Sultan al-Bohra, His Holiness Dr Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS, is in Kuwait to deliver a sermon at Markaz al-Burhani in Ardiya on the occasion of Chehlum (Arbaeen), which falls on the 30th of October. Chehlum marks the 40th day after the martyrdom of Prophet Mohammed’s SAW grandson, Imam Husain AS, who was slain in Karbala, Iraq. In his sermon, Syedna is expected to narrate the tragedy that befell Imam Husain AS and his family in Karbala highlighting the principles of justice, sacrifice, brotherhood, forgiveness, kindness and piety inherent in this tragedy. During his sermon, His Holiness TUS will also counsel the congregation on key religious and socio-economic issues impacting their lives.
Syedna arrived in Kuwait in the early hours of Friday, 26th October 2018 from Mombasa, Kenya. Upon his arrival at the airport, His Holiness TUS was received by the Amiri Diwan Undersecretary and senior members of the community.
Later on that day, Syedna visited Markaz al-Burhani to lead the Friday prayers where thousands of Dawoodi Bohra members gathered to catch a glimpse and accord a warm welcome to him.
On Sunday the 28th Syedna TUS met with the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Jaber al-Sabah along with other senior ranking members of government.
Speaking of the arrangements made by Kuwait jamaat to host this event, Mr Mufaddal Godhrawala said, “We are deeply fortunate that His Holiness has chosen our land to commemorate the occasion of Chehlum. Our members are putting their best foot forward to ensure that His Holiness and other visitors are served well during their stay in the city.”
Syedna Saifuddin’s TUS visit to Kuwait like other countries where the Dawoodi Bohras reside, represents his deep concern for the well-being of every member of the community. These travels to various cities and towns provide the opportunity for Syedna to interact with, and counsel community members to remain loyal and law-abiding citizens, and contribute to the country’s socio-economic growth by adopting ethical trade practices and protecting the nation’s natural resources.
The Dawoodi Bohra community has a long history in Kuwait with over 23000 community members residing in the country. Most of the members, who hail from Western India, have been at the forefront of the country’s economic progress by contributing as industrialists, traders and professionals across numerous fields.