Zahira College, Colombo
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Zahira College Colombo, Orabi Pasha Street,
|Coordinates||6°55′38″N 79°51′51″E / 6.927351°N 79.864175°E|
|Former name||"Madarasathul Zahira"|
(Praise be to Allah)
|Established||21 August 1892|
|Founder||Ahmed Orabi, A. M. Wapchi Marikar and M. C. Siddi Lebbe|
|School number||+(94) 11 2695062|
|Principal||A. R. M. Triizvy Marikkar (2013 - present)|
|Grades||1–13 (English, Sinhala and Tamil Medium)|
|Age||From 6 years to 19 years|
|Colour(s)||Green, white, maroon|
Zahira College (commonly known as Zahira) (Sinhala: සහිරා විදුහල, Tamil: சாஹிரா கல்லுரி) is an Islamic school at Colombo in Maradana, Sri Lanka. It was founded in 1892 as Al Madrasathul Zahira by one of renowned Islamic lawyer and educationalist, Muhammad Cassim Siddi Lebbe, with the active patronage of Ahmed Orabi Pasha of Egypt. The college also has one of the oldest mosques in the country on its campus.
The word Zahira means "excellence" in Arabic.
The establishment of Zahira College, a school mainly for Muslims, in Sri Lanka in 1892 was a significant event in the history of education in the country. The idea of creating such a school was conceived by prominent individuals, including M. C. Siddi Lebbe, during a time when English education was viewed with suspicion due to its association with proselytism At the time, almost all schools in Sri Lanka were run by Christian missionaries, and English education was seen as a tool for converting non-Christians to Christianity. This posed a challenge for Muslims who wanted to provide their children with a modern education but were wary of exposing them to religious conversion.
During a public speech made by M. C. Siddhi Lebbe in 1891 at the Maradana Mosque Hall (which later became the college mosque), he appealed to the Muslim community to unite and promote the educational advancement of the community. This led to the formation of the Colombo Muslim Educational Society. The first Secretary was I. L. M. Abdul Aziz and Arasi Marikar Wapchie Marikar was the first Treasurer and Head Master. With the help of Ahamed Orabi Pasha, an Egyptian exile in Ceylon and freedom fighter. On Monday, 22 August 1892, Zahira College officially opened its doors to students. The school started with just 37 students, but it quickly grew in popularity, and by the end of the first year, the student population had increased to 125.
Board of Governors
Zahira College is administered by a board of eighteen governors, from the executive committee of the Maradana Mosque, the Zahira College Welfare Society, the Zahira College Parent-Teachers Association and the Zahira College Old Boys’ Association. M. Fouzul Hameed, who took over as chairman of the Board of Governors in 2006.
Zahira college, Colombo had constructed major sports complex for the scholars who are interested in sports to represent College.
The College, is renowned for its rich sporting history, particularly in the field of soccer. Over the years, Zahira College has produced a significant number of talented soccer players who have gone on to represent Sri Lanka at the national level.
The college swimming pool project was proposed and funded by the Old Boys Association. and it was officially opened for students, old boys and the public (after school hours). The project was initiated in 2010 and successfully completed and opened on 14 July 2012.
Zahira college has produced a number of international cricket players in 1930's and later days in 20th century zahirians had joint with Sri Lankan Cricket and they are improving them to be representatives at National team of Sri Lanka.
The college, has a rich history of producing outstanding athletes in a variety of sports. Many of these athletes have brought glory and fame to the school by showcasing their talent.
Currently, there are number of sports like Air Rifle Shooting, Basketball, Hockey, Karate, Boxing, Band, Cadeting, Chess, Scouting, Tennis etc. to the scholars.
Students are divided into four houses. The houses compete in all major games to win the inter-house games, with house colours and awarded to winners.
- Angora colour : Green
- Baghdad colour : Blue
- Cordova colour : Orange
- Istanbul colour : Maroon
The four house names are derived from four historic Muslim cities.
Clubs and associations
Clubs and societies
Today there are more than fifteen clubs and societies in Zahira College actively running to develop the skills of the students.
There are associations where Zahira old boys owned them with respect for helping purpose to the college and to give pride further to the alma mater.
- A. M. Wapchie Marikar
- N. H. M. Abdul Cader
- A. S. Abdul Cader
- S. J. A. Doray
- Abdul Azeez
|O. E. Martinus||1913||1914|
|J. C. McHeyzer||1914||1920|
|Tuan Burhanudeen Jayah||1921||1947|
|A. M. A. Azeez||1948||1961|
|I. L. M. Mashoor||1961||1965|
|M. F. M. H. Fakhir||1965||1966|
|S. L. M. Shafie Marikar||1967||1982|
|R. I. T. Alles (Director of Studies)||1983||1985|
|Saheed M. Irshad||1986||1987|
|T. D. Hannan||1988|
|A. Z. Omardeen||1989|
|A. M. Sameem||1990||1991|
|A. Javid Yusuf||1992||1994|
|M. T. A. Furkhan||1995||1997|
|I. A. Ismail||1998|
|S. A. R. M. Farook||1999|
|M. Uvais Ahamed||2001||2006|
|T. K. Azoor||2008||2010|
|M. H. M. Jiffry||2010||2012|
|A. R. M. Trizviiy Marikkar||2013||present|
Zahira produced citizens who are fluent in all three national languages. During the "Golden Era of Zahira" many brilliant leaders were produced and they made enormous contribution to the nation and the world at large. Zahira's Magazine ‘Cresent’ towards the development of national languages was immense.
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