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Progressive Dawoodi Bohra known as "Bohra Youth" [1][2] is a reform movement within the Dawoodi Bohra subsect of Mustaali Ismai'li Shi'a Islam. They disagree with mainstream Dawoodi Bohra, as led by the Da'i al-Mutlaq, on doctrinal, economic and social issues that broke off circa 1977.

The Progressive Dawoodi Bohra were led by Asghar Ali Engineer,[3] until his death in 2013. Engineer had alleged that the 51st Da'i Syedna Taher Saifuddin claimed infallibility and issued new doctrines pronouncing that all properties owned by the Bohras (including mosques) belonged to the Syedna, and that they are mere munims (account keepers) on his behalf.[4] Further, the Da'i Syedna professed to have instituted a doctrine of Raza, which required that his followers do nothing (secular or religious, including namaz) without first attaining his permission.[4] The policy of requiring a Raza began in 1902, when the 50th Da'i Syedna demanded that it be sought before construction of a secular school in Burhanpur could begin.[4] Several Bohras challenged Saifuddin's authority through litigation in Mumbai courts and the Syedna's claims were accepted by the judge.[citation needed]


Beliefs and practicesEdit

The Progressives are subject to baraat, a form of excommunication that disallows other community members from speaking to them and bans them from mosques, and liken this situation to that of untouchables.[5]

The Progressive Dawoodi Bohra community also claims that the 52nd Da'i Syedna Mohammad Burhanuddin asserted the same rights as Saifuddin. The ruling was appealed before the Rajasthan High Court at Jodhpur. Progressive Bohras claimed that the Waqf Act of 1954 provided exclusive control of property such as mosques to the Waqf Board, and that the Syedna had no rights over them.[4]

History of the Imāmī-Progressive Dawoodi BohraEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ [1]; The Dawoodi Bohras: an anthropological perspective; Shibani Roy; B.R. Publishing, 1984
  2. ^ The Bohras; Asgharali Engineer; Vikas Pub. House, 1993; page 244; [2]
  3. ^ Progressive Dawoodi Bohras Reform Issues Retrieved on July 26, 2007 Archived December 23, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ a b c d Ali Engineer, Asghar. "Udaipur Masjid Case Judgement: A Comment". Progressive Dawoodi Bohras. Archived from the original on October 11, 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-30.
  5. ^ "Social boycott of Khuzaima Qutbuddin oppressive, say progressive Bohras seeking its complete ban". DNA India. 23 January 2014. Retrieved 23 February 2015.

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