The Dawoodi Bohra community in Singapore had the pleasure of hosting the Deputy Prime Minister His Excellency Mr Lawrence Wong and a delegation of ambassadors, government officials and prominent civil society figures at their community centre on May 20, 2023.
The program commenced with an engaging conversation with young members of the community. This was followed by a walkthrough of the history of the Bohra community in Singapore and a brief discussion on the Fatimi architectural elements incorporated in Burhani Masjid.
After the tour, guests were seated in the masjid courtyard where proceedings began with the recitation of the Holy Quran. A short documentary detailing the values and initiatives of the worldwide Dawoodi Bohra community was shown followed by a welcome speech delivered by the representative of His Holiness Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin in Singapore, Mr Huzaifa Bahrainwala, in which he delivered benedictions on behalf of His Holiness.
In his speech, Mr Lawrence Wong thanked the community for the invitation and appreciated their efforts in the service of the country and the world at large. He lauded the teachings of His Holiness as the thread that binds the community’s progress and undertakings throughout the world.
“The guests commended the community for cherishing its culture and traditions while at the same time making notable progress in the fields of education, economics, business and community service, with a steady and resourceful global impact,” said a community volunteer.
The program culminated with a luncheon served in the community’s traditional thaal (a large steel platter where a group of eight members share a meal.)
Dawoodi Bohras have called Singapore home for more than a century with the earliest settlers known to arrive at its shores between 1875 and 1885. These early migrants arrived in search of better opportunities, and with time settled with their families, going on to build one of the oldest masjids of the land in 1897, which continues to function as the community’s congregational centre today.