Anjuman-E-Badri is a non-profit organization administering and managing the affairs of the Dawoodi Bohra community in New York and Connecticut, USA.
The Dawoodi Bohra community is a sect within Shia Islam whose beliefs are rooted in the Fatemi Imams as the direct descendants of Prophet Mohammed al-Mustafa (SAW.) After the seclusion of the Imams, the Dawoodi Bohras look upon the Dai al-Mutlaq as the spiritual leader of their community.
As with his successors in the past, the 53rd Dai al-Mutlaq, His Holiness Aali Qadr Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin (TUS), acts as a representative of the Imam and guides and leads the community to practice their faith in accordance with the principles of Islam and the tenets of Dawat-e-Hadiyah, the organization that oversees the functioning of all the Anjumans or network of Dawoodi Bohra communities across the world.
The Dawoodi Bohras are a community of over a million members across the world, with the current center of leadership based in Mumbai. The 53rd Dai al-Mutlaq is the pivot around which the Dawoodi Bohra community flourishes. His inspiring leadership and practical guidance have greatly influenced them to be staunch followers, preserving and strengthening the community and its identity throughout the world.
With the blessings of the 51st Dai Syedna Taher Saifuddin (RA), the 52nd Dai Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin (RA), and thereafter the 53nd Dai al-Mutlaq, a few thousand Dawoodi Bohras made their homes in the United States of America over the last five decades. Several of them immigrated to pursue higher education or better career opportunities, and some to carry on business and trade. As jamaats or community centers evolved in various States of the United States of America, they became a source of not just religious but also social and community support, helping secure their faith, customs, traditions and culture.
To administer, manage and organize the affairs of each of the jamaats, Anjumans have been incorporated as religious or not-for-profit corporations in various States. These Anjumans function independently as a network under the umbrella of Dawat-e-Hadiyah (America), a Corporation Sole.
The 52nd Dai al-Mutlaq visited the United States of America seven times. In these visits, his followers received guidance and directions covering all aspects of spiritual, religious, educational, economic and social, affecting the individual, the family and the community. His Holiness also examined and set up new schemes and institutions for the progress and well-being of the community. He reminded them of the noble teachings of Islam that "love for the land of abode is part of faith" and that "religion is not just prayer and fast but also the striving for betterment in this World and the Hereafter." He guided them to strive for the betterment of their neighbors and for the common good of all the people of the United States of America.