Indian Consul General, Police, Business, Faith & Political Leaders Gather for Birmingham Dawoodi Bohras Eid Celebrations

A host of local dignitaries gathered for the Dawoodi Bohras’ multifaith luncheon in celebration of Eid ul Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan.

The Dawoodi Bohras of Birmingham, like millions of Muslims around the world, have been observing the holy month of Ramadan.  Members of the faith fasted from dawn to dusk, recited the Quran, shared meals, and engaged in charitable work, such as organizing local food drives.

Guests at the Eid celebration included Dr Venkatachalam Murugan, Indian Consul General; Chaman Lal, Lord Mayor of Birmingham City Council; representatives of Birmingham’s police, schools, businesses and charities; councillors; faith leaders; and Dr Nasir Awan MBE DL, Deputy Lieutenant for HM King Charles III.

Guests were given a tour of the masjid complex, and a special message from His Holiness Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, the global leader of the Dawoodi Bohras, was read out.  All delighted in the “Eid Mela” – a festival organised around the time of Eid – featuring stalls offering a range of traditional and contemporary foods, as well as booths showcasing Bohra clothes, crafts and jewelry.  To eat, guests enjoyed dates, biryani and sheer khurma, a rich vermicelli pudding served as a starter and made with milk, dates, and nuts.

Dr Nasir Awan MBE DL said, “It was an honour to join the Eid celebrations of the Dawoodi Bohra community.  This was my first visit to the mosque.  It was most impressive, both the beautiful structure and learning about the activities that serve not just the local Muslim community but contribute to the local residents.”

Fajli Bibi, President of the Global Centre of Excellence in Sustainability, reflected, “I was really touched to see the women actively involved in the mosque’s activities, particularly in matters of empowerment.  Witnessing their dedication and progress is truly inspiring.  It’s crucial to continue fostering an inclusive environment where women can thrive and contribute meaningfully.”

Dr Venkatachalam Murugan, Consul General of India, added, “The Dawoodi Bohras’ commitment to not only enhancing their own lives and businesses but also supporting one another and striving for the collective well-being of their communities is commendable.”

Abdulqadir Abdulali of the Birmingham Dawoodi Bohras commented, “We are deeply grateful for the warmth shown by these distinguished leaders of Birmingham.  It is our privilege to serve this city.  We are delighted that so many Birmingham dignitaries of all faiths joined our Eid celebrations to mark the end of Ramadan.”

The Dawoodi Bohra community of Birmingham has lived and worked in the city since the 1970s.  Over 160 families congregate at Saifee Masjid in the Jewellery Quarter.  As patriotic Brits, the Dawoodi Bohras work hard to make a positive contribution to society.  Over 70% of its members are professionals, including business owners, teachers, dentists, opticians, pharmacists, and many who proudly work for the NHS.

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