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Anjuman-e-Saifee

New Zealand

About Us

Anjuman-e-Saifee(New Zealand) is a non-profit organization administering and managing the affairs of the Dawoodi Bohra community in New Zealand.

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Who are we

The Dawoodi Bohras are a religious denomination within the Ismā'īlī branch of Shia Islam that trace their heritage to the Fatimi Imams, the direct descendants of the Prophet Mohammed, in Egypt. Aggregating to around two million members, the Dawoodi Bohras are spread across 40 countries around the globe including New Zealand. Hailing predominantly from the Indian Subcontinent, over a 100 families have settled in Auckland as early as fifty years ago.

Phil Twyford - Member of New Zealand Parliment

Phil Twyford - Member of New Zealand Parliment

Chris Carter - Former Member of New Zealand Parliment

Community members with Chris Carter - Member of New Zealand Parliment

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Our Faith

Practicing 'Monotheism', the Bohras strongly believe in 'Allah Taʿala' (one true God) and in the Holy Quran as the word of Allah. The basis of their faith lies on the 'seven pillars of Islam'; the most important being 'Walayah' which is devotion to the prophet Muhammad and his descendants. They strive to always adhere to religious practices ordained by the sharia which include reciting the Holy Quran, praying five times a day and fasting during the month of Ramadan.

United in thought and action, the community is guided by the 'Dai al-Mutlaq' who is the sole representative of the Imam. Their current leader is the 53rd al-Dai al-Mutlaq, His Holiness Dr. Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS, who resides in India. His Holiness is constantly touring the globe to mentor and inspire his followers while administering the community's affairs, both secular and religious.

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Our spiritual leader and 53rd Da'i al-Mutlaq - His Holiness Syedna Abu Ja'farus Sadiq Aali Qadr Mufaddal Saifuddin Saheb (T.U.S.)

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Our Culture and Traditions

We are a blend of Yemeni, Egyptian, African, Pakistani, and Indian cultures. Our common tongue, Lisan al-Dawat deriving from Arabic, Urdu, Persian, Sanskrit, and Gujarati.

We wear a distinct form of attire. The men traditionally dress in a predominantly white, three-piece outfit with a white cap (topi) usually laced in a golden arabesque design. The women wear a two piece dress called rida - the bright colors, patterns and lace, and the fact that it does not cover a woman's face are its distinguishing features.

We have a unique system of communal eating in groups of eight or nine people seated around a 'thāl' or a particularly large metal plate. Each course of the meal is served around the thal for people to share fostering a sense of solidarity and unity among the people eating together.

A traditional Bohra thaal

A traditional Bohra thaal

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Our Contribution

We today are a thriving, tight-knit, through service, highly educated, business-minded and qualified group with expertise and experience in various walks of life. Love and loyalty towards one’s country is an integral part of our faith. We actively contribute to the societies where they live and work by participating in community projects and interfaith associations.

Project Rise

A Dawoodi Bohra Initiative

Project Rise is a philanthropic endeavour initiated by the Dawoodi Bohras which is being implemented wherever the community resides across the world. The community here in Auckland regularly partakes in communal activities like organizing food drives, beach clean-ups and tree plantations alongside local government organizations.

Tree Plantations

Community members with Mayor Phil Goff at a tree plantation event.

Tree Plantations

Members and children of the Auckland community participating in tree plantations under the 'Project Rise' banner.

Tree Plantations

Members and children of the Auckland community participating in tree plantations under the 'Project Rise' banner.

Beach Cleanup

Members and children of the Auckland community participating in beach clean-ups under the 'Project Rise' banner.

Food Drive

Members and children of the Auckland community participating in a food drive under the 'Project Rise' banner.

Contact

Get In Touch.

The Dawoodi Bohras of Auckland have resided in New Zealand for nearly five decades. We regularly congregate at the 'Vajihi Markaz' their designated community center in Henderson to offer prayers and attend majlis (gatherings) for the remembrance of Allah.

Vajihi Markaz

Out Community Center - Vajihi markaz in Henderson, West Auckland

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Contact Information
Where to Find Us

302 Great North Road
Henderson, Auckland
New Zealand

Email Us At

info@nzjamaat.org