While we might originally come from India or Pakistan or Uganda or Sri Lanka, every single Bohra in the United States regards him or herself as American first and foremost. We are proud of the contribution we make to American society. And we are loyal and law-abiding citizens of this wonderful country.

The Dawoodi Bohra communities of America make a significant contribution to all of the cities in which we live. In return, the United States has welcomed us with open arms and regards us as neighbors and friends.


With one million followers, the Dawoodi Bohras are a branch of Islam that has been in existence for many centuries.

Bohras adhere to the teachings of the Prophet MohammedSAW and follow the Shi’a Fatemi school of jurisprudence of Islam, which is one of the three main Shi’a interpretations of Islam. Fatemi Imams are descendants of the Prophet MohammedSAW. We believe in the Oneness of God, the Prophet Mohammed al-Mustafa as the final messenger of Allah, and the holy Qur’an as the final message to mankind.

We are led by a leader, or Dai-al-Mutlaq, who is the vicegerent presenting the Imam in seclusion.

Our current and 53rd leader is Dr. Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin. His Holiness lives in India, and acts as guide, mentor and the final interpreter of religion while embracing the changing world we live in. Like his predecessors, he regularly reminds us of the role that each of us must play to be a model citizen of the country in which we live, and how we must always be loyal and law-abiding.

The Head of the Dawoodi Bohras, His Holiness Dr. Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin

American Bohras observe all important dates in the Muslim calendar, like Ramadan (a month of reflection and prayer, marked by meals with friends and relatives, and the exchange of gifts) and Eid (often a time when Muslims open their doors to neighbors of all religions, an occasion to celebrate all faiths and humanity).


Bohras integrate very well into American society. While we might have a very distinctive dress, we are bound by the obligations of our faith to be focused at all times on the societies in which we live and work. The Prophet teaches us that love of one’s country is part of our faith.

As part of a deep commitment to our faith, Bohras place great emphasis on freedom of speech, women empowerment, enhancing the natural environment, engagement with other faiths, feeding the hungry, and personal health and hygiene.

Many of the values at the core of the Bohra faith – including eradicating poverty and hunger, improving health and education, gender equality, avoiding waste, and preserving the natural environment – align very closely with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.  For centuries, Bohras around the world have been living their daily lives according to these principles, regularly taking practical action to support members of society who most need help.

Women in the Bohra community play an equal role in pursuing an education, raising a family, and having successful careers in a range of industries from healthcare, teaching, academia and business.

Nurturing nature is something that Bohra communities everywhere do on a daily basis. Successive Spiritual Leaders of the Bohras – including the current and 53rd Da`i al-Mutlaq, His Holiness Dr. Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin – teach us that everyone has a responsibility to care for the environment and the creatures that dwell within it. For many years, the Dawoodi Bohra community has been leading practical efforts to protect and enhance the environment in the United States and around the world.

The Dawoodi Bohra Muslims are renowned the world over for their culinary skills, and often share a traditional Bohra meal with local friends and neighbors while imparting a multi-faith message of unity and peace. But Bohras all over the world also subscribe to the view that nobody should go to bed hungry, regularly organizing food drives to feed the homeless and hungry in cities throughout the world.

Bohras are caring – particularly for those members of society who need support, including the homeless, the hungry, and the sick. Bohras take time and effort to help those less fortunate than themselves.

The Masjid and its Significance

For the Dawoodi Bohras, as for many Muslims throughout the world, the masjid is the beating heart of their community. Primarily a place for community members to gather for prayer and spiritual guidance, it also serves as the nucleus of the Dawoodi Bohras’ educational and social activities. Just as the heart is essential to sustain the body, so the masjid is of paramount importance for the Bohra community’s sustenance. Not only does it have great significance throughout each Bohra’s life, but it is where individuals are unified to form a whole.

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