Syedna Aaliqadr Mufaddal Saifuddin is the 53rd and current Da'i al-Mutlaq of the Dawoodi Bohras. The Dawoodi Bohra are a sub group within the Mustaali, IsmailiShia branch of Islam. He is the 2nd eldest son of the 52nd Dai Mohammed Burhanuddin. He succeeded to the office after his father, Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, who died in 2014 and is the spiritual leader of 2.5 million people living in 100 countries. Saifuddin has contributed substantially to the restoration of medieval Fatimid architecture, notably Al-Hakim Mosque and other Fatimid-era mosques located in Old Cairo.
Mufaddal Saifuddin often accompanied his father Mohammed Burhanuddin during the latter's travels across the globe, meeting heads of states and other notable personalities during such trips. Mufaddal Saifuddin was appointed Amirul Hajj by his father Burhanuddin in 1390 AH (1970 CE). After Hajj, he travelled to Karbala, Syria, Misr and Yemen. During his trip to Yemen, he laid the foundations for the construction of the 3rd Da'i al-Mutlaq's Hatim'smausoleum. After that journey Burhanuddin bestowed upon him the honorific title Aqeeq-ul-Yemen in 1391 AH/1971 AD.:524
Following the death of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, on his posthumous 103rd Birthday, Mufaddal Saifuddin (TUS) donated INR 103.50 crore ($15.5 Million) to the Qardan Hasana Scheme (interest free loan fund) for the Dawoodi Bohra community.
On 19 July 2016, Mufaddal Saifuddin(TUS) met Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and expressed interests for investment in Egypt. Mufaddal Saifuddin (TUS) also donated 10 Million Pounds to the Long Live Egypt Fund.
His father, Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin initiated the Bhendi Bazaar Redevelopment Project under the Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust (SBUT). The first phase, covering subclusters 1 & 3 was kicked off by Mufaddal Saifuddin (TUS) on 18 May 2016. "About 250 dilapidated buildings in Bhendi Bazaar will be replaced with 17 new towers with wide roads, modern infrastructure, more open spaces and highly visible commercial areas." This ambitious philanthropic enterprise "aims to rehabilitate 3200 families and 1250 business which are currently living in poor conditions." It is expected to reach completion by 2019.
Through the Burhani Foundation Mufaddal Saifuddin (TUS) has launched environmental awareness campaigns such as the tree-planting and bird feeding campaigns such the "Save our Sparrows" initiative.
In battle to reduce global food wastage especially within community feasts, Mufaddal Saifuddin (TUS) introduced regulation on the quantity of dishes served per meal. This was launched under the moto of "ek kharaas, ek mithaas, no israaf" (one savoury, one desert and no wastage).
According to one of Mufaddal Saifuddin's (TUS) followers in Ontario, California who gave a press interview during a March 2015 visit of Mufaddal Saifuddin (TUS), the main message that Saifuddin (TUS) hopes to instill on the community is that of loyalty to wherever people live, to follow the rules and be a good citizen, live in peace and make an honest living.
To ensure that not a single Dawoodi Bohra community member goes hungry, Mufaddal Saifuddin initiated a "community kitchen" scheme named Faiz al-Mawaid al-Burhaniyah (Arabic:فيض الموائد البرهانية). Everyday, Tiffin & Thali of home-cooked meals are delivered community homes.
In December 2016, Mufaddal Saifuddin initiated an 'Upliftment Program'( which was later named "Rafo Mustawa Maishate Mumineen") to improve the living standards of community members. Over 4,100 volunteers from India, East Asia, UK, USA and the Middle East were spread out over 200 towns and cities. The 5-day upliftment drive consisted of renovation of houses in a dire state, work or reorganization, planting of trees and plants around community properties and private homes, clearing and cleaning of community properties and grounds, erection of playground and sports facilities, dental hygiene and vaccination for children and a sports day and breakfast on the Sunday morning of New Year's Day.
Family tree Moulai Tarmal/Bharmal to Syedna Burhanuddin
Ashara Mubaraka refers to a period of ten days at the beginning of the Islamic year dedicated to the remembrance of Mohammed and his Ahle Bayt (family and kin), specifically his grandson Imam Husain.
Hussain was a grandson of Muhammad and the son of the Ali Ibn Abi Talib, the first Shia Imam. He is famous for challenging the Yazid, a caliph who is believed to be a tyrant. Owing to his defiance of Yazid, he was challenged in war at a place called Karbala. When he died fighting the Yazidi forces, he was immortalised as a defender of true Islam.The tenth day of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar, is known as Ashura and marks the day on which Imam Husain was martyred along with his family members and companions. Hussain is highly regarded by Shia Muslims for refusing to pledge allegiance to Yazid, the Umayyad caliph, because he considered the rule of the Umayyads unjust.
Although Dawoodi Bohra centres across the world hosts this event locally for members in their cities, the main gathering led by Syedna Saifuddin, varies from city to city each year, and attracts thousands of community members from across the globe.
Mufaddal Saifudddin is a (Arabic: حافظ القران; Haafiz al-Quran ) (one who has memorized the entire Quran).
Following his journey to Yemen, he was awarded the honorific title Aqeeq al-Yemen (Arabic: عقيق اليمنl translation: the agate of Yemen) on 12 Rabi' al-awwal 1391 AH/1971 AD.:524
Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin conferred upon him the title of (Arabic: ثقة الدعوة الطيبية; Thiqat al-D'awat al-Tayyibiyah ) (meaning The Trusted of the Tayyibi Mission) and bestowed upon him the cognomen of "Saifuddin" (سيف الدين) on the 27th of Zil al-Qa'da 1385H corresponding to 18 March 1966.
He was conferred one of the highest degrees of Al Jamea tus Saifiyah (Arabic: العليم البارع; al-'Aleem al-Baare'), (Translation: The Outstandingly Learned) on 20th Rabi al-Akhar 1391H corresponding to 14 June 1971.
Egypt: On 18 August 2014, President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi received Mufaddal Saifuddin on his first visit to Egypt since he took office. "The president hailed Bohra's efforts in restoring old Egyptian mosques, their prohibition of interest in bank dealings. Saifuddin donated 10 million pounds for the Long Live Egypt Fund".
India: He was awarded the "Global Peace Award" for 2015 "In recognition of his outstanding contribution in the promotion of human rights and social justice". He was also awarded a Lifetime Global Patronship Of All India Council Of Human Rights, Liberties And Social Justice (AICHLS).
India: He launched the poster of "Beti Bachao Beti Padhao" under the theme "Mai Tulsi Tere Angan Ki" during his presence in Islamic Cultural Centre New Delhi on 28 February 2016 and in Al Jamea tus Saifiyah University on 4 May 2016.
Tanzania: During his visit to Moshi, Tanzania, Mufaddal Saifuddin was presented the "Key to Moshi - The Land of Kilimanjaro" by the Mayor Japhary R Michael on 29 August 2015.
Egypt: In August 2015, on the invitation of the Government of Egypt, Mufaddal Saifuddin participated in inauguration ceremony of the new Suez Canal. Saifuddin commented that "The Suez Canal is the miracle of mankind which should be venerated rightfully."
The challenge created a divide in the community with the vast majority aligning with Mufaddal Saifuddin whilst a small number aligned with Khuzaima Qutbuddin. Mufaddal Saifuddin assumed control of the Dawoodi Bohra administration and infrastructure. He is largely accepted as the Bohras' leader by government and other public bodies. The UK Charity Commission has stated in writing, that "our view is that His Holiness Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin is the current incumbent of the office of Dai al-Mutlaq."
His Holiness Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin belongs to family of Moulai Fakhruddin and Moulai Hakimuddin. Family tree is shown as above. He also has link with Mohammad Rasulullah family and many noted Dawoodi Bohra Duats including Syedna Qutubuddin Shaheed as indicated above.
^ abA Legacy of Knowledge - A Collection of Speeches by His Holiness Dr Syedna Aali Qadr Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS - Head of the Dawoodi Bohra Community. Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah, Badri Mahal, Mumbai, India. 2016. p. 136.