Who Are The Dawoodi Bohra Muslims of Sri Lanka?

The Dawoodi Bohras are a sect of Shia Islam and are a minority community in Sri Lanka. The community is known for its strong emphasis on education and business enterprise, and has made significant contributions to the country’s economy.

The Dawoodi Bohras have a long history in Sri Lanka, with the first members of the community arriving in the country in the 19th century. They have primarily settled in the cities of Colombo and Beruwala, and have established themselves as successful merchants and traders. Their businesses have included textiles, jewelry and other handicrafts, and their success has led to the development of several Bohra-owned factories and commercial establishments across the country.

The Dawoodi Bohras in  Sri Lanka holding Sri Lankan Flag
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The Dawoodi Bohra community is also known for its emphasis on education, and has established several schools and educational institutions in Sri Lanka. These schools provide a high-quality education and focus on both academic and Islamic education, ensuring that the children of the community are well-equipped to succeed in the modern world.

Despite their successes, the Dawoodi Bohras have faced discrimination and marginalization in Sri Lanka. This is primarily due to their being a minority community and their distinct dress and customs which makes them stand out. However, in recent years there have been efforts to raise awareness of the Dawoodi Bohra community and their culture and to promote their inclusion in mainstream society.

A youtube video about the history of bohras in Sri Lanka