Our Faith

The foundation of the Dawoodi Bohra faith is based on peace, love and humanity. The Dawoodi Bohras follow the Fatimi Ismaili Tayyibi school of thought. Their faith is based on the belief in one deity; Allah Taʿala, in the Holy Quran as the word of Allah and in the sacred mission of the Prophets and their successors. They worship Allah for salvation in the hereafter by following the pillars of Islam and adhering to religious practices ordained by the sharia including reciting the Quran, the five daily prayers and fasting during the month of Ramadan.

It is a core belief of the Dawoodi Bohras to adhere to the imam of the time who is the righteous legatee of the prophet.

When the imam chooses to seclude himself and retire from public view, his office is occupied by the al-dai al-mutlaq who, like the imam, preserves and protects the faith until his return. The Dawoodi Bohras follow the advice and pronouncements of the dai with unwavering devotion and attend to his call of living a life of piety, peace and harmony.

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His Holiness Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin delivers a sermon in Saifee masjid, Mumbai, on the death anniversary of Syedna Taher Saifuddin, his esteemed grandfather and leader of the Dawoodi Bohra community.

Belief in the ahl al-bayt (members of the Prophet Mohammed’s household) as the rightful successors of the Prophet and as guides of mankind is central to the faith of the Dawoodi Bohras.

Their traditions, in common with all Shia muslims, proclaim that Mohammed was succeeded by his legatee, Ali bin Abi Talib, who explained and interpreted the revelation received by Prophet Mohammed. Imam Ali bin Abi Talib in turn chose his sons Imam Hasan and Husain as the first two imams to continue guiding the community of believers.

An integral article of the Dawoodi Bohra faith is that an imam descended from the Prophet through his grandson, Imam Husain, always exists on earth to continue the mission of guiding mankind.

Son succeeding father, the imam, like the prophet, is believed to be sinless, inerrant, immaculate and sacred, the repository of prophetic knowledge and the final interpreter of religion.

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