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Breakaway Dawoodi Bohra leaders to have a conference on Tuesday

Tuesday, 11 March 2014 - 6:15am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

Supporters and children of Khuzaima Qutbuddin, the self-declared new Syedna of the million strong Dawoodi Bohra community will for the first time be addressing a press gathering. The interaction will take place at the Trident Hotel. As per the press release, Khuzaima's children "Dr. Abdeali Qutbuddin and Dr. Aziz Qutbuddin will be sharing their views / plans on the 53rd Dai ul-Mutlaq."

Soon after the demise of the Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, the 52nd Dai Ul Mutlaq of the community on January 17, there was a revolt of sorts in the community. Khuzaima Qutbuddin, the late leader's brother who until then was Mazoon, the second position to Dai, declared himself as the rightful successor. Burhanuddin, on the other hand had anointed his second son, Mufaddal Saifuddin as the new Syenda and 53rd Dai.

In a press statement after Burhanuddin's demise, the Khuzaima stated that the late Burhanuddin had performed the ceremony of succession on him in private as early as December 10, 1965.

The press statement alleged that "Mufaddal, his brothers and some other family members were took advantage of a severe debilitating stroke that had affected Syedna following his 100th birthday in London. They immediately and unilaterally made the untenable and false claim that Sydena Burhanuddin in that condition had appointed Mufaddal as his successor."

Over a month ago, dna had sent a questionnaire to Khuzaima wanting to know why the latter did not speak up or challenge the succession of Mufaddal in the presence of late Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin. In the response, while there was no direct response to the questions, a release stated "Syedna Qutbuddin in accordance with Syenda Burhanuddin's wishes, revealed that he was chosen successor immediately after Syedna Burhanuddin's sad demise."

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