Celebrating the 72nd Independence day of India

Sulonga Mehta, The Times of India.

The Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community residing in the city celebrated Independence Day on a grand scale — sending out messages of women’s empowerment, patriotism and integrity.

Besides hoisting the tricolour, the community women organised various fun activities and competitions, and games for children. The madrasa students performed a stage show delivering a message of patriotism. The day also coincided with their Syedna’s anniversary visit to Vizag and his message to the entire community to be dutiful citizens and to be loyal towards one’s country of residence.

Despite the morning rains and inclement weather, around 400 Bohra community members from over 110 families residing at Mubarak Colony in Yendada took part in the Independence Day festivities on Wednesday. People gathered at the masjid complex for the flag hoisting ceremony.

“The Bunnaiyaat ul Id al Zahabi — a women’s organisation of the community — organised activities such as fancy dress, essay writing and painting competitions for children and also put up food stalls with Independence Day special menu,” said Akil Raja, a spokesperson from the community.

Shaikh Juzer, Aamil sab of the community, told us that their spiritual leader, His Holiness Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin’s message for the community was to be good and patriotic citizens. The practise of ethical business was also recalled on the occasion. “Love of one’s country is integral to faith. Be loyal to the country in which you reside and actively participate in the nation’s development. Abide by the laws and regulations of the country you reside in. Engage in the best of trades and business practices,” Shaikh Juzer quoted, as he read out Syedna’s message.