Leader of Bohra community Dr Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin dead at 102

Published: January 17, 2014
Syedna Burhanuddin, born in Surat, Syedna Burhanuddin was the leader of the Dawoodi Bohra community after succeeding his father Syedna Taher Saifuddin in 1965. PHOTO: AFP

Syedna Burhanuddin, born in Surat, Syedna Burhanuddin was the leader of the Dawoodi Bohra community after succeeding his father Syedna Taher Saifuddin in 1965. PHOTO: AFP

MUMBAI: The spiritual leader of Dawoodi Bohra community Dr Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin passed away on Friday after a cardiac arrest in Mumbai. He was 102.

Born in Surat, Syedna Burhanuddin was the leader of the Dawoodi Bohra community after succeeding his father Syedna Taher Saifuddin in 1965, Times of India reported.

Under his leadership, the community has achieved remarkable social, economic and educational success across the world.

Known as ambassador of peace and goodwill, he was highly respected by world leaders and governments for his endeavours in promoting international brotherhood and harmony,” a community spokesperson said.

He was honoured with highest civilian titles like the Star of Jordan and Order of the Nile by the respective governments of Jordan and Egypt. Syedna was conferred Honourary Doctorates for his efforts in social and educational development by renowned institutes like Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Aligarh Muslim University and University of Karachi.

Syedi Aaliqadr Mufaddal Bhaisaheb Saifuddin has ascended as the new spiritual leader of the Dawoodi Bohra community. He is the second son of Muhammed Burhanuddin.

Condolences pour in

Burhanuddin’s death was followed by a series of condolences from various Pakistani political leaders as the local Bohra community grieved the death of their spiritual leader.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and President Mamnoon Hussain also expressed their grief over Burhanuddin’s death and extended their condolences to his family.

Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan said that Burhan always followed the religious teachings and his efforts of Burhan for Islam and Pakistan can never be forgotten. Dr Ebad said the whole nation is equally sad over his death. The Governor also prayed for eternal peace to the departed soul.

Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah said the Sindh government was with Dawoodi Bohra Jamaat at time of this grief and announced that the national flag will remain at half mast on all government buildings on January 17 and 18 to express solidarity with the bereaved community who has been delivering marvelous services for the development of Pakistan.

The Chief Minister termed the death of Syed Burhanuddin as great loss for the people of Pakistan and said the deceased’s services would be remembered over centuries


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Reader Comments (22)

  • Mullah Barabar
    Jan 17, 2014 - 10:22PM

    He died at the age of 102 as a leader of a sect of the Shia community. Was he in Pakistan?Recommend

  • TightPatloon
    Jan 17, 2014 - 10:24PM

    I understand he was a very important man for his community but I don’t understand why Pakistani politicians need to cower so much Recommend

  • Stone
    Jan 17, 2014 - 11:01PM

    Mates please try to avoid any abusive or insinuating comments, as we stand by our Bohra brothers in this testing time! Respects! Recommend

  • Ashamed
    Jan 17, 2014 - 11:21PM

    One wonders. given the atrocities committed on Shia community in Pakistan, whether Dr Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin would have lived to be 102 if he had been based in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Fact is Fact
    Jan 17, 2014 - 11:27PM

    @TightPatloon: Are you out of your mind. His community is one of the most peaceful communities and makes a big contribution towards karachi and pak economy along with Aga Khanis. Need to show respectRecommend

  • Bohra.
    Jan 17, 2014 - 11:32PM

    Mullah Barabar, he was based in Mumbai which is where he passed away.
    TightPattoon, the Bohras are an important group politically because they form a large part of the trading, small business owning community in Karachi. They contribute to not just the diversity but also the economy of Karachi and their leader has established a free-of-care hospital in the city along with educational facilities etc. Politicans may also be trying to secure the votes of the Bohri community.Recommend

  • Mullah Barabar
    Jan 17, 2014 - 11:57PM

    @Bohra.: My condolences are with you at this time of grief.

    PS: Yes, I know about him well. My post wasn’t meant for you.Recommend

  • romm
    Jan 18, 2014 - 12:03AM

    U sound obnoxious.


  • Indian
    Jan 18, 2014 - 12:45AM

    Dr Syedna sahab is in the prayers of all the people. He was a great soul and brought so much change to this country. RIP


  • Rahim
    Jan 18, 2014 - 1:09AM

    RIP Dr Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, he was undoubtedly a true guide for Bohra Community and an example for other community leaders!


  • The Economist
    Jan 18, 2014 - 1:49PM

    A great visionary leader having thinking way ahead of times and people of community are also very educated,humble,well behaved,friendly and hard working.


  • Mohd. Kamil Vakil
    Jan 18, 2014 - 3:16PM

    May his soul rest in piece. Aligarh Muslim Univ has decided to suspend ther ongoing classes for saturday. He was the chancellor of our univ around 18 yrs back.Recommend

  • Fatema
    Jan 18, 2014 - 3:57PM

    @TightPatloon: It is not cowardice, it is simply a sign of respect for a great man.


  • bunny
    Jan 19, 2014 - 6:09PM

    great leader which is so respectfull that no words to express


  • Jan 19, 2014 - 6:34PM

    Can Shias ever take a procession like this in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. We Indians are proud to say that we have adherents of every Muslim sect including those that have been hounded out of every Muslim country on this planet living in peace on our soil. They are all children of Mother India and I am proud to say they are my fellow country men. We have our differences and we realize ours is not the perfect republic. But Mother India gives each of us and our children the hope for a brighter future. In our lands, the Shias, Bhoris, Amhedis, Bhais all can take their religious processions, worship to their Gods and be safe in the knowledge their Mosques and Idghas will not be bombed. They can never do this any Muslim nation.


  • pakistani
    Jan 20, 2014 - 2:04AM

    One of the greatest leader ever born till now , The attire of bohra community is a symbol of peace , respect and brotherhood. We should respect them and pray for them.


  • taher
    Jan 20, 2014 - 10:48PM

    He was our great leader,with such powers in his hand can make the dead alive may his soule rest in peace in the hands of khudda..AmeenRecommend

  • Ali Mirghassemi
    Jan 21, 2014 - 3:23AM

    Well I know this community as my office is located in front of the newly built Masjid. From my experience dealing with members of this community, I must confess that everyone of them are very honest, and trustworthy.Therefore these good qualities must have come from their late Leader. I am sad to hear this news and hope all of our leaders follow his steps.


  • Qutbuddin
    Jan 29, 2014 - 3:14PM

    Dear all Brothers..
    Thanks you so much for your so kind words & prya for our leaders “Syedna Muhammad Burhanuddin”


  • Qutbuddin
    Jan 29, 2014 - 3:14PM

    Dear all Brothers..
    Thanks you so much for your so kind words & prya for our leaders “Syedna Muhammad Burhanuddin”


  • Qutbuddin
    Jan 29, 2014 - 3:18PM

    Dear All Brothers..
    Thank you so much for your so kindness & Pray for our leader “Syedna Muhammad Burhanuddin RA”. Who alwayz taught us for peace. May his soul rest in peace.Ameen


  • Munira
    Jan 31, 2014 - 4:28PM

    He passed away
    eyes are not believeing
    How can we forget him
    He was like our father
    may Allah grant his mansoos
    along and happy life

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