Yemen Fostering Prosperity

At a young age, Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin 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 bestowed upon Syedna Saifuddin 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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Under his respected father’s oversight, Syedna Saifuddin has implemented a comprehensive programme for the Yemeni community’s socio-economic development.

Foremost among them is the initiative of uprooting qat (Catha edulis). Qat is a drug of abuse which has stifled both the economic and social development of the population of Yemen for decades. The present initiative replaces qat cultivation with various agro-economic enterprises including coffee plantations, strawberry farms, animal husbandry and bee keeping. Gradually, the affected communities of the Haraaz region where the majority of the Dawoodi Bohra community lives have managed to escape from the stranglehold of qat, both as an addictive drug and as the sole source of income.
Alongside various infrastructure projects including the construction of reservoirs for irrigation, tarmac roads and photovoltaic installations for renewable energy
there has also been a drive to provide free education to children in this remote, mountainous region of Yemen. This has enabled students, both male and female, to realize their aspirations and has paved the way for greater social mobility.

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