History and Legacy
The story of Islamia College is as historic as it is noble. Emerging from humble beginnings in Rylands around 1984, Islamia College has grown in leaps and bounds. Beginning with two grades and forty seven students in the store room of Habibia Mosque 30 years ago, it has now evolved into an impressive full-fledged campus located on Imam Haron Road in Rondebosch. Islamia College, by the Grace of Allah, is now the largest independent Islamic school in the southern hemisphere.
From Zulpha Kamedien’s full distinctions in 1993 (that placed her as the top student in the country) to Ikraam Essops being selected in 2013 as the youngest Springbok in Touch Rugby (to represent our country in the 2014 World Cup); the pursuit of excellence continues. Our numerous successful alumni, the invaluable support of the Islamia family through years and the renewed enthusiasm of the Islamia team to further enhance the success of the institution at every level, makes Islamia’s story a remarkable one.
Islamia is registered as an independent school with the Western Cape Education Department. Islamia has a student population of 1 600 serviced by over 120 educators. The campus houses Pre-Primary, Primary, Girls High and Boys High Schools in addition to a Hifth Academy.
The facilities on the Islamia campus include Masjid-ul-Furqaan, state-of-the-art Zohra Noor Auditorium, Multi-purpose Sports Court, high-tech Library (reaching completion), ITV studios, Alhambra Restaurant, 2 Cricket practice pitches, flood-lit Astroturf, Rugby Academy, Islamia Hall and Islamia Cares Foundation.
Tribute must be paid to the founders of Islamia for their vision as well as our acknowledgement of the role of all the key players who have ensured and are nurturing the institution through times of trials and ease. We call upon our learners, educators, administrators, managers, parents, alumni, supporter, etc to cooperate in evolving Islamia from a good institution to a truly great one, In Sha Allah (اِنْ شَاءَ اللَّه).