Author Archives: Murtaza Khomosi

U.S. SENATOR DICK DURBIN ADDRESSES THE MIDWEST DAWOODI BOHRAS 2020 CENSUS & ELECTORAL REGISTRATION CONFERENCE

29 September 2020 The Dawoodi Bohras of the Midwest – comprising communities from Chicago, Detroit, Minneapolis and Columbus, Ohio – hosted a virtual conference this month on the importance of the 2020 Census and Voter Registration. Love of one’s country is an integral part of the Dawoodi Bohra faith.  As patriotic Americans, Bohras from across…

SMITHBRIDGE ROAD CLEANUP ORGANIZED BY PHILADELPHIA BOHRAS

The Dawoodi Bohras of Philadelphia came together on Sunday, September 27th, to clean up Smithbridge Road of Concord Township, near their local community center. The Dawoodi Bohra Leader, His Holiness Dr. Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, encourages members of the faith to take an active role in keeping their local communities and public infrastructure clean. Inspired by…

BOHRAS STEP UP TO KEEP OLD CANYON ROAD CLEAN AND SAFE

The Dawoodi Bohra community is leveraging the City of Fremont’s Drive Slow, Be Healthy campaign to bring City-sponsored lawn signs to homes along Old Canyon Road to help reduce speeding and encourage safer driving. Bohra volunteers are also picking up trash while distributing gloves and compostable 30-gallon trash bags in a “neighborhood clean up kit”…

DR.ARAFAT HAKIM REFLECTS ON PRACTICING MEDICINE DURING A GLOBAL PANDEMIC

Dr.Arafat Hakim is a Hospitalist physician in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He started seeing Covid-19 patients around late March at Mercy Hospital Philadelphia. By mid-April approximately 70-80 percent of hospital came in for Covid-19. As in many places, gowns, masks and other PPE equipment were rationed due to low supplies. To address this shortage in equipment, the hospital…

ANNUAL LOS ANGELES FLU VACCINATION CLINIC TAKES ON NEW MEANING DURING COVID-19

The Los Angeles Dawoodi Bohras Medical Health committee, a group of volunteer health professionals, first initiated a flu vaccine clinic in September 2018. Today, we are right in the midst of a pandemic, and the flu vaccination has taken on new importance and urgency. The Los Angeles Medical Health committee includes individuals in different healthcare…

NEW YORK STUDENTS ORGANIZE SCHOOL SUPPLIES DRIVE TO HELP LOCAL COMMUNITIES ON LONG ISLAND

LONG ISLAND, NY – August 24, 2020: High school students from the Dawoodi Bohra community in New York, raised more than $3,000 to donate school supplies to support more than 500 students and their families who are facing economic hardship because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The supplies were donated to Island Harvest, a non-profit organization…

DAWOODI BOHRA COMMUNITY ADJUSTS WORSHIP TRADITIONS DURING COVID-19

Chron This year, because of COVID-19, the Dawoodi Bohra community was forced to drastically change how it practiced its observation of Ashara Mubaraka, a significant event in the religion’s calendar. While typically members would gather as a community, this year families instead observed from home to safely social distance. Ashara Mubaraka is a 10-day observance…

EIGHT-YEAR-OLD TAHA HAKIMI REVIVES ASHARA TRADITION AT NEW JERSEY HOME

In 2020, Dawoodi Bohras around the world are observing Ashara Mubaraka at homes. During Ashara Mubaraka, a long-standing tradition of hydrating passerbys in the name of Imam Hussain AS is practiced in cities all around the world, especially near local community centers. During the Covid-19 pandemic, as community centers remain closed, this time honored tradition…