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Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin

Mohammed Burhanuddin   (6 March 1915 – 17 January 2014)[3] was the 52nd Dā‘ī l-Muṭlaq (Dai, or Unrestricted Missionary) of the Dawoodi Bohras. The Dawoodi Bohras are a sub group within the Mustaali, Ismaili Shia branch of Islam.


Burhanuddin was born in Surat, Gujarat, India.   He got the laqab of Burhanuddin at age of 15 on his occasion of misaq. He received the designation of Haddiyyat (Sheikh) from 51st Dai in 1931[6] and later designated as mazoon in 1934.[7] He was appointed to be the future Dā‘ī at the age of 19 by his father, his predecessor Dā‘ī l-Muṭlaq, Taher Saifuddin. He became hafiz in 1935[8] and married Amatullah Aai two years later.[9]

In 1961,[10] he made a trip to Yemen to visit the earlier Dais of Yemen and consequently received the designation of "Mansurul-Yemen"[9] In 1965,[11] he became 52nd Dai on death of his father Taher Saifuddin.[9] He has seven sons and three daughters and all members of his family reside at Saifee Mahal, Mumbai.[9]Burhanuddin's 100th birthday according to the Islamic calendar (western age of 97), was celebrated on 25 March 2011.[12] The event was attended by large numbers of his followers at celebrations in Mumbai.[13] Burhanuddin appointed his second son, Syedi wa maulaya Aaliqadr Mufaddal Saifuddin, as his successor in June 2011 during his London stay.[14][15]


Burhanuddin died on 17 January 2014 at the age of 98 due to heart attack in Mumbai.[2]
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