Life – An Exalted Destiny – Aga Khan III
Understanding More about Islam
Harvard Graduate School of Education
October 4, 2001
by Marvin Pittman
“La ilaha illa Llah, Muhammadun rasulu’Llah”
“I witness that there is no God, but one God, and that Muhammad is his prophet.”
—The Shahada, Islam’s Declaration of Faith
As faith plays a strong role in America’s conscience in light of the events of September 11, the American public also focuses now on Islam. Even though an estimated 8-10 million Muslims—made up of people from a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds and national origins—take part in many avenues in American society, the American public at large remains greatly prejudiced against, misunderstanding, and ignorant of Islam.
On October 3, the Harvard Graduate School of Education explored the complex issues surrounding Islam in the panel discussion “Understanding… Continue reading
THE ISMAILI SOCIETY
ISMAILI TEXTS AND TRANSLATIONS SERIES, NO. 4
RECOGNITION OF THE IMAM
(Fasl dar Bayan-I Shinakht-i Imam)
Translated from Persian by
TABLE OF THE CONTENTS OF THE TEXT
1. The manifestation of the Imam and his Hujjat……1v.-2v.
2. The necessity of the propaganda (da’wat) in the time when the Imam is
hidden ….. 2v.-3
3. The fourfold knowledge about the Imam …..3-3v.
4. The Hujjat’s and da’i’s knowledge of the Imam …..3v.-4
5. The relations between the Imam and the Hujjat …..4-4v.
6. The manifestation of the Imam is essential to the existence of the world
7. Definition of the degree of the Hujjat …..6-6v.
8. The logical proofs of the necessity of the Hujjat …..6v.
9. The traditional proofs… Continue reading
Nasir-i Khusraw Poetry
Nasir Khusraw is acknowledged as one of the foremost poets of the Persian language. Born in the Balkh district of Central Asia in 394/1004, Nasir was inspired from an early age by a tremendous thirst for knowledge. His intellectual abilities brought him much fame, a promising career in government service, and a life of ease and pleasure. But he was always dissatisfied by a lack of meaning and purpose in his life until one day, at the age of 42, he was dramatically transformed by a visionary dream. He converted to Ismailism, renounced his worldly life and embarked on his famous seven-year journey to Egypt. Nasir arrived in Cairo in 439/1047, where he stayed for three years and became acquainted with Ismaili dignitaries such as Al… Continue reading
The Mystical Visions of Ibn al-‘Arabî (d. 1240)
– Dr. Diana Steigerwald
California State University (Long Beach)
“Whatever may be the philosophical doctrine to which we adhere, we observe, as soon as we speculate on the origin and the cause, the anteriority and the presence of the Feminine.”
– Excerpt from the Fusûs al-hikam of Ibn al-‘Arabî
The 13th century, even though politically overshadowed by the invasion of the Mongols and the end of the ‘Abbâsid caliphate, was also the golden age of Sufism. Known as Shaykh al-Akbar (the Greatest Shaykh), Muhyî al-Dîn Ibn al-‘Arabî was one of the most famous representatives of esoteric mysticism at the beginning of the 13th century. He was born in Murcia (city in Spain) in 1165 and at the… Continue reading
Understanding the Quran — Diana Steigerwald, California State University (Long Beach)
‘I believe in one God, and Muhammad, an Apostle of God’ is the simple and invariable profession of Islām. The intellectual image of the Deity has never been degraded by any visible idol; the honor of the Prophet has never transgressed the measure of human virtues; and his living precepts have restrained the gratitude of his disciples within the bounds of reason and religion. (Gibbon and al., 54)
There will come a time when nothing will remain of the Qur’ān but a set of rituals. And nothing will be more common than attributing falsities to God and the Prophet. — ‛Alī Ibn Abī Tālib
The Qur’ān contains a powerful message which generates a material and spiritual response.… Continue reading
Speech by His Highness The Aga Khan
New Delhi, India, March 26, 1980
ALL INDIA WOMEN’S CONFERENCE
As one of a few rather lonely males in such a distinguished, elegant and talented gathering of beautiful women, I find myself for once, and my family would readily confirm the rarity of the event, almost at a loss at what to say. I am not even very sure that I should be here at all. Like the Prime Minister, I too have never joined a woman’s organization, but for different reasons.
It is most of all, perhaps, a privilege and a very personal pleasure for us once again to meet your Prime Minister, Mrs. Indira Gandhi. Her remarkable gifts of leadership are universally admired and India is fortunate indeed to have Mrs.… Continue reading
Nowruz 2014 Marks the 20th Anniversary of Amaana.org — Alhamdulillah!
As you can read in the About section, I started the Ismaili Web in November 1993 and established the domain Amaana.org in March 1994. Since then I have been writing about the work of Mowlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan and twenty years later, here is a collage of all the articles. What is more amazing is that while I have just created articles of the events, the Imam has lived and worked these events and this presentation is in no way the full spectrum of his activities year-round, all over the world.
This Nowruz is a special event in many ways as you can read in my article in the link above on which day multiple world… Continue reading
by ‘Allamah Nasir al-din “Nasir” Hunza’i
Nawruz literally means the new day. This day means the day of the festival which is celebrated at the beginning of spring and the arrival of the new year, in which Aries faces the sun and from this day is counted the new solar year of the Egyptians and the Iranians. The Nawruz festival is among the oldest festivals of the world, and according to reliable reports, some important historical events and religious victories also happened on this day. Thus, it is narrated that approximately 4200 years ago it was on the occasion of the Nawruz festival that Hazrat Ibrahim broke the royal idols of Iraq and Hazrat Musa, in his time on the same day, gave a crushing defeat to the… Continue reading
When students feel adrift, spiritual guidance might help
I think religion should be taught in college. I’m not talking about “religious studies,” that is, the study of the phenomenon of religion. I’m talking about having imams, priests, pastors, rabbis, and other clerics teach the practice of their faiths. In college classrooms. To college students. For credit. I think religion should be taught in college because I believe it can help save floundering undergraduates. I’m not talking about “saving” them in Christian sense. I’m talking about teaching them how to live so they do not have to suffer an endless stream of miseries.
If you had asked me when I was a professor whether universities should teach… Continue reading
Partners in Pluralism: Why the Aga Khan loves Canada
Mohammad N. Miraly is an educator and film producer. He holds a Ph.D. from McGill University in Religion, Ethics, and Public Policy and is the author of themiralyblog.wordpress.com and the forthcoming book, Faith and World: Contemporary Ismaili Social and Political Thought.
The Aga Khan’s love for Canada is the sort of love shared by two friends who always know what the other is thinking. Canada is a place that shares wholeheartedly the Aga Khan’s vision for a global community built on the values of pluralism, education, and social action.
As the first religious leader to address Canada’s Parliament, it was perhaps appropriate that the Aga Khan’s parting words on 27 February were a verse from the Qur’an. The verse… Continue reading
- 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
- Aga Khan Speech to All India Women’s Conference, New Delhi India
- Amaana’s 20th Anniversary Gift to Our Imam-e Zamaan!
- The Nawruz Festival
- Colleges Should Teach Religion to Their Students – Marshall Poe
- Partners in Pluralism – Why the Aga Khan loves Canada
- Aga Khan, speaking at Brown, sees virtue in social media, Internet — Providence Journal
- Aga Khan stresses importance of pluralism – Ogden Lecture at Brown University
- Aga Khan Delivers Ogden Lecture at Brown University
- His Highness the Aga Khan’s Speech to the Parliament of Canada
- Aga Khan’s Decorations and Degrees – Honored in 50 Countries!
- Introduction to Ismailism
- The Tolerance of the Fatimids toward “The People of the Book” (Ahl Al-Kitab)
- In Memory of Rai Hoosein Khan Mohammed – Ismaili Star of Burma
- Muhammad, Prophet and Statesman — by Diana Steigerwald
- Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday – Maulid — by Annemarie Schimmel