Dawoodi Bohras of Bhopal celebrate Milad al-Nabi by organising Haflat al-Quran
Five members from Mahad al-Zahra, an institute of Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah recite in the Haflat program

In commemoration of Milad al-Nabi (the Prophet Mohammed’s birth anniversary), the Dawoodi Bohras of Bhopal organised a haflat; a traditional recitation program featuring verses of the Holy Quran and compositions in praise of the Prophet on the 16th of October at the Dawoodi Bohra community centre in Aliganj. The program provided a platform for various qurra (pl. reciters of the Holy Quran) to present the audience with melodious vocal renderings of select Quranic verses in what is known as the tajweed style; the art of reciting the Quran in accordance with established rules of pronunciation and intonation. Leaders from the Muslim community were among the more than 250 guests in attendance. 

More than 250 guests attended the Haflat program at the Dawoodi Bohra community centre in Bhopal

The program began with an introductory speech by the coordinator Shabbir Bhopalwala, who welcomed the guests and spoke about the history and rich tradition of the haflat. This was followed by various recitations from acclaimed qaris  (reciter of the Holy Quran) including Qari Mohammad Hashim Ansari, Qari Ammar, Qari Haider and Qari Hafiz Abdul Rahman along with five reciters from Mahad al-Zahra, an institute of Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah dedicated to the recitation, memorisation and study of Quranic arts and sciences.

Maulana Mufti Muhammad Saeed Akhtar Saheb, one of the guests, said that, ‘Such a program is necessary to understand the art of Quranic recitation and follow its guidance.’ He expressed his desire for the community to continue organising such programs in future.

Representative of His Holiness in Bhopal, Zohair Shakir (r) welcomes a leader from the Muslim community

Zohair Shakir, the representative of His Holiness in Bhopal said the Holy Quran not only holds great significance as an article of faith but is an integral part of everyday life. 

‘Reciting, memorising and taking inspiration from the Quran are a gateway for spiritual and material well-being. His Holiness Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin is making constant efforts to expand the horizons of the hifz (memorisation of Quran) movement in the community. In several sermons, Syedna Saifuddin has expressed a wish that there be at least one hafiz (one who commits the entire Quran to memory) in every household,’ he added.

Dawoodi Bohra community members across the world marked the Prophet’s birth anniversary in accordance with his guidance, by organising various welfare and outreach programmes as part of the community’s philanthropic initiative known as Project Rise