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Maghrib Prayer at Saifee Masjid Mumbai

Maghrib Prayer at Saifee Masjid Mumbai

'Faith is nought but love.'This statement defines a Bohra's faith - that it is love. Love for Allah and his representative on earth. Love for family, neighbours and friends. Love for one's fellow human being. Love for all of Allah's Creation.

This approach makes them stand out in the social milieu wherever they may be. They are urged to act according to the Prophet Mohammed's SA command; "Desire for others what you desire for yourself."

The da`is have moulded a community that eschews conflict and rather seeks common ground and the fostering of good will. They are taught from a bright and early age the words of Ali Amirul Mumineen AS, "Do good to those who have caused you ill."

Breaking the Fast; Washington USA

Breaking the Fast; Washington USA

The Bohras basic beliefs are very much in common with other Muslims. It begins with the Kalemah al-Shahada bearing witness that there is no god but Allah, and Mohammed al-Mustafa SA was His messenger. This message was revealed in the Holy Quran as the divine word of Allah and that the mantle of guidance was passed on from the Prophet to his wasi (legatee), Molana Ali bin Abi Talib SA , and from him to the Imams SA descendent from the union of Ali SA and the Prophet's daughter, Fatima AS .

Devotion - love - of the  imam and – in the imam's seclusion – of the dai al-mutlaq representing the imam, is central to their belief and faith and is called walaayat. No act of worship has any meaning without it.

Then comes tahaarat (purity of body and thought), salaat (daily ritual prayers), zakaat (offering a portion of one's income to Allah), sawm (fasting, particularly in  the  month  of  Ramadan), hajj (once in a lifetime pilgrimage to Mecca) and jihad (defending of one's faith).

Moharram sermon London UK

Moharram sermon London UK

The manner of defense of one's faith is seen most vividly in the remembrance of the martyrdom of Moulana al-Imam al-Husain SA, the son of Ali SA and the grandson of the Prophet Mohammed SA at Karbala. His sacrifice against tyranny, oppression and the hijacking of the faith for worldly gain marks a watershed moment in Islam and is rightly commemorated by all factions of the faith. The Prophet Mohammed SA had said, "The virtuous and the wanton, both are united in the love of Hasan and Husain."

The remembrance of Karbala is a major commemorative event for Bohras who will take leave from work and schools, close businesses and devote their entire time to attending the daily sermons that mark it. It takes place during the first month of the Islamic lunar year - Muharram ul Haraam - to mark 'Ashara' (meaning ten) which culminates in 'Aashurah' – the tenth of Muharram and the day of Husain's martyrdom along with 72 of his companions and family members.


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The Prophet Eesa (Jesus)

As Christmas is celebrated we reflect on some of the teachings of Prophet Eesa

The Hajj

As of the 9th of Zil-Hijjah the Hajj begins and 1000s of Bohras will be among the millions who have thronged to Mecca to fulfil this tenet of Islam

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Wailing and lamentation - the expressing of noha and aweel–and the teardrop to salvation

In his seminal elegiac piece upon Imam Husain AS, Ya Sayyid al-Shohadaai, His Holiness Dr Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA writes in the very first verse:

A return to our roots: a visit to the four Bohra masjids of Sri Lanka

A return to our roots: a visit to the four Bohra masjids of Sri Lanka

'An American Bohra returns with her family to rediscover their cultural roots in Sri Lanka'.
For my father, Sheikh Taherally Karimbhoy, the masjid of his adopted home in Colombo, Sri Lanka was more than just a place of worship.

Memories of a (friend's) college Ramadan

Memories of a (friend's) college Ramadan

Aziz has been my friend for more years than surely either of us can believe.

Bohras' month of penance for better of mankind

Bohras' month of penance for betterments of mankind

A little peep into the lifestyle of the Bohra community during the holy Ramadhan month

Bohras' month of penance for better of mankind

Bohra Community celebrates Eid ul Fitr today

The Bohra Community, a group of Hyderabadi Muslims has announced it will be celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr on Tuesday.

The Dawoodi Bohras of Antananarivo

Antananarivo Bohras Host Iftaar Dinner

Honourable Muslim brothers and sisters were invited to share iftaar by the Dawoodi Bohras of Antananarivo, Madagascar this Shehre