Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin
|Alma mater||Al Jamea tus Saifiyah, Al-Azhar University|
|Home town||Mumbai, India|
|Term||2014 - till date|
|Predecessor||Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin|
|Jawharatusharaf (nee Najmuddin)|
|Children||Jafar us Sadiq Imaduddin, Taha Najmuddin, Husain Burhanuddin, Ummehani A Nooruddin, Ruqaiyyah A Vajihuddin|
|Parent(s)||Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin Aaisaheba Amatullah|
Syedna Aali Qadr Mufaddal Saifuddin is the 53rd & current Da'i al-Mutlaq of the Dawoodi Bohras. The Dawoodi Bohra are a subgroup of the Tayyibi, Mustaali, Ismaili Shia branch of Islam. He is a son of the 52nd Da'i al-Mutlaq, Mohammed Burhanuddin and succeeded his father, Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin in 2014 and is the spiritual leader of one million  people living worldwide (primarily in India, Pakistan and East Africa). Saifuddin has led the restoration of medieval Fatimid architecture, notably Al-Hakim Mosque, Al-Aqmar Mosque, Al-Juyushi Mosque and Lulua Mosque in Old Cairo. He is also credited with revealing the burial places of the 5th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 20th, 21st, 22nd and 30th Dai al-Mutlaq in Yemen at different occasions in the year 2018 and 2019.
Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin was born on 20 August 1946 (23 Ramadan 1365 A.H.) in Surat, India, and was given the name Aali Qadr Mufaddal (Arabic:? ?, Abjad value 1365, which corresponds to his Islamic year of birth) by his grandfather Syedna Taher Saifuddin. His kunya is Abu Jafar us Sadiq and his laqab is Saifuddin.
During the era of his grandfather Syedna Taher Saifuddin, he began the recitation of the Quran in Saifee Villa, Colombo. He received much of his spiritual tutelage from his father, Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin and his father-in-law Syedi Yusuf Najmuddin (QR) the erstwhile rector of Al Jamea tus Saifiyah. In 1969 he graduated from Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah with the al-Faqih al-Jayyid degree (the Distinguished Jurist). In 1971 he was conferred with the degree of al-Aleem al-Baari' ( the Outstanding Scholar).
Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin often accompanied his father Mohammed Burhanuddin, meeting heads of state and notable personalities. Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin was appointed Amirul Hajj by his father Burhanuddin in 1390 AH (1970 CE). After Hajj, he travelled to Karbala, Najaf, Syria, Misr and Yemen. In Yemen, he laid the foundation for the 3rd Da'i al-Mutlaq's Hatim's mausoleum. After that journey Burhanuddin bestowed upon him the honorific title Aqeeq-ul-Yemen in 1391 AH/1971 AD.
He has led numerous projects for the restoration of medieval Fatimid masjids in Egypt and other Islamic edifices. Projects include the restoration and revival of Al-Hakim Mosque (al-Jamea al-Anwar), the restoration of the masjid of Syedna Zoeb bin Moosa in 1406H, the restoration of Aqmar Mosque in 1408H, construction of the mosque in Salamiyah in 1414H, restoration of the Lulua Mosque & Juyushi Mosque in 1416H, the construction of the Zarih of Zaynab bint Ali in Cairo in 1416H, construction of the mosque in Ashkelon in 1421H, the construction of the Mazar and Mosque of Syedna Hatim in 1425H, and the discovery of the burial places of eight Da'i al-Mutlaq in Yemen.
During his centenary birthday celebrations (in 2011), Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin (RA) announced that a new Al Jamea tus Saifiyah campus would be built in Nairobi, Kenya. The construction of this 14 acre campus commenced in 2013, and was inaugurated by Mufaddal Saifuddin (TUS) and the President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta on 20 April 2017.
Syedna Saifuddin's father, Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin conceived the Bhendi Bazaar Redevelopment Project and a public charitable trust named the Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust was created on 23 January 2009 with an initial corpus provided by settlors Syedi Qaedjoher Ezzuddin and Shahzada Abbas Fakhruddin. The first phase was inaugurated by Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin (TUS) on 18 May 2016. "About 250 dilapidated buildings in Bhendi Bazaar will be replaced with 17 new towers with wide roads, modern infrastructure, more open spaces and highly visible commercial areas." This ambitious philanthropic enterprise "aims to rehabilitate 3200 families and 1250 business which are currently living in poor conditions." It is expected to reach completion by 2020.
On Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin's posthumous 103rd Birthday, Mufaddal Saifuddin donated INR 103.53 crore (US$15.53 million) to the Qardan Hasana Scheme (interest free loan fund for the Dawoodi Bohra community) in the name of his father.
On 19 July 2016, Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin(TUS) met Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and expressed interest in investing in Egypt. Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin also donated 10 Million Egyptian Pounds (US$621,553) to the Long Live Egypt Fund (Tahya Misr).
Through the Burhani Foundation Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin has launched environmental awareness campaigns such as the tree-planting and bird feeding campaigns such the "Save our Sparrows" initiative.
To reduce food wastage, Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin introduced a regulation to strictly limit the number of dishes served in any community, social or personal gathering where Dawoodi Bohras are present. This was launched under the motto of "ek kharaas, ek mithaas, no israaf" (one savoury, one desert and no wastage).
To ensure that not a single community member goes hungry, Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin has actively expanded worldwide the community kitchen scheme named Faiz al-Mawaid al-Burhaniyah (Arabic ). Everyday, a Tiffin or Thali consisting of a fully prepared and cooked meal is delivered to each Dawoodi Bohra community household free-of-cost.
In December 2016, Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin initiated an 'Upliftment Program' (later named "Rafo Mustawa Maishate Mumineen") to improve the living standards of his community members. Over 4,100 volunteers from India, East Asia, Europe, North America and the Middle East were spread out over 200 towns and cities. The 5-day upliftment drive consisted of free renovation of houses, planting of trees and shrubs, upgrading sanitation of community properties and grounds, building playground and sports facilities, dental hygiene and vaccination camps, a sports day and a community breakfast on New Year's Day.
In September 2019, Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin met with President Maithripala Sirisena of Sri Lanka and donated LKR 10 million (US$53,553) to National Kidney Fund of Sri Lanka to enhance facilities and improve welfare and preventive care for patients impacted by chronic kidney disease.
|Awards & Recognition|
|The Misaq of Mufaddal Saifuddin was taken by his grandfather Taher Saifuddin on the 27th of Zil al-Qa'da 1379H (22 May 1960 AD), during the 75th birthday celebrations of Taher Saifuddin.|
|Mufaddal Saifudddin has memorized the entire Quran (known as a Haafiz al-Quran (Arabic: ? )).|
|Following his journey to Yemen, he was awarded the honorific title Aqeeq al-Yemen (Arabic l translation: the agate of Yemen) on 12 Rabi' al-awwal 1391 AH/1971 AD.|
|Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin conferred upon him the title of (Arabic: ?; Thiqat al-D'awat al-Tayyibiyah, meaning 'The Trusted of the Tayyibi Mission') and bestowed upon him the cognomen of "Saifuddin" (Arabic: , meaning 'Sword of Islam') on the 27th of Zil al-Qa'da 1385H corresponding to 18 March 1966.|
|He was conferred one of the highest degrees of Al Jamea tus Saifiyah (Arabic: ; al-'Aleem al-Baare', meaning 'The Outstandingly Learned') on 20th Rabi al-Akhar 1391H corresponding to 14 June 1971.|
|He was appointed rector of Al Jamea tus Saifiyah (Arabic: ? ?; Ameer al Jamea) on the 26th of Ramadan 1407H corresponding to 24 April 1987.|
|He was awarded the 'Global Peace Award' in September 2015 by the All India Council of Human Rights, Liberties and Social Justice in recognition of his outstanding worldwide contributions in the promotion of human rights, social justice, protecting minorities from discrimination and religious freedom.|
Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin has been recognized in the following awards and accolades:
|Year & Date||Country||Award & Honour|
|26 June 2014||United States||Certificate of Commendation at Tampa, Florida|
|3 March 2015||RESOLUTION CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE|
|6 March 2015||Certificate of Appreciation - By the Mayor City of Bakersfield|
|7 March 2015||SENATE CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION- For the inauguration of the Palo Alto Masjid in California|
|9 March 2015||ONTARIO, California - Certificate of Appreciation|
|12 March 2014||CERTIFICATE OF SPECIAL CONGRESSIONAL RECOGNITION by the U.S HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES|
|23 October 2015||Key to the City of Houston, by the Mayor of Houston Annise Parker.|
|9 September 2015||Pakistan||Governor of Sindh Dr Ishrat-ul-Ibad Khan conferred an honorary doctorate degree upon Mufaddal Saifuddin in a convention organized by University of Karachi (KU) at Governor House.|
|2015 & 2018||India||Mufaddal Saifuddin, was elected as Aligarh Muslim University's new Chancellor on 11 April 2015. He was re-elected as the Chancellor for a second term on 2 December 2018.|
|2014 to 2020||Jordan||Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin was named one of The 500 Most Influential Muslims in the years 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020.|
|23 June 2014||Madagascar||He was awarded the Grand-Croix de Ceuxième Classe in Madagascar .|
|18 August 2014||Egypt||President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi received Mufaddal Saifuddin on his first visit to Egypt since he took office. Saifuddin donated 10 million pounds for the Long Live Egypt Fund".|
|2015||India||He was awarded the "Global Peace Award" for 2015 "In recognition of his outstanding contribution in the promotion of human rights and social justice". He was also awarded a Lifetime Global Patronship Of All India Council Of Human Rights, Liberties And Social Justice (AICHLS).|
|28 February 2016||He launched the poster of "Beti Bachao Beti Padhao" under the theme "Mai Tulsi Tere Angan Ki" during his presence in Islamic Cultural Centre New Delhi on 28 February 2016 and in Al Jamea tus Saifiyah University on 4 May 2016.|
|29 August 2015||Tanzania||During his visit to Moshi, Tanzania, Mufaddal Saifuddin was presented the "Key to Moshi - The Land of Kilimanjaro" by the Mayor Japhary R Michael on 29 August 2015.|
|August 2015||Egypt||on the invitation of the Government of Egypt, Mufaddal Saifuddin participated in inauguration ceremony of the new Suez Canal. Saifuddin commented that "The Suez Canal is the miracle of mankind which should be venerated rightfully."|
|20 April 2017||Kenya||he was awarded The Second class: Elder of the Order of the Golden Heart by President Uhuru Kenyatta on the inauguration of the Al Jamea tus Saifiyah campus in Nairobi.|
|30 September 2017||Pakistan||he was presented the "Key to Karachi" by the Mayor of Karachi, Hon. Waseem Akhtar.|
|30 April 2018||Singapore||A new species of orchid (a crossbreed between Bangkok Fancy and Adisakdi White) was named as Dendrobium HH Dr. Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin.|
|13 January 2019||Sri Lanka||he was presented the "Key to City of Colombo" by the Mayoress of Colombo, Hon. Rosy Senanayake on 13 January 2019|
His Holiness instructed his followers to strictly follow the government guidelines during the Coronavirus disease outbreak. Community guards known as the Burhani Guards on behalf of Syedna insured that no member of the community violated the laws. Moreover, food and shelter was provided by Syedna to the needy and poor in many parts of India.
Syedna donated INR 53 Crore to the Prime Minister relief fund to help the country fight the virus. Community members were instructed to be spiritually engaged in praying and reciting the Holy Quran.
|STS48||? ||Shum?s Barak?t al-Rabb?niyy?n||1383H||1435H||2015|
|STS49||? ||Anhaar Fuy?z al-Fatimiyyeen||1384H||1436H||2016|
|SMB09||||Salsab?l Rawd al-Quds||1393H||1439H||2018|
|SMB10||? ||Barak?t Du?t al-Satr||1394H||1440H||2019|
|SMS00||? ?||Hikmah al-Ghaybah al-Quds?niyyah al-Abadiyyah||1435H||1436H||2016|
|SMS01||? ||Shukr Ne'am As'h?b al-Barak?t||1436H||1437H||2017|
|SMS02||||J?mi?ah Samar?t al-?Ul?m||1437H||1438H||2018|
|SMS03||? ||F?y?d?t Yamaniyyah Taiyyebah||1438H||1439H||2019|
|SMS04||? ||Multaq? Saf?nah al-Barak?t||1439H||1440H||2019|
|SMS05||||Daf?nah Maf?khir ?l al-Nabi al-Tuhr||1440H||19.07.1441H||2020|
|1||? ? ? ?||Arabic||Elegy||1435H|
|2||? ?||Lisan al-Dawat||Elegy||1435H|
|4||? ?.||Arabic||Qasida||1435H||Eid al-Fitr|
|5||? ? ? ? ? ||Arabic||Elegy||1436H||Urs|
|6||? ?||Arabic||Munajat||1436H||Laylat al-Qadr|
|7||? ? ? .||Arabic||Qasida||1436H||Eid al-Fitr|
|8||Lisan al-Dawat||Nasihat||1436H||Eid al-Adha|
|9||? ?||Urdu||Nazm||1437H||Aligarh Muslim University|
|10||? .||Arabic||Munajat||1437H||Laylat al-Qadr|
|11||? ? ||Arabic||Qasida||1437H||Eid al-Fitr|
|12||? .||Arabic||Munajat||1438H||Laylat al-Qadr|
|13||? ||Arabic||Qasida||1438H||Eid al-Fitr|
|14||? ? ?||Lisan al-Dawat||Nasihat||1438H||Eid al-Adha|
|15||? ? ? ? ||Arabic||Munajat||1439H||Laylat al-Qadr|
|16||? ? ||Arabic||Qasida||1439H||Eid al-Fitr|
|17||? ||Lisan al-Dawat||Nasihat||1439H||Eid al-Adha|
|18||? ? * ?||Arabic||Qasida||1440H||Muharram|
Ashara Mubaraka refers to a period of ten days of Muharram at the beginning of the Islamic year dedicated to the remembrance of the grandson of Muhammad, Imam Husayn ibn Ali. Although all Dawoodi Bohra communities across the world commemorate this event locally, a global event is led by the Dai al-Mutlaq in a location he selects with the divine inspiration of the Imam, to which large numbers of community members travel from across the globe.
|City||State / Province||Country||Continent||Gregorian Year||Islamic Year||Start Date||End Date||Attendees|
|Surat||Gujarat||India||Asia||2014||1436||25 October||2 November||125,000|
|Houston||Texas||United States||North America||2015||1437||14 October||22 October||25,000|
|Dar es Salaam||Coastal Indian Ocean||Tanzania||Africa||2016||1438||3 October||11 October||32,000|
|Karachi||Sindh||Pakistan||Asia||2017||1439||22 September||30 September||65,000|
|Indore||Madhya Pradesh||India||2018||1440||12 September||20 September||210,000|
|Colombo||Western Province||Sri Lanka||2019||1441||1 September||9 September||27,518|
|Hijri||Miqaat Name||City||State/ Province||Country||Continent||Event Date|
|1435||Milad Imam uz Zaman||Mumbai||Maharashtra||India||Asia||4 February 2014|
|70th Milad Mubarak||20 February 2014|
|Moulatena Fatimah AS Wafat||Sana'a||Sanaa Governorate||Yemen||11 March 2014|
|Yaumul Mabas||Mumbai||Maharashtra||India||26 May 2014|
|Milad Syedna Taher Saifuddin||Réunion||City-state||Réunion||Africa||21 September 2014|
|1436||Imam Hussain AS Chehlum||Dubai||Emirate of Dubai||United Arab Emirates||Asia||12 December 2014|
|Imam Hasan AS Shahadat||Abu Dhabi||Emirate of Abu Dhabi||20 December 2014|
|Milad Imam uz Zaman||Banswara||Rajasthan||India||24 January 2015|
|71st Milad Mubarak||Udaipur||9 February 2015|
|Moulatena Fatimah AS Wafat||Los Angeles||California||United States||North America||28 February 2015|
|Yaumul Mabas||Surat||Gujarat||India||Asia||15 May 2015|
|Milad Syedna Taher Saifuddin||Karachi||Sindh||Pakistan||10 September 2015|
|1437||Imam Hussain AS Chehlum||Coimbatore||Tamil Nadu||India||1 December 2015|
|Imam Hasan AS Shahadat||Ranala||Maharashtra||9 December 2015|
|Milad Imam uz Zaman||Pune||13 January 2016|
|72nd Milad Mubarak||Burhanpur||Madhya Pradesh||29 January 2016|
|Moulatena Fatimah AS Wafat||Bhopal||17 February 2016|
|Yaumul Mabas||Surat||Gujarat||3 May 2016|
|Milad Syedna Taher Saifuddin||Karachi||Sindh||Pakistan||29 August 2016|
|1438||Imam Hussain AS Chehlum||Surat||Gujarat||India||20 November 2016|
|Imam Hasan AS Shahadat||Vadodara||28 November 2016|
|Milad Imam uz Zaman||Vasai||Maharashtra||2 January 2017|
|73rd Milad Mubarak||Surat||Gujarat||18 January 2017|
|Moulatena Fatimah AS Wafat||Nagpur||Maharashtra||6 February 2017|
|Yaumul Mabas||Nairobi||Nairobi County||Kenya||Africa||23 April 2017|
|1439||Imam Hussain AS Chehlum||Kolkata||West Bengal||India||Asia||9 November 2017|
|Imam Hasan AS Shahadat||Rajnandgaon||Chhattisgarh||17 November 2017|
|Milad Imam uz Zaman||Mumbra||Maharashtra||22 December 2017|
|74th Milad Mubarak||Surat||Gujarat||7 January 2018|
|Moulatena Fatimah AS Wafat||Dubai||Emirate of Dubai||United Arab Emirates||26 January 2018|
|Yaumul Mabas||Surat||Gujarat||India||12 April 2018|
|1440||Imam Hussain AS Chehlum||Kuwait||City-state||Kuwait||30 October 2018|
|Imam Hasan AS Shahadat||Bahrain||Bahrain||7 November 2018|
|Milad Imam uz Zaman||Bharuch||Gujarat||India||12 December 2018|
|75th Milad Mubarak||Surat||28 December 2018|
|Moulatena Fatimah AS Wafat||Bangalore||Karnataka||16 January 2019|
|Yaumul Mabas||Karbala||Karbala Governorate||Iraq||2 April 2019|
|1441||Imam Hussain AS Chehlum||Secunderabad||Telangana||India||19 October 2019|
|Imam Hasan AS Shahadat||Hyderabad||27 October 2019|
|Milad Imam uz Zaman||Dar es Salam||Coastal Indian Ocean||Tanzania||Africa||1 December 2019|
|76th Milad Mubarak||Surat||Gujarat||India||Asia||17 December 2019|
|Moulatena Fatimah AS Wafat||Pune||Maharashtra||5 January 2020|
|Urs Syedna Qutubuddin Shaheed RA||Sharjah||Emirate of Sharjah||United Arab Emirates||21 February 2020|
The 52nd Da'i al-Mutlaq of the Dawoodi Bohras, Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, died on 17 January 2014. As per the tenets of the faith each predecessor is required to nominate his successor during his lifetime. His death sparked a succession crisis where a rival emerged for the title of 53rd D?'? al-Mutlaq: against Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, Khuzaima Qutbuddin of the Dawoodi Bohra.
The challenge created a divide in the community with the majority aligning with Mufaddal Saifuddin and a smaller number aligned with Khuzaima Qutbuddin. Mufaddal Saifuddin assumed control of the Dawoodi Bohra administration and community infrastructure. In March 2014, Khuzaima Qutbuddin filed civil suit 337/2014 in the Bombay High Court against Mufaddal Saifuddin in which he sought a declaration that he was validly appointed as the 53rd Dai al-Mutlaq. The UK Charity Commission has taken the view "that His Holiness Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin is the current incumbent of the office of Dai al-Mutlaq."