New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet the religious head of Dawoodi Bohra community Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin at a mosque on Friday. According to the officials, Modi will meet Saifuddin at the Saifi Nagar mosque in the city where the head of the Dawoodi Bohra community will hold a 9-day religious discourse starting September 12.

The prime minister will attend and address the “Ashara Mubaraka” – a commemoration of the martyrdom of Imam Husain — in Indore. The event will also be attended by Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, spiritual head of the Dawoodi Bohra community, and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

Ashara Mubaraka refers to a period of ten days at the beginning of the Islamic year dedicated to the remembrance of Prophet Mohammed and his grandson Imam Husain.

The tenth day of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar, is known as Ashura and marks the day on which Imam Husain was martyred along with his family members and companions.

The BJP-ruled state is due for the polls later in the year. Modi’s visit to poll-bound Madhya Pradesh is being seen by political pundits as an attempt to give a fillip to the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) push to retain power in the state.