Head of the Dawoodi Bohra community, His Holiness Dr. Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin arrived in Sri Lanka today for the Ashara Mubaraka congregation and was received as a State Guest with a Guard of Honour.
He was received by Minister of Tourism Development, John Amaratunga.
His Holiness Dr. Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin arrived at Burhani Park where thousands of Dawoodi Bohras accorded him a warm welcome.
Syedna addressed the audience briefly and thanked the Sri Lankan Government, especially President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe for inviting him as a State Guest to Colombo.
He also acknowledged the warm welcome and the arrangements made for his visit and the overall Ashara Mubaraka congregation.
His Holiness counseled community members to always remain loyal to their homeland and prayed for peace, harmony and prosperity in Sri Lanka.
During his stay in the city Syedna will also interact with local community members and look into their affairs. Senior Government officials of the country and leaders of other faith communities are expected to meet with Syedna and discuss topics pertaining to the betterment of the city and society at large.
Colombo is home to a Dawoodi Bohra community numbering around 2500 members. The Bohras in Sri Lanka, like the community at large, are mostly businessmen and traders.
Of the four Bohra Masjids in Sri Lanka, Husaini Masjid in Colombo is the largest and will be the centre for this year’s Ashara Mubaraka sermons.
After many years of preparatory work, Colombo was finally chosen as the venue for this year’s Ashara Mubaraka, an honour it has had six times in the past.
The last occasion was when His Holiness’ father the late Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA conducted the sermons here in 2008.
This will be the first Ashara Mubaraka for His Holiness Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS in Sri Lanka after his ascension to the leadership of the community. As the head of the community, Syedna Saifuddin has so far conducted Ashara sermons in Surat, Houston, Dar es Salaam, Karachi and Indore.