Big Mamee passes away on Oct 9 2010


GHOUSE, SITHY RAMEELA - Daughter of late Mohamed Sameer Bin Haji (Smail Effend) and late Raliya Umma, wife of late A.W.M. Ghouse, mother of Sithy Zulaikha, Fathima Sadoona, Fowzul Inaya, Ummu Honey, Siddiq and Husain, mother-in-law of late Huzair Zaheed, Aamed Kabeer, Mohamed Lafir, Nilfer Hassen, late Fenoza and Fathima Hani, sister of late Thahir, late Ismail, late Sadiq and Farooq, Saleema, Noor Jazeela, late Ameena, Rahma, Khalisa, daughter-in-law of late Mr. and Mrs. V.L. Abdul Wahab, grandmother of Ruzna, Azad, Fathima, Shiham (Canada), Hafsa, Ashiq, Imran, Saad, Zeenath Ruqayyah and Khalid, great-grandmother of Salman, Shamail, Sajjai, Masud, Abdulla, Maryam, Hajara, Sauda, Bilal, Amana, Akeela, Shamil, Safiya, Jamal, Salma Aneesa, Aamina, Ayoob, Muhammad, Ayesha, Usman, Asma, Lukrnan, Haroon, Zubair and Hassan. Aunt of Uvais, Marzook, Khairy, Fahmy, Faiza, Irfan, Haniffa, Fathima (Sheriff), Mumtaz, Fazli, Firoze (Sameer), Azmi, Kareema, Kamal, Zahra, Zareena (Sameer), Naima, Hamidulla (Naina Marikar), Ayesha, Moin (Naina Marikar), Rizvi, Riaz (Zaheed), Azra, and Falih (Faleel). Janaza took place on 10th October (Sunday), at the Dehiwala Muslim Burial Grounds. No. 43, Lily Avenue, Wellawatte, Colombo 6, Sri Lanka. May she attain her Paradise which she richly deserves!


Big Maamee @ 97: End of a Glorious Innings

Sithy Rameela Ghouse (nee Sameer): 1913-2010

She was the oldest of our six aunts and four uncles, from the Sameer side of the family. Everyone called her Big Maamee, meaning “the oldest Aunt”. She was also the most simple, patient, and loving of them all. Six children of her own and several grandkids, great grandkids, nephews and nieces was always a handful to receive, greet, and host at her humble home down Lily Avenue at Wellawatte in Colombo. Everyone of us made it a point to visit her, while passing by, when on holiday in Colombo and on special occasions of festivities and celebrations. Her table was always spread and we never missed out on enjoying her sumptuous lunch of rice and curry whenever we walked in, even unannounced.

Her siblings were also very fond of her and closely attached. She must have also been the apple of the eye of our grandparents, since she was their first born, way back in 1913? Always a word of advice, cautioning us on safety, kindness and patience, she never failed to dish out her magnanimous heart to everyone around.

Stepping into the midst of any discussion, news on the radio and newspaper.she never stepped back from joining in and sharing her open views on all topics from politics to preaching. The issues affecting the Muslims world, globally, was one of her prime concerns and she used to update everyone on the developments taking place in Palestine, Kashmir, Iraq and other hotspots whenever her offspring dropped in to see her. She was well versed in the English language having studied at St Clare’s College in Wellawatte in 1919, and was always immersed in books, especially those with an Islamic background. The Holy Quran being her top priority and its Message she also dug deep into the Hadees (traditions of the Prophet), and, was quite at home reading the works of Imam Ghazali, Jalaludin Rumy, Ibn Al Arabi, in English, in her long and pleasant sojourn on Earth. She was deeply religious and always calling on her Creator during her lifetime. She brought her family up in a strict Islamic environment and no one dared to step out of line from this area as they were closely monitored by her, all the time. Her last 24 hours was filled with a continuous chant of God’s Name until the Angels came to take her soul, and she herself closed her eyes at the point of departure from this mundane world, with no assistance from her children around.

Always ready to help  others financially or by way of advice she put into practice the words of her favorite poem.

"Do something for somebody, somewhere,

while jogging along life’s road.

Help someone to carry his burden,

and lighter will grow your load".

She had a soft corner for the downtrodden and had a habit of giving away things that lay around the house to the less fortunate who used to come into her home as domestic help.

Taking over as the Matriarch of the family, after the passing away of our grandparents, she stood, solid as a rock, ensuring that everyone lived in close unity and harmony. The children, nephews and nieces, have all grown up and have their own grand children now making her a much loved great grandma/great grand aunt to more than two dozen.

An ardent lover of sweets she specially enjoyed the family favorite "Turkish Bread"  which was unique to the Sameer family. Made with flour, dates, dried fruit and sugar it is still considered as the mother of all sweets by every single member of the family. Never did we miss relishing our teeth into the syrup dripping sweet whenever we visited. Now all her girls and even many of her nieces have become specialists in making this delicacy, claimed to be only known to the Sameer/Anis family in Colombo since ancient times as the "secret" of its rich taste was brought from Istanbul by her paternal grandfather Haji Ismail Effendi during his travels to Turkey (Constantinople, now Istanbul) in 1884, during which time he also visited Egypt, Makkah and Madinah fulfilling his pilgrimage of Hajj. She also translated, into English, the extensive diary of her grandfather’s travels across the Middle East from the original Arabic Tamil text which is now available for review, online, on the internet.

Big Maamee will always be remembered for her goodness by every single member of her family. May she walk through, and enjoy, the sweetness of the Greatest Gardens in Paradise!

In all our loving hearts she will always live forever.

From Him do we come and unto Him we return!

Fondly remembered by her Six loving children, and a multitude of nephews, nieces, and great grand kids/great grand nephews/nieces

Colombo and Overseas


 97th Birthday Pics - Jun 30 2010






Sithy Rameela Sameer, born in 1913, is the oldest living member, daughter of Mohamed Sameer bin Haji Ismail Effendi, as at date (Dec 2006), MashaAllah!. May she be blessed with good health and long life by the Grace & Mercy of Allah!

She married Abdul Wahab Mohammed Ghouse from Panadura who later resettled in Slave Island and then moved to live in their own home at 43, Lily Avenue at Wellawatte, Colombo 6.

AWM Ghouse was employed at The Chartered Bank in the Fort in Colombo and retired after a long and successful career.

Big Mamee (Oldest Aunty), as she is still, affectionately, referred to by all members of the family, has been the livewire of the family in all its activities, events and celebrations.

She has four daughters and two sons who are all married and settled down with their respective families in Colombo. She has also been blessed with eleven wonderful grandchildren who provide her with a host of happiness in the evening of her life. 

Sithy Zulaikha, more affectionately known to all the family as "Gigi" is the oldest daughter married to Huzair Zaheed, son of Proctor N M Zaheed of Kotahena. She has two children, Ruzna and Azad.

Sadoona is the second daughter and is married to Ahmed Kabeer. The third daughter Fowzy is married to Lafir while the fourth, Ummu Honey, affectionately known as "Marnie", is married to Hassan Zackariya. Fowzy has two chidren, Fathima and Aashiq while Marnie has two children, Hafsa and Imran.

Siddiq, the oldest son is married to Fenuza Zahir who passed away early in life. They have a son, Shiham who is resident, with his wife and two sons, in Boston, USA.

Ahmed Hussain is the youngest son and is married to Fathima Hanoon. 

Imran Hassens new born baby 2008


Five Generations of First Born Daughters

 Baby Ruzna on lap

Sithy Zulaiha Ghouse (Zaheed), b:1941

Sithy Rameela Sameer (Ghouse), 1913-2010

Raliya Umma Noordeen (Sameer) 1898-1968

Ummu Habeeba OLMALM (Noordeen)

Sithy Rameela Sameer affectionately known as "Big Mamee"



  Sithy Zulaikha (Gigi)

  Fathima Sadoona


  Ummu Honey (Marnie)

  M M Siddiq Ghouse

  Ahmed Hussain Ghouse