We are the Dawoodi Bohra community of London
The Dawoodi Bohra families of London have lived and worked peacefully in and around Ealing since the 1960s. Our masjid – or mosque – is called Husainy Masjid and is located in Northolt. It is a central meeting point for over 1000 families in our community.
Who We Are
With a focus on hard work and education, many Dawoodi Bohras run successful businesses: creating jobs, generating wealth, and contributing to the development of the capital. With an emphasis on higher education for both men and women, our community includes many doctors, IT professionals, teachers, academics, public servants and business owners spread over most of London’s 32 boroughs. We are proud of the contribution we make to London society, and strive to continue to be a positive influence within this diverse metropolis.
Dr Idris Zainuddin, representative of His Holiness Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin and President of the local community, was appointed in 1964 and since then has helped members of the faith to prosper and integrate within British society.
Recognising our efforts to promote peace, prosperity and goodwill, Dawoodi Bohra leaders visiting from India have been welcomed over the decades by government and community leaders alike. Throughout more than 70 visits combined, the late Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin and Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin firmly established Bohras as contributing residents of the country, encouraging the community to make a positive impact and build lasting friendships throughout London and its neighbouring areas.
Our story begins in the 1960s when a few Dawoodi Bohras from East Africa moved to London in search of a new and better future for themselves and their families. They welcomed the 52nd leader of the Dawoodi Bohras – or al-Dai al-Mutlaq – the Late Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin in 1974 at Porchester Hall. As the community continued to grow, families found a home in the ‘Burhani Centre’ in Fulham. The Late Dr Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin visited from India countless times and encouraged the community to create a permanent centre for worship.
In 1996, our jamaat (community), Anjuman-e-Burhani was honoured to build the first Dawoodi Bohra masjid in Europe and the largest in the Western Hemisphere at the time. Husainy Masjid sits within Mohammedi Park Complex, which houses the masjid, the community kitchen, the homes of some community members and most notably the mausoleum of the consort of the Late Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin – who is also the mother of the current leader, or al-Dai al-Mutlaq, His Holiness Dr Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin.
We are proud of the contribution that we make to London society. Our members are regularly involved in local upliftment projects, and our children are encouraged to be active and engaged citizens. We support local food banks with monthly donations and sponsor fundraisers for local and national charities.
Today, the Dawoodi Bohra community of London spans over four generations. The community is engaged in a variety of efforts in partnership with government and local organisations to support education, protect the environment, and serve those in need.
We are committed to integrating within our community and embracing all cultures just as we have been embraced by many over the years.