Dawoodi Bohra Muslims trace their heritage to the Fatimi Imams AS, direct descendants of the Prophet Mohammed SAW, in Egypt. The Dawoodi Bohras throughout the world are guided by their leader known as the al-dāʿī al-mutlaq (unrestricted missionary), who first operated from Yemen and then, for the last 450 years, from India.Read More
The present leader is the 53rd al-Dāʿī al-Mutlaq, His Holiness Dr Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS. Syedna Saifuddin TUS assumed office in January 2014, succeeding his father and predecessor, the 52nd al-Dāʿī al-Mutlaq, His Holiness Dr Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA.
The Dawoodi Bohras today are generally highly educated, thriving business people and qualified professionals in numerous fields. Aggregating to around 1 million members, the Dawoodi Bohras have settled in over 40 countries across the globe to practice their faith and lead meaningful and prosperous lives. Most Dawoodi Bohra community members live in India with large congregations also in Pakistan, Yemen, East Africa, and the Middle East as well as growing populations in Europe, North America, South East Asia and Australia.
The Dawoodi Bohras are united by a set of centuries old principles; an unwavering commitment to the faith, a genuine love for the countries in which they live, a belief in the value of society, education, women’s empowerment, engagement with other faiths, physical health and well-being, and a responsibility to care for the environment and all creatures that dwell within it.
Bohras have always been loyal and law-abiding citizens wherever they live. They have maintained cordial relations with all manner of governments with an aim of fostering harmony and goodwill. From Mughal emperors to the British Raj as well as with modern day political parties, the dāʿīs have looked for common ground on which to lay the foundations for mutual understanding that can lead to betterment for all.
The Bohras’ unique blend of religiosity and modernity along with the way they contribute positively towards the development and prosperity of the places they live in gives them a special place wherever they may reside.