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A da'i (Arabic: داعي‎, translit. dā‘īy‎) is someone who engages in da'wah, the act of inviting people to Islam.[1]

In Dawoodi Bohra tradition[edit]

In the Fatimid era Ismaili faith, the term dā'ī has been used to refer to important religious leaders other than the hereditary Imams, and the Da'wa or "Mission" is a clerical-style organisation. Literally meaning "absolute missionary" or "unrestricted missionary", Da'i al-Mutlaq is nowadays the title of the head of the Dawoodi Bohra community.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Oxford Islamic Studies Online". Oxfordislamicstudies.com. 2008-05-06. Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
  2. ^ List of Dawoodi Bohra Da'is Archived July 16, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.