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I finally found some information about the single Shia mosque in my city. Apparently, it belongs to a small congregation of Shia that call themselves Dawoodi Bohra. They number about 100 or so in this city alone. According to an article published by my city's newspaper, there are very few in the United States at all. Who exactly are they and what are their beliefs and customs? I think they are Ismailis, correct?

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I finally found some information about the single Shia mosque in my city. Apparently, it belongs to a small congregation of Shia that call themselves Dawoodi Bohra. They number about 100 or so in this city alone. According to an article published by my city's newspaper, there are very few in the United States at all. Who exactly are they and what are their beliefs and customs? I think they are Ismailis, correct?

Dawoodi Bohra is a common label for Tayyibi Must`ali Ism`ailis. They are concentrated in India. Some population is in Pakistan, East Africa and the West due to migration.

The other group of Tayyibi Must`ali Ism`aili is Sulemani Bohras which are found mainly in Yemen and in Najran province of Saudi Arabia.

I find Bohras much closer to Shi'ism and Islam than than the Aga Khani Nizari Ism`ailis. But Dawoodi bohras do not mingle with Ithna `Asharis. I don't know if you would be welcomed at their mosque. They have their own muharram processions and different prayer rituals etc.

There is a sizable Dawoodi Bohra community in my city but I never see any of them participating in Ithna `Ashari processions and congregations of Muharram.

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Dawood bohras dont allow other muslims to enter their mosque, i have experienced this in Bangalore. They dont answer our salam and vice versa.

I dnt knw bout Mosque thing bt m 100% sure bout Salaamz, coz of 1 Dawoodi Bohra havent replied ur Salaam doesnt mean every1 wud b d same...

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I dnt knw bout Mosque thing bt m 100% sure bout Salaamz, coz of 1 Dawoodi Bohra havent replied ur Salaam doesnt mean every1 wud b d same...

ther must be some other valid reason for your bad experience, but the truth is no one is stopped from entering bohra masjid, every bohra knows that masjid is a place for prayers for any muslim.

As for bohra not replied your salaam, that must be stray incident, sometimes when we are in other thoughts , we are unconsious of our surroundings, that doesnt means each and every bohra does seply to your salaam.

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Dawood bohras dont allow other muslims to enter their mosque, i have experienced this in Bangalore. They dont answer our salam and vice versa.

Why would they not retort to a salaam? I have seen many Bohras answering my salaam and other Muslim sects answering my salaam too. Yours must have been a singled out case.

I have been inside a Bohra mosque. Have seen Shias and Sunnis alike enter the mosque and recite prayer. The Bohra mosques follow the rule of single Imamah. The Imam of the Masjid comes, leads the prayer and then Imamah is not allowed to happen for the second time for the same prayer.

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Anyone who knows and rejects the 14 Masoomeen is a kafir.

Bohri and anyone else who rejects the 14 Masoomeen is treading on thin ice, according to our beliefs. I'm sure they say the same about their beliefs too.

So, you need to do research and decide what you believe, and if someone doesn't believe the same as you, then how close do you want to get to them and will it affect your imaan?

I'm all for blending and mixing and co-existing, but I'm 100% against compromising one's faith unless it is done under taqiyyah (the real taqiyyah, not the broken-switch taqiyyah for our entire lives sort that has led so many astray).

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Anyone who knows and rejects the 14 Masoomeen is a kafir.

Bohri and anyone else who rejects the 14 Masoomeen is treading on thin ice, according to our beliefs. I'm sure they say the same about their beliefs too.

So, you need to do research and decide what you believe, and if someone doesn't believe the same as you, then how close do you want to get to them and will it affect your imaan?

I'm all for blending and mixing and co-existing, but I'm 100% against compromising one's faith unless it is done under taqiyyah (the real taqiyyah, not the broken-switch taqiyyah for our entire lives sort that has led so many astray).

Anyone who does not believe in the 14 Masomeen is a kafir? How come? Is this not contrary to the traditions attributed to these 14 you are referring to?

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On 11/08/2011 at 8:13 AM, shirazahd said:

Dawood bohras dont allow other muslims to enter their mosque, i have experienced this in Bangalore. They dont answer our salam and vice versa.

That cannot be true , there is a Dawoodi Bohra mosque in my city and even when I used to be a Sunni they would allow me to pray there as well as reply to my Salam. 

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