VIRTUAL EID AND MEMORIAL DAY CELEBRATIONS FOR SAN FRANCISCO BOHRAS

Members of the San Francisco Dawoodi Bohra community  took annual Eid-ul-Fitr and Memorial Day celebrations at Masjid-e-Mohammedi virtual in the wake of COVID-19. Eid ul Fitr celebrations are an annual event attended widely by Bay Area Dawoodi Bohra families and local elected and public safety officials. Typically, they bring a fire truck, squad cars, the Fremont elected officials, and other friends of the community to the Masjid for a flag raising ceremony where the national anthem is sung. This year, relying on the power of video conferencing platforms, Zoom pariticipants included Fremont Mayor Lily Mei, Vice Mayor Rick Jones, Councilmember Yang Shao, Councilmember Raj Salwan, Police Chief Kim Petersen, Fire Chief Curtis Jacobson, Smt. Sumati Saksena Rao of the Consulate General of India (San Francisco), and many Dawoodi Bohra families.

“Today, we’d like to recognize every person in uniform – whether they wear a badge or don scrubs – for their personal sacrifice during this unprecedented time. We salute each and every one of you and deeply appreciate your efforts. The flag we’re about to raise at Masjid-e-Mohammedi is in your honor.”

Raj Munaim, a member of the San Francisco Dawoodi Bohra community’s Board of Directors said, “Eid ul Fitr and Memorial Day coincided wonderfully this year. We felt it was incredibly important for us to bring everyone together to commemorate the sacrifice of men and women in uniform as we welcomed the new month. We were so pleased to lean on technology to make this work safely.”

Mr. Moez Wajihuddin, president of the San Francisco Dawoodi Bohra community, delivered remarks from the Masjid site and personally raised the flag. In his remarks, Mr. Wajihuddin said, “Today, we’d like to recognize every person in uniform – whether they wear a badge or don scrubs – for their personal sacrifice during this unprecedented time. We salute each and every one of you and deeply appreciate your efforts. The flag we’re about to raise at Masjid-e-Mohammedi is in your honor.”

He continued, “If there’s one thing this situation has put a spotlight on, it’s that our actions are inseparably linked to the condition of others. While we continue to shelter in place, the Dawoodi Bohra community is committed to being more intentional, more compassionate, and more generous. May we stand more unified in the days, weeks, months, and years ahead.”

With clear directives from their global spiritual leader His Holiness Dr. Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin to strictly follow all government rules and guidelines, the Dawoodi Bohra community of San Francisco observed the Holy Month of Ramadan in their respective homes as individual family units.

Also inspired by His Holiness, the Dawoodi Bohra community of San Francisco engaged in significant acts of charity during the Holy Month, including donations of food and other supplies to support un-housed populations, financial donations to the local food bank, and PPE for first responders.

A new video by the Dawoodi Bohras highlights the community’s international COVID related giving efforts during Ramadan, a global effort of which the Bohras of San Francisco are a part.