كلية حميد الحسينى) is a Islamic national school in Colombo, Sri Lanka, founded in 1884 (First Muslim School in Sri Lanka).
- 1 History
- 2 Present Educational Activities
- 3 Sports
- 4 Inter-Houses
- 5 Extra-curricular activities
- 6 References
- 7 External links
The college began as a school, the Al Madrasathul Khairiyyathul Islamiah. Founded by Marhoom Sidde Lebbe Image, Marhoom Wapichi Marikkar Image and Ahmed Urabi Pasha, Marhoom Ahmed Orabi Pasha Image, at the school's opening ceremony on 15 November 1884, Ahmed Orabi made a speech on the importance of the new school to Sri Lanka's Muslim community. The Muslim community was not willing to enter into the modern education system introduced in the 19th century, for several reasons. One was that most of the schools were established and controlled by the Christian missionaries. The traditional and conservative Muslims had the fear that English education may lead their children to Christianity, as they witnessed in Sinhalese and Tamil communities. Hence, Siddi Lebbe wanted to establish separate schools for Muslims as did the Buddhist and Hindu revivalists. His dream was realised in November 1884 with the establishment of the first Muslim English school in this country - 'AL Madurasathul Khairiyyatul Islamiah' in Colombo.
In 1901 Noordeen Hadjiar, trustee of the Grand Mosque, built a new building for the school using his own funds as a monument to the Silver Jubilee Celebrations of Abdul Hamid II, the Ottoman Sultan, and renamed the school Al Madrasathul Hameediah. In the same year a farewell ceremony was held for Orabi at the school premises to mark his departure from Ceylon to Egypt. In 1921, the school was again renamed as Hameediah Boys' English School.
During this same period, The Ceylon Moslem Educational Society Ltd. was founded in 1919 with the objective of looking after the educational needs of the Muslim community. The first school founded by the society was in Hulftsdrop Street and was called Akbar School. Later the members of the society bought the property at 45 Husseiniya Street (then called Kuruwe Street) and the school was shifted there in 1919 and named Husseinie Boys’ English School.
In 1961 the school was amalgamated with the nearby Husseinie Boys' English School under the new name Hameed Al Husseinie Maha Vidyalaya by Badiudin Mahmud, the Minister of Education. On 29 August 1972, government ministers Pieter Keuneman and Badiudin Mahmud visited the school and unveiled a new five-storey building block and a three-storey science section. These buildings were completed in 1982 and the then Prime Minister Ranasinghe Premadasa visited the school and declared it open on 3 June 1982 by the invitation of then Minister of Education Ranil Wickremasinghe.
The school was officially granted college status in 1991, and was renamed Hameed Al Husseinie College. It was elevated to a National School on July 26, 1996.
Present Educational Activities
Hameed Al Husseinie College, as per Education Ministry classification, is a 1AB category National School. Presently, it has classes from Grade 1 up to Grade 13 with over 2700 students. The subjects are taught in Sinhala and Tamil language, with English taught as the second language. The Advanced Level stream is divided into four streams – Maths,Science,Commerce and Arts. The Science Section includes biology, chemistry, physics, combined maths, higher maths, and general English, while the Commerce and Arts Section includes information technology, economics, business studies, business statistics, accounting, Islamic civilization, Islam, political science, geography and general English..
Sports hold major part of Hameed Al Husseinie College and Sporting events are held throughout the year including the Inter-House Sports Festival. The college offers sports such as soccer, cricket, Karate, swimming and boxing. and the most prominent sport is Soccer.
Current sports of Hameed Al Husseinie College includes;
Billiards and Snooker
MJM Lafir - World Amatur Billiard Champion
The first ever world championship title for any sports won by Sri Lanka. Muhammad Lafir was a past student of HAH College.
The college has hosted the annual Invitation Schools Soccer Championship for the Best Deal Trophy since 2007. In 2010 Zahira College, Colombo won the championship, beating St. Benedict's College, Colombo for the second consecutive time. Hameed Al Husseinie College won third place against Zahira College, Mawanella.
President Cup – 2017
In 2017 The Annual Invitation School Soccer Tournament organised by the G'80 (The OBA Group of 80's) was named "The President Cup" and was held in January under the patronage of President Maithripala Siresena at the Colombo Racecourse Ground. The final was between Hameed Al Husseinie College vs Maris Stella College Negombo where the host Hameed Al Husseinie College Clinched the trophy yet again.
President Cup – 2018
President Cup 2018 is underway and the tournament started on 25th February 2018 with a Grand Opening Ceremony with the participation of Leading 20 School Football Teams in Sri Lanka at the Colombo Racecourse Ground. As at 04th March 2018,Zahira College,Colombo and the defending champion Hameed Al Husseinie College,Colombo have ensured their positions in the Grand Finale which is to be held on 18th March 2018 under the flood lights at the Racecourse Ground,Colombo ,under the patronage of H.E.Maithripala Siresena the president of Sri Lanka. The final was held on 18th March,2018 and the Zahira College Colombo become the New Champions after beating Hameed Al Husseinie College 4-3(1-1) in the penalty shoot out.
Milo Cup All Island Tournament - 2018
The All island Milo Cup under 12 tournament held for the year 2018 and Hameed Al Husseinie College emerged as the Western Province Champions.
Celebration of 60-year winning streak 1957–2017
Hameed Al Husseinie College celebrated its 60 years of excellence with commemoration of its winning streak which started from John Tarbet Shield victory in the final match against Zahira College Colombo in 1957.
The Students of HAH College Karate Team have participated in All Island Championship Competitions and won number of Medals and Certificates.
There are Four divisions among the students when it comes to Inter-House competition and the names of the houses are as follows.
▪ Yemen colour is : Yellow
▪ Humaizara colour is : Blue
▪ Jeelan colour is : Green
▪ Thoose colour is : Red
Students are also encouraged to take part in other activities such as cadet training, Scouting camps, leadership training, Prefects' Guild,Debate,General knowledge competitions, Brass band, lifesaving training sessions and first aid.
Clubs and societies
The college clubs and societies include;
College Brass Band
The Western Brass Band of Hameed Al Husseinie College is one of the leading and popular school band group when it comes to school competitions in the island and it is much popular for its unique sound produced using the instruments like Trumpets and Trombones.
Instruments used at the Hameed Al Husseinie College Western Brass Band include;
- Side Drum
- Snare Drum
- Bass Drum
Click to Watch: Band Performing at the Sugadadasa Stadium in 2014
- About the college Old Boys' Association, Hameed Al Husseinie College
- "Early years of Muslim education". Daily News, Sri Lanka. 2009-08-14. Archived from the original on 2012-10-18. Retrieved 2010-09-01.
- Stamp Release Video youtube video link of ITN News Channel
- Stamp image Colnet.com
- "Sheer grit takes Al Husseinie to the top in football, boxing". Sunday Times, Sri Lanka. 2009-08-16. Retrieved 2017-06-04.
- "Hameed Al Husseinie emerge All Island football kings". Sunday Times. 2013-02-17. Retrieved 2014-02-18.
- "Bens clinch Best Deal Trophy". Daily News.