Who is a Dawoodi Bohra?
The Dawoodi Bohra community is a sect within Shia Islam whose beliefs are rooted in the Fatemi Imams as the direct descendants of Prophet Mohammed al-Mustafa (SAW.) After the seclusion of the Imams, the Dawoodi Bohras look upon the Dai al-Mutlaq as the spiritual leader of their community. The current Dai is Dr. Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS, the 53rd Dai-al-Mutlaq
The Dawoodi Bohras are a community of over a million members across the world, with the current center of leadership based in Surat, India. The 53rd Dai al-Mutlaq is the pivot around which the Dawoodi Bohra community flourishes. His inspiring leadership and practical guidance have greatly influenced them to be staunch followers, preserving and strengthening the community and its identity throughout the world.
The Bohras have an identity, of being an educated, prosperous and philanthropic community, of like-minded people following the teachings of Dr. Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin.
Dr. Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin (RA) and Dr. Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin (TUS) have over the years taught us to be global citizens. ‘Hubbul watane minal Iman’ (Loving one’s homeland is part of Iman/Faith) is a phrase one has grown up to hear over decades now.
The importance of being loyal and faithful to one’s country of residence is repeatedly stressed. Bohras based anywhere in the world make it a point to follow the rule of the land. They show patriotism by taking part in civic functions and events, by playing an active role in organizing charitable drives and programs as well as volunteering to help the disadvantaged. They go out of the way to ensure that our organization and individual members are law abiding citizens.
The 52nd Dai al-Mutlaq visited the United States of America seven times. In these visits, his followers received guidance and directions covering all aspects of spiritual, religious, educational, economic and social, affecting the individual, the family and the community. His Holiness also examined and set up new schemes and institutions for the progress and well-being of the community. He reminded them of the noble teachings of Islam that “love for the land of abode is part of faith” and that “religion is not just prayer and fast but also the striving for betterment in this World and the Hereafter.” He guided them to strive for the betterment of their neighbors and for the common good of all the people of the United States of America.
It is the unrelenting and continuous efforts of the 52nd Dai-al-Mutlaq Dr. Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin (RA) and 53rd Dai al Mutlaq Dr. Syedna Aali Qadr Mufaddal Saifuddin (TUS) whose eternal love, spiritual mission and efficacy of administration is one of the primary ways that hold the community together