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The Dawoodi (Daudi) Bohra Web Encyclopedia

The Noble Quran (16:125) says:

"Call unto the way of your Lord with wisdom and good exhortation, and reason with them in the best way. Lo ! Your Lord best knows those who go astray from His path and He knows best those who are rightly guided."

Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said:

"He who wants this world should seek knowledge; he who wants the afterlife should seek knowledge; and he who wants both should also seek knowledge."

Amir-ul-Mumineen Maulana Ali ibn Abu Talib (AS) said:

"Through knowledge, one knows Allah (SWT) and is able to worship Him (SWT) properly."

Our Imams (SA) have declared:

"We bear no enmity to any knowledge and we no bear no prejudice for any religon. However, our ilm is such that it overhelms all others."

** The Dawoodi Bohras are a (mainly) Gujarati speaking Shiite Muslim sect, following the Fatimid school of jurisprudence. The Daudi (used interchangeably with Dawoodi) Bohras trace their ancestry to early conversions to Ismaili Shiism during the reign of the Fatimid caliph-Imam, al-Mustansir (AS) (AH 427-487/1036-1094 AD). When schisms occurred in the Ismaili dawah (mission) in the eleventh and twelfth centuries in Egypt, the Ismailis in India followed the Fatimid Tayyibi dawah of Yemen. Subsequently, this community split a number of times, due to differences in followers over the successions to the post of dai-al-mutlaq (absolute summoner). The Daudi Bohras, named after their 27th Dai, Syedna Daud ibn Qutubshah (d.1612), now pay allegiance to the leadership of His Holiness, Dr. Syedna Muhammad Burhanuddin (TUS), the present Dai. The dai-al-mutlaq operates as the sole representative of the secluded Ismaili Imam

** This abstract is an excerpt from an article for the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic world, written by Sheikh Mustafa Abdulhussein

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