The Dawoodi Bohra Community of North Chicago – which we call Anjuman E shujaee – was formed seven years ago for all members of the faith living north of Illinois Route 64 in the state of Illinois and Wisconsin.
The community consists of Bohras from all parts of Illinois, including Downtown Chicago and the towns of Schaumburg, Hoffman estates, and Buffalo Grove and all the villages and counties above Illinois route 64.
North Chicago is a much smaller community than most other Dawoodi Bohra communities in the United States, but we strive to offer all of the same amenities that exist in larger communities. Our community has approximately 80 families in Illinois and 15 families in Milwaukee and other parts of Wisconsin.
With the permission of His Holiness Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin Saheb, the Dawoodi Bohra Community of North Chicago was established in 2013. Since then, we have been growing steadily. Our members mainly originate from India, Pakistan and East Africa but – in accordance with the teachings of our faith – we are loyal to the United States and the communities in which we live and work.
Like all Bohras, we are a trading community, and work hard to build businesses in our neighborhoods. We do our best to be a positive influence in our community and the wider state.
The Dawoodi Bohras emphasize the importance of education, and boast a 100% literacy rate throughout the world. All children in the North Chicago community attend local schools, and about 98% proceed to college for further education. The majority of our community members are doctors, teachers, engineers and in IT professionals.
In recent years, we have been working hard to protect and enhance the natural environment. Many North Chicago community members have planted trees to help offset the effects of global warming. Furthermore, we use bio-degradable products to help alleviate the problems of single-use plastic and other non-bio-degradable waste facing the community.
In conclusion, the Dawoodi Bohra community of Chicago North is small but we try to do what we can to be a positive influence within the state.