Revered as the 52nd Dai-al-Mutlaq (direct in the line of the Prophet Mohammed), the Syedna’s love for mankind, environment, flora and fauna was legendary, and he was an acclaimed ‘Hafiz Al-Quran’(person who has memorised the entire Holy Quran), and Arabic scholar.
Born in Surat town of south Gujarat on March 6, 1915 (as per the Egyptian Muslim calendar), the Syedna was educated by his illustrious father, the late Syedna Taher Saifuddin.
Syedna Taher Saifuddin personally trained the future Syedna and later affirmed him as his successor. At 53, Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin succeeded his father in 1965, heralding a new era for the small community.
Amon his major contributions was to personally supervise and support the community’s literacy efforts at all levels, through a network of 400 educational institutions around the world, imparting religious, spiritual and secular education, equipping the candidates to face the real, competitive world confidently.
The place of pride belongs to the over two centuries old Arabic university, Al-Jamiah Al-Saifiah Arabic Academy, in his birth place, Surat, Gujarat, and its new campus constructed by the Syedna in Karachi, Pakistan, in 1983, attracting students from all over theworld.
A few years ago, the Syedna established the Burhaniyah Business Counseling Centre (BBCC) in Mumbai to provide modern business solutions to community entrepreneurs.