Prime Minister Narendra Modi grabs the title to be the first Prime Minister to address a religious congregation of the Dawoodi Bohra community in Indore on September 14.

Mr Modi will attend Ashara Mubaraka, Commemoration of the Martyrdom of Imam Husain (SA) and will meet the head of the sect, Dr Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin.

The event to be attended by Prime Minister is the second most major event organized by the Muslim community. Narendra Modi will address the gathering of around a lakh. The event also includes the speeches by Dr Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, the spiritual head of the Dawoodi Bohra community and by MP CM Shivraj Singh Chauhan.

Prime Minister Modi had attended the World Islamic Sufi Conference in Vigyan Bhawan in 2016 which was objected by sections of Muslims who later accused him of trying to divide the community.

Apart from his address in Indore, Modi is also likely to have a meeting with the Syedna, who has been made a state guest by the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government.

Ashara Mubaraka is the biggest annual event organized by Dawoodi Bohras to remember the sacrifices of Imam Hussein and others at the battle of Karbala. It is observed for 10-days at the beginning of Muharram which is the first month of the Islamic calendar by Shias.
It is the first time Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin will carry the sermons in Indore city. His father Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin had presided over the event in 1986 and 2002 in  Indore city.
It is estimated that 1.7 lakh people will attend the event so almost all the hotels in Indore are booked for the Ashara event. The sermon of Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin will be telecast live to more than 15 locations in and around Indore.
The Dawoodi Bohras, a Shia sect, was recently in the news over female genital mutilation (FGM) for which Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi asked the community to stop the practice or the government would make them do it. However, her ministry later shared with the apex court that no data was found on FGM in India.