53rd AL-DAʿI AL-MUTLAQ

HIS HOLINESS DR SYEDNA MUFADDAL SAIFUDDIN TUS

NEWS OF HIS HOLINESS

HIS HOLINESS WITH WORLD LEADERS & DIGNITARIES

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A DISTINGUISHED HERITAGE

Dawoodi Bohra Muslims trace their heritage to the Fatimi Imams AS, direct descendants of the Prophet Mohammed SAW. They ruled over large parts of the Islamic world during the 10th to 12th centuries and were responsible for an unparalleled efflorescence of learning, art and architecture. One of the oldest functioning universities in the world, Al-Azhar, as well as many architectural monuments in the city of Cairo, Egypt — the vibrant city the Fatimi Imams AS founded — are enduring legacies of that era.
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A NOBLE UPBRINGING

Born in Surat, India on the 20th of August, 1946, Dr Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS is the second son of the 52nd al-Da'i al- Mutlaq, Dr Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA and grandson of the 51st al-Da'i al-Mutlaq, Dr Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA . Syedna Saifuddin TUS benefitted from the personal tutelage and instruction of both his esteemed predecessors. Syedna Saifuddin TUS was invariably present with his respected father Syedna Burhanuddin RA at home and on his many pilgrimages and travels to visit his community abroad. He thereby learnt first-hand the traditions, customs and protocols associated with the office of the al-Da'i al-Mutlaq.
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A LEGACY OF KNOWLEDGE

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Soon after his ascension to the office of al-Da'i al-Mutlaq, Syedna Saifuddin TUS was requested to accept the chancellorship of Aligarh Muslim University like his esteemed father and grandfather before him. A few months later, in April 2015, Syedna TUS was confirmed as AMU Chancellor. In February 2016, Syedna Saifuddin TUS visited the University as chancellor for the first time on the occasion of its 63rd Annual Convocation and addressed the 5000-strong gathering with an exposition of the Quranic verse which is the motto of AMU, “He (the Almighty) taught man that which he knew not”.
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UPHOLDING THE TRADITION OF KNOWLEDGE

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Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah Nairobi Campus
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Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah, originally built in Surat, India in 1810 for the teaching of religious lore and jurisprudence under the direct supervision of the al-Da'i al-Mutlaq of the time, has been greatly expanded under Syedna Saifuddin TUS and his predecessors. They introduced modern facilities and contemporized teaching methodologies while retaining the academy's essential and original features.
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REVIVING HISTORY

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Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS was instrumental in the endeavour to restore ancient Fatimi monuments in Cairo dating back to the 10th through 12th centuries. This movement began in the late 1970s with the restoration of the nine century-old masjid of al-Imam al-Hakim bi Amr Allah AS, also known as al-Jami al-Anwar.
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ENCOURAGING ENTREPRENEURSHIP

The Dawoodi Bohras have a significant presence in various countries across the world where they have gone on to thrive and prosper as industrialists, traders and professionals. This prosperity can be attributed in a large part to the efforts of the Du'at (pl. of al-Da'i al-Mutlaq), who, in keeping with Islamic values, have inculcated a business-minded attitude in the community, which Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS today continues to encourage. Some say that the very name 'Bohra' is derived from the Gujarati word for trade.
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A SOURCE OF ECONOMIC GROWTH

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Continuing the initiatives of his esteemed father, Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS has developed further a number of institutions that assist in alleviating poverty, providing affordable housing and enabling business growth. An extensive network of schemes offers interest-free loans in keeping with the Islamic injunction to refrain from all forms of interest. The Quranic term for these loans is Qardan Hasana. Apart from institutional lending, community members are encouraged to loan each other money as Qardan Hasana at a personal, individual level — these initiatives being as much acts of faith as of sound economic value. Their practice has led to sustained economic growth and self-reliance within the community.

PROTECTING THE BOUNTIES OF NATURE

Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS has repeatedly emphasized the responsibility of every member of the community to conserve and protect the environment. In his discourses and sermons, Syedna TUS promotes environmental awareness, particularly the preservation and enhancement of greenery by way of planting trees and flowers in and around homes and community buildings. For example, in Ramadan this year (2017), Syedna TUS expressed a desire for the community to plant at least 200,000 trees all around the globe. Linking the planting of trees with fasting and prayer which is the essence of the holy month of Ramadan, Syedna's TUS message is clear:protecting the environment is an important aspect of a Muslim's ibaadat (worship).
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ENHANCING THE QUALITY OF LIFE

Prominent among his welfare initiatives is Syedna Saifuddin's TUS focus on improving the living standards and conditions of the community. For the past three years, Syedna TUS has sent officials from his administration, students and staff of Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah and architects, engineers and construction professionals from the community to visit homes in critical need of restorative work. Volunteers not only provide immediate relief in the form of short term solutions such as painting and tiling, but also put in place long-term measures to ensure the stability and comfort of the families they visit. Medical practitioners also accompany Upliftment teams and provide basic medical care to those in need wherever they go.
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A RENEWAL OF SPACE AND SPIRIT

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Saifee Burhani Upliftment Project

In the true spirit of Islam, Syedna Saifuddin TUS has dedicated himself to the betterment and upliftment of society. The Saifee Burhani Upliftment Project (SBUP) undertaken to uplift the lives of the people in Bhendi Bazaar, Mumbai is one such ambitious initiative. SBUP was initiated by Syedna Saifuddin's TUS revered father in 2009 with the vision of providing residential and commercial tenants with an environment that fosters human growth in all aspects - spiritual, intellectual, social and financial.
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At a young age, Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS was deputed the care and social, economic and spiritual development of the Dawoodi Bohra community domiciled in Yemen. It was in Yemen where the community first established itself after the transfer of the seat of Da'wat from Cairo. Ever since, it has been home to thousands of Dawoodi Bohras indigenous to the region. Islam has a strong tradition of bestowing titles in recognition of outstanding accomplishments and commitment which is why the late Syedna Burhanuddin RA bestowed upon Syedna Saifuddin TUS the honorary title of Aqiq al-Yemen, meaning the Precious Jewel (Carnelian) of Yemen, for his dedication and service rendered to the Yemeni people.
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THE COMMUNITY KITCHEN

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Even in this age of plenty, far too many people remain affected by food insecurity. Syedna Saifuddin TUS has addressed this issue within the Dawoodi Bohra community by establishing a common kitchen in every village, town or city where they live, under the aegis of Faiz al-Mawa'id al-Burhaniya, commonly referred to as FMB.
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SERVICE TO HUMANITY

In the same manner as his revered father Syedna Burhanuddin RA before him, Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS has dedicated his life to the service of the community and the betterment of society at large, with a special emphasis on cultural and socio-economic development.
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TIRELESS TRAVELS

Over the centuries, Dawoodi Bohras have migrated across the world in pursuit of better opportunities in trade and commerce. Small community settlements have grown into sizeable formal congregations in many places around the globe. Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS accompanied his father on his journeys to observe for himself the collective growth of the community and understand the complexities every individual faces. Today, His Holiness TUS travels extensively wherever Dawoodi Bohras live, be they metropolitan cities or remote towns and villages. Each of his visits brings vibrancy to the faith and draws the adherents closer to their culture and heritage.
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LOOKING CONFIDENTLY TOWARDS THE FUTURE

The 52nd al-Da'i al-Mutlaq , His Holiness Dr Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA led the Dawoodi Bohra community for half a century leaving behind a rich legacy of spiritual and material progress. Despite the magnitude of the task, His Holiness Dr Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS has resolutely met the demands and challenges of the community's leadership after his respected father's passing. He continues to uphold his outstanding legacy of service, scholarship and commitment to social betterment.
As Syedna Saifuddin TUS travels the world visiting members of the Dawoodi Bohra community, he guides them towards a way of life the hallmarks of which are kindness, loyalty and devotion — both to their faith and their country. He never fails to strengthen the bonds and bridges of love and amity that exist between the Dawoodi Bohras and their brethren from other faiths and communities in whichever country they call home. His warmth and humility make a lasting impression on all those whom he meets and his sincerity and sagacity are inspiring. Basking in his leadership and direction, the Dawoodi Bohra community looks confidently towards the future.