Mumbai: The spiritual leader Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin advised his Dawoodi Bohra community members to lead “Daur-e-Quran” sessions during the blessed month of Ramadan. During “Daur-e-Quran” sessions, people sit in a circle and recite a few verses from the Quran one after the other. The goal is to finish reciting the entire Quran in this way. Dawoodi Bohra members from all around the world conducted these classes at their homes, community Masjids, and community centres as instructed by Syedna.
“To set up the framework and handle the administration of these sessions globally, a committed team was mobilized. According to Shabbir Husami, who oversees Academic Affairs at Mahad al-Zahra, a Quran faculty of the community’s Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah Arabic Academy, a follow-up module was created as well to help those organizing the group recitation sessions and keep tabs on the number of groups formed and participants.
“Over 6,900 Daur-e-Quran sessions have been held during Ramadan,” he stated. “Approximately 65,000 young and old Dawoodi Bohras in India and abroad have participated.”
Some people found that reciting the Quran aloud in a group environment helped them to better their pronunciation and comprehension of the verses, while others used these gatherings as a means to connect and learn from one another. “The group recitation sessions have given me a great opportunity to gain self-confidence and deepen my understanding of the Quran,” said 38-year-old Abbas Bhatia of Dahod in Gujarat. I’m excited to participate in more group recitation sessions during the year as this was my first time doing so.
For instance, more than 12 community centres in Dahod, Gujarat, have organized more than 90 groups for doing these daily group recitations.
These collective recitations were also led and attended by Dawoodi Bohra women at various community facilities. Amena Tambawala, 65, from Mumbai, shared her experience by saying, “At the beginning of the group sessions, I used to struggle with reciting the Quran fluently. However, being a member of the group recitation programme has given me the courage to perform in front of an audience. I’ve made incredible strides thanks to the encouragement of my fellow participants.
Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin has broadened the scope of Quran memorization and the Daur-e-Quran programme in the community by building on the foundation set by his revered father. His goal is for “there to be at least one hafiz in every Bohra and Muslim household,” as he stated when he presided over the 63rd Annual Convocation of Aligarh Muslim University.