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.