We are the Dawoodi Bohra community of Michigan.
The Dawoodi Bohras are Muslims mainly originating from West India. There are around one million Dawoodi Bohras in the world, including 130 families in Detroit.
Dawoodi Bohra follow the Shi’a Fatimi school of jurisprudence of Islam, which is one of the three main Shi’a interpretations of Islam. We adhere to the teachings of the Prophet Mohammed and the Fatemi Imams, who are descendants of the Prophet Mohammed.
We are led by a spiritual leader, or Dai-al-Mutlaq, who acts as guide, mentor and the final interpreter of religion in the contemporary age. Our current and 53rd spiritual leader is Dr. Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin. Like his predecessors, he 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, engaged and law-abiding.
The word Bohra comes from the Gujarati word vehru or “trade” and many members of our community are successful business owners. The value we place on education and hard work has also enabled Bohras in Detroit to work in the fields of healthcare, academia and engineering. We are proud of the contribution we make to society in Detroit, and strive to be a positive influence among the diverse mosaic of the Farmington Hills and greater metro-Detroit community.