Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence and Local Dignitaries Join Detroit Bohras’ Eid Celebration

The Dawoodi Bohras of Detroit hosted their annual Eid-Ul-Fitr dinner with elected officials and community members in Farmington Hills.  Marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, Eid-Ul-Fitr is a time of celebration, friendship, and unity.   

Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence was joined by various elected officials, members of the local interfaith community, and many Bohra families living in the Detroit area.  State Representative Samantha Steckloff and State Senator Jeremy Moss were co-chairs for the evening’s festivities, which began with the recitation of the Holy Quran and speeches from the esteemed guests.  The evening culminated with a traditional Bohra meal and a tour of Burhani Masjid.

Rep. Steckloff shared “The Dawoodi Bohras of Detroit are a vital part to the fabric of our community.  Not only do they actively participate with city activities like the Faith and Blue Trunk or Treat, but they also host their own projects such as the e-waste collection drive that serves the community at large.  I am happy to see their commitment to helping preserve our natural resources.”

The Dawoodi Bohras of Detroit first came to this country in the early 1970s.  Since then, they have laid their roots with businesses, families, education, and serving the community as doctors, teachers, and engineers.  They continue the worldwide Dawoodi Bohra Project Rise mission of uplifting their communities with a commitment to a wide spectrum of initiatives and activities in healthcare, nutrition, environmental responsibility and conservation, and education.

The Dawoodi Bohras of Detroit continue to serve the community via partnerships such as with C.A.R.E.S. in Farmington Hills, Youth United, and Zaman International.

Guest of Honor, Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence summed it up best.  “A community is only as strong as the neighbors who live there.  The Dawoodi Bohras illustrate the power of working together to fight food scarcity, that small businesses are the engine to our economy, and the importance of education for a better tomorrow.  As a country we must continue to engage within our communities as we are stronger together.”

As guests enjoyed their dinner, they were thankful for the opportunity to meet new and familiar faces. Todd Lipa, Executive Director of C.A.R.E.S, said, “The Dawoodi Bohras of Detroit exemplify what is great about our diverse community. They consistently help us with the latest needs of our clients, even during difficult times like the pandemic. The Dawoodi Bohras know how to leverage their strengths to provide the most value to organizations such as ours.”

The state of Michigan, known for its natural resources, holds special meaning to the Dawoodi Bohras of Detroit.  Thus, all guests went home with a planter gift to support the honey bee and other pollinators.  The honey bee, according to the Holy Quran, represents purity of heart, hard work and the power of community; an apt reflection of this year’s Eid-Ul-Fitr dinner.

One thought on “Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence and Local Dignitaries Join Detroit Bohras’ Eid Celebration

  1. Todd Lipa says:

    I want to thank The Dawoodi Bohras of Detroit for adopting CARES of Farmington Hills as part of your community. The celebration dinner was a beautiful gathering of loving and caring people.

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