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.
Originally from India and Pakistan, members of the Dawoodi Bohra faith have lived and worked in Detroit for several generations. Despite our relatively small numbers, we play an active role in the communities surrounding Masjid ul Burhani in Farmington Hills. Like Dawoodi Bohras throughout the U.S., our community consists of entrepreneurs, businesspeople and professionals, including doctors, lawyers, accountants, and teachers.
One of our principles is “love of your country is part of faith.” Our deep commitment to our faith means that we share the values of our fellow patriotic Americans that include an emphasis on education, hard work, feeding the hungry, access to housing, women’s rights, health care, protecting the environment, engagement with other faiths, and most importantly loving one’s country. In short, we are proud of the contribution we make to Detroit; and in return, Detroit has welcomed us with open arms.
We invite you to visit us at our masjid in Farmington Hills. We appreciate the opportunity to welcome you and offer our support in making our diverse communities even safer and more respectful places to live and work.
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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