Life – An Exalted Destiny – Aga Khan III
New Moon on Friday – Shukarwari Beej
By Mumtaz Ali Tajddin S.Ali
Beej is one of the most important rites in the Indian tradition of the Ismailis.The Hindi word beej means crescent. When the new moon falls on Friday, the Ismailis keep a fast – a tradition that came down since the period of Pir Shams, known as shukarwari beej (Friday’s crescent). Later, Pir Sadr al-Din and Pir Hasan Kabir al-Din elaborated importance of the beej.
The tradition has it that the Hindus divided the era before Kalapa into four jugs [pronounced joog] (periods), such as Karta Jug (17,28,000 years), Treta Jug (12,96,000 years), Duapur Jug (8, 64,000 years) and Kal Jug (4,32,000 years). They followed old custom of fasting prevalent in previous jugs. For example, in Karta… Continue reading
Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the International New York Times Athens Democracy Forum
September 15, 2015
Former Prime Ministers
Ms Alkistis Protopsalti, Minister of Tourism
Your Worship, Giorgos Kaminis, Mayor of Athens
The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Former Governor General of Canada
Ms Annika Savill, Executive Head of the UN Democracy Fund
Mr Stephen Dunbar-Johnson, President, International, The New York Times Company
I am grateful indeed for this opportunity to discuss with you the challenges facing democracy in our world – and to do so in such an appropriate setting. My warmest thanks also go to the people of Athens for their gracious welcome, and to my friends at the New York Times.
I have long admired – since my undergraduate days at… Continue reading
Eid ul Fitr is the culmination of the 30 days of fasting at the end of the sacred month of Ramadan, which is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. During this month, Muslims focus on devotional and spiritual practices to strengthen their connection with God and these rituals include reading the Holy Quran, prayers for fellow Muslims and for the worldwide community for peace, justice and equality for all humanity. On the 23rd of Ramadan, Layla tul Qadr, the Night of Power, is celebrated. This is the night when Islam was born, when Prophet Muhammad received his first revelation from God via Angel Gabriel which was the first verse of the Quran and he kept getting these messages for 23 years of his life. This year Ramadan… Continue reading
Imamat Day 2015: Imamat Day – 58 years anniversary of the 49th Imam, the Direct Descendent of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)
It’s been 8 years since the Golden Jubilee. This is the 58th anniversary of Imamat Day. Only two more years to go before the Diamond Jubilee, Masha’Allah!
Surely I will make you an Imam of men. – Quran 2:124
|What||The Holy Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan’s Imamat Day Celebrations – Khushiali Mubarak! (Rejoice, Blessings!)… Continue reading|
Layla tul Qadr — The Night of Destiny and Power
The Holy Quran was revealed on the 23rd night of Ramadan celebrated as Layla tul Qadr — the Night of Power when Angel Gabriel descended to deliver God’s message to Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him:
Iqra, bi-ismi rabbika allathee khalaqKhalaqa al-insana min AAalaqIqra, warabbuka al-akramAllathee AAallama bil qalamAAallama al-insana ma lamyaAAlam
Read in the name of your Lord Who created.He created man from a clot.Read and your Lord is Most Honorable,Who taught (to write) with the penTaught man what he knew not.
Surat Al-Qadr – The Power, Quran 97 – سورة القدر
إِنَّا أَنزَلْنَاهُ فِي لَيْلَةِ ٱلْقَدْرِ
أَدْرَاكَ مَا لَيْلَةُ ٱلْقَدْرِ وَمَآ
لَيْلَةُ ٱلْقَدْرِ خَيْرٌ مِّنْ أَلْفِ شَهْرٍ
تَنَزَّلُ ٱلْمَلاَئِكَةُ وَٱلرُّوحُ… Continue reading
Ramadan Kareem Mubarak!
“Be it man or woman, each of you is equal to the other.”
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 18, 2015 which equates to Ramadan 1, 1436 A.H. After the moon’s lunar 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 from dawn to sunset each day. The end of this month starts with the morning prayers on Eid-ul Fitr, greetings are exchanged with everyone and children are given an Eidi, a gift of money followed great rejoicing and feasting and picnics.
The great Muslim poet… Continue reading
His Highness the Aga Khan Speech at the Inauguration of the Aga Khan Park, Toronto
Video of Agreement Signing below
May 25th 2015
The Honourable Kathleen Wynne
Madame Premier may I thank you for your most warm and thoughtful words on this occasion. The Ismaili community are relatively recent arrivals in Canada and they’ve been here really as a result of the sorts of situations that you’ve mentioned including Karachi where people of different groups, different faiths, different ethnic backgrounds, have lived in societies governed by fear, pain, poverty, insecurity… an inability to predict anything into the future for themselves, or for future generations.
And what happened in Uganda with Idi Amin, you all know. I don’t need… Continue reading
Of the Holy Prophet took place on Rajab 27, (anniversary this year, May 15, 2015) where he was brought to the Throne of God and received spiritual graces and insight. This closeness to God Almighty is possible for all of us if we merit His Grace and for which we should ever pray! This is a highly spiritual encounter and many mystics have experienced this Companionship On High.
I only created the jinn and mankind in order that they might worship Me. — Quran 51:56
Wama khalaqtu al-jinna waal-insa illa liya AAbudooni — Quran 51:56
Think about it! God created us and hardwired us to find our way back to him — Fitrah. All of creation and the verses in the Quran… Continue reading
Arabic Universal Language of the Muslim World
Speech by the late H. H. Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah Aga Khan III at a session of Motamer al-Alam-al-Islamiyya
February 9, 1951
I can assure you that it is not with a light heart that I address you this evening. I fully realise that what I am going to say will make me most unpopular with important sections of the population. However, I would be a traitor to Islam if I let this opportunity pass without placing before the people of this powerful and populous Islamic nation the views which I consider my duty to place before the Muslims with as many of the arguments as I am capable of using in a short address. I fear… Continue reading
Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan — Inauguration of Amir AqSunqur Mosque in Cairo
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May 2, 2015
Your Excellency the Minister of Antiquities,
Your Excellency, the Governor of Cairo,
Your Excellencies, Honourable Ministers,
Ladies and gentlemen,
It is an immense pleasure to join all of you once again, in this special celebration. The inauguration of the AqSunqur Mosque is an extraordinary moment in its own right. And it also marks the culmination of a larger revitalisation that has taken place over many years in historic Cairo.
As Muslims, we are invited to protect and enhance the world in which we live during our lifetimes. We are trustees of God’s creation, hence the word Trust in… Continue reading
Ali Bin Abu Talib (11-40/632-661), 1st Imam
“Ali, the son of Abu Talib and the cousin of the Prophet was born on Friday, the 13th Rajab in the 28th year of A’am al-fil (the year of elephants) or 600 A.D. inside Kaba in Mecca. He was brought up under the subtle care and affection of the Prophet. Ali himself cherished the memory of his childhood by saying: “The Prophet brought me up in his own arms and fed me with his own morsel. I followed him, wherever he went, like a baby-camel which follows its mother. Each day a new aspect of his character would beam out of his noble person and I would accept it and follow it as commanded.” Ibn Abid Hadid (d. 655/1257) quotes Ibn Abbas as… Continue reading
- Aga Khan Mowlana Hazar Imam’s 79th Birthday Salgirah 2015
- New Moon on Friday – Shukarwari Beej
- His Highness the Aga Khan Speech at the International New York Times Athens Democracy Forum
- Eid ul Fitr — July 2015
- Imamat Day July 11, 2015 – 58 Years! Mashallah!
- Layla tul Qadr — Islam’s Birthday Anniversary
- Ramadan Kareem Mubarak!
- His Highness the Aga Khan Speech at the Aga Khan Park, Toronto
- Miraj Articles
- Arabic Universal Language of the Muslim World — Aga Khan III
- Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan — Inauguration of Amir AqSunqur Mosque in Cairo
- Yaum-e Ali — Imam Hazrat Ali’s Birthday Anniversary
- Imam Ali Bin Abu Talib — 1st Imam
- Imam Ali and the Power of Compassion — Dr. Reza Shah-Kazemi
- Imam Hazrat Ali the Great!
- The Imams, The Holy!
- The Peterson Lecture by His Highness the Aga Khan to the IB 40th Annual Meeting
- Aga Khan Speech at Foundation Ceremony Museum at Humayun’s Tomb
- Beyond Polemics and Pluralism: The Universal Message of the Qur’an — Reza Shah-Kazemi
- The Middle East — Prince Aly Khan