Life – An Exalted Destiny – Aga Khan III
Engagement of Prince Rahim to Ms Kendra Spears
Mowlana Hazar Imam announced today, April 26, 2013, the engagement of Prince Rahim Aga Khan, to Ms. Kendra Spears of Seattle, Washington, the United States.
Mubarak! Congratulations! Rejoice!
See more pictures and Press Release below.
Press Release at AKDN
The Aga Khan Announces the Engagement
of His Eldest Son
Aiglemont, France, 26 April 2013 — His Highness the Aga Khan today announced the engagement of his eldest son, Prince Rahim Aga Khan, to Ms. Kendra Spears of Seattle, Washington, the United States.
The Aga Khan, who is the Spiritual Leader or Imam of the global… Continue reading
Navroz Mubarak! Eid Mubarak! Eid-e Shoma Mobarak! Sultan Newruz – Imam Hazrat Ali’s Solar Birthday Anniversary! Norouz Nawruz Norooz – New Year Blessings! March 21, 2013
|Shah Abbas I receiving Vali Muhammad Khan of Bukhara, Chehel Sotun, Isfahan (c.1657)|
|What||A cross-cultural celebration of the New Year, the first day of the Spring astrological Equinox, solar birthday anniversary of our Imam Ali hence the name Nevruz Sultan, in Turkey Nauruz-i Sultani. “It was on Navroz that Adam was created, that God made a covenant with the souls, that Abraham destroyed the pagan idols, that the… Continue reading|
An article by Imam Hazrat Mowlana Sultan Mahomed Shah (s.a.s.) Aga Khan III
The Christian burial ceremony and the prayers then said by the presiding ecclesiastics refer to resurrection in a way that implies some kind of similarity with the supposed historical resurrection of Christ three days after his death. There is the undoubted implication in the Burial Service that a similar resurrection will in time be the fate of those who die in Christianity.
Whether any other religion accepts such a definite (and, if I may say so, materialistic) conception of life eternal and immortality, I am not sure. The Buddhists and Brahmans certainly believe in… Continue reading
Truth, Reality and Religion: On the use of Knowledge and Intellect in Deen and Dunia
By Mohib Ebrahim
NOTE: This article is an updated version of one by the same title the author published in the December 2006 issue of Ismaili Africa.
In his forward to the Aga Khan Academies’ brochure, Mawlana Hazar Imam — as His Highness the Aga Khan is known to his followers — remarked that one goal of education must be to “stimulate students to consider a variety of perspectives on some of the fundamental questions posed by the human condition: ‘What is truth? What is reality?’.” Note the questions were not… Continue reading
By Mumtaz Ali Tajddin S. Ali
The word salat (plural salawat) is an Aramaic verbal noun s’lota (bowing or
bending) had passed into several dialects with the meaning of prayer. This word
was used by Armaic speaking Jews for the obligatory recital of the 18
benedictions. In Hebrew, the synagogue of the Jews was also termed as a salat,
vide Koran, 22:40. It also means to walk behind anything constantly. In horserace,
the second horse runs just behind the first horse, is also called salla. Its
meaning indicates to follow the divine law constantly. Another view suggest that
it means burnt. It signifies that through the agency of worship,… Continue reading
|Nasir Khusraw Collection|
Nasir Khusraw Collection on Ismaili Web
Nasir Khusraw (1004-1060) By Alice C. Hunsberger
Nasir-i Khusraw and his Spiritual Nisbah by Mehdi Mohaghegh
Nasir Khusraw poetry from Divan in praise of Prophet Muhammad and Hazrat Ali
More Nasir Khusraw poetry
Sayyidna Nasir Khusraw by the Prince Aly Khan Religious Night School, Karachi
By Bernard Lewis
During a recent stay in Cairo, I found in the Taimuriya library a manuscript copy of an interesting Ismaili work entitled Kitabu’l-idah wa’l-Bayan, by the Yemenite da’i Husain ibn ‘Ali.1
The manuscript is of 165 pages, 16 by 23 cms., in two hands-the first till p.70, at 22 lines per page, the second pp.71-165 at 19 lines per page. The first and last lines of each page are in red ink through out. The copy was started by the Sharif ‘Abdullah Abu Yusuf, and completed on his death by ‘Ali b. Shaikh Ibrahim Al-Haidarabadi. It is dated 22nd Dhu’l Hijja 1286 (=26/3/1870), and was… Continue reading
By Michael Hart
The following is from Michael Hart’s book and lists Prophet Muhammad as the most influential man in History. A Citadel Press Book, published by Carol Publishing Group
Ranking of the twenty from the list of 100:
- Prophet Muhammad
- Isaac Newton
- Jesus Christ
- St. Paul
- Ts’ai Lun
- Johann Gutenberg
- Christopher Columbus
- Albert Einstein
- Karl Marx
- Louis Pasteur
- Galileo Galilei
- Charles Darwin
- Shih Huang Ti
- Augustus Caesar
- Mao Tse-tung
MUHAMMAD, No. 1
The 100, a Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History
by Michael H. Hart
My choice of Muhammad to lead the list of the world’s most influential persons may surprise… Continue reading
|Now hath come unto you An Apostle from amongst Yourselves; it grieves him that you should perish; Ardently anxious is he over you: to the believers is he the most kind and merciful. Sura 9-128|
Head of the Department of Philosophy,
Government College for Women University of Mysore, Mandya-571401 (Karnatika).
Re-printed from “Islam and Modern age”, Hydrabad, March 1978
Editor’s note: Author of this article is a non-Muslim. Enjoy!
In the desert of Arabia was Mohammad born, according to Muslim historians, on April 20, 571. The name means highly praised. He is to me the greatest mind… Continue reading
“And peace on him on the day he was born, and on the day he dies, and on the day he is raised to life” Holy Quran 19:15
Allahuma salli ala Muhammadin wa Aal-e Muhammad
O God! Shower thy blessings on Muhammad and the descendents of Muhammad
Milad-un Nabi or Maulid (Mawlid) is the birthday celebration of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (s.a.s.) and is celebrated by Muslims as Eid-e Milad. Prophet Muhammad was born Arabia in the city of Mecca on the 12th day of Rabi-ul-Awwal, which was Monday the 20th day of April, 571 A.C. This falls on Saturday May 25, 2002… Continue reading
By Amir Gulamhusein
His Highness the Aga Khan’s Speech at the Opening Session of ‘Word of God, Art of Man: The Qur’an and its Creative Expressions’
His Highness the Aga Khan The Ismaili Centre, London October 19, 2003
Distinguished Scholars and Guests,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
An assembly of the wise and learned is a privileged occasion. I am, therefore, immensely happy to be with you this morning as you begin your deliberations on a theme which, though of perennial interest, holds a special significance at a time that calls for enlightened encounters among faiths and cultures. Whatever its vernacular forms, the language of art, more so when it is spiritually inspired, can be a positive barrier-transcending medium of discourse, manifesting the depths… Continue reading
Mowlana Hazar Imam’s 76th Birthday – Khushiali Mubarak! Salgirah Mubarak! (Birthday Blessings!) – December 13, 2012
|His Highness the Aga Khan Mowlana Hazar Imam – Spiritual Leader of Shia Ismaili Muslims|
|The first Imam Hazrat Ali was appointed as as his successor by Prophet Muhammad at Ghadir e Khumm when he declared:|
He of whomever I am the Master-Lord Mowla, Ali is his Master-Lord Mowla! Imam Ali plays a pivotal role in the spiritual lives of his followers as do his successors and we are blessed to be led by the 49th Imam!
Video and Audio Files of this declaration: Haq Ali Mowla Ali Ali Manaqib by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Man kunto Mowla Ali Mowla Manaqib by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan – my favorite –… Continue reading
Imamat Speeches, Interviews and Writings List at Nanowisdoms Archives. Please also visit the theme lists with the Extended and Short Quotes at bottom of this list.
Investiture of Imam Ali at Ghadir Khumm
Al-Biruni’s Chronology of Ancient Nations 161 AH 707 BC
Yaum-ul-Ghadir Mubarak Everyone!
Eid-e Gadhir is celebrated with great rejoicing by Shia Muslims where they remember Prophet Muhammad’s last instructions to the believers. Eid-e-Ghadir is one of the most important days of rejoicing for Shia Muslims around the world as that was the day our beloved Prophet Muhammad (s.a.s.) declared Hazrat Ali’s vicegerency at Ghadir e Khumm on his return from his last pilgrimage which is known in history as ‘Hajjat-ul-Wida’. This took place on the 18th of Zil-Hajj, in 632 AC, 3 months before his demise, when the Prophet and his followers were returning from his last pilgrimage. Prophet Muhammad announced that he had received an important revelation from Allah, and made a halt at the pond called Ghadir Khumm. A make-shift dias was erected from sadles, sticks and camel skins and as soon as all the pilgrims were gathered, he acted upon the revelation of Ayah-e Gadhir Khumm.
“O Messenger (Prophet), deliver to the people what has been revealed to you from your Lord and if you do not do so then you will not have delivered His message and Allah will protect you from the people. For God does not guide those who reject Faith.”Ya ‘ayyuhar Rasoolu ballig maa unzila ilayka mir-Rabbik. Wa illam taf’al famaa ballagta Risaalatah. Wallaahu ya’simuka minan naas. Innal’laaha laa yahdilqawmal kaafiriin. Quran 5:67
The Prophet thence declared “‘Man Kuntu Mowlahu fa haza Aliyun Mowlahu’ – ‘He of whomever I am the Master-Lord (Mowla), Ali is hereby his Master-Lord (Mowla). Prophet Muhammad had been discoursing all the other revelations among the Muslims regarding the tenets and practice of the faith and about material life, and what could this verse of surpassing urgency mean and why was he admonished that if he did not reveal that message then his mission would be unfulfilled! Why had he been warned so strongly by Allah to deliver the message right away.According to Shia tradition, Prophet Muhammad had been apprehensive about declaring his own son-in-law and cousin Ali ibn Abu Talib as his spiritual (Amirul Momineen, Commander of the believers) and secular (Caliph, King) heir, for fear that it would divide the nascent Muslim community. The rich Muslims were already jealous of Hazrat Ali’s favored position with Prophet Muhammad (being married to Hazrat Fatima, being his cousin, appointed as Commander at many important battles) and in the above revelation God reassures him.
Partnership Walk Aga Khan Foundation, October 2012 – Orlando! Click on photo below to see all the pictures!
Partnership Walk Aga Khan Foundation, October 2011 – Orlando! Click on photo below to see all the pictures!
Ibrahim and Ismail – Eid Mubarak! Celebration of the Submission to the Will of God!
“Ibrahim was of the self-same faith (as Noah) and came to his Lord with a pure heart. He said to his father and to his people, ‘What are these that you worship? Would you serve false gods instead of Allah? What do you think of the Lord of the Creation?’
He lifted up his eyes to the stars and said, ‘I am sick!’ Then, his people turned their backs and went off.
He stole away to their idols and said to them, ‘Will you not eat your offerings? Why do you not speak?’ With that,… Continue reading
Entebbe, Uganda, October 8, 2012
Bismillah-ir Rahaman-ir Rahim
Your Excellency, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of Uganda, and Your Excellency, the First Lady,
Your Excellency, President Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi,
Your Excellency, President Salva Kiir of the Republic of South Sudan,
Your Excellency, President Mohamed Abdelaziz, President of Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic,
Your Excellency, Dr. Mohamed Gharib Bilal, Vice President of Tanzania,
Your Excellency, Mr Alhaji Adam Yusuf, Vice President of the Republic of Southern Sudan,
Hon. Minister of Defence of the Republic of Congo,
Hon. Minister of Defence of Angola,
Hon. Minister of Home Affairs, of Zambia,
The Rt. Hon Prime Minister of Uganda,
Hon. Minister of Energy and… Continue reading
His Highness the Aga Khan’s Acceptance Speech – Tutzing Evangelical Academy’s ‘Tolerance’ Award – Tutzing, Germany May 20, 2006
Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim.
Ladies and Gentlemen:
Minister Steinmeier has been very generous in his remarks — for which I thank him most sincerely. And I would like to take this occasion at the opening of these comments, to tell him how much all the people who work with me around the world appreciate the support and the partnership of the people and Government of Germany in the work that we are doing. You have brought imagination, you have brought sophistication, you have brought flexibility to areas of need, areas of intellectual activity, which we consider unique, and I thank you… Continue reading
- Sayings of Imam Hazrat Ali
- Prince Rahim Engaged to Kendra Spears
- Nawruz Persian New Year – Eid Mubarak!
- Reincarnation or Companionship on High?
- Truth, Reality and Religion
- Salat or Dua
- Nasir Khusraw Collection at Ismaili Web
- An Ismaili Interpretation of the Fall of Adam
- Prophet Muhammad – The Most Influential Man in History
- Mohammad Prophet of Islam
- Milad-e Nabi – Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday – Milad-un Nabi Maulid Mevlid
- Significance of the celebration of the Birthday of Prophet Muhammad
- His Highness the Aga Khan’s Speech at the Opening Session of ‘Word of God, Art of Man: The Qur’an and its Creative Expressions’
- Mowlana Hazar Imam’s 76th Birthday – Khushiali Mubarak! Salgirah Mubarak! (Birthday Blessings!) – December 13, 2012
- Imamat Speeches, Interviews and Writings List – Nanowisdoms Archives
- Eid-e Ghadir – Declaration at Gadhir e Khumm, Prophet Muhammad Appoints Imam Ali as His Successor
- Partnership Walk Aga Khan Foundation and National Sports Tournament Pictures
- Abraham and Ishmael – Eid ul Adha – Festival of Offering
- Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan – Inauguration Bujagali Hydropower Project
- His Highness the Aga Khan’s Acceptance Speech – Tutzing Evangelical Academy’s ‘Tolerance’ Award – Tutzing, Germany May 20, 2006