Ontario mosque inaugurated by spiritual leader

Children anxiously await the arrival of Syeda Mufaddal Saifuddin, the religious head and spiritual leader of the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community, at a mosque in Ontario, Ca, on Thursday, March 12, 2015. (Staff Photo by Sarah Alvarado/ San Bernardino Sun)
Children anxiously await the arrival of Syeda Mufaddal Saifuddin, the religious head and spiritual leader of the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community, at a mosque in Ontario, Ca, on Thursday, March 12, 2015. (Staff Photo by Sarah Alvarado/ San Bernardino Sun)

Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, religious head and spiritual leader of the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community, came to Ontario on Thursday evening to inaugurate the new mosque at 1027 E. Philadelphia St. The Dawoodi Bohra community is a sect of Shiite Islam with more than one million members worldwide.

The mosque draws believers from throughout the Inland Empire.

“This was a momentous occasion for us, we’ve been waiting for many years for him to come,” said Taher Bandukwala, 51, from Corona who is a leader in the local community. “There was so much anticipation and the excitement was just amazing, especially for the new generation, it’s very important for them to connect to their roots.”

Ontario mosque inaugurated by spiritual leader (Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

ONTARIO: Mosque gets long-awaited blessing

TERRY PIERSON, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER, Ontario Press Enterprise
TERRY PIERSON, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER, Ontario Press Enterprise

On Thursday night, March 12, His Holiness Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, on a visit to California from his home in Mumbai, India, inserted a symbolic key in a door to transform the yellow and white room with gold floral patterns and a crystal chandelier into one of only five Bohra mosques in the state.

…An estimated,1,500 Bohra Muslims came to Ontario not only from throughout Southern California to see their spiritual leader, but also from New York, Chicago, Michigan, Florida and Texas.

ONTARIO: Mosque gets long-awaited blessing (Ontario Press Enterprise)

Rabbi visits mosque consecration

SPECIAL DAY—Rabbi Gabriel Botnick of Temple Aliyah, right, meets His Holiness Da’i Mutlaq Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, spiritual leader of the Dawoodi Bohra, during the consecration of the Mohammedi Center mosque in Woodland Hills last week.
SPECIAL DAY—Rabbi Gabriel Botnick of Temple Aliyah, right, meets His Holiness Da’i Mutlaq Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, spiritual leader of the Dawoodi Bohra, during the consecration of the Mohammedi Center mosque in Woodland Hills last week.

His Holiness Da’i Mutlaq Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, spiritual leader of the Dawoodi Bohra, a Shi’a sect based out of Mumbai, India, visited Woodland Hills last week to consecrate the Mohammedi Center’s mosque.

…two sheikhs of the Mohammedi Center, Aamer Jamali and Adnan Hamid, invited Rabbi Gabriel Botnick from Temple Aliyah in Woodland Hills to welcome Saifuddin in a procession.

Botnick also received an audience with Saifuddin in which the two spiritual leaders discussed their mutual commitment to serving the same God as well as pursuing peace.

Rabbi visits mosque consecration (The Acorn)

High priest travels to bless new Palo Alto mosque

Photo by Veronica Weber. © 2015 Palo Alto Online.
Photo by Veronica Weber. © 2015 Palo Alto Online.

The door opened, a man emerged and a crowd of 2,000 people erupted into thunderous cheers, their excitement tangible.

The man was Syedna Aali Qadr Mufaddal Saifuddin, the 53rd leader of the Dawoodi Bohra, a sub-sect of Shia Islam, and he traveled from India to Palo Alto on Saturday evening to officially bless the city’s first-ever freestanding mosque.

High priest travels to bless new Palo Alto mosque (Palo Alto Online)

Proud to be American, proud to be Muslim

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Syedna presided over a momentous reception, during which several dignitaries welcomed His Holiness to Los Angeles. A representative from the office of Rep Brad Sherman presented Moula with an American flag that had once flown over the capitol. I was watching Moula from a balcony afar, and saw the flag about to be presented to Moula. I turned my head for a split second, only to see when I looked back that Moula had so swiftly stood up out of his chair, and in a half bow of respect, accepted the flag and shook the dignitary’s hand. The flag was then opened, and Moulana held the American flag wide open for all of us to see. What a sight indeed! I’ve never felt more proud to be an American Dawoodi Bohra than when, on his fist visit to America as Dai, Moulana held up our flag, an emblem of our nationality.

Proud to be American, proud to be Muslim (Beliefnet.com; City of Brass)

L.A.’s First Dawoodi Bohra Mosque Gets Its Blessing

The Mohammedi Center in Woodland Hills Photograph courtesy aamerj.wordpress.com
The Mohammedi Center in Woodland Hills
Photograph courtesy aamerj.wordpress.com

During his time in Los Angeles, Saifuddin took an opportunity to accept a U.S. flag from representative Brad Sherman and also to address members of the community about peace and patriotism. Mufaddal Ezzy told LADN that he especially appreciated Saifuddin’s “first gesture in his first address on American soil: patriotism, loyalty and being active in the community in which you live…I had tears in my eyes.”

L.A.’s First Dawoodi Bohra Mosque Gets Its Blessing (LA Magazine)

Islamic world leader inaugurates Woodland Hills mosque

Photos by John McCoy — staff photographer, Los Angeles Daily News
Photos by John McCoy — staff photographer, Los Angeles Daily News

…the Mohammedi Center in Woodland Hills did not become an official mosque of the Dawoodi Bohra until their holy leader arrived Saturday from half a world away to inaugurate it. His reception from a thousand kneeling faithful was deafening.

“This is your outpouring of love — mohabbat — that my father taught you,” said His Holiness Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, the 53rd Dai al-Mutlaq to inherit the spiritual throne of the ancient Shi’a sect based in Mumbai, India. “And you see my love for you.”

For the small San Fernando Valley Dawoodi Bohra congregation of mostly Indian-born professionals, their first mosque in Los Angeles meant they were an immigrant community come of age.

Islamic world leader inaugurates Woodland Hills mosque (LA Daily News)

His Holiness Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, the Religious Head of the Dawoodi Bohra Community, calls on the PM

"Narendra Modi met Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin Sahib in Mumbai" by Narendra Modi - Flickr: Shri Narendra met Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin Sahib in Mumbai
“Narendra Modi met Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin Sahib in Mumbai” by Narendra Modi – Flickr

His Holiness Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, the Religious Head of the Dawoodi Bohra Community, called on the Prime Minister, Shri Modi, in today.

The Prime Minister recalled his long and warm association with Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, the former Religious Head of the Dawoodi Bohra Community, who had passed away last year.

His Holiness Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin appreciated the Prime Minister’s efforts to take India forward, and pledged the community’s support to his initiatives.

His Holiness Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, the Religious Head of the Dawoodi Bohra Community, calls on the PM (Business Standard)