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Mufaddal Saifuddin

Mufaddal Saifuddin
Claimant to the title of 53rd Da'i al-Mutlaq
of the Dawoodi Bohra community
At welcome ceremony, Dubai, 2013
Born (1946-08-20) 20 August 1946
Surat, Gujarat, British Raj
Predecessor Syedna Mohammad Burhanuddin
Religion Islam
Denomination Dawoodi Taiyabi Mustaali Ismaili Shia
Spouse(s) Jawharat-u-Sharaf Bai Saheba
Children Jafar us Sadiq (b. 1973)
Parents Mohammed Burhanuddin
Amatullah Aaisaheba
Relatives Khuzaima (half-uncle)

Mufaddal Saifuddin (Arabic: مفضل سيف الدين‎; Abu Jafar-us-Sadiq Mufaddal Saifuddin) is a claimant to the title of 53rd Dā'ī al-Mutlaq (highest spiritual authority) of the Dawoodi Bohra.[1] There are various media reports where Mufaddal Saifuddin has been referred as 53rd Dā'ī and titled as Syedna by a faction of Dawoodi Bohras who support Mufaddal Saifuddin.[2][3][4][5] An online survey among the Dawoodi Bohra community revealed that only one fifth of the Dawoodi Bohras support the succession of Mufaddal saifuddin and a little less than one fifth support the half brother Khuzaima as the rightful successor[1]. A cover story on the Bohra survey revealed that most Bohras (46%) support Khuzaima over Mufaddal and many are in the community due to due to fear and force[2].The Dawoodi Bohra are a sub group within the Mustaali, Ismaili Shia branch of Islam. Mufaddal Saifuddin was also one of the four Omara (Rectors) of Al Jamea tus Saifiyah.

Biography

Early life

Mufaddal Saifuddin was born on 20 August 1946, on the night of Laylat al-Qadr[6] in Surat, Gujarat,[7] and was given the name Aaliqadr Mufaddal (Arabic:عالي قدر مفضل) by his grandfather Syedna Taher Saifuddin.[8] 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.

He was chosen by the Imam in seclusion to be his saif (sword) to fight the enemies. That is the reason why he was named 'Saifuddin' which means, 'the sword of Deen(religion).[9]

Marriage

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

Saifuddin being presented the key to Tanga City in Tanzania by the city mayor.

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.[8]

Indian PM message for Mufaddal
Narendra Modi present PM of India offering his condolences to Saifuddin in Mumbai
During a visit to Udaipur as Rajasthan, India, state guest

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]

Mufaddal arranged year 1436 AH Muharram sermon at Surat, India. PM Narendra Modi sent a massage for the occasion, in appreciation of his efforts.

Succession of Mohammed Burhanuddin

Mufaddal Saifuddin is considered the 53rd Da'i al-Mutlaq by the faction of Dawoodi Bohra who support Mufaddal.[11] His succession of his father Mohammed Burhanuddin is disputed, though, by the latter's half-brother Khuzaima Qutbuddin, who has challenged Mufaddal's right to be Dā'ī in court.[12] The followers of Saifuddin have excommunicated Qutbuddin and his faction.[13]

See also

References

  1. ^ Rizwan Mawani (30 January 2014). "The Intricacies of Succession: Two Claimant 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. ^ "How is Syedna chosen? HC wants to know". The Indian Express. 30 April 2014. 
  6. ^ Gulshan-e-Ma'alumaat Birth Date Article
  7. ^ "Syedna Aali Qadr Mufaddal Saifuddin". Free Press Journal. 26 January 2014. Retrieved 17 May 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "Profile of Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin". GulfNews.com. Retrieved 2014-03-07. 
  9. ^ http://islam.onepakistan.com.pk/urdu/name_meaning.php?eu=saifuddin
  10. ^ Hasan, Shazia (28 February 2014). "Syedna Saifuddin receives warm welcome on brief visit". DAWN.com. Retrieved 17 May 2014. 
  11. ^ "How is Syedna chosen? HC wants to know". The Indian Express. 30 April 2014. 
  12. ^ http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report-claimant-to-syedna-seat-declares-official-challenge-1968682 'but this has been challenged by Khuzaima'
  13. ^ "Bohras make anti-Syedna faction’s ex-communication official, stick by Mufaddal Saifuddin".  

External links

  • Shehzada Mufaddal Bhaisaheb during Ziyaarat of Syedi Hasanpeer Saheb
  • Gulf News
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