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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2403

International Bohra leader arrives in Sri Lanka

Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo

Colombo, 16 January, (Asiantribune.com): His Holiness Dr. Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin Saheb, leader of the International Dawoodi Bohra Community arrived in Sri Lanka on Monday to participate in a ten day long ceremony 'Ashara Mubaraka.'His Holiness Dr. Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin Saheb - The Bohra leader arrived in Sri Lanka as a State Guest.His Holiness Dr. Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin Saheb - The Bohra leader arrived in Sri Lanka as a State Guest.

The Bohra leader arrived in Sri Lanka as a State Guest. This is his second visit to the country; the first was in 1999 also to commemorate the Ashara Mubaraka.

More than thousand Bohra followers are expected to arrive in the country to participate in the Ashara ceremony, for which the Sri Lanka Tourism Ministry has already made arrangements to issue visas on arrival to all foreign nationals who will be arriving in the country to attend this ceremony.

Bohras adhere to the Shia Fatimi tradition of Islam, headed by the 52nd Dai al-Mutlaq, Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin (TUS).

Bohras believe that the 21st Imam, Taiyab Abi Al-Qasim, a direct descendant of Muhammed via his daughter Fathima, went into seclusion and established the offices of the Dai al-Mutlaq, Ma'ðūn and Mukasir. The Dai` al-Mutlaq is the Imam's vicegerent, with full authority to govern the Dawoodi Bohra community in all matters both spiritual and temporal.

Spiritual and temporal leader of the world wide Bohra community, His Holiness Dr. Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin Saheb arrive to Sri Lanka to participate in the Moharram, the Islam New Year celebrations Mr A H M Aswer, Presidential Advisor welcomes the His Holiness .Spiritual and temporal leader of the world wide Bohra community, His Holiness Dr. Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin Saheb arrive to Sri Lanka to participate in the Moharram, the Islam New Year celebrations Mr A H M Aswer, Presidential Advisor welcomes the His Holiness .

Mr A H M Fowzi, Minister of Railways and Transport & Petroleum and Petroleum Resources welcomes the His Holiness Dr. Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin Saheb.Mr A H M Fowzi, Minister of Railways and Transport & Petroleum and Petroleum Resources welcomes the His Holiness Dr. Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin Saheb.

During the Imam's seclusion, the Dai` al-Mutlaq is appointed by his predecessor in office. The Madhun and Mukasir are in turn appointed by the Dai` al-Mutlaq. A fundamental belief of the Dawoodi Bohras is that the presence of the secluded Imam is guaranteed by the presence of the Dai` al-Mutlaq.

Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin has appointed Syedi Khuzaima Qutbuddin as his Ma'ðūn and Syedi Husain Husamuddin as his Mukasir.

- Asian Tribune -

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