Sultan al Bohra Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin. Image Credit: Supplied

ABU DHABI: The Bohra Islamic Cultural Complex at Mohammed bin Zayed City was packed to capacity on December 4, as thousands of Dawoodi Bohra community members, along with government officials, diplomats and ambassadors, gathered to welcome Sultan al Bohra Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin.

Syedna Saifuddin arrived from Colombo, Sri Lanka, at Dubai International Airport, from where he was escorted to Abu Dhabi. He was warmly received by senior officials from the Indian Consulate and leaders from the Dawoodi Bohra community in the UAE.

Sultan al Bohra is expected to deliver a sermon in which he will counsel community members on matters pertaining to religious affairs, placing strong emphasis upon loyalty towards one’s country as well as contributing in the fullest manner towards its growth and development.

Kinana Jamaluddin, Dawoodi Bohra community leader, said, “The community in Abu Dhabi and other emirates is overjoyed with the arrival of Sultan al Bohra Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin. Various socio-cultural programmes have been planned during his stay in the city.”

“We are grateful to the authorities for their continuous support and cooperation during his visit and ensuring a comfortable stay for all our guests,” he added.

As part of his visit to the city, Syedna Saifuddin will interact with community members. He is also expected to meet with notable personalities, including government officials, diplomats and ambassadors, to strengthen friendship and discuss areas of common interest.

The Dawoodi Bohra Muslim Community in Abu Dhabi is primarily engaged in business, and also includes highly qualified and experienced professionals employed in different sectors, including education, medical sciences, information technology, accounting, engineering and the oil and gas industry.