Al-Dai al-Ajal

Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS 

Born in Surat, India, on August 20, 1946, Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS is the second son of the 52nd al-Dāʿī al-Mutlaq, Dr. Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA, and the grandson of the 51st al-Dāʿī al-Mutlaq, Dr. Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA.


He benefited from the personal 
tutelage of both his predecessors

Syedna Saifuddin TUS was invariably present with his respected father Syedna Burhanuddin RA at home and on his many pilgrimages and travels to visit his community abroad. He thereby learnt first-hand the traditions, customs and protocols associated with the office of the al-Dāʿī al-Mutlaq.

Exemplary scholarship

His Holiness TUS appeared for the examinations of the historic Dawoodi Bohra educational institute Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah in Surat where he graduated with the highest honours. He completed his undergraduate education in India and Egypt where he was privately tutored by distinguished professors from Cairo’s leading universities including Cairo University and al-Azhar.

Honours and accolades

Syedna Saifuddin TUS was conferred the highest degree of Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah: al-ʿAlīm al-Bariʿ, (The Outstandingly Learned). Syedna Burhanuddin RA also conferred upon him the rare title of Thiqat al-Daʿwat al-Tayyibiyya (The Trusted of the Tayyibi Mission). Syedna Saifuddin TUS is distinguished by special accolades and a unique closeness given to him by his predecessor that is reserved for future occupants of the office of al-dāʿī al-mutlaq.

Appointed rector

In 1987, following the passing away of Dr Yusuf bhaisaheb Najmuddin QR, rector of Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah, Syedna Saifuddin TUS was appointed as one of the rectors of the academy. In this capacity, he strove to uphold and ensure the moral integrity of the academy’s students, encouraged them to memorise the Holy Quran in its entirety and inspired them to lead their lives according to the universal precepts of tolerance, kindness and service to one another to which the Holy Quran calls.

Honors & acknowledgements

A legacy of knowledge

Chancellorship of
Aligarh Muslim University

Soon after his ascension to the office of al-dāʿī al-mutlaq, Syedna Saifuddin TUS was requested to accept the chancellorship of Aligarh Muslim University like his esteemed father and grandfather before him. In April 2015, Syedna TUS was confirmed as AMU Chancellor. In February 2016, Syedna Saifuddin TUS visited the University as chancellor for the first time on the occasion of its 63rd Annual Convocation and addressed the 5000-strong gathering with an exposition of the Quranic verse which is the motto of AMU, “He (the Almighty) taught man that which he knew not.”

Degree of Doctor of
Letters honoris causa

In September 2015, the University of Karachi conferred upon His Holiness TUS the degree of Doctor of Letters honoris causa in recognition of his scholarship and commitment to the causes of learning and education. Syedna TUS is the third head of the Dawoodi Bohra community to have received an honorary degree. Dr Syedna Burhanuddin RA, was presented with the same degree in 2004, and Dr Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA, was also presented an honorary degree in 1955.

Chancellorship of
Jamia Millia Islamia

On March 14th, 2023, Syedna TUS accepted the Chancellorship of Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI), a historic seat of learning in India's capital, New Delhi. He was unanimously elected as chancellor by members of the university court.

The journey continues today

Upholding the tradition of Knowledge

Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah, originally built in Surat, India in 1810 for the teaching of religious lore and jurisprudence under the direct supervision of the al-dāʿī al-mutlaq of the time, has been greatly expanded under Syedna Saifuddin TUS and his predecessors. They introduced modern facilities and contemporised teaching methodologies while retaining the academy’s essential and original features.

Overseeing Global Education
Syedna TUS oversees hundreds of schools and educational institutes worldwide, where religious education is combined with secular studies. This integration allows students to creatively meet career and societal challenges while strengthening their core Islamic values and beliefs. The educational approach fosters well-rounded individuals capable of navigating diverse environments with confidence and integrity.
Impact Beyond the Dawoodi Bohra Community
The beneficiaries of Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin’s TUS efforts in education extend beyond the Dawoodi Bohra community. Numerous educational establishments across South Asia, East Africa, and the Gulf states have benefited from his and his predecessor’s generosity and patronage. A prime example is the Dr. Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin Department of Genetics at Karachi University, showcasing the broad reach of his educational initiatives.
Supporting Educational Infrastructure
Syedna TUS's contributions also include the donation of 1,000 computers to high schools affiliated with Aligarh Muslim University, including the Syedna Taher Saifuddin High School at Minto Circle. The school’s buildings, listed as heritage monuments, are undergoing complete architectural restoration sponsored by Syedna TUS. His educational endeavors and trusts have supported countless students in their academic journeys, blending tradition with modern educational needs.
Surat Campus

Devri Mubarak,
Zampa Bazaar, Begampura,
Surat, Gujarat, 395003, India


Karachi Campus

St-8 Block-C, North 
Nazimabad, Karachi,
74700, Pakistan

Nairobi Campus

Saifee Park, Syedna Mohammed 
Burhanuddin Road, Nairobi,
00100, Kenya

Mumbai Campus

3 Bori Colony
Marol, Andheri East, Mumbai,
Maharashtra, 400059, India

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