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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AKURA School Management System
AKURA @ Zahira
YEAR PLAN CALENDAR – 2014  Download

Zahira is taking part in the Shakespeare Drama Competition (Semi Finals)  today. Zahira’s cast, which consists of 17 members, is to play an excerpt from ‘Timon of Athens’. The competition is held at Lionel Wendt   Art Centre, Guildford Crescent, Colombo 7. 

Primary Section celebrated the Founders Day on 22nd August 2014, at 7.30 am with the consent of the Principal.
The Head of Primary and Teacher Educator hoist the National Flag and the College Flag respectively, to remark the 122nd Founder’s Day.The Head of Primary delivered a speech about the Founders’ and benefactors who have done immense services to the upliftment of the college.

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English medium – Vacation Extra Sessions - G.C.E. (O/L)  2014
Extra Class Schedule for G.C.E. O/L Students Download
G.C.E (A/L) 2014 – support seminar papers  Download

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Founders day 2014 which was held on 22nd at College premises. Guest speaker, former MP and distinguished old boy V. Anandasangaree delivered the Founder’s Day oration; “Contribution of Zahira to Sri Lankan society”. Also special guest Dr. Saroja Weththasinghe, Director of the National Archives spoke a few words about the newly opened archives section of the college.


Zahira College emerged champions at the Kotmale Chox Under 19 Schools’ Football Final beating St.Peter’s College 2 goals to 1. The tight encounter was held on 19th August 2014 at the Sugathadasa Stadium.


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