In 1919 a group of intellectuals with a vision and zeal established Anjuman Hami-e-Muslimeen, a charitable education trust, aimed at imparting modern and religious education to the residents of Bhatkal and surrounding areas.
This journey of hundreds of miles began with a single step "Education is the highway that leads to a nation and community's progress and prosperity". But while other communities in India have travelled far and wide on this path, the Muslim community lags far behind. The accumulation of knowledge is a focal point in Islamic faith as the very first revelation to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) - and through him all Muslims - was to "read in the name of God." Muslims took this decree to heart and began to read, not only the Quran and Hadith, but also delved into subjects as diverse as astronomy, physics, philosophy, mathematics, medicine etc. Sadly, since then Muslims have not done justice to their impressive pedigree and history. Their economic and social progress remains stunted, as they have neglected education. The great schools of learning which Islamic conversation was famous for are lost. We need to rebuild them and re-lay the foundation for our future generations.
The Muslim community is yearning for learning institutions that inspire us and facilitate our progress. And it is our duty, as members of this great religion, to take a step forward on this highway that leads to economic, social and political sovereignty. The Indian Muslim community is denied the privileges and benefits accorded to other communities. As such, they receive no patronage or even encouragement from the powers that be. The community's only course of action is to seek self-reliance and stand on its own two feet and compete with other communities on even keel. Years ago Sir Syed, the great visionary, provided inspiring leadership. This message rang far and wide, reverberating to a tiny, remote village called Bhatkal. Some of the enlightened village elders like Late Janab M.M. Siddique, I.H. Siddique and F.A. Hassan Saheb embraced Sir Syed's vision and lit the village with the idea of starting a primary School. A handful of community men set up a trust Anjuman Hami-e-Muslimeen in 1919, with the mission to impart contemporary and religious education to the people of Bhatkal and nearby villages. Their commitment and efforts more than 90 years ago have borne fruit and paid rich dividends to the town. Started humbly as a primary school for boys, the institute was later upgraded into a high school by 1929.
Over the years, this institution has been instrumental in grooming thousands of students from Bhatkal and nearby villages for the future. In keeping with the needs of the time and the cultural and religious background of the community, Anjuman has set up sixteen institutions of modern learning over the period from its inception until now. Providing religious education and character building is part of the curriculum. The range of institutions vary from basic education right from the nursery level to higher education of degree colleges as well as a professional college of engineering imparting technical education including computer science.
Anjuman Hami-e-Muslimeen has not only expanded to cater to the growing needs of Muslims to provide education to rich and poor alike, but it has also provided the opportunity to many non-Muslims to use its educational institutions. While the Anjuman has expanded to cover all spheres of education, at the same time, it has not compromised on the quality of education imparted. One of the basic reasons of social, economic and political backwardness of the Muslim community is the lack of education of Muslim women.
The Anjuman has given due importance to educating women without compromising on their religious and cultural beliefs. Separate high schools and colleges have been established for women where only women faculty teaches. The Anjuman not only provides quality education but it also stresses on the overall development of students in the field of indoor and outdoor sports, debating, religious education, social and national service, character building and other extra-curricular activities. The Anjuman has taken care of the residential needs of outside students by providing hostel for engineering and degree colleges, providing a decent environment. The Islamic Centre and Research Centre at the campus provides them the opportunity to learn and practice Islamic faith and offer prayers.
Let us pray to the Almighty Allah that Anjuman Hami-e-Muslimeeen will pursue the goal that its founders have set, i.e., to impart modern education in an Islamic environment and to build the character of Muslim youth to be good citizens of India. Since then, the small acorn that Anjuman members had sown has grown into a giant oak tree.
The Anjuman Logo
The crescent and the star symbolise the Islamic culture of our organisation. The book appearing below the crescent depicts what Allah ordained to his prophet,
Read! In the name of your Lord who created,
Created man from a (tiny) clot, clinging (to its mother).
Read! And your Lord is the most Generous,
Who taught by the pen,
Taught man what he did not know.
Chapter 96, Verses 1 to 5
The beauty and the location of Bhatkal is symbolised by the light house and the coconut trees on the western coast of the Arabian sea. The rich cultural heritage of this area is a contribution of people, who had historically voyaged through the oceans from far and beyond and inhabited the area.
The water in the reservoir signifies knowledge that quenches the thirst of the seekers. The wheels and the electric tower symbolise the pace at which the technology advances.