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Dawoodi Bohra Community Helps Homeless Through Charity Effort 

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The Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community of Los Angeles hosted government officials, interfaith leaders, first responders, and more than 60 distinguished guests from the local community for an Iftar dinner and charitable event to help the homeless. 

Held at the Ezzi masjid in Woodland Hills, the event served as a vibrant celebration of the holy month of Ramadan and a testament to the community’s commitment to charitable giving, fostering understanding, and cooperation among different cultures and religions.

The evening began with the welcome remarks, recitation of the Holy Quran and the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by a special message from His Holiness Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, the leader of the Dawoodi Bohra community.

In a testament to their commitment to giving back during the month of Ramadan, guests and Dawoodi Bohra community members assembled 110 kits for donation to the Inside Safe program, an initiative by Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass aimed at supporting the homeless.

Each kit contained essential items such as shampoo, toothbrushes, towels, socks, and more.

“We believe that this event is a great way to share our culture and traditions while also giving back to the community,” said Adnan Hamid, Board Director of Dawoodi Bohras of Los Angeles.

“The Holy Quran itself emphasizes the importance of giving to those in need so we wanted to do something special during this iftar by helping the homeless of Los Angeles.”

Nithya Raman, Los Angeles City Councilmember addressed the gathering, saying, “The month of Ramadan embodies the spirit all of us at City Hall should be bringing to our work to make Los Angeles a place we’re proud to call home. It is a month that provides us opportunities for heightened charity, for good deeds, for community, for rededicating ourselves to spiritual undertaking, and for renewed vigor in all that we do.”

An officer from LAPD also addressed the group, acknowledging the local Bohra community for their interfaith relationships and social welfare initiatives.

A representative of Mayor Karen Bass attended the event and expressed gratitude for the community’s charitable efforts, stating, “these resources that we’re providing for the folks that are experiencing homelessness, folks that have come into interim housing from the streets of Los Angeles, these kits are a way to have peace for a month or two. I wanted to thank you again for taking time out of this holy night, and dedicating it to those experiencing homelessness.”

Following the charitable activity, guests were invited to observe while members of the congregation offered their evening prayer and broke the fast with dates, flavored milk, tea and biscuits. The evening culminated in a sumptuous dinner featuring traditional Bohra cuisine, including samosas and other delectable dishes.

The annual iftar reception is part of the Dawoodi Bohra community’s ongoing commitment to civic responsibility and communal outreach. The Dawoodi Bohras have a long history of working with local organizations and faith communities to promote cultural exchange and social harmony.

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