Madrasah Hamidiya was established in 2007 by Mawlana Shabir Saheb.
Madrasah began with only two classes. As the number of students grew, so did the need for teachers. Soon with two classes for boys and one for girls Madrasah Hamidiya outgrew the 2 1/2 bedroom house, so Mawlana worked hard to secure the Coleman Lodge, a council property, for madrasah activities. Which we are now hiring for the seventh year running.
This growth was welcome, but came with many challenges. Mawlana has always had a principle of keeping class sizes small, with a view to providing not only good education, but disciplining our children as individuals, on a one-to-one basis, and teaching them fundamental Islamic qualities; to respect the elders, being good neighbours, to be fair and just, to feed the hungry and to look after the weak, all in all to become good practising Muslims. Instead of children learning their lessons out of fear of their teachers, Mawlana has always encouraged teachers to spread love according to the tradition of Muhammad, peace be upon him. Many children who attend Madrasah live in difficult circumstances; some of them from broken homes, have special needs, some have been removed from schools, to name but a few. Mawlana has worked carefully with families to ensure that all children have a chance.
The name Madrasah Hamidiya was given by the Honourable Shaykh of Mawlana Shabir, Hadhrat Mawlana Abdul Hamid Is'haq Sahib (Daamat Barakaatuhum) who is the Principal of Daarul Uloom Azaadville, South Africa and a Senior Khalifa of Hazrat Maulana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Sahib (R.A).
Through the fadhl of Allah Talah and the Duas and guidance of our elders, Mawlana’s sacrifice and efforts and Mawlana’s humble beginnings, Allah Almighty has now blessed the Madrasah with further growth; six classes in total; three for girls of various ages, two for boys and one hifz class, praise be to Allah. May Allah Almighty accept the efforts of all our teachers, volunteers and students. Ameen.