Mazoon-e-Dawat Dr. Syedi Abdeali Bhaisaheb Saifuddin Saheb AAB
Dr. Syedi Abdeali Bhaisaheb Saifuddin Saheb is the Mazoon-e-Dawat, the second in the Dawoodi Bohra religious hierarchy. Brother to the 54th Dai al-Mutlaq (“Dai”) Syedna Taher Fakhruddin TUS, he is son of the 53rd Dai Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin RA, nephew of the 52nd Dai Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA, and grandson of the 51st Dai, Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA.
Syedi Dr Abdeali Bhaisaheb attained the highest levels of ‘ilm from Syedna Burhanuddin RA, Syedna Qutbuddin RA and Syedna Fakhruddin TUS. Syedna Qutbuddin personally trained him for khidmat and spent priceless time imparting the philosophies and knowledge of Dawat.
With the raza and doa of Syedna Burhanuddin RA, he pursued his PhD research on the Principles of Finance in Fatemi Tayyibi Finance and received a doctorate degree in 2003 from the University of Manchester, UK. His PhD presents the irshaadat of our Hudaat Kiraam for conducting our financial affairs and business within the laws of Shari’at in the context of present-day financial institutions, investments and business. Syedi Abdeali Bhaisaheb is active in Islamic academia, participating and presenting papers at several international conferences. His post-doctoral research was done in London in which he looked at the relationship between reason and revelation in Islamic philosophy and history from a comparative angle with other faiths and philosophical streams of thought. He earleier received his Masters Degree from the University of London, SOAS, and his BA degree in journalism from the American University in Cairo, Egypt. He was a visiting research fellow at the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London from 2005-2010. He has attended and spoken at several international academic conferences in India, USA, the Middle East, and Europe.
Syedi Abdeali Bhaisaheb has for more than 20 years been at the fore of teaching, counselling, public speaking, and project management in the leadership of the Dawoodi Bohra Community. Since a very young age Syedi Abdeali Bhaisaheb has been travelling around India and the world administering to the needs of the community and striving for its temporal and spiritual betterment. He has been particularly keen in building bridges within the community as well as between the Dawoodi Bohra community and other communities. Today, through regular sermons and sabaq (religious lessons), community members seek knowledge under his tutelage. Since Syedna Burhanuddin’s wafaat, Syedi Abdeali Bhaisaheb has led the legal team in the Dawat case in the Bombay High Court. He is also a Director of the Qutbi Jubilee Scholarship Program (QJSP), which runs under the auspices of Syedna Fakhruddin Saheb, and is the sponsor of the Taqreeb Conference Series on Communal Harmony.
The 54th Dai, Syedna Taher Fakhruddin, appointed Syedi Abdeali Bhaisaheb as the Mazoon-e-Dawat (second in the Dawoodi Bohra religious hierarchy) on 2nd Muharram 1441H (1st September 2019).