spin in circles
There are different sects among Muslims on the level of understanding of the history of Islam and Islamic law. Then they have also wandered within those circles. Just like there are castes among Hindus and within castes also castes i.e. sub-castes. The two major sects of Muslims are Sunni and Shia. Most of the Muslim countries of the world belong to Sunni Muslims while Iran is a Shia Muslim majority country. There are more Sunni Muslims in India too. Compared to them, the population of Muslims of the Shia community is very less.
All 72 sects of Muslims in India
It is a great thing that not only Sunni and Shia, but all the 72 sects of Muslims have some population in India and all of them are living with mutual brotherhood. This is important because recently a group of Sunni Muslims started breaking the mosque of Ahmadiyya Muslims in Pakistan. There, it has been refused to accept Ahmadiyya as Muslims. But in India all 72 sects of Muslims live together. An incident like Pakistan never comes here.
Business Hindus had changed religion
Well talk about the Bohra community of Muslims. Both Sunni and Shia sects have their own Bohra community. The Bohras of Sunnis are called Sunni Bohras while the Bohra community of Shias is known as Dawoodi Bohras. The Sunni Bohras are a trading community from Gujarat, Maharashtra and the Sindh province of Pakistan. The Bohras are mainly Gujarati speaking business people. He was a Hindu from Gujarat who converted to Islam. Still many Bohra families are Hindu.
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The color of the burqa of Bohra Muslims is different
Sunni Bohras follow Hanafi Islamic Law. However, they are not very different from the Dawoodi Bohra community of Shias. At the cultural level, there is a lot of similarity between the Sunni Bohra and Dawoodi Bohra communities. At the same time, the religious faith of the Dawoodi Bohra community is in the Ismaili Shia sect. This community believes in 21 Imams. Their last Imam was Tayyab Abul Qasim. Women of the Bohra community often do not wear black burqas. Most of the women in the community wear a pink burqa.
Muslims of Bohra community in about 40 countries
According to Dadaudibohraj.com, the people of Dawoodi Bohra community are currently in about 40 countries of the world. But their largest population is in India only. Here most of their population is in western areas, mainly in Gujarat and Maharashtra. Apart from India, there is a small population of Dawoodi Bohra community in Pakistan, Yemen, East Africa and Middle East countries. At the same time, the population of Dawoodi Bohra community is increasing in Europe, North America, South East Asia and Australia. According to the website, the population of the Dawoodi Bohra community is close to 10 lakhs worldwide.
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India is the ‘Mecca’ of Bohra Muslims for 450 years
The Dawoodi Bohra Muslims consider themselves the descendants of the Fatimid Imams. The Fatimid Imams are believed to be direct descendants of the Prophet Muhammad in Egypt. The Dawoodi Bohra community around the world consider Al-Dai Al-Mutlaq as their spiritual master. Al-Dai al-Mutlaq used to give his spiritual orders from Yemen, but now for the past 450 years his place has been India. Dr. Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin is currently the 53rd Dai Al Mutlaq of the community.
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