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Mufaddal Saifuddin



Mufaddal Saifuddin
Syedna Muffadal at Nikah ceremony.JPG
Saifuddin during a visit to Udaipur as state guest
Born (1946-08-20) 20 August 1946 (age 67)
Surat, India
Occupation Claimant[1] of 53rd Da'i al-Mutlaq of the Dawoodi Bohra
Spouse(s) Jawharat-u-Sharaf Bai Saheba daughter of Late Syedi Yusuf Najmuddin
Children Three sons: Jafar us Sadiq Bhai Saheb, Taha Bhai Saheb, Husain Bhai Saheb and two daughters
Parents Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin(52nd Da'i al-Mutlaq of the Dawoodi Bohra) and Amatullah Aaisaheba

Mufaddal Saifuddin (Arabic: مفضل سيف الدين‎; Abu Jafar-us-Sadiq Mufaddal Saifuddin) is the claimant of 53rd Da'i al-Mutlaq of the Dawoodi Bohra.[1] There are various media reports where Mufaddal has been referred as 53rd Dai and titled as Syedna.[2][3][4] The majority of the Dawoodi Bohra swear allegiance to Mufaddal Saifuddin, although there is some support for another claimant.[5][6][7] The Dawoodi Bohra are a sub group within the Mustaali, Ismaili Shia branch of Islam. Mufaddal Saifuddin is also one of the four Omara (Rectors) of Al Jamea tus Saifiyah.


Early life

Mufaddal Saifuddin was born on 20 August 1946, on the night of Laylat al-Qadr[8] in Surat, Gujarat,[5] and was given the name Aaliqadr Mufaddal (Arabic:عالي قدر مفضل) by his grandfather Syedna Taher Saifuddin.[9] As a child he began the recitation of the Quran in Saifee Villa, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

On the milaad (birthday anniversary) of Taher Saifuddin on 27 Zilqad al-Haraam 1385 AH (18 March 1966 CE), Mufaddal received the laqab of Saifuddin, and the religious honorific title of Seqato Daawate Taiyebiyah.[clarification needed]


Mufaddal Saifuddin married Jawharat-u-Sharaf Bai Saheba on 22 Shawwal 1389 AH (1 January 1970 CE). They have five children: Jafar us Sadiq Bhai Saheb, Taha Bhai Saheb, Husain Bhai Saheb and two daughters.

Historic travel

Mufaddal Saifuddin was made Amirul Hajj in 1390 AH (1970 CE). After hajj, he travelled to Karbala, Shaam, Misr and Yemen. During his trip to Yemen, he laid the foundations for the construction of Syedna Hatim's rauza. After that journey Syedna Mohammad Burhanuddin bestoved upon him the religious honorific title Aqeeq-ul-Yemen in 1391 AH/1971 AD.[9]

On 28 Rabi' al-thani 1435 AH (28 February 2014 CE), the Indian foreign minister Salman Khurshid accompanied Mufaddal to Mumbai airport to see him off for his first visit abroad after the demise of the late Syedna. Khurshid presented Mufaddal with a letter of good wishes from Sonia Gandhi, the president of Indian Congress, before Mufaddal departed to Iraq. [4] In Pakistan, he received state protocol and was welcomed at Karachi airport by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah.[10]

Succession controversy

Burhanuddin and his son Muffadal Saifuddin (At nass ceremony of Raudat Tahera,[11] Mumbai, in 2011) - Mufaddal Saifuddin
Burhanuddin and his son Muffadal Saifuddin (At nass ceremony of Raudat Tahera,[11] Mumbai, in 2011)

Muffadal Saifuddin claimed the title of 53rd dā'ī (leader) of the Dawoodi Bohra in 2011, and he was welcomed as successor to the previous dā'ī, Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, by a large section of the Dawoodi Bohra community.[12][13][14] However, his succession has not been accepted by Khuzaima Qutbuddin, who also claims the title.[1][7]

See also


  1. ^ a b c Rizwan Mawani (30 January 2014). "The Intricacies of Succession: Two Claimants Emerge for Dawoodi Bohra Leadership". Huffington Post. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Know more about Dawoodi Bohra chief Mufaddal Saifuddin". India TV. 19 March 2014. Retrieved 17 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Thousands show solidarity to new Dawoodi Bohra leader Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin". IndiaToday. Retrieved 17 May 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Union Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid". Afternoon Dispatch and Courier. 28 February 2014. Retrieved 17 May 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Syedna Aali Qadr Mufaddal Saifuddin". Free Press Journal. 26 January 2014. Retrieved 17 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Bohras make anti-Syedna faction’s ex-communication official, stick by Mufaddal Saifuddin". DNA. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 17 May 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "Breakaway Dawoodi Bohra faction alleges harassment". Times of India. 5 Feb 2014. Retrieved 17 May 2014. 
  8. ^ Gulshan-e-Ma'alumaat Birth Date Article[full citation needed]
  9. ^ a b "Profile of Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin". GulfNews.com. Retrieved 2014-03-07. 
  10. ^ Hasan, Shazia (28 February 2014). "Syedna Saifuddin receives warm welcome on brief visit". DAWN.com. Retrieved 17 May 2014. 
  11. ^ "Nass Mubarak Majlis". anjumaneshiateali.org. 2011-06-20. Archived from the original on 2014-03-13. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  12. ^ "Who is new Syedna? Trouble brews as half-brother stakes claim". The Indian Express. 6 February 2014. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  13. ^ "Dawoodi Bohras welcome nomination of successor". Hindustan Times. 2011-06-07. Retrieved 2014-03-23. 
  14. ^ Wajihuddin, Mohammed (12 March 2014). "The late Syedna wanted his half-brother to succeed him". The Times of India. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
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