Sri Lanka hosts Ashara Mubaraka for 21,000 Dawoodi Bohras

Syenda and President Maithripala Sirisena
COMMUNITY CONVENTION: Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena with Dawoodi Bohra community leader Dr Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s is hosting an annual gathering of the global Dawoodi Bohra community, which was started with a ceremony at a mosque in Colombo attended by President Maithripala Sirisena.

“The Bohra community in Sri Lanka is small but they are regarded with respect and affection,” President Sirisena said.

“They are a peaceful community. They are very friendly with all communities in the country. I believe Bohras around the world are like that.”

President Sirisena said Sri Lanka was shocked at recent attacks on several churches and hotels by extremists where many Christians and a number of tourists had died. It had led to a sharp fall in the tourism sector.

Dr Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, 53rd al-Dai al-Mutlaq and head of the Dawoodi Bohra community, in his sermon had encouraged the community to help people of all communities and love their country.

He had asked the community to follow the laws of the land and work towards the betterment of humanity, during his sermon at the Husaini Masjid at Colombo 04. Imam Husain was the grandson of Prophet Mohammed.

Ashara Mubaraka is a 10 day gathering to mark his death during a battle in Karbala, in what is present day Iraq region in the year 680.

Members of Sri Lanka’s Bohra community are among top entrepreneurs and exporters, who have helped expand the island’s gross domestic product, sometimes using links with members of the community in other countries.

Dawoodi Bohra community has been present in Sri Lanka for around 150 years. The late Jafferjee Esajee, had come from Kutch, Gujarat in 1830.

There are around 2,500 Dawoodi Bohras in Sri Lanka. Bohra Masjids are in Jaffna, Galle, Pettah and Colombo 04.

Colombo has seen six Ashara commemorations in the past. The last was in 2018, where the current Syenda’s father, Dr Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin delivered the sermon. (Colombo/Sept04/2019)