Dawoodi Bohras in Mauritius (Indian Ocean)

The Dawoodi Bohras of Mauritius trace their roots of origin from a small port town of Gujarat in India known as Kutch Mandvi. Almost all of the Dawoodi Bohra families in Maurice, as it was known during the earlier days, have migrated in search of trade and livelihood by the blessings of the then Dai al-Mutlaq to the foreign lands. A few other families have also migrated from East African cities of Mombasa and Lamu, while a few others trace their roots from Karachi. The families from Karachi also have roots from Kutch Mandvi which was a frequently traveled city by the Kuchhis before the partition of India and Pakistan.

The earlier settlements of the Dawoodi Bohras, Mumineen, in Mauritius can be traced back to the late 1800s during the British Rule when most of the early settlers engaged in trade and business between India, East Africa and Madagascar.

The first Dawoodi Bohra Masjid was built in the Capital city of Port Loius at Louis Pasteur, by the blessings of the 51st Dai al-Mutlaq Syedna Taher Saifuddin (RA) and was inaugurated by Raza Mubarak of Syedna Taher Saifuddin (RA) by the late Mukasir Saheb Syedi Saleh Bs Safiyuddin in the year 1932.

3rd ZilHajj al-Haraam marked a glorious day for the Dawoodi Bohra community in Mauritius when His Holiness Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin TUS, the 52nd Dai al-Mutlaq laid foot on the soil of Mauritius. Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin TUS became the first Dai al-Mutlaq to bless the land of Mauritius. Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin TUS arrived directly at the Masjid from the airport and graced the Mumineen present with bayan and Shahadat of Imam Husain AS. Mumineen for the first time did matam of Imam Husain AS with their Dai.

On Thursday, the 4th of ZilHajj al-Haraam Syedna TUS visited the Martin Hotel. Later that day Syedna TUS departed to Mumbai by Air Mauritius at 2 PM, leaving behind him memories of love and blessings.

Wednesday, 16th Zilqad al-Haraam 1416H opened marked a golden day in the history of Mauritius for the Dawoodi Bohra Community as His Holiness Dr Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin Saheb TUS graced the country for the second time by his eminent visit.

A villa had been purchased at Beau-Bassin by Syedna TUS and granted to the Dawoodi Bohras of Mauritius to be used as a community center. Syedna TUS inaugurated the community center and named it “Jamali Markaz”.

Syedna TUS addressed Mumineen with Bayan Mubarak and advised them to be loyal to the laws of the land while engaging themselves in trade and business.

Syedna TUS also granted Raza Mubarak to form a committee of Mumineen for the betterment of the community in Mauritius and named it Anjuman-e-Zainy which could be registered under the legal system of the land.

Later that day Syedna TUS son, and now the heir apparent and Mansoos of Syedna TUS, graced the Dawoodi Bohra Mumineen with misaq.

Later that day Syedna TUS departed from Mauritius after showering enormous bounties and blessing that will be cherished by the Dawoodi Bohras of Mauritius for generations to come. During his short visit Syedna TUS enlightened the souls of Mumineen by the radiance of his guidance towards Islam and Eman. Syedna TUS enriched them with barakaat in this world and the hereafter in just 8 hours of his visit.

Today, there are 16 Dawoodi Bohra families residing in Mauritius. They engage in business and professions in the field of Education, Medicine, Business consultation, Information Technology etc. adding to the prosperity and development of the nation under the auspicious guidance and blessings of their Dai, His Holiness Dr. Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin Saheb TUS.

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