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- Friday, March 01, 2013 - From Print Edition




The Dawoodi Bohra community worldwide is celebrating the 102nd birthday of its spiritual leader Dr. Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin on Saturday, says a press release.


This year, the spiritual leader will celebrate the joyous occasion in Mumbai. Thousands of Dawoodi Bohras from all over India, USA, UK, Canada, France, Australia, Sweden, UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Egypt, Japan, China, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Maldives, Myanmar, Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa, Madagascar and Reunion are coming to greet and seek blessings of their beloved leader on the occasion.


Starting from the auspicious birthday of Prophet Mohammed (Peace Be Upon Him) by taking out a procession and indulging in special prayers in Dawoodi Bohra Masjids and community centres, the Dawoodi Bohras since the last 40 days have been engaged in various social development and spiritual enlightenment activities that culminate on Syedna’s birthday on Saturday.


Dawoodi Bohras in over 700 community centres all over the world have undertaken projects designed to enhance their social, educational and economic stature. This year a ‘green celebration’ has been undertaken by the community that saw the launch of an international tree plantation campaign that is assisting every individual Dawoodi Bohra to plant a tree. Over 500,000 trees are presently being planted in Dawoodi Bohra Masjid complexes, community centres and in other public space under the supervision and permission from local authorities.


A special initiative of setting up 200 medical camps by the Burhani Medical Idara will supervise the diagnosis and treatment of over 250,000 Dawoodi Bohras across the world. Apart from the Bhendi Bazaar redevelopment ongoing project by Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust, other low coast housing schemes were launched, mass marriages known as Rasme Saifee, trade fairs, business seminars and various self-development programmes have also been organised the million Dawoodi Bohras. Special Quran memorization and art of recital workshops and competitions for adults and children are being held. Over 90,000 community members are attending from these workshops.


As to create physical health awareness, big and small sports and physical fitness activities were organised among thousands of community members across the world. Various public functions wherein dignitaries, politicians, government officials, prominent citizens and members of the sister communities attended it that provided a forum to spread Syedna’s message of patriotism and international peace. Special arrangements were also made at Dawoodi Bohra mausoleums across the world for community members to offer special prayers for forty days for the long life and good health of Syedna.


Regarded as ambassador of peace and goodwill, Syedna’s message of love and advice to the followers to abide by Islamic social values and to be law abiding and faithful citizens will conveyed by his successor who will also pray for international peace and harmony. Thousands of Dawoodi Bohra community members have expressed their joy and happiness by organizing colourful processions in different cities of the world and have illuminated their institutes, residences, neighbourhoods and community centres with decorative lights as to express their love and affection for their revered leader.


On his birthday, the community members will gather at their respective Masjids and community centres to hear the discourse of Syedna’s successor Syedi Mufaddal Bhaisaheb Saifuddin who will deliver a discourse and impart moral and spiritual teachings and bestow benedictions upon community members that will be telecast live via internet in all villages, towns and cities in India and across the world where the Dawoodi Bohras reside. The community members will pray for the long life of their beloved leader Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin and also pray for the progress and prosperity of their respective nations.


In Mumbai thousands of Dawoodi Bohras will participate with Syedna on Saturday to pay floral tribute and respects at Raudat Tahera, the mausoleum of the 51st Dai Syedna Taher Saifuddin where the spiritual leader will specially pray for the community members and for the welfare and happiness of the people of India and for peace and prosperity to prevail in the world.


May Allah grace the spiritual leader with a long, healthy life.