We are the Dawoodi Bohra community of Michigan.

The Dawoodi Bohras are Muslims mainly originating from West India. There are around one million Dawoodi Bohras in the world, including 130 families in Detroit.

The word Bohra comes from the Gujarati word vehru or “trade” and many members of our community are successful business owners. The value we place on education and hard work has also enabled Bohras in Detroit to work in the fields of healthcare, academia and engineering. We are proud of the contribution we make to society in Detroit, and strive to be a positive influence among the diverse mosaic of the Farmington Hills and greater metro-Detroit community.

The Dawoodi Bohra families of Michigan have lived and worked peacefully in and around Detroit for many years. Our 130 families worship at the Burhani masjid, or mosque, in Farmington Hills, which was built in 1988.

With a particular focus on hard work and education, most American Dawoodi Bohras are doctors, nurses, teachers, academics and successful business people. Our Detroit community includes 57 locally owned small businesses, including 25 owned by women; 62 healthcare professionals, including 28 women; and professionals in information technology and engineering. In addition, over 98% of students in our community go on to higher education in colleges and universities.

We are proud of the contribution we make to American society. Our members are regularly involved in local community upliftment projects, and our children are encouraged to be active and engaged citizens. We are also members of Interfaith Associations, and are committed to working with all communities in order to make a positive contribution to local society.

We invite you to visit us at our masjid in Farmington Hills, where you will receive a warm welcome and a genuine offer of support to make our diverse communities even safer and more respectful places to live and work.

Dawoodi Bohras follow the Shi’a Fatimi school of jurisprudence of Islam. 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. The Detroit jamaat, or congregation, was established in 1971 by our then spiritual leader, the late Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin.

In 1988 our jamaat (or community), Anjuman-e-Najmi, was honored to build the first Dawoodi Bohra masjid in the Western Hemisphere right here in Detroit. Our community continues to grow and flourish under the guidance of His Holiness, Dr. Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS, the 53rd Dai ul-Mutlaq or spiritual leader of the Bohra faith, who resides in India.

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