Syedna at the Pathan residence
Baroda, December 2016
During his trip to Baroda last week, where Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS performed the sermon commemorating the martyrdom of Imam Hasan AS, he also toured several nearby towns and continued the process of ‘upliftment’ begun earlier this year.
Upliftment is the community wide initiative Syedna has sparked wherein members of the community living in sub-standard conditions have those living standardsuplifted – either by means of repairs or upgrading of existing dwellings or, where the situation might be critical, a complete rehousing.
Several teams of personnel including faculty members of Al Jameatus Saifiyah and professionals from various fields have been charged with implementing the upliftment of persons identified by their local communities as being in need. This drive will continue intensively for the next 2-3 weeks in a co-ordinated program being conducted by the d'awat central office.
During the Baroda visit Syedna met with delegates from the Alavi Bohra community the majority of whom live in the city.
A Baroda resident of renown who came to meet with Syedna was former Indian international cricketer Yusuf Pathan; a member of India’s 2007 T20 World Cup winning team who visited along with his father and spent some time with Syedna and members of the royal family.
Syedna accepted the Pathans’ invitation to their home which he visited later during the same trip.
Syedna returned to Mumbai via Ahmedabad on Monday morning, December 5th.