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

Grade 1 Admission – Year 2016
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Applications should be made on forms obtainable from Cashier
Further Details 

Islam Day 2015

Islam Day 2015 Prize giving was held on 21st of February 2015 at the Furkhan Hall, with the participation of Turkey Ambassador for Sri Lanka Mr. Iskander K. Okyay as Chief Guest, Guest of Honour M. Ashroff Rumi (Attorney-at-law & City Coroner, Colombo (NHSL), Member of Board of Governors), Guest Speaker M. Rauffzain (M.Phil.) Director, Centre for Development Studies & Social Research, Special Guest Al Hajj M.S.M. Faiz (Member of Board of Governors) and College Principal.


Captain of the champion house received the overall performance award from As-Shiek Abdul Razzak, Chairman of the Welfare and Religious committee (BOG – Zahira College)
Cordova house was able to be the champions of Inter house competitions and Khairiya BMV was able be the champions of Inter school competitions.

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First Term Exam – 2015
1st term exam of 2015 will be held from 24th March to 1st April.
Grade 6-11 Time Table
Primary Time Table

Special Exams for Grade 5 Scholarship Students
A Special exam was held on 25th February 2015 for the Grade 5 Students who will sit for the Scholarship Exam in 2015.
Special Exam Schedule

Primary Prefects’ Leadership Programme-2015
A Leadership Programme for Primary Prefects was held on 21st March 2015 at the College Furkhan Hall. The Programme was conducted by the Leadership Trainer Mr. J.A.Mahinda Namal.


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