His Holiness Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin arrived in Mahajanga, Madagascar on the 18th of May 2022. Representatives of the Malagasy government received him at the airport including the Minister of the Interior and Decentralisation, Mr Justin Tokely, the Governor of the Boeny Region, Mr Mokhtar Salim Andriantomanga, The Prefect of Mahajanga and other authorities in Mahajanga city.
The mayor of Mahajanga appreciated His Holiness’ visit to the country and commemorated his visit by presenting him with the ‘Key to the City’. His Holiness stayed in the city for three days before moving on to the next leg of his tour.
On 22nd May, His Holiness travelled to Toamasina (Tamatave), where he was received by the Prime Minister of Madagascar, His Excellency Christian Louis Ntsay. Other dignitaries in attendance included Vice President of the Senate of Northern Madagascar, Mr Eric Besoa; Home Minister, Mr Justin Tokely; and Governor of the Atsinanana region, Mr Richard Theodore Rafidison.
Throughout his stay in both cities, His Holiness met and interacted with community members and spread the message of peace and solidarity. He also prayed for the growth and prosperity of community members and urged them to continue being active participants in their nation’s development.
His Holiness finally travelled to Antananarivo on the 25th of May, where he met the President of Madagascar, His Excellency Andry Rajoelina at the Presidential Palace. In his remarks, His Holiness expressed his admiration for the country’s natural beauty and said that he is confident of its development through the collective efforts of each Malagasay. The President thanked His Holiness for his visit and his efforts to foster economic development in the country. He also appreciated his contribution to Fitia, a non profit run by the first lady, Ms Mialy Rajoelina for the welfare and socio-economic development of the marginalised sections of society.
After the meeting, His Holiness departed for the airport where the Minister of Defence, Mr Leon Jean Richard Rakotonirina, bid him farewell.
Dawoodi Bohras have been living in Madagascar since the early 1800s. The first settlers landed at Nosy Be and by the late 1800s had started to expand to different parts of the country. The prime purpose of these settlers was to avail economic opportunities and engage in import and export. The 51st al-Dai al-Mutlaq, Syedna Taher Saifuddin had visited the country in 1963 and travelled to all the cities where Dawoodi Bohras had settled. His successor, Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin visited the country on four occasions. This is Syedna Saifuddin’s fourth visit since assuming the office of al-Dai al-Mutlaq in 2014.