We are the Dawoodi Bohra community of Karachi

The country’s largest city and its financial powerhouse, Karachi is home to more than 7500 Dawoodi Bohra families spread across 18 neighbourhoods. The largest community centre is located in the North Nazimabad suburb, which is also the location of Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah, the second of four international branches of the Dawoodi Bohra community’s premier seat of learning. Shabbirabad and Saddar are also important community neighbourhoods in the city.

Since before independence, Dawoodi Bohra families have lived and thrived in Karachi. Most community members were predominantly traders and businessmen at the time. Even today, the spirit of enterprise is ingrained in the community ethos. Bohras continue to make headway across different frontiers including industries, businesses and professions.


In accordance with the Prophetic tradition which makes the pursuit of knowledge obligatory upon every Muslim man and woman, seeking education has been of primary importance to the community. In Karachi itself, there are seven community administered schools. Moreover, Syedna Taher Saifuddin, the 51st leader of the community, established the Saifee Eide Zahabi Institute of Technology in 1963 to promote technical education in Pakistan. His son and successor, Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin endowed the Department of Genetics at the University of Karachi. The 53rd and current leader of the community, Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, continues to champion the cause of education with an endowment of the Faculty of Law at the University of Karachi, which is currently under construction.

The community also advocates for health and fitness. The ‘al-Nadi al-Burhani’ is a sports and recreational complex located in the heart of the city which is open to all members of the public. In addition to this, community run hospitals organise health check up camps on a timely basis. Under the banner of Project Rise, community volunteers continue to conduct environment conservation drives and provide relief to the less fortunate

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