Mohammed Burhanuddin

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Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin
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Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin delivering Muharam Waaz
52nd Da'i al-Mutlaq of Dawoodi Bohra sect
Remained Da'i al-Mutlaq 47 years
Became Da'i al-Mutlaq at the age of 52 years
Predecessor Taher Saifuddin
Successor Mufaddal Saifuddin
House of Da'i al-Mutlaq Mumbai
Spouse Aaisaheba Amatullah Aaisaheba
Full name
Syedna wa Maulana Abul Qaid Johar Mohammed Burhanuddin
Era name and dates
Burhani: 1965 - 2014
House Saifee Mahal
Father Taher Saifuddin
Mother Aaisaheba Husaina Aaisaheba
Born (1915-03-06)6 March 1915
Surat, Gujarat, India
Died 17 January 2014(2014-01-17) (aged 98)
Saifee Mahal, Malabar Hill, Mumbai, India.
Burial 18 January 2014
Raudat Tahera, Mumbai, India
Signature

Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin (Arabic: محمد برھان الدین‎; 6 March 1915 – 17 January 2014) was last previous and 52nd Da'i al-Mutlaq of Dawoodi Bohras, a subgroup within the Mustaali, Ismaili Shia branch of Islam.[1] Buhranuddin was appointed 52nd Da'i al-Mutlaq at the age of 52, in 1967.[2]

Burhanuddin was presented highest national civic honor by the presidents of Egypt and Jordan.[3][4] He was the first Dai al Mutlaq to visit Europe and America.[5]

Burhanuddin was the longest living Da'i of the Dawoodi Bohra community.[1][6]

Early life[edit]

Burhanuddin was born to Syedna Taher Saifuddin and Aaisaheba Husaina Aaisaheba in Surat in the Indian state of Gujarat.[1][7]:16[verification needed] It is said that, he miraculously emerged safe a car accident at the age of twelve in Colombo, Sri Lanka, where his vehicle got hung on one wheel.[8] He was educated by his father, Syedna Tahir Saifuddin.[9]

Activities[edit]

In October 1999, Burhanuddin was elected Chancellor of the Aligarh Muslim University.[10] He is credited with expanding a two century old Arabic university Al Jamea tus Saifiyah, introducing state-of-the-art facilities and making it world-wide acceptable as an International Baccalaureate Office. In 1983, a new campus of "Al Jamea tus Saifiyah" was built in Karachi by him.[9][11] He built "Burhaniyah Business Counselling Centre" in Mumbai to provide modern business solutions.[9] He built Raudat Tahera, a mausoleum of his father Taher Saifuddin in Mumbai, India. It is unique of its kind for having entire Quran inscribed on its inner white walls in letters of gold and precious stones.[9][12]

Recognition[edit]

  • 8 August 1986 - "His Holiness Dr. Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin Day" by the Mayor of Houston.[13]
  • "Wishah un Nil", a highest civic honour of Eqypt by the President of Egypt.[14]
  • "Star of Jordan", a highest civic honor of Jordan by the President of Jordan.[4]
  • "Honorary Doctrates", by Al-Azhar University, Egypt, Aligarh Muslim University, India and University of Karachi, Pakistan.[15]
  • On 6 March 2011, Burhani Foundation, India made largest distribution of bird feeders (20,631) to celebrate Syedna Mohammed Buranuddin 100th birthday (according to the Islamic calendar). It was recorded in Guinness World Records.[16][17]

Death[edit]

Funeral procession

Burhanuddin died of cardiac attack at his home Saifee Mahal in Mumbai on 17 January 2014.[4] The Bohra community announced a 40 day mourning period in respect of the departed leader.[18] He was buried at Raudat Tahera Mausoleum in Bhendi Bazar, Mumbai beside his father Tahir Saifuddin.[15] His second son Mufaddal Saifuddin led the "Namaz-e-Janaza" (funeral procession) of his father at the Saifee Mosque.[15]

Succession[edit]

Burhanuddin had suffered first heart stroke in June 2011 in London, during that time he reportedly designated his second son Mufaddal Saifuddin as his successor publicly.[19] The Dawoodi Bohra community "welcomed" their community leader’s this "choice".[20][21] After the Syedna's death in Janunary 2014, Mufaddal took up the office,[22][4][23]

The succession was challenged by Khuzaima Qutbuddin, [24][25] Burhanuddin's half-brother in the Indian court(after late Syedna's demise), who claims to have been appointed heir 50 years earlier in private.[4][23]

The court proceedings indicates numbers of succession pronouncements of Mufaddal before 2011 succession, which also reflect pronouncement of 1969. [26][not in citation given][27] There is documentary evidence of 1969 AD case, in a dairy with witness and signature of late syedna. [28][unreliable source?]


The majority of Dawoodi Bohras supports Mufaddal Saifuddin,[29] and have excommunicated Qutbuddin and his faction.[30]

See also[edit]

Family tree of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin (TUS)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Know 10 rare facts about Dawoodi Bohra leader Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin". Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Know 10 rare facts about Dawoodi Bohra leader Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin". Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Know 10 rare facts about Dawoodi Bohra leader Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin". Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "18 killed in stampede in Mumbai ahead of spiritual leader Syedna's funeral". Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Know 10 rare facts about Dawoodi Bohra leader Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin". Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "Know 10 rare facts about Dawoodi Bohra leader Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin". Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  7. ^ Hozefa Mohiyuddin, 'Tasbeeh al Mafakhir', Neelam Publication, 2011.
  8. ^ "Know 10 rare facts about Dawoodi Bohra leader Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin". Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  9. ^ a b c d "Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin: A symbol of piety, peace for Dawoodi Bohras". Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  10. ^ "Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin elected chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University". Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  11. ^ "From Gurukul to IBO varsity". Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  12. ^ "Know 10 rare facts about Dawoodi Bohra leader Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin". Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  13. ^ "Know 10 rare facts about Dawoodi Bohra leader Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin". Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  14. ^ "Know 10 rare facts about Dawoodi Bohra leader Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin". Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  15. ^ a b c "Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin laid to rest in Mumbai, 70,000+ mourners attend funeral". Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  16. ^ "Largest distribution of bird feeders". Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  17. ^ "Mohammed Dilawar’s ‘save sparrows’ campaign enters Guinness record". Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  18. ^ "Dawoodi Bohra community spiritual head, Dr Burhanuddin passes away". Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  19. ^ 'Mufaddal Saifuddin as designate-successor', http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report-claimant-to-syedna-seat-declares-official-challenge-1968682
  20. ^ http://gulfnews.com/news/world/india/profile-of-syedna-mufaddal-saifuddin-1.1279387, 'With prayers and quiet celebrations at home, the Dawoodi Bohra community had welcomed their community leader’s choice of Mufaddal Saifuddin as his successor'
  21. ^ "Dawoodi Bohras welcome nomination of successor". Hindustan Times. Mumbai: HT Media. 7 June 2011. 
  22. ^ http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report-claimant-to-syedna-seat-declares-official-challenge-1968682, 'Mufaddal Saifuddin as designate-successor'.'Mufaddal took charge officially last month'
  23. ^ a b "Talk of rift among Bohras over Syedna’s successor". Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  24. ^ http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report-claimant-to-syedna-seat-declares-official-challenge-1968682, 'but this has been challenged by Khuzaima'
  25. ^ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rizwan-mawani/the-intricacies-of-succes_b_4687546.html
  26. ^ Sequeira, Rosy (29 April 2014). "Spell out steps you took to be spiritual head since 2011, Bombay HC tells Syedna's uncle". The Times of India. Mumbai: The Times Group. ,| quate= 'now the case is different. That pronouncement was made in 1969, 1994 and 2005 and only reconfirmation was done in 2011'
  27. ^ http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report-bohras-make-anti-syedna-faction-s-ex-communication-official-stick-by-mufaddal-saifuddin-1958375, Qaidjoher, first son of late Syedna : “...People have tried to break our unity but we should stand united for each other…Nass was performed on Mufaddal not once but a number of times.” Mustafa Kachwala, joint secretary of Anjuman : “Each time Nass was performed in the presence of witnesses...”
  28. ^ al-Yamani, Ibrahim (1969). "Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin (ra) Nass diary entry 1388AH by Miyasaheb Shaikh Ibrahim al-Yamani; a rendering in English". mumineen.org. 
  29. ^ "How is Syedna chosen? HC wants to know". The Indian Express. April 30, 2014. 
  30. ^ "Bohras make anti-Syedna faction’s ex-communication official, stick by Mufaddal Saifuddin". Daily News and Analysis. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 

External links[edit]

Shia Islam titles
Preceded by
Taher Saifuddin
52nd Dai al-Mutlaq
1965-2014
Succeeded by
Mufaddal Saifuddin