The Iwān al-Burhani
The Iwān of Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah is a large ceremonial hall which is perhaps the single building that embodies the educational movement that is Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah most. It is also intimately linked to the Dawoodi Bohra community’s leader, the al-Dai al-Mutlaq. To this day, a small room that overlooks the Iwān in Surat known as the gurfah mubarakah serves as a dayroom for the Syedna. In time, it became the venue from where the 51st and the 52nd Dāʿīs oversaw and conducted Aljamea’s annual examinations sitting in that location hours upon hours, day after day posing their questions to students and listening to their responses. The Iwān has also served as the venue for Syedna’s discourses and sermons and historic events such as Syedna Burhanuddin and Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin’s weddings. It is no wonder that eventually the Iwān became known as the Iwan al-Barakāt — the Hall of Blessings. Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS named the Iwān located in Aljamea Nairobi as Iwān al-Burhani in remembrance of his revered father H.H Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin.
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