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Taher Fakhruddin is a claimant to the title of 54th Da'i al-Mutlaq of the Dawoodi Bohras[1], a sect within Shia Islam. He is the oldest son of Khuzaima Qutbuddin, the claimant to the position of 53rd Da'i al-Mutlaq. After the death of the 52nd Da'i al-Mutlaq, Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, due to the succession controversy two claimants emerged, Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin and Khuzaima Qutbuddin. Khuzaima Qutbuddin died on 30 March 2016. On 31 March 2016 the family of Qutbuddin released a statement that "Khuzaima Qutbuddin has conferred nass (announcement of successor) on his son Syedna Taher Fakhruddin".[2] Followers of Qutbuddin regard Fakhruddin as a rightly appointed Da'i al-Mutlaq whereas followers of Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin do not recognise him as the Da'i al-Mutlaq.

Taher Fakhruddin

Claimant to the title of 54th Da'i al-Mutlaq
of the Dawoodi Bohra community
Photograph of Taher Fakhruddin, claimant of Syedna position 54th Dai al Mutlaq.jpg
Born (1968-07-21) 21 July 1968 (age 51)
OrganizationDawoodi Bohra
Home townMumbai/Thane/Bakersfield
PredecessorKhuzaima Qutbuddin
Parent(s)Khuzaima Qutbuddin
Sakina Qutbuddin
RelativesTaher (grandfather)
Mohammed (uncle)
Mufaddal (cousin)

One of Taher Fakhruddin's first major and controversial decision was regarding the burial arrangements of his father and predecessor in office, Khuzaima Qutbuddin, who died on 30 March 2016. It was decided to bring Qutbuddin's body to India for burial.[3] Qutbuddin was buried at his residence Darus Sakina in Thane on 10 April 2016, after it was arranged for his body to make an overflight circumambulating Raudat Tahera by helicopter in order to pay respects at the mausoleum of his father, the 51st Dai Taher Saifuddin and his half-brother, the 52nd Dai Mohammed Burhanuddin.[4]

Khuzaima Qutbuddin had filed a case at the Bombay High Court against Mufaddal Saifuddin in 2014 alleging that only Qutbuddin had received a valid appointment of succession from Burhanuddin.[5] It is expected that Fakhruddin will continue his father's efforts against Saifuddin at the Bombay High Court.[6]