Life – An Exalted Destiny – Aga Khan III
Address to the Canadian Parliament — Ottawa, Canada
February 27, 2014
View video of speech at bottom of text!
Mr Prime Minister,
Honourable Members of the Senate and House of Commons,
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
Honourable Members of the Diplomatic Community
Ladies and Gentlemen:
The Prime Minister’s generous introduction has been very kind. I am grateful for this invitation, for our association, and for so thoughtfully enabling leading representatives of our community and institutions, around the world, to join us on this occasion. I am thankful they will have this opportunity to see for themselves why Canada is a leader in the community of nations.
I must also thank you, Prime Minister, for inviting me… Continue reading
Aga Khan’s Constellation of Accolades – Over 200 honors from 50 countries
Editor’s Note: This wonderful synopsis of His Highness the Aga Khan’s honors has been compiled by a humble author who chooses to stay anonymous. This article mirrored from IsmailiMail with courtesy and kind permission of IsmailiMail Editor – many thanks for this treasury!
“We are honouring an exceptional man. We are honouring a great friend of humanity, a courageous visionary, a builder of bridges between religions and society.
His Excellency Dr. Frank Walter Steinmeier, German Foreign Minister, on presenting the 2006 Tolerance Award of the Evangelical Academy of Tutzing, Germany – May 20, 2006
The Constellation of Accolades represents the various appointments, awards, honours, and tributes His Highness Prince… Continue reading
Comparative Study of Religions
Chapter II Islam and its Divisions
1- The Sunna
2- The Shi’a
3- The Theology of Sunna and Shi’a
Chapter III Shi’a and its Sub divisions
Doctrine of Ismailism
Chapter I Potentiality and Actuality
Chapter II Existence in Power
Chapter III Existence in Action (by force)
Chapter IV Knowledge of Truth
Chapter V Implementation of faith by Action
1- Ta’at (Obedience)
2- Tabligh (Revelation)
3- Bai’at (Allegiance)
1- Amanat (Trust)
2_ Tawhid (Monotheism)
1- Unity of the Universe
2- The greatness of Man
3- The Human Brotherhood
4- Evolution… Continue reading
The Tolerance of the Fâtimids toward “The People of the Book” (Ahl Al-Kitâb)
By Diana Steigerwald
“The first principle is to comprehend, to be convinced of, to uphold the fact
that there is no conflict between Islam and Christianity. There may be
conflict on political issues, there may be conflict on economic issues, there
may be conflict on social issues but the faith of Islam is not in conflict with
the faith of Christianity and that is so clearly specified in Islam and all I need
to do this morning is to mention the words to you Ahl al-Kitâb, the People of
Book. The Book is Allah’s revelation to man, revealed to man through
Allâh’s Prophets of which Prophet Muhammad was the last Prophet.” (Karîm
Âghâ Khân… Continue reading
Condolence and Memorial Meeting in the loving memory of Rai Hoosein Khan Mohammed – Eulogy by Hasni Essa
A well organized Condolence and Memorial Meeting in the loving memory of Rai Hoosein Khan Mohammed was arranged by ITREB Pakistan on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 from 7:30pm at ITREB, P Auditorium. The Program to pay homage to the departed soul was as follows:
· Farman Mubarak by Ambreen Hussaini
· Opening Remarks by Abdul Mohammed Sheriff, Chairman ITREB, Pakistan
· Condolence Messages Inviting members from audience
· Remarks by Family Members
· Conclusion by Mushtaq Kazani, Executive Officer
· Dua by Mukhi Saheb
Pictures of late Hoosein bhai were projected on the wall for the benefit of the audience.
The meeting was attended by the family members, Board… Continue reading
The following is the first chapter from Dr. Diana Steigerwald’s wonderful book Diversity in Islamic History. It is her wish to provide a free copy to each and every person in the world so that they would understand Islam and its history and so make educated opinions of what Islam really is.
The PDF version of the chapters has now been made available for download for free. All I ask in return is if you can please log your vote of thanks and comments at the bottom of this article to let Diana know in your own words, what you think about this chapter and also the rest of her book.
- Nina Jaffer, Editor and Publisher, The Ismaili Web Amaana.org
Dr. Steigerwald is… Continue reading
The Celebration of the Prophet’s Birthday
A Turkish dervish of the seventeenth century sings:
The night in which the Messenger was born is
Without doubt similar to the Night of Might,
that is, to the night in which the Koran was revealed for the first time, which is called in Sura 97 “better than a thousand months.” A century later, the Malikite mufti of Algiers, Ibn ‘Ammar, brought forth three scholarly proofs for this idea: (I) the birthday, maulid, has given the Prophet to the whole world, but the Night of Might, lailat al-qadr, was meant especially for him; (
2) Muhammad’s appearance was more important for the community, umma, than the “coming down of the angels” of which Sura 97 speaks, for Muhammad… Continue reading
Karachi, 19 December 2013
His Excellency, Dr Ishrat Ul Ebad Khan, the Governor of Sindh;
His Excellency, Qaim Ali Shah, the Chief Minister of Sindh;
Acting Chairman, Dr Robert Buchanan and Members of the Board of Trustees;
President Firoz Rasul;
Provost, Deans, Faculty and Staff of the University;
Members of the Diplomatic Corps;
Members of the National and Provincial Assemblies;
Parents, supporters and distinguished guests;
As Salaam–o Alaikum
It is truly a great pleasure for me to celebrate this milestone moment with all of you today. It is a significant time for our University and for this country.
As Chancellor, I am delighted, first of all, to extend my warmest congratulations to our graduands and to your families. Bravo! We wish you enormous success… Continue reading
Mowlana Hazar Imam’s 77th Birthday – Khushiali Mubarak! Salgirah Mubarak! (Birthday Blessings!) – December 13, 2013
Our 49th Imam’s 77th Birthday celebration! This is the 7th cycle of the Imamat and so this is a very important birthday as the number 7 is very blessed numeric value in the Muslim and other traditions. This year has been amazingly blessed, as is every year, as we are led by the Proof of God on earth! We offer thanks for this blessing evermore!
|What||The Holy Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan’s Birthday Celebrations – Khushiali Mubarak! Salgirah Mubarak! (Birthday Blessings!)|
|Why||The birthday of the Imam of the Time, Mowlana Shah Karim Al-Hussaiyni Hazar Imam, Leader of the Shia Ismaili Muslims is celebrated to honor his service to God in spreading peace and understanding… Continue reading|
Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan Upon Receiving the Gold Medal by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, RAIC
Ottawa, 27 November 2013
President Frank and leaders of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada,
Ladies & Gentlemen
Monsieur le Président, je voudrais vous remercier pour l’honneur que votre institut me fait aujourd’hui. Je remercie Monsieur Baird de m’avoir nommé pour recevoir ce prix si prestigieux et de ces paroles élogieuses.
Je suis profondément flatté de recevoir votre médaille d‘or, tout d’abord à cause des personnalités qui me la remettent – mais aussi par l’esprit d’excellence que votre Institut représente. C’est aussi un grand honneur si l‘on considère la qualité des récipiendaires depuis sa création en 1907; je suis fier d’en faire partie a présent. Je suis d’autant plus heureux qu’il s’agisse d’une récompense canadienne – car comme vous le savez, mes… Continue reading
Toronto, 25 November 2013 — The University of Toronto’s Trinity College held a special convocation this evening, to bestow upon Mawlana Hazar Imam the degree of Doctor of Sacred Letters, honoris causa.
In a glowing citation, the Right Honorable Adrienne Clarkson, an alumna and Honorary Fellow of the College, presented Mawlana Hazar Imam before the Honourable William C. Graham, Chancellor of Trinity College, and the convocation.
“We are welcoming you into a place that combines the sacred with the secular with educational values that have seen its graduates take their place in the modern world and in Canada in a meaningful and committed fashion,” said Madame Clarkson in her address.… Continue reading
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.
Here are Mowlana Hazar Imam’s words for him:
“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.”
- His Highness the Aga Khan, Takht Nashini, Karachi, January 23, 1958
- Greetings to Pakistan
- Quaid-e-Azam… Continue reading
- Eid ul-Fitr Ramadan Kareem – Eid Mubarak!
- Eid-e Ghadir – Declaration at Gadhir e Khumm
- Nowruz Persian New Year – Eid Mubarak!
Eid Greeting Cards to share with family and friends – right click on image to save to your computer!
Muslim Holidays and Celebrations
- Ramadan Poetry by Rumi
- Layla tul Qadr The Night of Power
- I am the City of Knowledge and Ali is its Gate – Prophet Muhammad
- Imam Hazrat Ali and the Quran by Reza Shah Kazemi
- Selected Suras of the Quran
- Sayings of Prophet Muhammad attributed to Imam Hazrat Ali
- Dam Hama Dam Ali Ali Farsi Qasida
- Prophet Muhammad Appoints Imam Ali as His Successor Eid-e Gadhir
- Hafiz… Continue reading
Imamat Speeches, Interviews and Writing featured at Nanowisdoms. Please also visit the theme lists with the Extended and Short Quotes at bottom of this list.
- NDTV ‘Walk the Talk’ Interview, Shekhar Gupta (Hyderabad, India) ·· (5 October 2013)
- Jamati Institutional Leaders Dinner (Mumbai, India) ·· (28 September 2013
- Times of India Interview, Ranjan Roy, ‘Civil society has to be driven by competence as well as ethics: Aga Khan’ (Hyderabad, India) ·· (29 September 2013)
- Aga Khan Academy, Hyderabad, Inaugural Ceremony (Hyderabad, India) ·· (20 September 2013)
- Inauguration Ceremony for the Restoration of Humayun’s Tomb (Delhi, India) ·· (18 September 2013)
- 2013 Aga Khan Award for Architecture Prize Ceremony (Lisbon, Portugal) ·· (6 September 2013)
This is an edited version of extracts from speeches delivered by Dr Reza Shah-Kazemi at Milad al-Nabi Celebrations held in Atlanta and San Francisco, USA, in 2007. It first appeared in The Ismaili, USA, 2008.
In the 9th year after the Hijra (631 CE), a prominent Christian delegation from Najran, an important centre of Christianity in the Yemen, came to engage Prophet Muhammad in theological debate in Medina. The main point of contention was the nature of Christ: was he one of the messengers of God or the unique Son of God? What is of importance for our purposes is not the disagreements voiced, nor the fact that the debate was cut short by a revelation instructing the Prophet to challenge the Christians to a mutual imprecation, the mubahala; rather,… Continue reading
They are not all alike. Of the People of the Scripture there is a staunch community who recite the revelations of God in the watches of the night, falling prostrate.
They believe in God and the Last Day, and enjoin right conduct and forbid indecency, and vie with one another in good works. These are of the righteous.
And whatever good they do, they will not be denied it; and God knows the pious. (Quran 3: 113-114)
Thou wilt find the nearest of them [the People of the Scripture] in affection to those who believe to be those who say: Verily, we are Christians. That is because there are among them priests and monks, and they are not proud. (5: 82)
I believe in whatever scripture God hath revealed, and… Continue reading
Layla tul Qadr falls on the 23rd of Ramadan and this is a significant event in Muslim history as not only did Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) receive his first revelation that culminated in the Holy Quran, but this day marks the anniversary of his Prophethood on earth. Muslims all over the world spend this night in prayers as it holds special Barakah for those in prayer.
“In the name of God, the Beneficent the Merciful
“Indeed We sent it [the Holy Quran] down on the Night of Power. What will convey to you what the Night of Power is? Better is the Night of Power than a thousand months. In that Night the angels and the Spirit descend by the permission of their Lord for every errand. Peace it… Continue reading
Inna Lillahi wa inna Elaiyhi raji’un
إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ
Full Verse Quran 2:156:
الذين اذا اصابتهم مصيبة قالوا انا لله وانا اليه راجعون
“Who, when a misfortune overtakes them, say: ‘Surely we belong to Allah and to Him shall we return’.”
This phrase is recited upon hearing the news of someone’s death or when struck by a calamity of any kind. It is translated as “Verily we belong to God, and to God we return.”
Tajdin Abdullah Allarakhia, age 96, my dad, passed away on July 11, 2013. My father who was born in Zanzibar, passed peacefully in his sleep in Los Angeles on July 11, 2013, at age 96. He was a self taught man, who gave his Cambridge exams at… Continue reading
- 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
- Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Aga Khan University Convocation
- Mowlana Hazar Imam’s 77th Birthday – Khushiali Mubarak! Salgirah Mubarak! (Birthday Blessings!) – December 13, 2013
- Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan Upon Receiving the Gold Medal by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, RAIC
- Aga Khan Receives Doctor of Sacred Letters Degree from Trinity College University of Toronto
- Message to the World of Islam – Aga Khan III
- Eid Mubarak!
- Aga Khan Speeches, Interviews and Writing from Nanowisdoms – Part 2
- Pluralism and the Qur’an – Reza Shah-Kazemi
- Universality of the Quranic Message – Reza Shah-Kazemi
- Layla tul Qadr – The Night of Power and Destiny
- Layla tul Qadr – The Night of Power
- Philosophical Significance of the Imam in Ismailism
- Tajdin Abdullah Allarakhia, in Memory