Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah is the principal educational institute of the Dawoodi Bohra community. The academy has been functioning from its present campus in Surat, India for over two centuries with a sister campus inaugurated here at Karachi, Pakistan in 1404/1983. A third campus was established in Nairobi in 1432/2011 with the official inauguration taking place in 1438/2017. The construction of the latest campus in Mumbai, where classes commenced in 1434/2013 in temporary settings, is nearing completion. The campus in Karachi was inaugurated in 1983 by the former President of Pakistan, General Zia-ul-Haq.
The eleven-year programme covers secondary, undergraduate and graduate education. During their time at Aljamea, students study a range of subjects within the empirical sciences, social sciences and the humanities, as well as select languages. They also receive instruction in life and vocational skills and are able to pursue degrees in various fields from other institutions concurrent with their studies at Aljamea.
One of the most significant features of Aljamea is Mahad al-Zahra. Established by the late Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin in 1976, Mahad al-Zahra is an institute of Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah dedicated to the recitation, memorisation and study of the sciences and arts of the Holy Quran. It is currently headed by Shahzada Husain Burhanuddin, son of Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, current leader of the community.
Members of the Dawoodi Bohra community continually strive to make positive contributions to the healthcare sectors of the regions they inhabit. In Pakistan, there is a growing number of doctors and medical professionals within the community who voluntarily offer their services in their localities. The community’s medical fraternity in Karachi helps run two major hospitals. The Burhani Hospital in Garikhata; and Saifee Hospital, in North Nazimabad Haidry, are both located in the heart of the city and have been serving the people of Pakistan for decades.
The Burhani Hospital established in 1913, was initially a dispensary till 1978. Thereafter, it was repurposed and named Burhani Hospital by the late Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin. Today, Burhani Hospital has 108 indoor beds and provides services to around 6000 in-patients and around 80,000 out-patients annually with the help of dedicated professional staff and state of the art modern equipment. It provides multi-specialist treatments and has the capacity to facilitate major surgeries especially in the fields of Orthopedic (knee and hip replacement), general surgeries (whipple procedures, splenectomy), Endoscopic, Laparoscopic surgeries (Lap Chole, Ureteroscopy (URS) surgeries, Arthroscopies, etc.) and Gynecology / Obstetrician.
Saifee Hospital was established by Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin as Saifee hospital in memory of his revered father, Syedna Taher Saifuddin. The hospital caters to the population of District Central Karachi and has a capacity of 169 beds. It stands out for its 19 consulting rooms where 60 reputed consultants operate their clinics serving nearly 500 patients on a daily basis. The Hospital has 23 Departmental services including a 24/7 hour pharmacy, emergency rooms, diagnostic services and four operation theatres. Saifee Hospital is currently scaling up its capacity to provide better services and accommodate a total of 200 beds by adding two floors to the existing structure.
Saifee Zahabi Institute of Technology
Syedna Taher Saifuddin established Saifee Eide Zahabi Institute of Science and Technology in 1963 to promote technical education in Pakistan. The institute located in North Nazimabad was established in commemoration of his golden jubilee.
The aim of this institute is to provide the younger generation with an opportunity to excel in the field of technical and industrial education, enabling them to play a vital role in the development of the country.
His Holiness Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin Faculty of Law, Karachi University
A new state of the art Faculty of Law building is currently under construction at the University of Karachi. This project, which will be known as the His Holiness Dr Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin Faculty of Law, is entirely funded by Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin and its construction is being undertaken by Dawat-e-Hadiyah, the administrative apparatus of His Holiness.
On the 22nd of January 2021, the ground breaking ceremony of the new construction was performed by the Chancellor of the University of Karachi and Governor of Sindh, Mr Imran Ismail. The size of the plot earmarked for this project is 2 acres. The new construction will facilitate post-graduate studies and clinical courses for nearly 1000 students.