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Dr. Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin (Urdu: سیدنا محمد برھان الدین ) is the 52nd Da'i al-Mutlaq of a minority group of Shia Muslims, the Dawoodi Bohras.

Life

DR Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin was born in Surat, Gujarat, India on March 6, 1915). Dr.Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin succeeded his father, After the Syedna Taher Saifuddin's last breath, when he was 53 years of age.

Family

DR Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin has seven sons and three daughters. All members of his family reside at Saifee Mahal, Bombay. wife is Amatullah Aai Saheba

Culture

He supervises the curriculum of the Arabic academy Aljamea-tus-saifiyah.

His era has also been marked by a widespread programme of construction of mosques, mausoleums and community buildings in Bohra centres around the world. There is, for example, the mausoleum of his father Syedna Taher Saifuddin in Mumbai, India.

He has also contributed towards the re-establishment of the Saifee Hospital in Mumbai in June 2005.

He also gives scholarships to students in India. He is driving a Trust in Mumbai for this purpose and many Dawoodi Bohra students are assisted by this Trust.

Religion

He delivers nine days of sermons every year, the event taking place in a different city each time. Apart from that, ten to twelve more sermons are also delivered by him throughout the year on different occassions

Accomplishments

He has been widely acknowledged by many governments and non-government organizations for promoting peace in the world and spreading the message of brotherhood and respect for humanity.

He holds an Honorary Doctorate from the Aligarh University in India, Al Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt and University of Karachi, Pakistan. He has been awarded the Star of Jordan and the Vishaul Nile mainly because of his huge treasury.

As per the directions of the then President of the Egypt, Gamal Abdel Nasser, the Al Azhar University conferred the Degree of Islamic Sciences (Honoris Causa) to Burhanuddin on March 13, 1966.

On October 17, 1966, Aligarh Muslim University conferred upon him a Doctorate of Theology at a special convocation. He was elected as the Chancellor of the Muslim University of Aligarh by the Court of the University in its meeting on October 3, 1999.

On April 26, 2000 he visited Australia and became the first Da'i al-Mutlaq to have traveled to five continents.

In June 2004 he was conferred a Doctorate of Literature (Honoris Causa) by the Governor of Karachi at a ceremony held at the Karachi University.



====8th August 1986 was declared as "His Holiness Dr. Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin Day" by the Mayor of Houston.

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