This site is a gateway to resources on the World Wide Web for use by Dawoodi Bohras, the followers of the 53rd al-Dai al-Mutlaq, Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin (TUS), successor and heir to His Holiness Dr. Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin (RA). This khidmat was initiated as part of the celebrations of Burhanuddin Moula’s (RA) 86th Milad Mubarak. Mumineen.org intends to provide authentic information about the beliefs, history, traditions and culture of the Dawoodi Bohras as propagated and preserved by the Duat Mutlaqeen (AQ). We welcome you to this site and hope that it serves you well.
Mumineen.org, originally known as “Bohra Net” and later as “DBNet” began as two separate student-run mailing lists at the University of California at Berkeley and Georgia Tech in 1995/6. These mailing lists were merged in 1997 to form DBNet operating under the Mumineen.org domain name, and swelled to thousands of subscribers, linking mumineen all over the world. The DBNet mailing list is the flagship service of Mumineen.org to the community. It has served as a venerable forum for discussion of current events and ideas, for religious inspiration, as a source of knowledge about our community and culture, and always above all else a tribute to our revered head.
In the fall of 1997 DBNet began to reach the limits of its resources and recognized a need for a new beginning, with new technology, tighter integration, and consistent goals. Our on-line membership had grown to the point where a private server was required to administer our own mailing lists, host web pages, and create databases of information for use by the Dawoodi Bohra community.
The Next Generation
To offer better and more useful services to mumineen, an international team of about two dozen volunteers came together to form the next generation of Mumineen.org project. The all-volunteer team called itself NextGen (short for Next Generation). Hardware and ISP services were purchased with a generous grant from Dawat-e-Hadiyah with sponsorship of Shahzada Aliwaqar Idris Bhaisaheb Badruddin DM. The NextGen team then addressed the technical and social task of organizing what resources were to be offered to mumineen, and what format and regulations those resources should abide by. The work done set the tone and mode of operations for the way internet could usefully be used by the Dawoodi Bohra community.
The NextGen team has grown, with some members being there since its inception and new members joining it all the time. Some as associates and others as fulltime, Mumineen.org now has members in US, UK, Hong Kong, South Africa, India, Pakistan, Dubai, Tanzania, and more. Each khidmatguzar brings his or her own expertise to the team and makes their contribution based on availability and time. If you have experience in PHP, CSS, mySQL, or other internet and scripting languages and would like to join NextGen, join us! You can email us at webmaster at mumineen.org.
NextGen built their services around the Mumineen.org domain name. A new list, named “firstname.lastname@example.org” was set up to replace the two older lists and soon became famous as DBNet. So successful was this list that all lists and indeed all internet services setup anywhere by mumineen were also called, for a time, “DBNet”. The website Mumineen.org was also developed to first provide miqat-specific sites, whose initial content was taken from DBNet. Later many applications and resources were developed by the NextGen team to provide many services, including the hosting of jamaat Web sites, salaat timings, and Hijri calendar functions. This work inspired many other sites and lists and set the trend for internet services amongst Dawoodi Bohras. The modern era of video bayaan relays and EJamaat registration all has roots in khidmat performed by NextGen volunteers and alumni. Mumineen.org continues to be a primary resource bank for mumineen as well as non-mumineen others who want to learn more about us.
Above all we humbly araz shukr to al-Dai al-Fatimi, Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA and his successor Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS, for their farsighted raza and dua mubarak. In addition, without the guidance and support of Shahzada Idris Bhaisaheb Badruddin DM, we would never have succeeded in this endeavour to such a degree. We would also like to thank the many, many people who have contributed to this site and whose efforts have resulted in so much benefit to Mumineen. Rather than put an incomplete list online, we would like to say our thanks to the khimdatguzars collectively who have assisted us in making this site what it is.
Mumineen.org is an independent organization. It is not an official organ of Dawat-e-Hadiyah, nor will its activities reflect that. For comments, corrections, or suggestions about this website Mumineen.org, please contact us via email.
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