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Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, leader of the Dawoodi Bohra, accepts the position of chancellor of the Jamia Millia Islamia

Dr. Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin has been chosen by the Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) court to serve as the university's chancellor. Beginning on March 14, Dr. Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin will take over for a five-year term.

Mufaddal Saifuddin (Arabic: عـالي قـدر مُـفـضّـل سـيـفُ ٱلـدّين, romanized: Aali Qadr Mufaddal Saifuddin is the spiritual leader, the 53rd Da'i al-Mutlaq of one million Dawoodi Bohras, a subgroup of the Tayyibi, Mustaali, Ismaili Shia branch of Islam. He was born on 20 August 1946 (23 Ramadan 1365 A.H.) in Surat, India.   He is the second son of the 52nd Da'i al-Mutlaq, Mohammed Burhanuddin, whom he succeeded in 2014. has led a number of cultural, social, and economic initiatives. In Islamic Cairo, he rebuilt shrines of the Ahl al-Bayt and led the restoration of medieval Fatimid architecture, notably Al-Anwar Mosque, Al-Aqmar Mosque, Al-Juyushi Mosque, and Lulua Mosque. In Yemen, he has spearheaded several campaigns to improve socio-economic conditions of the inhabitants of the Haraaz region, introducing sustainable agricultural systems, improving local infrastructure and providing equal access to education for children.

The following year's term of Dr. Najma Heptulla will be filled by Dr. Saifuddin. Since 2014, he has served as the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim Community's global leader. He is in charge of international initiatives including the Saifee Burhani Uplift Project, Turning the Tide, Project Rise, and the FMB Community Kitchen, which strive to end hunger, cut down on food waste, safeguard the environment, among other things.

He graduated from the Dawoodi Bohra educational institution in Surat, the Al-jamia-tus-saifiya, and the Egyptian universities of Cairo and Al-Azhar. On February 10, he also opened the Al-jamia-tus-saifiya new campus in Mumbai.

In addition to writing poetry in Arabic and Urdu, he has been responsible for the yearly treatise for the past five years. In the local dialect, Lisan al-Dawat, he has also produced some superb literary works and poetry. He enacted policies that gave girls and boys in Yemen the same access to school and improved local infrastructure, among other things.

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