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|Syedna Taher Saifuddin|
|51st Da'i al-Mutlaq Syedna Taher Saifuddin|
|51st Da'i al-Mutlaq of Dawoodi Bohra sect|
|Remained as Da'i al-Mutlaq||52 years 4 months 9 days|
|Became Da'i al-Mutlaq||at the age of 28 years|
|Predecessor||Syedna Abdullah Badruddin|
|Successor||Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin (52nd Da'i al-Mutlaq)|
|House of Da'i al-Mutlaq||Surat, later Mumbai|
|Spouse||Aaisaheba Husaina Aaisaheba|
|Issue||Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin (52nd Da'i al-Mutlaq)
|Syedna wa Maulana Abu Mohammad Taher Saifuddin|
|Era name and dates|
|Saifee: 1915 - 1965|
|Father||Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin (49th Da'i al-Mutlaq)|
|Mother||Aaisaheba Amatullah Aaisaheba|
4 August 1888|
|Died||12 November 1965
|Burial||12 November, 1965
Raudat Tahera, Mumbai
Syedna Taher Saifuddin (سيدنا طاهر سيف الين, 4 August 1888 – 12 November 1965) was an Indian-born leader, the 51st Da'i al-Mutlaq of the Dawoodi Bohra sect. He was the son of the 49th Da'i al-Mutlaq Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, whose family lineage can be traced back to Syedi Fakhruddin Shaheed. He became the 51st Da'i al-Mutlaq in 1915. He was known as the shams (sun) amongst the Da'i al- Mutlaq. He was chosen by the Imam in seclusion to be his saif (sword) to fight the enemies. That is the reason why he was named 'Saifuddin' which means, 'the sword of Deen (religion)
Being born in the house of Da'i al-Mutlaq, he was closely associated with the members of the Dawoodi Bohra sect from a very early age. His father became the 49th Da'i al-Mutlaq when he was very small. From his childhood he always remained with his father helping him and learning from him the intricacies of the customs, traditions and culture of the Dawoodi Bohra sect. His father also entrusted Syedi Abdeali Moiyuddin to teach him certain knowledge imparted by the 43rd Da'i al-Mutlaq Syedna Abdeali Saifuddin.
He married Aaisaheba Husaina Aaisaheba and settled in Surat.
He always served his father when he was the 49th Da'i al-Mutlaq. Later he served the 50th Da'i al-Mutlaq Syedna Abdullah Badruddin with the same respect and determination. He became 51st Da'i al-Mutlaq at the age of 28 years.
He had the longest tenure of more than 52 years as the Da'i al-Mutlaq. In 1942 his speech in Arabic was broadcast on Radio Ceylon. In 1958 he delivered a speech on the life of Maulana Ali which was broadcast on radio.
Taher Saifuddin became well accustomed to various norms of the Dawoodi Bohra sect under the guidance of his father. He was just 8 years old when his mother Aaisaheba Amatullah Aaisaheba died. At the age of 15 years his father took his misaq (equivalent to confirmation in Christianity and also includes a pledge) and at the age of 17 years he was conferred with Hadiyat (a title for the learned). His father died when he was 18 years, and from then on he was taken care of and educated by his uncle the 50th Da'i al-Mutlaq Syedna Abdullah Badruddin, who raised him to the position of Raas ul Hudood (a high-ranking position) when he was 28 and later in the same year did nas upon him in Dumas, Gujarat.
Taher Saifuddin became the 51st Da'i al-Mutlaq in the year 1915.
In 1928 he sent foodstuffs and grains to Yemen during the drought.
Syedna Taher Saifuddin also shifted the headquarters of the community from Surat to Mumbai after purchasing Saifee Mahal, a place where his father used to stay when he visited Mumbai. He also shifted all the offices of the Dawoodi Bohra sect to Mumbai.
He also concentrated on the spiritual growth of the members of the community. He completely restructured the Dars us Saifi in Surat and renamed it as Al Jamea tus Saifiyah. He created a curriculum for learning, making knowledge available to every person in the community. He also perfected the syllabus of the madrasas.
He made many monumental structures in Islamic religious places and also replaced or made new artifacts used at the site of the tombs of Islamic religious heads and others. He also built many masjids and schools.
In 1953 he established Rasme Saifee an event where marriage (nikah) of couples are solomised in group in the presence of Da'i al-Mutlaq and with his blessings. In the first event 100 marriages were performed.
He also started the custom of waaz (sermon) for all nine days instead of just one day of Ashura (the tenth day of the first month Moharram ul Haram of the Hijri Calendar) as was prevalent before.
Syedna Taher Saifuddin died on 12 November 1965 (19th Rajab 1385 Hijri) in Matheran.
Syedna Taher Saifuddin married Aaisaheba Husaina Aaisaheba, who was also from the family of Da'i al-Mutlaq, at an early age. She gave birth to Mohammed Burhanuddin on the same day Taher Saifuddin took over his duties as Da'i al-Mutlaq. Mohammed Burhanuddin later went on to become the 52nd Da'i al-Mutlaq of Dawoodi Bohra community. He acquired the kuniyat (prefix used to identify a person by the name of his child) of 'abu Mohammed'. Thereafter Aaisaheba Husaina Aaisaheba gave birth to three children:
- Hussain Bhaisaheb Husamuddin, who later became the Mukasir e Dawat in the times of the 52nd Da'i al-Mutlaq Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin.
- Abdeali Bhaisaheb
- Asma Bensaab
Aaisaheba Husaina Aaisaheba died when Mohammed Burhanuddin was 6 years old.
Taher Saifuddin then married Aaisaheba Vazira Aaisaheba. She gave birth to three children:
- Abdul Taiyab Bhaisaheb Zakiuddin
- Ismail Bhaisaheb Shabuddin
- Hasan Bhaisaheb
While being married to Aaisaheba Vazira Aaisaheba he also got married to Aaisaheba Fatema Aaisaheba. She gave birth to seven children:
- Yusuf Bhaisaheb Najmuddin
- Qasim Bhaisaheb Hakimuddin
- Aliasger Bhaisaheb Kalimuddin
- Mariam Bensaab
- Khadija Bensaab
- Sherebanu Bensaab
- Sakina Bensaab
Later he further married Aaisaheba Amena Aaisaheba. She bore ten children:
- Khuzaima Qutbuddin(Ex-communicated later on after death of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin), who became the Mazoon e Dawat of the 52nd Da'i al-Mutlaq Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, and now claiming to be the 53rd Da'i al-Mutlaq.
- Hatim Bhaisaheb Hamimuddin
- Shabbir Bhaisaheb Nuruddin
- Abbas Bhaisaheb Fakhruddin
- Mohammed ul Baqir Bhaisaheb Jamaluddin
- Noman Bhaisaheb
- Zehra Bensaab
- Shirin Bensaab
- Fatema Sugra Bensaab
- Zainab Bensaab
By virtue of his four marriages he fostered a very large family. He had twenty-four children, of which fifteen were boys and nine were girls. Most of his children hold important position in the organisations of the Dawoodi Bohra community.
Preserver of Fatemi Architecture
Taher Saifuddin rebuilt or repaired many monuments of Fatemi Imams, Da'i al-Mutlaq and other prominent structures and artifacts. The major among them being
Later minted coins of old zarih of Imam Husain and distributed among members of the Dawoodi Bohra sect as memorabilia and good fortune with the blessings of Imam Husain.
He also built Masjids to facilitate the performance of prayers of the members of the Dawoodi Bohra sect the prominent among them are
- Saifee Masjid at Malabar Hill in Mumbai,
- Masjid in Karachi,
- Masjid in Hydrabad and
- Al-Masjid al-Fatemi in Surat.
He also built educational institutions like
- Saifee Girls High School, Mumbai and
- reconstructed Al Jamea tus Saifiyah, Surat
Ambassador of Dawoodi Bohra sect
Syedna Taher Saifuddin visited many places in different countries in an effort to improve the relationship of the Dawoodi Bohra community with the Government of the respective countries so that they accommodate the members of the Dawoodi Bohra sect when they visit those countries for business or pilgrimage. The prominent among these places are
- Karbala al-Moalla,
- Najaf e Ashraf,
- Mecca and Madina, where he authenticated the location of Ghadir e Khumm,
- al-Moizziyah al-Qaherah,
- Hong Kong
- Europe and
- East Africa.
He also improved relationships between the said country and members of Dawoodi Bohra sect by conducting Ashura or Milad celebrations in the said country as such celebrations entailed enormous gathering of the members of the Dawoodi Bohra sect which not only boosted the local economy but also created new business opportunities.
Syedna Taher Saifuddin welcomed the King Saud of Saudi Arabia and Shah of Iran at Saifee Mahal, Mumbai. This improved the relationship between Dawoodi Bohra sect and these two countries.
Writer and teacher
Taher Saifuddin was a prolific scholar who wrote more than 40 volumes of books and have written more than 10000 verses pertaining to the different aspects of the Dawoodi Bohra sect. Much of his works are part of the sylabus in the different branches of Al Jamea tus Saifiyah.
Aligarh Muslim University offered Taher Saifuddin Doctorate of Theology and also offered Chancellorship of Aligarh Muslim University which Syedna Taher Saifuddin accepted and remained as a Chancellor till his demise for three consecutive terms.
Syedna Taher Saifuddin died on 12 November 1965 at the age of 77.
|Da'i al-Mutlaq of Dawoodi Bohra sect|
Syedna Abdullah Badruddin
Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin
- Hozefa Mohiyuddin, Tufatuh ale Akhbaare Hudat, Al Jamea tus Saifiyah Publication, 1995, pg. 109
- Hozefa Mohiyuddin, Tasbeeh al Mafakhir, Neelam Publication, 2012, pg. 66
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- (Dr. Rahat Abrar (PRO), Chancellors of AMU, www.amu.ac.in, 22 February reverted)
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- (Webzone, H. H. Dr Syedna Taher Saifuddin Memorial Foundation, www.matheranmemorialhall.com, 22 February reverted)
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- Jafar us Sadiq Mufaddal Saifuddin, Al Juyushi: A Vision of the Fatemiyeen, Al Jamea tus Saifiyah Publications, 2002.
- Mustafa Abdulhussein, Al-Dai Al-Fatimi Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin: An Illustrated Biography, Al Jamea tus Saifiyah Publications.
- Jonah Blank, Mullahs on the Mainframe: Islam and Modernity among Daudi Bohras University of Chicago Press Publications, 2001.
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