Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today condoled the demise of spiritual leader of Dawoodi Bohra community, Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, saying his appeal went beyond the community and his humanism inspired people of all faiths.
Expressing deep sadness at the demise of the spiritual leader, Singh said he led the Dawoodi Bohra Community with wisdom and enlightenment. "His appeal went beyond the community as his compassion and humanism inspired people of all faiths."
The Prime Minister extended his heartfelt condolences to the followers of Syedna.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi also expressed grief at the demise of Syedna.
In her condolence message, she said Syedna was not just a leader of a particular community, but brought people of all faiths together and was respected by people of all faiths.
"His contribution went far beyond the religious sphere. He was steadfast in promoting education, particularly among girls, and remained committed to the cause of improved civic life and infrastructure," she said.
Syedna (102) died this morning after a cardiac arrest at his residence in South Mumbai.
In Mumbai, the one-of-its-kind Raudat Tahera mausoleum, which has the entire Quran inscribed in letters of gold and bejewelled with precious stones, the world-class Saifee Hospital, and the ongoing ambitious Saifee Burhani Upliftment project of the redevelopment of Bhendi Bazaar are some of the major initiatives of Syedna.