The 78th birthday of Dr Syedna Alikader Mufaddal Saifuddin, religious leader (53rd Dai) of the Dawoodi Bohra community, was celebrated with great fervor in Surat on Wednesday and Thursday.
Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel, State BJP Chairman CR Paatil, Interior Minister Harsh Sanghavi, BJP MP from Surat Darshana Jardosh and several BJP MPs were in the Devdi area on Wednesday evening to greet the religious leader of the Dawoodi Bohra community and ask for his blessings. The religious priest welcomed CM Patel by presenting him with a shawl.
The celebrations also included processions by community groups from Gujarat and Maharashtra, with Saifee scouts and a musical feast of around 25 groups.
On Thursday, the 53rd Dai of the community was engaged in preaching the religion to a large number of people. “Every year we celebrate the birthday of Dr Syedna Burhanuddin (the 52nd Dai) and the birthday of Dai, Dr Alikader Mufaddal Saifuddin, in the city of Surat. Over thousands of people from Gujarat and other states and even overseas have participated in various events and religious sermons from His Holiness and obtained his blessings, ”said Hatim Fakhar, spokesperson for Dawoodi Bohra Community Trust .
The Zampa Bazaar area in Surat is the seat of the community. Over the past few days, the region has witnessed a massive influx of community members from various parts of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and foreign countries such as the Gulf countries, Africa and the Europe, to attend religious events and programs, in their traditional dresses like rida (colorful burkha for women) and a special type of kafni and pajamas with koti (for men). Only people in traditional attire from the Bohra community are allowed to attend the events, sources said.
The Devdi area at Zampa Bazaar has been adorned with lights and flags to mark the 53rd Dai anniversary celebrations. The opportunity also sees a surge in the local economy. A number of residents rent their additional spaces to visiting community members. All the shops in the Zampa Bazar district stay open until late at night to meet the crowds.