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Sunni Vahoras or Sunni Bohras (Arabic: سنی بوہرہ)(also Jafari Bohras or Patani Bohras) are a community from the state of Gujarat in India. Sharing a large number of cultural similarities with the Dawoodi Bohras, they are often confused with that community. The community in Pakistan uses the surname "Vohra" and not Bohra and are commonly known as Sunni Vhoras. A very small number of families use the slightly different spelling of "Vora" or "Vohra" as their surname. Another common surname is Patel. Some Vohra community lives in Saurashtra call Kathiawaar Sunni Vohra mainly lives at Una Diu Delwada Junagadh Veraval Patan Jetpur Mangrol Porbandar and Pakistan at Karachi.
An overwhelming majority of the Gujarati-speaking Vohra community of Pakistan lives in the port city of Karachi in Sindh province. They are well organized and carry out their activities through their own Karachi-based association named Charotar Muslim Anjuman, Charotar being the name of the region in the Indian state of Gujarat where their ancestors are originally from.
History and distribution
In the 15th century, there was schism in Bohra community of Patan, Gujarat as large number converted from Mustaali Ismaili to Hanafi Sunni fiqh. The leader of this conversion movement to Sunni was Jafar Patani, himself a Bohra convert to Sunni Islam. Thus this new group is known as Jafari Bohras and Patani Bohras. In 1538, Syed Jafar Ahmad Shirazi, a missionary from Sindh, convinced Patani Bohras to cease social relations with Ismaili Bohras. This resulted in a large conversion, almost 80%, from Shia Ismaili Fiqh to Sunni Hanafi Fiqh.