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Maharashtra govt declares state funeral for Dawoodi Bohra chief

Mumbai: Maharashtra  government has declared a state funeral for Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, the 52nd spiritual leader of the one million-strong Dawoodi Bohra community, who died in Mumbai on Friday after a heart attack. The 102-year-old 
India TV News Desk January 18, 2014 10:51 IST
India TV News Desk
Mumbai: Maharashtra  government has declared a state funeral for Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, the 52nd spiritual leader of the one million-strong Dawoodi Bohra community, who died in Mumbai on Friday after a heart attack.

The 102-year-old  spiritual leader passed away at his residence in South Mumbai.

He will be laid to rest at Raudat Tahera, the mausoleum which has the Syedna's father's Syedna Taher Saifuddin's tomb, on Saturday morning.

He was born in Surat,. He  succeeded  his father Syedna Taher Saifuddin in 1965. Under his leadership, the community  achieved remarkable social, economic and educational success across the world.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Dr Manmohan  Singh have condoled  the death of the spiritual leader.

The late Syedna had named his second son as the heir apparent after he suffered a stroke and was hospitalized in London in 2011.