Early Friday morning, when Kuwait-based businessman Mohammed Chavi (38) got a message that Dr Syedna Mohammad Burhanuddin had passed away, he immediately booked his tickets. By 5 am Saturday, he was in Mumbai.
“We believe Syedna has taken us closer to Allah. Woh Khuda to nahi, par Khuda se juda nahi the (He was not God, but he was his messenger for us),” Chavi said, while waiting near one of the barricades put by the Burhani Guards near Raudat Tahera Mausoleum, where Sydena was buried.
Chavi was one of the many Bohra Muslims who had came from across the globe to pay their last respects to the revered leader.
“Since my childhood I have known only him as our Syedna for he was there for 53 years,” he said.
According to Chavi, such was the rush at the airport in Kuwait that Kuwait Airlines had to opt for for a bigger aircraft to accommodate more passengers. “In the flight, 90 per cent of the passengers were from the community. The airport at Mumbai too was full of Bohra Muslims,” he said.
Mustan Zoeb (45) along with his mother Zulekha Zoeb (72) and four other family members rushed to Mumbai from Dubai on Friday. “He was the priest of our community and we had to come. It was a sad day for us,” said Zoeb, who came by a Jet Airways flight, which, he said, was full of members from his community.