Breaking silence over the issue of successorship of the late Syedna Dr Mohammed Burhanuddin that recently broke out in the closely knit Dawoodi Bohra community, an official note issued to all members by the community office i.e. Anjuman-e-Shiate Ali refuted claims of the Syedna’s half-brother while requesting the media to restrain from reporting on the alleged false claims.
A week after the Syedna’s demise, the association, which conducts administrative affairs of the community, sent a mail which was titled ‘press release’, stating the claims of Khuzaima Qutbuddin are false. It read, “While the worldwide Dawoodi Bohra community still mourns the demise of their spiritual leaders - the 52nd Dai al-Multaq, his holiness Dr Syedna Mohommed Burhanuddin, his half-brother Mr Khuzaima Qutbuddin has falsely claimed that the late His Holiness, the 52nd Dai al-Multaq had appointed him (Khuzaima Qutbuddin) as his successor.”
It also claims that the late Syedna had appointed his second son Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin as his successor 47 years ago and had confirmed the same on several occasions.
“The 52nd Dai al-Multaq, appointed his second son Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin as his successor. The appointment was explicitly made and reaffirmed on several occasions over a period of 47 years. Mr Khuzaima Qutbuddin is misleading the media and leveling unjustified allegations on our revered leader Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, the 53rd Dai al-Multaq,” read the note.
Meanwhile, even as this email was received by community members, over 5,000 Dawoodi Bohras in Pune took to the streets in a peace march supporting successor Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin and asking for media speculations to be put to rest
The community members even carried out a signature campaign, said sources and around 10 am congregated at Camp’s Hussainy Baug to express their solidarity with their 53rd Dai-al-Mutlaq. The peace march was led by Abdeali Nooruddin, Pune head of the community handed over a memorandum signed by 11,600 members to the commissioner of Pune and the district collector.
“A signature campaign was organised till late in the evening at Pune Camp, Fakhri Hills, city and Kirkee and within hours, more than 11,600 individuals, men and women, came and signed the resolution. The resolution along with the signatures were handed over to the district collector, Vikas Deshmukh by Janab Abdeali Nooruddin, head of the Dawoodi Bohra community in Pune. A second set was handed over to the Pune police commissioner,” said a spokesperson.
The other side...
Meanwhile, in another email sent within minutes of the press release emailed to community members, a public notice was issued by Fatemi Dawat which was representing affairs of Syedna’s half-brother Khuzaima Qutbuddin, which claimed that he was the sole trustee of all the Wakfs/ trusts of the Dawoodi Bohra community including the Dawat-e-Hadiyah Trust. It asked all concerned people not to deal with any of the Wakfs/ trusts of the Dawoodi Bohra community in any manner whatsoever without his permission.