Dawoodi Bohra community spiritual head, Dr Burhanuddin passes away
The spiritual head of the Dawoodi Bohra community, Dr. Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, passed away in Mumbai. He was 102
Spiritual leader of the Dawoodi Bohra community Dr. Syedna Mohammad Burhanuddin has passed away on Friday at the age of 102.
He breathed his last on Friday morning at his residence at Saifee Mahal in south Mumbai.
Qureish Raghib, the media Associate for the community confirmed the news to MiDDAY.
He is succeeded by his second son, Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin.
Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin had proclaimed Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin as his successor at a Nass (investiture) in London in 2011.
The new Syedna, who was on a visit to Sri Lanka, is expected to reach Mumbai and finalise the funeral and other arrangements.
It seems that the spiritual leader died after suffering a cardiac arrest.
The Bohra community has announced a 10-day mourning period for the departed spiritual leader. As a mark of respect, shops run by the Bohras will remain closed for three days.
As soon as the news spread through an official announcement, thousands of grieving Dawoodi Bohra community people rushed towards south Mumbai from different parts of the city and Thane.
Apprehending an unmanageable situation arising at Malabar Hill which also houses the governor, chief minister, deputy chief minister, home minister, top businessmen, diplomats, the community appealed to all Dawoodi Bohras to go and pray in mosques in their respective localities.
Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin had succeeded his father, the late Syedna Taher Saifuddin in 1965 and led the community for nearly five decades.
He will be buried beside his father at Raudat Tahera Mausoleum in Bhendi Bazar, south Mumbai. The funeral will likely be held Saturday.
Prior to that, the new Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin shall lead the 'Namaz-e-Janaza' (funeral procession) of his father at the Saifee Mosque nearby.
A marble building, the Raudat Tahera Mausoleum is renowned for the entire Holy Quran inscribed in gold letters and bejewelled precious stones -- a landmark in the city.
The new Syedna has worked closely with his father and received spiritual guidance from him.
Highly respected in the community, Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin travelled widely with the late Syedna, interacted with world political and religious leaders.
Under his father's directions, he also worked on several national and international projects, including the restoration of the famous Fatemi Mosques in Egypt and other important edifices in the Arab world.
The spokesperson said that thousands of community people from Mumbai, rest of India and around 40 countries worldwide are expected to converge for the funeral to pay last respects to the departed spiritual leader.
Hundreds of weeping Dawoodi Bohra members, including women and children went to around three dozen community mosques in Mumbai to offer prayers.
(With Agency inputs)