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First India

Written by: Masuma Bharmal Jariwala

A small close-knit community of one million people spread across the globe has taken to turning the Covid-19 lockdown into an opportunity with almost every member of the community involved in some constructive work or extending help to those in need. The enterprising bohra community has kept itself connected and updated through business webinars, live streaming of religious discourses, learning the Quran and adding to their knowledge and skills.

In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, the leader of the Dawoodi Bohra Community, His Holiness Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, sent a message to all Bohra community organisations to offer help and serve the country they live in and its citizens by strictly adhering to all safety and health measures in coordination with the local authorities. He also asked that they exercise patience and join hands in the ongoing health crisis.

Volunteers from the community across 637 cities and towns were mobilized to join relief efforts by using their existing network of community kitchens to serve cooked meals to over 5,00,000 daily wage earners and slum dwellers in just one month. This also included catering to over 1,044,100 beneficiaries through food relief efforts apart from medical assistance.

This year, the holy month of Ramadan was observed differently, with people offering their prayers at home. Guidelines and instructions were shared with members to help them best fulfil their religious obligations. The community has also set up a Covid-19 ‘business war room’ to exchange ideas and formulate strategies for a wide range of businesses.

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