Syedna Mohammed laid to rest

Over a lakh mourners from across the country and abroad, dressed in spotless white, solemnly accompanied Dawoodi Bohras’ leader Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin in his last journey amid a tight police security.

The funeral procession started on schedule in the morning from Saifee Mahal in the swanky Malabar Hills.

A flower casket draped in the national flag, atop a vehicle carrying the body of the community leader who had a cult status among the Dawoodi Bohra community, was escorted by policemen and community heads, besides relatives. The procession snaked its way down the Malabar Hills to Raudat Tahera Mausoleum at Bhendi Bazaar.
 
The community’s new head, Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, led the Namaz-e-Janaza. While men walked in the procession, women craned their necks from terraces and balconies in the narrow lanes of Walkeshwar Road and Bhendi Bazaar, where the last rites were performed around 2 pm.

Following the midnight tragedy that claimed 18 lives, police swung into action early in the morning. In a bid to prevent any untoward incident, all routes from Malabar Hills to Bhendi Bazaar were blocked for over four hours.

Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin passed away on Friday morning after suffering a cardiac arrest at the age of 102.

He was conferred honorary doctorates for his work in social and educational development by renowned institutes like Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Aligarh Muslim University and University of Karachi. He was also honoured with civilian titles like the Star of Jordan and Order of the Nile by the respective governments of Jordan and Egypt.

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