The pursuit of knowledge is obligatory upon every Muslim man and woman.’ He also states that: ‘There are four things obligated upon every intelligent and sensible person in my community; attentively listening to knowledge, retaining it, acting in accordance with it and disseminating it.
Prophet Mohammed

In addition to being a source of enlightenment for the intellect and nourishment for the soul, the Prophetic tradition mandates that education must necessarily be coupled with action.

In an address delivered during the centenary celebrations of Aligarh Muslim University, the Chancellor of the institute, His Holiness Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin stated: ‘The very purpose of education within the Islamic tradition is to put what one knows into practice and derive innovative solutions to local and global challenges, thereby benefiting the societies within which we live. An education which one does not put into practice and with which one does not benefit others is not an education at all.’

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The Fatimi imams from the Prophet’s progeny and their representatives the duat mutlaqin, leaders of the Dawoodi Bohra community, have expended great effort to ensure that this Islamic legacy of learning and education continues to flourish throughout the ages.

The educational institutes established by the Fatimi imams and their enduring philosophy of safeguarding the time tested old and embracing the beneficial new, are embodied in the numerous educational institutes of the Dawoodi Bohra community today. These institutes aspire not just to transfer knowledge but to transform students into intelligent, cultured, faithful, responsible and upstanding members of society. As a result, Dawoodi Bohras are generally well educated and accomplished in a wide variety of fields. They understand that the pursuit of knowledge is a lifelong journey and make the most of every opportunity to keep learning as a means of individual and collective growth, betterment and progress while inspiring and facilitating those who lack the means to do the same. 

The community runs hundreds of educational institutes across the world catering to students from every age group. Modernity binds these various institutions of learning in a cohesive approach defined by the guiding words of Imam Ahmed al Mastur:

‘It befits our brethren, may Allah give them strength, to not despise any field of knowledge, or shun a particular book, or bear prejudice towards a certain faith. Indeed our philosophy and our faith encompass all faiths and all knowledge.

Our Educational Institutions


Established in 1396/1976, Mahad al-Zahra, a department dedicated to the memorisation and study of the Holy Quran.


Saifee Burhani Upliftment Project

The Saifee Burhani Upliftment Project (SBUP) undertaken to uplift the lives of the people in Bhendi Bazaar, Mumbai.


MSB Educational Institute

MSB Educational Institute is a chain of private English Medium schools around the globe with 23 branches across 7 countries: India, Pakistan, Kenya, Tanzania, Madagascar, Dubai and Kuwait.


Rawdat al-Quran

Rawdat al-Quran al-Kareem which was founded on a unique pedagogy developed by Mahad al-Zahra specifically for younger children.


Mahad al-Zahra

Established in 1396/1976, Mahad al-Zahra, a department dedicated to the memorisation and study of the Holy Quran.



Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah is the principal educational institute of the Dawoodi Bohra community. Its sole benefactor, His Holiness Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, oversees and guides it in all its endeavours.

Saifee Hospital - a distinctive and prominent part of the skyline in the iconic Queen's Necklace of Mumbai

Saifee Hospital: An Institution of Healing

Saifee Hospital is a multi-specialty hospital in the heart of Mumbai, India. A realisation of the late His Holiness Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin’s vision to build a state-of-the-art hospital.


Faiz al-Mawaid al-Burhaniyah

A groundbreaking initiative that saw the establishment of community kitchens in towns and cities in different parts of the world where members of the Dawoodi Bohra community reside, the Faiz al-Mawaid al-Burhaniyah (FMB) programme was established with one overarching objective: to provide at least one wholesome and nutritious meal a day to every community household.


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