Dawoodi Bohras of Detroit Share Message of Unity and Peace with Friends and Neighbors
Detroit, June 7, 2019: The Dawoodi Bohra congregation of Anjuman-e-Najmi mosque in Farmington Hills, Michigan, hosted a gathering of esteemed guests on Friday June 7 in celebration of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. The Dawoodi Bohras Muslims are renowned the world over for their culinary skills, and the Detroit community was delighted to have the opportunity to share a traditional Bohra meal with local friends and neighbors, and to impart a multi-faith message of unity and peace.
Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence was joined by various elected officials, members of the local interfaith community, and many Bohra families living in the Detroit area. State Representative Christine Greig and State Senator Jeremy Moss helped to organize the evening’s festivities.
Ramadan is a month of reflection and prayer, marked by meals with friends and relatives, and the exchange of gifts. The celebration of Eid is often a time when Muslims open their doors to neighbors of all religions, an occasion to celebrate all faiths and humanity.
On display throughout the evening was a “Youth United Mural”, created by young adults from local Muslim, Christian and Jewish communities, and each guest went home with a beautiful flowering plant as a illustration of unity and peace.
Speaking on behalf of the Dawoodi Bohra Muslims community of Detroit, Amil Saheb said, “We are a community known for our commitment to our faith, education, and service to society. For example, we are involved with the Farmington Interfaith Association, and our youngsters continue to be of service to their community via initiatives like Youth United and C.A.R.E.S, an upliftment project in south east Michigan supported by young Muslims, Christians and Jews.”
Guest of Honor, Congresswoman Lawrence , said, “A community is only as strong as the neighbors who live there. The Bohra’s have used their voices to make progress on countless issues including gender equality and the environment. As a country we must continue to work together to strengthen the ties of our communities because no one should be turned away because of religion, race, gender or culture.”
The evening culminated with a traditional Dawoodi Bohra dinner, followed by a tour of the newly-built masjid in Farmington Hills.
CONGRESSWOMAN BRENDA LAWRENCE JOINS BOHRA MUSLIM’s INTERFAITH CELEBRATION OF EID
Dawoodi Bohra Muslims of Detroit Share Message of Unity and Peace with Friends and Neighbors
A range of distinguished guests joined the Dawoodi Bohras’ Eid celebration to promote a message of unity and peace, including: State Representatives: Representative Christine Greig, Senator Jeremy Moss, Representative Matt Koleszar, Representative Laurie Pohutsky, and Representative Yousef Rabhi, Officials of City of Farmington Hills Mayor Kenneth Massey, Mayor Pro Tem Michael Bridges, City Council Member Randy Bruce. Attendees also included representatives from the Holocaust Museum, the Interfaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit, the First Presbyterian Church of Farmington, Adat Shalom Synagogue, Michigan Roundtable for Diversity & Inclusion, Emgage, Islamic Center of America, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Hope Lutheran, Farmington Hills Police Department, CARES of Farmington Hills, Islamic House of Wisdom, Muslim Community of Western Suburbs (MCWS), Trinity in the Woods Episcopal Church and Sikh Foundation.
About the Dawoodi Bohras
The Dawoodi Bohras Muslims hail mainly from West India and East Africa. There are around one million Dawoodi Bohras Muslims in the world, including 130 families in Detroit. We worship at the Burhani masjid, or mosque, in Farmington Hills, and have lived and worked peacefully in Detroit for many years. Despite our small numbers, Bohras all over the world play important roles in their societies. As part of our deep commitment to our faith, we place great emphasis on American values of equal rights for women, enhancing the environment, engagement with other faiths, a love for one’s country, and personal health and hygiene. With a particular focus on hard work and education, many American Bohras are doctors, nurses, teachers, academics and successful business people. We are proud of the contribution we make to American society, and hope to be active participants in our local communities. For more information, please visit: www.detroitdawoodibohras.com.