Dawoodi Bohra community’s spiritual leader Dr Syedna Mohammad Burhanuddin passed away in Mumbai after a prolonged illness on Friday.
The 98-year-old leader was the 52nd ‘dai’ of Dawoodi Bohras. He will be succeeded by heir-apparent Syedi Mufaddal Bhaisaheb Saifuddin.
Syedna last made a public appearance on January 13 to mark the tenth-day of Moharram discourse, called Ashura, at Saifee Masjid in Bhendi Bazaar. Last year, the community had celebrated his 102nd birthday as per the Muslim calendar.
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He was credited with transforming Dawoodi Bohras, a sect of the Shia Muslims, into a vibrant community. The sect believes in “patriotism as part of the faith” , which encourages them to be an integral part of the country they live in. The Bohras are primarily traders.