Life – An Exalted Destiny – Aga Khan III
His name was Muhammad Sultan, also known as Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah, the Aga Khan, G.C.S.I., G.C.I.E., G.C.V.O., G.C.M.G., LL.D., was born at Honeymoon Lodge in Karachi on Friday, the 25th Shawal, 1294/ November 2, 1877 at 5:30 pm. When the news of his birth was routed to the Aga Khan I in Bombay, he said: “Name him Muhammad Sultan. He would be a Sultan (emperor) in the world. His period would see wonderful events, and would earn distinguished position in the world.”
Sultan Mahomed Shah, Aga Khan III, was the 48th Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims. He was one of the founders and the first president of the All-India Muslim League, and served as President of the League of Nations from 1937-38.
He grew up under the subtle… Continue reading
48th Imam – Direct descendant of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)
It is my great honor and pleasure to present, on his birthday anniversary which falls on November 2nd, the gems from our beloved 48th Imam Mowlana Sultan Mahomed Shah Aga Khan III, a collage of his wonderful words of wisdom. His life has been a great legacy for humanity.
His Highness the Aga Khan — Mowlana Hazar Imam, pays tribute to his grandfather:
“Many many memories come to our minds as we think of him. He achieved in his life, for our community, that which could only have been accomplished normally in a period of many generations. The tributes that the world has paid him bear honest testimony to his great life and work.” - Takht Nashini, Karachi, January 23, 1958… Continue reading
Mowlana Hazar Imam and Steven Harper to inaugurate Ismaili Centre and Museum on September 12, 2014
City News Toronto: Videographer Audra Brown takes a tour of the Aga Khan Museum, a new building in Toronto celebrating Islamic art and culture.
Full coverage will be provided on TheIsmaili.org, including a live webcast of both opening ceremonies. The webcast is expected to start at 2:00 pm EDT (Toronto time).Watch the webcast live at TheIsmaili.org/live.
Aga Khan’s gift to Canada | The Art Newspaper
Riches of Islamic art and science to… Continue reading
On this blessed Night of Power, on Saturday July 19, 2014, Ramadan 23, 1435, let us strive to earn the Grace of our Lord and receive the Baraqah (blessings) to receive the Light and the Peace, Ameen, so we can know ourselves and know our Lord! This Maarifa – spiritual knowledge, gnosis, is the goal of every believer and we have a Living Guide to help us!
On the Night of Power, power belongs to us
So long as the form of the Beloved’s image is with us,
for us the whole of life is a joyful parade.
Where friends unite together, there in the midst of the house,
by Allah, is a spreading plain;… Continue reading
Imamat Day 2014: Imamat Day – The Shia Imam’s Rope of 57 years of Imamat as the a Direct Descendent of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)
July is the 7th month, 49th Imam is 7 times 7. It’s been 7 years since the Golden Jubilee. This is the 57th anniversary of Imamat Day. He became an Imam in 1957!
2014 – 14 is 7 times 2. This picture was taken on July 7th when Queen Elizabeth II hosted a dinner at Buckingham Palace to mark the Golden Jubilee of Prince Karim Aga Khan IV, July 7, 2008. There is lot of symbolism of the number 7 and celestial significance of this anniversary as it is 7-11 and I am sure our readers will come up with more! Please use comments below to… Continue reading
In Sufism, Metaphysics is always linked to spiritual realization
by Titus Burckhardt
Sufi doctrine possesses several branches, the two most important of which are the domain of Universal Truths (Haqâ’iq) and the domain relating to the human or individual stages of the spiritual way (daqâ’iq); in other words, metaphysics (the science of principles, or of the Principle) and virtue (the “science of the soul”). Needless to say, these two domains are not in watertight compartments. Metaphysics by definition includes everything, but in Sufism it is always linked to spiritual realization. Cosmology, which is derived from metaphysics, applies to both macrocosm and microcosm. Thus, there is a psychology which has a cosmic application and a psychology which, by analogy, applies to the soul or the inward constitution of man.
In order… Continue reading
The holy month of Ramadan begins on the first day of Ramadan which is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. This year it starts on June 28, 2014. After the moon cycle of 30 days or so, the end of the fasting month is celebrated by Eid where the devout celebrate after having completed the month of fasting successfully starting with the morning prayers after which greetings are exchanged children are given an Eidi, a gift of money followed great rejoicing and feasting and picnics.
The great Muslim poet Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi’s Ramadan poems 13th century AD:
“O moon-faced Beloved,
the month of Ramadan has arrived.
Cover the table
and open the path of praise.”
“The month of fasting has come, the emperor’s banner has arrived; withhold… Continue reading
al-Masabih fi Ithbat al-Imama
-Kirmani’s Lights to Illuminate the Proof of the Imamate (al-Masabih fi ithbat al-imama)
Image: Shia Shahada, Qiblah of Imam Mustansir – La ilaha il Allah, Muhammad-un Rasool Allah, and Ali-un Wali Allah – There is no God but God, Muhammad is the Messenger of God, and Ali is the Saint of God – Inscribed on Fatimid Mosque of Qahira
On the other hand, in proving the necessity of Imamate the Ismailis rely on both reason and Sharia. In his book, al-Masabih fi Ithbat al-Imama (pp.80-95), al-Kirmani produces fourteen proofs of the necessity of lmamate. The following is a summary… Continue reading
The Phenomenology of Islam Lecture 1
JALAL and JAMAL
Introduction by Katherine Schimmel
In my right hand I hold a small, square, black metal box. It is very dusty now from years of non-use and looks nothing like the sleek recorders of today. But this tape recorder and I have a shared history. It is the same voice recorder that I used in Egypt almost twenty years ago on the hot, noisy streets of Cairo while conducting graduate field research there. Later, it was the faithful instrument I used to playback what amounted to hours and hours of Arabic interviews once I arrived back in Cambridge to write my thesis. I turn the small device over and over again in my hands, examining it from all sides, its well-worn buttons,… Continue reading
An-Naas — Mankind Quran Surah 114
Bismillaah ar-Rahman ar-Raheem
Qul a’uudhi bi rabbin naas
Min sharril waswaasil khannas
Alladhee yuwaswisu fee suduurin naas
Minal Jinnati wa naas
In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful
Say: I seek refuge in the Lord of men,
The King of men,
The God of men,
From the evil of the whisperings of the slinking (Shaitan),
Who whispers into the hearts of men,
From among the jinn and the men.
قل أعوذ برب الناس
من شر الوسواس الخناس
الذي يوسوس في صدور الناس
من الجنة والناس
- Aga Khan III — Mowlana Sultan Mahomed Shah with Historical Photos
- Aga Khan III — Mowlana Sultan Mahomed Shah
- Aga Khan Museum and the Ismaili Centre, Toronto Opening September 12, 2014
- Layla tul Qadr – The Night of Power and Destiny | Ismaili Web Amaana
- Imamat Day July 11, 2014 – 57 Years! Mashallah!
- Metaphysics and Virtue in Sufism — Titus Burckhardt
- Ramadan and Eid ul Fitr | Ismaili Web Amaana
- Fourteen Proofs of the Necessity of lmamat — Kirmani
- Annemarie Schimmel — The Phenomenology of Islam Lecture 1 — Harvard University
- Quran 114 Surah An-Naas — Mankind
- Geometry figures in older Islamic art
- Imam Hazrat Ali’s Letter to Malik Ashtar Governor of Egypt
- Faith and Intellect — Diana Steigerwald
- Islamic Scholar John Esposito Talks about Faith, Pluralism, and the Challenges Facing Islam Today
- An ode for Imam-e-Zaman — Nadim Pabani
- Understanding More about Islam — Harvard University
- Recognition of the Imam — Persian Manuscript translated by Ivanow
- Nasir-i Khusraw Poetry — Nasir Khusraw Shia Ismaili Muslim Dai and Poet
- The Mystical Visions of Ibn Arabi – Diana Steigerwald
- Understanding the Quran — Diana Steigerwald