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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Singithi Day | 51st Colombo Camporee
51st Colombo Camporee was held on 13th August 2016 in open air theatre of Viharamahadevi Park from 9.00 a.m onwards. 155 Singithi Scouts from all three media and 15 teachers in charge participated in this event.
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The founders’ day programme ’16 will be held on Sunday,21st August 2016 at 4.00 p.m. at Al Makthoum Hall. The Guest Speaker will be Vidyajothi Professor Rizvi Sheriff (FRCP (Lon), FRCP (Edin), FRACP, FCCP, FSLCGP, FNASSL)
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Scout|Zahira College – Singithi Investiture Ceremony
An Inaugural investiture ceremony of Singithi Scouts was held at Zahira College Colombo. Principal Trizviiy Markkar, Mr. M.F.S.Muheed (WOSM/APR Correspondent) and  Mr.Suren Wickramatilleke (DC, Colombo District)  graced this memorable occasion.

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Teacher Training Programme | Certificate Awarding Ceremony

The ceremony of awarding certificates for teachers who successfully completed the in-house teacher training programme was held at the College Ghaffoor Hall on 04/08/2016. Professor Lakshman Jayathilaka (Chairman-National Education Commission) was the Chief Guest.
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Crescent Lights ’16 Exhibition & Fun Fair
Zahira College will be celebrating its 125th anniversary during 2016 – 2017. Several events have been planned by the Old Boys’ Association together with the College to celebrate this historic year.

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Education is what remains when we have forgotten all that we have been taught.

- George Savile, Marquis of Halifax (1633-1695) English statesman and author.


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