Mumbai: 53-yr-old cycles 700km to pay respects to late Syedna

Dec 04, 2017, 19:50 IST | Gaurav Sarkar

Every year, on the occasion of the death anniversary of the 52nd Dai al-Mutlaq, the late His Holiness Dr Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, nearly 75,000 Bohras from across the globe, converge on Mumbai to pay respects to their leader

Every year, on the occasion of the death anniversary of the 52nd Dai al-Mutlaq, the late His Holiness Dr Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, nearly 75,000 Bohras from across the globe, converge on Mumbai to pay respects to their leader. But, one man has gone the extra mile to prove his devoutness.

Shabbir Ghadiyali, 53, befriended several locals during his journey from Partapur village in Rajasthan to MumbaiShabbir Ghadiyali, 53, befriended several locals during his journey from Partapur village in Rajasthan to Mumbai

Meet Shabbir Ghadiyali, 53, a resident of Partapur village in Rajasthan, who, has cycled more than 700 km to Mumbai city to attend the event. Ghadiyali is in the city to listen to the sermon of the 53rd Dai, His Holiness Dr Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, at Badri Mahal Masjid in Fort. "I left from the village last Saturday at 2 pm. When the late Syedna had passed away in 2014, I'd come to Mumbai by foot to pay my respects. At the time, it took me 13 days to complete the one-way journey," he said.

However, this time, Ghadiyali, who owns a small sales and service shop in his village, where he lives with his daughter and son, managed to complete the journey within six days, and was in Mumbai by Friday. "Miraculously, I found myself having completed my journey and reading the jumme ki namaaz (Friday prayers) at Raudat Tahera on Friday. I will now attend the sermon on today, before heading back to my village."

Ghadiyali's route wasn't an easy one. He left Partapur on his bicycle on Saturday and made pit-stops at Galiakot, Varodra, Surat and Vapi, before arriving in Mumbai. "I completed the last 190 km stretch from Vapi to Mumbai in one go without stopping as I really wanted to make it on time for the Friday prayers."

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As part of the death anniversary of Syedna Burhanuddin, thousands of Dawoodi Bohras from all parts of the world arrive in the city to pay their respects at Raudat Tahera, the mausoleum in Bhendi Bazaar where the late Syedna was laid to rest.

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