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  • G90 Sports Festival

  • 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. 

  • Grand Opening of OBA Souvenir Shop

    Read N Return Hub

    Launching of Official OBA Blazer

    On Saturday 25th November 2017

    at 5:45 pm at College Swimming Pool Premises

    The OBA’s ‘Read & Return’ and Souvenir Shop was jointly declared open by the Principal, Mr. Trizvi Marikkar and Mr. Riza Abdeen , Immediate Past President of OBA earlier this week on the 25 th of November 2017, at the Swimming Pool complex.

  • NOTICE OF OBA 98th AGM - 2017

    Zahira College

    Old Boys’ Association


    The 98th Annual General Meeting of the above Association will be held In Sha Allah

    Date: 17th December 2017
    Time: 10.00 am
    Venue: Gafoor Hall Building, Zahira College, Colombo
    Presiding: Mr.M.U.M.AZMI President.

    Nominations are hereby called from the members who are not in arrears of membership fee up to the year 2017. Nomination forms duly filled shall conform to the specimen and shall be sent by Registered Post addressed to the Presiding officer, Zahira College Old Boys’ Association No: 406, Orabi Pasha Road Colombo 10 to reach on or before 10th December 2017.

  • OBA 97th AGM - 2016

    There are only a few educational institutions in Sri Lanka, that have been in existence for over 100 years, and Zahira College, Colombo is part of this elite group of centenaries, being founded in 1892. The OBA is part and parcel of Zahira’s edification. It is a matter of pride to note that the 97th AGM was held on the 25th of Sep, 2016 at the iconic Gaffor Hall where its illustrious founders’ name and photos were engraved. Mr. M. U. M. Azmi, a distinguished college ‘Coloursmen’ was unanimously elected as the President, with Mr. Akram Mowlana being elected as the Secretary along with 15 EXCO members. The blend of much experienced older members together with the computer savvy youngsters is a clear indication of how the OBA is grooming a new batch of young leaders so the baton could be handed over in due time.
  • 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.

  • Old Zahirians' Tamil Association (OZTA) Needy Students Project

    Recently The Old Zahirians' Tamil Association (OZTA) donated gift vouchers worth Rs.200,000 for 100 needy students to purchase their respective list of books for year 2016. This was held at the college pool complex on 19th Dec 2015

  • Revamped Swimming Pool Prayer Room

    It was a long felt need to have a fully furnished prayer room for the convenience to the worshipers who patronize the swimming pool and the conference room to pray on time. Vice president of OBA, Rafeek Buhary initiated this newly refurbished prayer room and by the grace of Allah, it was ceremonially declared opened by the Principal, Mr. Trizvi Marikkar on 22nd January, 2017 with a presence of large gathering.

  • The Special General Meeting to elect three representatives from the Old Boys’ Association to the Board of Governors

    The Special General Meeting to elect three representatives from the Old Boys’ Association to the Board of Governors was successfully held on Sunday, 7th May, 2017 at the historic Gaffoor Hall. The meeting was held under the Chairmanship of the OBA President, Mr. M. U. M. Azmi. The participation was somewhat unprecedented. It was pleasing to see a large number of Old Zahirians assembled in the spirit of camaraderie and maintained decorum till the last moment.

  • WorkShop - Brand Promise based on the Zahira Model

    The Office Bearers Role in Delivering the “Brand Promise” based on the “Zahira “Model workshop was successfully conducted by Bro. Munshif Hussain on 15th January 2017, to a packed-to-capacity audience at the swimming pool auditorium. 

    Mr. Trizvi Marikkar, Principal of the Zahira College and Mr. Rizvi, secretary to the BOG graced the occasion as special guests. 

    The welcome speech was delivered by Bro. Azmi (OBA president) and Bro. Ashraf Rumi (G80 president) by highlighting the significance of the workshop. Naushad Alavi delivered an introduction of Bro. Munshif Hussain.

    This corporate style breakfast workshop was jointly organized by the OBA and G80 for the benefit of the affiliated members to keep abreast of the management techniques as well as guidelines to conduct effective meetings.

  • 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.