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OBA’s tribute to Namiz

When the unexpected occurs, we become shell-shocked and our minds are befuddled.

This was the case when the untimely demise of brother M.M.K.Namiz reached us all. It not only sent shock-waves through many Zahirians, but also to dear and near ones and the general community on the whole.

His passing is an irreplaceable loss to Zahira because Namiz metaphorically breathed the air of Zahira, and the alma mater was close to his heart and soul until his death.

He was actively involved in college development, and him being a former member for the Board of Governors, OBA Executive Committee member, Past President Group of 90, Member of PTA and President of Veterans, speaks volumes about his unwavering commitment and pledge of allegiance to Zahira.

His contribution to sports is unparalleled in Zahira’s history. He captained the Cricket, Soccer and Athletic team in 1988, as well as played Rugger. He was also Runner-Up for the national Most Popular School Boy Cricketer in 1988. Due to his outstanding leadership qualities, he was appointed as Head Prefect in 1991.

Namiz was a live-wire at OBA meetings. He was not only regular in attendance, but was also punctual and was always an active participant. Furthermore, he was a priceless asset, stoutly defending what he thought was right by citing the ‘Cardinal Law’ code, without fear or favour. One of his outstanding characteristics is that he never harbuored any grudge toward anyone, and walked the talk when it came to the mindset of "With malice towards none, with charity for all”.

He possessed sharp with and a sharper tongue, and an OBA meeting will never end without a sumptuous feat and a witty joke or anecdote unleashed by Namiz! The OBA will dearly miss Namiz's light-hearted and on-point banter.

After the Janaza prayer at the Maradana Mosque, Mother Zahira honoured her illustrious son. The Principal together with Vice Principal and the college Perfects humbly escorted his Janaza to the vehicle. The Maligawatta burial grounds overflowed with an unprecedented crowd and was a testimony to the affection and respect Namiz had inspired in many a heart.

Today, OBA’s one and the only “Lion” is no more, but his memory and legacy of goodwill will linger in our minds for many moons to come. May Almighty Allah forgive all his sins and grant him Jannathul Firdous.

Zahira Walk 2017

A wonderful exhibition of Zahirian solidarity

The much-anticipated OBA’s Zahira Walk, which was an epoch-making event, took place on the 5th of August, 2017 at the College premises.

The Walk was commenced from the College entrance and proceeded through T.B. Jayah Mawatha, Lipton Circle, Horton Place and Borella – Maradana road. This mega event was planned by the OBA to commemorate 125 years of excellence in grandeur.

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Get Ready to Walk for Zahira 2017

Zahira College Colombo, the premier Muslim educational institution in Sri Lanka with a current student population of over 5000, is gearing itself to launch a colourful and fun-filled walk on Saturday, the 05th of August, 2017 at the college premises, 7.30am onwards.

This mega event is being meticulously planned by the OBA, with the collaboration of all affiliated groups under one umbrella to foster a sense of camaraderie among all participants to walk hand in hand and exhibit an unflinching loyalty to their Alma Mater. It is noteworthy to observe that, all affiliated groups numbering over 30 bodies, have extended their unstinted support and cooperation to make this epic event a truly memorable one. 

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OBA’s Iftar programme

The OBA, successfully conducted its traditional Iftar programme on Friday, 9th June 2017, at Bookers Reception Hall, with the Grace of Allah. It was a remarkable event that saw the hall being packed to capacity with overflowing invitees who represented every segment of Zahira’s inter -groups.

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