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Dawoodi Bohras observe Ashara Mubaraka in their homes

6 September, 2020

The city of Colombo was bustling with thousands of Dawoodi Bohras from all parts of the world around this time last year to commemorate the ten days of Ashara Mubaraka with their leader, His Holiness Dr. Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, the 53rd al-Dai al-Mutlaq and head of the Dawoodi Bohra community.

This year, however, the streets of Bambalapitiya and Masjid premises across the world are silent, as the members of the Dawoodi Bohra community observed Ashara Mubaraka in their homes.

Ashara Mubaraka - The Blessed Ten

At the beginning of the Islamic year during the month of Muharram, the Dawoodi Bohra community commemorates the martyrdom of Imam Husain ibn Ali AS, the grandson of Prophet Mohammed SAW.

For the Dawoodi Bohra community, this ten-day period, known as ʿAshara Mubaraka’, is a time of spiritual reflection and educational growth.

Starting on the 2nd day of the month of Muharram and delivered over nine days, sermons delivered by His Holiness Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin explore themes of justice, sacrifice, brotherhood, forgiveness, kindness and piety, all qualities that manifest themselves in the tragedy that befell Imam Husain AS and his companions in Karbala, Iraq, which ultimately led to his martyrdom.

This year, the ʿAshara Mubaraka sermons commenced on August 19 and concluded on 28.

Ashara Mubaraka sermons online

Year 2020 has been a year of change in all aspects of our lives, including the way prayer and faith is observed. Adhering to government guidelines and instructions on social distancing due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this year, Dawoodi Bohra communities the world over observed Ashara Mubaraka in their homes with their families by following prayers and sermons online; just as they did during Ramadan and other recent religious occasions.

Recordings of the sermons delivered by His Holiness Dr. Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, and predecessors, Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin and Syedna Taher Saifuddin are being relayed online, directly to their homes.

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