Welcome to Zahira College Colombo

Zahira is an Arabic term which means ‘Exellence’ in Arabic.

The very first Private Muslim School in Sri Lanka Zahira College was founded in 1892, as Al Madrasathul Zahira by two of the most prominent Sri Lankan Muslims of that time, namely I.L.M. Abdul Azeez and Arasi Marikar Wapchie Marikar who were both encouraged by Ahamed Orabi Pasha, a prominent Egyptian who was exiled in Sri Lanka.  Today Zahira College is the largest Muslim educational institution in Sri Lanka with more than 4900 students and 250 teachers.  The College which is situated in the heart of Colombo was built on the grounds adjoining one of the oldest mosques in Sri Lanka, the Maradana Mosque.

 Zahira College Colombo which has been in existence for 121 years is a well established and well known School in Sri Lanka. Under the stewardship of Mr. M. Fouzul Hameed who took over as Chairman of the Board of Governors in 2006, a well co-ordinated programme to improve the standards of education, sports and extracurricular activities within the Islamic environment of the College has been carefully implemented with commendable success.

The present Principal Mr. A.R.M. Trizvi Marikkar has taken it as a challenge to improve the results further in the Year Five Scholarship, O’ Level and A’ Level examinations each year, and for that purpose he and his team have introduced a series of new steps.   They are confident now that Zahira has an infra-structure that can compare with any one of the best schools in the Island and with a teacher cadre to match, the future of the current approximately 4900 boys who are educated at Zahira will be bright.

Zahira College is now relentlessly pursuing a policy in search of excellence.

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G.C.E (A/L) 2014 – support seminar papers
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Prize Day was held on 18th June 2014 at 2.30 pm at the College Ghafoor Hall. Chief Guest for the event was Hon. Mohan Lal Grero and the Guest of Honour was Hon. Justice Saleem Marsoof.


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  • 17th July  - Parents Meeting
  • Upper school will be closed from 18th July  and re-opens on 1st September  for the 3rd Term
  • Primary School re-opens on 4th August  for the 3rd Term
  • 22nd August  - College Founders Day

The Re – Launch of ‘The Crescent’ Magazine was held on the 26th June 2014 (28th Sha’ban Hijri 1435) 4.00 p.m. – 5.30 p.m. at the N.D.H.Abdul Ghaffoor Hall. The Guest Speaker was Dr. M.A.M.Shukri Director, Jamiah Naleemiah

‘Kala Ulela’ was held at the College Ghaffoor Hall on 25th June 2014 which was organized by the Sinhala Literary Association of Zahira College. The Chief Guest was Professor Sarath Wijesuriya

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