Introduction
 
 
 
   
 
   
 

Rabbe yassir wa laa to'assir Rabbe tammim bil Khayr: O my Lord! Ease my Work and don’t make it difficult and complete it with your graceful Hands

   
  Flag Hoisting Ceremony at Badri Mohalla: Independence Day 2016
   
 

After fulfilling the personal and religious commitments, the second priority of Alavi Bohras is to maintain social and national interests.  They love their country, its people and culture; abide to its law and respect its rich heritage.  It is the land of Hunaid, under whose guidance Aadam, the first prophet became the guardian of the mission of Allaah (Da’wat ul-Haqq), which was previously called as Hunaidistaan. But as the time passed the name got transformed from Hunaidistaan to “Hindustaan”. Three pieces of land are blessed by Allaah Ta’aala and His Da’wat will always remain in them – they are Hind, Sindh and Yaman. It is the land of truth and true mission.  Till the Day of Judgement, this fruitful land of holy men will remain the centre of this mission.  Alavi Bohras have maintained friendly relations with the people of their home-land India whether they are Hindus, Christians, Parsis, Sunnis, Isnaa-Asharis, Nizaris, Sulaymanis and Dawoodis.  They participate in the social functions of all the above communities, invite them for their family occasions, do trade and commerce and collectively participate to counter any anti-national or anti-social activities.  They celebrate the national festivals with their countrymen such as Republic day, Independence Day, Hindu New year, Uttarayan, Christmas etc.

It is the branches that differ; but the stem of the tree is the only source of nourishment for its branches.  Thus, Alavis and all other Taiyebi Bohras who believe in the institution of Da’i-e-Mutlaq have the only one stem of Faatemi Imaams and Du’aat of Yaman representing the holy tree (shajarah) of Panjatan Paak – The household of the Prophet Mohammad Rasoolullaah (saws).  There is no difference in their literature, tenets and ethos, but it is the branches of the line of succession of Da’is due to which they got identified with various names.Alavi Bohras have nurtured cordial relationship with their counter parts i.e. Sulaymanis and Dawoodis.  People of both the Bohras communities are attached socially and with trade and business.  In special cases, both of them accept Alavi girls in marriage and likewise Alavis can marry their son with a girl of Sulaymani or Dawoodi origin.  Once an Alavi boy or girl marries an outsider without the permission of Da’i, he/she ceases to be a member of Alavi Bohra community.  If any outsider wants to become a member of Alavi Bohra community, he should first clean himself with ritual purity, then get preliminary religious knowledge required to be a Bohra and give an oath of allegiance to the Da’i.

The members of other communities are permitted to attend the ceremony of Nikaah and its proceeding as ladies are not present in this ceremony.  A special place is allotted to these people with whom bridegroom or the guardian of a bride share cordial relationship and they request to see this ceremony closely.  They are given white dress and traditional topi to participate in it and after the ceremony Da’i gift them with a special symbol of remembrance (rumaal-itr) as a blessing.

 
 
 
Copyright © 2016 Alavibohra.org  All rights reserved.