The holy month of Ramadan holds great significance for Dawoodi Bohras all over the world. During this period of thirty days, Bohras come together to observe prayers and share iftar meals (breaking the daily fast). It is also a month of spiritual reflection and contemplation focused on communal growth.
Daily services commence with the recitation of the Quran and are followed with short sermons and workshops addressing various topics ranging from business ethics to health and well-being. The aim is to help Bohras integrate these teachings into their daily lives and make positive contributions to their communities.
This year, the Dawoodi Bohras of Detroit were honored to be joined by members of the Farmington Hills city council, fire department, academia, public schools, and interfaith community. It was an opportunity for guests to have a glimpse into the daily activities and rituals of the holy month of Ramadan, and to partake in the communal iftar meal that follows.
As guests arrived at Burhani Masjid, they were welcomed into a bustling evening gathering of spiritual activities, from listening to the recitation of the holy Quran in the masjid to seeing the community’s efforts in preparing the iftar meal. Guests took a tour of the mawaid (dining hall), explored classrooms for religious instruction and learning, and witnessed the unity of families within the community as they came together to host an evening meal for over 300 people. The tour culminated in the masjid where guests were able to see the ornate detailing of the interior of the masjid, and observe prayers taking place.
Following the prayers, everyone was invited to a traditional Dawoodi Bohra iftar meal. Served on a thaal, or large steel platter, the meal was filled with a variety of savory and sweet dishes that showcase the unique flavors of the Bohra cuisine. Menus for the entire month are carefully planned in advance and are designed to ensure a balanced and nutritional meal. Sharing this meal together was an opportunity for the guests to learn about the Dawoodi Bohra culinary customs.
As Councilman Ken Massey shared, “I greatly appreciated the experience. Each time that I have an opportunity to visit the Dawoodi Bohras mosque I have a very enjoyable time talking with both friends I already know and the chance to make new ones. I appreciate the congregation’s involvement in so many parts of our community. We get out an experience, what we are willing to put in. The extension of service to the community is excellent and I appreciate it. It is nice to see the youth getting involved early. It is so nice to have the Dawoodi Bohras mosque congregation, as part of our community.”
Through their commitment to prayer and reflection, Bohras strengthen their bonds as a community and deepen their connection to their faith. Furthermore, by opening their doors to members of the community, they foster interfaith connections and build bridges of understanding in the community. The spirit of peace and harmony in Ramadan is truly one that should be celebrated and embraced by all.