We are the Dawoodi Bohra community of Detroit. As part of the Shia branch of Islam, the Dawoodi Bohras are a million-strong global faith with 140 families here in Detroit. We worship at our masjid, or mosque, Masjid ul Burhani, in the Farmington Hills suburb of Detroit.
Who We Are…
Dawoodi Bohras follow the Shi’a Fatimi school of jurisprudence of Islam. We believe in the Oneness of God, the Prophet Mohammed al-Mustafa as the final messenger of Allah, and the holy Qur’an as the final message to mankind. The Detroit jamaat, or congregation, was established in 1971 by our then spiritual leader, the late Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin.
In 1988 our jamaat (or community), Anjuman-e-Najmi, was honored to build the first Dawoodi Bohra masjid in the Western Hemisphere right here in Detroit. Our community continues to grow and flourish under the guidance of His Holiness, Dr. Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS, the 53rd Dai ul-Mutlaq or spiritual leader of the Bohra faith, who resides in India.
The Dawoodi Bohra families of Michigan have lived and worked peacefully in and around Detroit for many years. Our 130 families worship at the Burhani masjid, or mosque, in Farmington Hills, which was built in 1988.
Despite our relatively small numbers, Bohras all over the world play important roles in their local societies. Our deep commitment to our faith means that we share many important American values, particularly education and hard work, equal rights for women, enhancing the natural environment, engagement with other faiths, a love for one’s country, and personal health and hygiene.
Our current and 53rd spiritual leader, Dr. Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, regularly reminds us of the role that each of us must play to be a model citizen of the country in which we live, and how we must always be loyal and law-abiding.
With a particular focus on hard work and education, most American Dawoodi Bohras are doctors, nurses, teachers, academics and successful business people. Our Detroit community includes 57 locally owned small businesses, including 25 owned by women; 62 healthcare professionals, including 28 women; and professionals in information technology and engineering. In addition, over 98% of students in our community go on to higher education in colleges and universities.
We are proud of the contribution we make to American society. Our members are regularly involved in local community upliftment projects, and our children are encouraged to be active and engaged citizens. We are also members of Interfaith Associations, and are committed to working with all communities in order to make a positive contribution to local society.
We invite you to visit us at our masjid in Farmington Hills, where you will receive a warm welcome and a genuine offer of support to make our diverse communities even safer and more respectful places to live and work.
The Dawoodi Bohras of Detroit
We are the Dawoodi Bohra community of Detroit. As part of the Shia branch of Islam, the Dawoodi Bohras are a million-strong global faith with around 140 families here in Detroit. We worship at the Anjuman-e-Najmi masjid, or mosque, in the Farmington Hills suburb of Detroit