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Zahira College, Milestones of events

Has crossed the 115th year milestone. Along this long journey it had seen many great successes and also faced severe drawbacks and disasters. Let's review some of the important events that Zahira has gone through upto now.

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Muslim Education

To a community hostile to western influence Proctor M. C. Siddi Lebbe of Kandy made an impassioned appeal for Muslim Education.

1891
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Al Madrasathul Zahira

Mr. A. M. Wapiche Marikar and Mr. I. L. M. Abdul Azeez overcome the indifference and hostility of the Muslims of the day and established a Muslim School with the active patronage of Ahmed Orabi Pasha of Egypt. It was called Al Madrasathul Zahira.

1892
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Official Registration

Al Madrasathul Zahira registered as Maradana Mohammeddan Boys' School. Manager Mr. A. M. Wapiche Marikar No. on roll 35 Students.

1894
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Foundation Stone

Foundation stone for a two storey building laid by Moulavi Rafiudeen Ahmed, B.A., L.L.B. Cricket and Soccer introduced.

1905
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New Building

New building declared open by Orabi Pasha. 1911 School was renamed Muslim Zahira College. Mr.O.E. Martinus became first principal.

1906
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Mr. Wapiche Marikar

Mr. Wapiche Marikar, after 25 years of devoted and selfless service hands over the management to Maradana

1917