Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin Arrives in Karachi to Conduct Ashara Mubaraka Sermons

His Holiness Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin is greeted by local officials as he arrives in Karachi to conduct Ashara Mubaraka sermons

The story was reported in The Express Tribune, Biz Today and THE NEWS

The vibrant city of Karachi welcomed His Holiness Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, the leader of the worldwide Dawoodi Bohra community, as he arrived today for Ashara Mubaraka, the annual Muharram congregation to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Husain, the grandson of Prophet Mohammed SAW, a significant event in the Islamic calendar. Syedna was warmly received by Sindh Governor Kamran Tessori, Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah, Chief Secretary Syed Asif Haider Shah, IG Sindh Ghulam Nabi Haider and other government officials along with senior members of the Dawoodi Bohra community in Karachi.

As Dawoodi Bohras from around the world gather in Karachi to observe Ashara Mubaraka, they bring with them traditions and values that complement Pakistan’s rich socio-cultural mosaic. This convergence is a testament to the dynamism that defines both the Dawoodi Bohras and the country of Pakistan.

Following an invitation extended by the Government of Pakistan and the local Dawoodi Bohra community, His Holiness has chosen Karachi to host the Ashara Mubaraka congregations this year. Over 80,000 Dawoodi Bohras from Pakistan and around the world are expected to attend the event and benefit from the sermons and discourses.

Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin will deliver a series of sermons over nine days, starting from the 8th of July 2024 at Taheri Masjid, Saddar, and there will be a live telecast to over 21 centres in other parts of Karachi as well as the neighbouring city of Hyderabad.

Shabbir Harianawala, media coordinator for the Dawoodi Bohras in Karachi said, “Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin chooses a different city each year as the venue for Ashara Mubaraka for the Dawoodi Bohra community. We feel particularly blessed that this year Karachi has been chosen by Syedna to host the Ashara Mubaraka congregations”

He added: “This year’s Ashara Mubaraka event in Karachi is a manifestation of the unity in diversity that defines both the Dawoodi Bohras and our country as the local Bohra community hosts thousands of members from diverse geographies, professions, and walks of life, all converging for a common cause: the remembrance of Imam Husain. This spirit of unity and selflessness is mirrored in the Ashara Mubaraka observance in Pakistan.”

Various committees have been set up to handle accommodation, transport, food, and provide other necessary facilities to ensure that guests coming from all parts of the world are able to participate fully and in the best possible manner. Harianawala continued: “We’re grateful to the government and local authorities for their support and assistance in hosting thousands of attendees, and ensuring that they have a comfortable stay in the city.”

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