Helping the homeless
Showing kindness to the less fortunate and helping people in need are things that Bohras try to do everywhere on a daily basis. Successive Spiritual Leaders of the Bohras – including the 53rd Da`i al-Mutlaq, His Holiness Dr. Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin – have taught us that we each have a responsibility to love the countries in which we live and care for all people that dwell there, regardless of their faith or background.
Throughout America, Bohras stand ready to lend a hand to people in need. For example, after Hurricane Harvey struck in August 2017, the men, women and children of the Bohra community of Houston, Texas who stepped forward to cook and deliver 10,000 hot meals to Houstonians in need.
Protecting the natural environment
Dawoodi Bohras of America work hard to reduce, reuse and recycle to cut down on waste, and by spearheading practical projects to protect and enhance nature in their local communities and beyond.
We are committed to protecting and enhancing the natural environment, as well as raising awareness among the wider community of the need for sustainable development.
Nazafat (cleanliness) is an integral component of Islamic faith, and His Holiness urges community members worldwide to engage in clean-up drives, tree planting and other green initiatives to foster and promote a clean living environment wherever they reside.
As well as organize and participate in regular community initiatives to clean up local environments, Dawoodi Bohras take very seriously their individual responsibilities to live each day in the most environmentally way possible, avoiding wastage and pollution, recycling, nurturing nature and being kind to all forms of life.
But this is not a newly held conviction of the Dawoodi Bohras. In 1992, our Spiritual Leader, His Holiness, the late Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, established the Burhani Foundation, a charitable trust dedicated to making the preservation of the environment the responsibility of every citizen, and to spread awareness of the relationship between environmental health and the health of people.
As part of the Burhani Foundation’s work, in 2017, His Holiness, Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, the 53rd and current Da’i al-Mutlaq, or Spiritual Leader, of the Dawoodi Bohras, initiated a worldwide program to plant 200,000 saplings as a means of conserving the environment and raising awareness of environmental issues. Dawoodi Bohras of America are working hard to fulfil this commitment.
Highlights of the environmental work undertaken by Dawoodi Bohras in the United States include:
- In Boston, 24 school children along with parents, teachers and volunteers from the Dawoodi Bohra community spent a day clearing litter from a busy neighborhood road near Qutbi Masjid.
- As part of Earth Day, April 2018, Dawoodi Bohra volunteers in Fremont, California teamed up with the city’s Parks and Recreation Department to plant trees and shrubs in Buena Vista Park and promote healthy pesticide free food and environmentally sustainable gardening and ecological practices at a local Earth Day festival.
- In San Francisco, members of the faith helped to clean up and restore a stretch of the Alameda creek, a key watershed that channels water from northern California to the famous San Francisco Bay.
- The Bohra community of Plano, Texas organized a fun-filled event themed “Your Background and Beyond” to teach children about environmental conservation and the negative impact of invasive plant species that might have taken root in their backyards.
- Bohras in San Francisco removed trash and invasive plants from Alameda Creek.
Women in the Bohra community play an equal role in pursuing an education, raising a family, and having successful careers in a range of industries from healthcare, teaching, academia and business.
The Dawoodi Bohra faith is renowned the world over for its community service. Project Rise is a global Dawoodi Bohra initiative working in partnership with government bodies and local organizations to help alleviate hunger, raise health and hygiene levels among children and families, and preserve and protect the environment. For more information, click here.