Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting with the members of the Dawoodi Bohra community in Houston, Texas during his visit to the United States in September 2019 (Image courtesy: PMO)
The Dawoodi Bohra communities from across America are eagerly looking forward to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the United States starting Tuesday.
The Dawoodi Bohras are Muslims hailing mainly from the Indian subcontinent. They also have large numbers in Pakistan, Yemen, East Africa, and the Middle East, as well as growing populations in Europe, North America, South East Asia, and Australia.
The leader of the community, Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, serves as the spiritual and temporal guide of the worldwide Dawoodi Bohras community and primarily resides in India.
Prime Minister Modi has had a long association with the Dawoodi Bohra community, including during his time as the Chief Minister of Gujarat, saying that their affection keeps raining on him wherever he goes.
Earlier this year, while inaugurating the new campus of Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah (Saifee Academy) – the principal educational institute of the Dawoodi Bohra community – at Marol in Mumbai, PM Modi said that he was attending the event not as a Prime Minister but as a family member who has been associated with the community for four generations.
“When I go somewhere not only in the country but also abroad, my Bohra brothers and sisters definitely come to meet me,” the Prime Minister remarked as he highlighted the love and concern of the Bohra community for India.
“The people of the Bohra community in foreign lands can act as brand ambassadors of shining India. The Dawoodi Bohra community will continue to play an important role in reaching the goal of a developed India,” said PM Modi.
Speaking at inauguration of new campus of Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah in Mumbai. https://t.co/GFJUItMh9l
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 10, 2023
With over 5,000 families, the Dawoodi Bohras are spread across the United States and, despite their relatively small numbers, have played an important role in their local societies.
During his visit to the country in September 2019, PM Modi interacted with the members of the community in Houston, Texas.
The community members felicitated the PM and spotlighted his association with ‘Syedna Sahib’ besides recalling the Prime Minister’s visit to Indore’s Saifee Mosque to attend Ashara Mubaraka – the commemoration of the martyrdom of Imam Hussain.
Tweeting after the interaction, PM Modi said, “The Dawoodi Bohra community has distinguished itself across the world. In Houston, I had the opportunity to spend time with them and speak about a wide range of issues.”
The Dawoodi Bohra community felicitates PM @narendramodi in Houston. They recall PM Modi’s visit to Indore last year to attend a programme of their community as well as highlight PM Modi’s association with Syedna Sahib. pic.twitter.com/PBOd0k0PTv
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) September 22, 2019
Earlier today, children and adults from the Dawoodi Bohra communities in Houston and Collin County got together in welcoming Prime Minister of India.
“The community is honoured to be part of this historic occasion, reflecting on their commitment to fostering harmony between their beloved home, the United States, and their cherished Indian roots,” tweeted the Dawoodi Bohras of USA.
Children and adults from the #Houston & #CollinCounty #DawoodiBohra communities join @cgihou Shri Aseem ji Mahajan & @IndianEmbassyUS in welcoming honorable @PMOIndia @narendramodi on his visit to the #USA. The community is honored to be part of this historic occasion, reflecting… pic.twitter.com/qaApDUTyMV
— The Dawoodi Bohras of USA 🇺🇸 (@Bohras_USA) June 19, 2023
The community members in California also put out a video to extend a warm welcome to PM Modi.
“Many American Dawoodi Bohras have deep spiritual and familial ties with India and are proud to contribute to the strong bonds between the two nations,” the members said.
As Consul General @nagentv looks to welcome honorable @PMOIndia @narendramodi on his visit to the #USA, the #DawoodiBohra communities from #California & across the country are pleased to join him, @CGISFO, & @IndianEmbassyUS in extending a warm welcome. Many American… pic.twitter.com/CGHa5Cd2dz
— The Dawoodi Bohras of USA 🇺🇸 (@Bohras_USA) June 16, 2023
Earlier this month, TV Nagendra Prasad, the Consul General of India in San Francisco, visited Dawoodi Bohra centre in Fremont to celebrate the community’s centuries-old rich Indian heritage.