Al-Dāʿī al-Ajal Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA

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Al-Dāʿī al-Ajal Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA 2018-02-09T13:20:58+00:00



His Holiness Dr Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA succeeded his father as the 52nd al-dāʿī al-mutlaq in 1385/1965. Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA had personally tutored his heir, keeping him by his side throughout his life.

At the age of 20 Syedna Burhanuddin RA memorised the Holy Quran in its entirety. Syedna has authored a number of Arabic literary works as well as treatises on Islamic theology and philosophy and has made significant contributions to the study of North African Fatimi history during his extensive travels there in 1969. Syedna has received multiple honours from governments and institutions world over in recognition of his scholarly achievements and was the chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University, India from 1419/1999 to 1422/2002.

Like the duʿāt before him, Syedna had ensured that Aljamea’s goals remain relevant. By providing various facilities and a range of resources, he has cultivated the mindset, skills and expertise required to assess and benefit from developments in all disciplines. The campus redevelopment in Surat, the inauguration of a new campus in Karachi along with the construction of two new campuses in Nairobi and Mumbai, the establishment of Mahad al-Zahra and the infusion of information technology into teaching and learning reflect Syedna’s efforts in ensuring the continuous fulfilment of Aljamea’s objectives. Likewise, faculty professional development and participation in international conferences along with scholarships for post-graduate education reiterate his belief in the utilisation of all means for the betterment of the institute.

The following words of His Holiness Syedna Burhanuddin RA from 1988 are a fitting summary of Aljamea’s development over the last two centuries and reflect his aspirations for Aljamea’s future and its students:

Jamea Saifiyah’s blessings continue to reach us till this very day. It is a benevolence of Syedna Abdeʿali Saifuddin; and one hundred years later, Syedna Taher Saifuddin led Aljamea to greater heights. He let flow from within it the rivers of barakāt (blessings) and nurtured souls with the knowledge of Āle Mohammed (the progeny of Mohammed, i.e. the Fatimi imams). How many students have been prepared over these several years! … It is my prayer that Allah Taʿāla guide them so that they act in accordance with what they have learned, for action is obligated with knowledge. Through action and knowledge combined are all aspirations achieved…. There is a Jamea Saifiyah in Surat, and likewise on its basis, one in Karachi. Seekers of knowledge, both male and female, come here and learn. I further pray that more are inspired and the number of male and female students grows. May young men and women come here to Surat and upon the completion of 11 years of care and nurturing, graduate fully prepared for service [to the community and society].

Timeline of Educational Endeavours and Awards received by Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA

  • 1386/1966


    Syedna is conferred the degree of Doctor of Islamic Studies (Honoris Causa) by al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt

  • 1386/1966


    Syedna is conferred the degree of Doctor of Theology (Honoris Causa) by Aligarh Muslim University.

  • 1390/1970

    Syedna inaugurates the Burhani College of Commerce and Arts in Mumbai, India.

  • 1390/1970

    Syedna RA establishes the Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies in collaboration with Anjuman-e-Islam, Mumbai.

  • 1396/1976


    Syedna delivers an address regarding the Holy Quran and its relevance to the modern world at the Royal Albert Hall, London during the World of Islam Festival. During the festival His Holiness met with Her Royal Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

  • 1405/1985

    Syedna establishes the first of an international chain of schools known as al-Madrasa al-Saifiya al-Burhaniya (MSB) in Nairobi, Kenya.

  • 1419/1999


    Syedna accepts the chancellorship of Aligarh Muslim University.

  • 1425/2004


    Syedna donates a newly constructed building to the Department of Genetics, University of Karachi. The university names the building Dr Syedna Burhanuddin Hall and renames the department as His Highness Dr Syedna Burhanuddin Department of Genetics.

  • 1425/2004


    Syedna is conferred the degree of Doctor of Literature (Honoris Causa) by the University of Karachi.

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