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Imamat Day July 11, 2015 – 58 Years! Mashallah!

Mowlana Hazar Imam Golden Jubilee 2007 Amaana.org

Mowlana Hazar Imam Golden Jubilee 2007 Amaana.org

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!

We are so blessed that this year Imamat Day is just two days after Layla tul Qadr! So much celestial and spiritual significance, taking place in the holy month of Ramadan!

Surely I will make you an Imam of men. – Quran 2:124


Event
Imamat Day – The Shia Imam’s Ascent to the Office of Imamat as a Direct Descendent of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)
What The Holy Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan’s Imamat Day Celebrations – Khushiali Mubarak! (Rejoice, Blessings!)
Why Imamat Day is celebrated every year by Ismaili Shia Muslims on the anniversary of the day that the Imamat transfers from the past Imam to the Present Living Imam in a continuous chain since Prophet Muhammad declared him as his successor and that their progeny would succeed until they return to al-hawd, the pool in paradise. (See sayings of Prophet Muhammad below). The current Imam is the direct descendent and the 48th generation grandson of the Prophet. This chain of 49 Imams flows from the day when Imam Hazrat Ali was appointed as Prophet Muhammad’s successor. This anniversary is celebrated with great rejoicing by the followers of the Imam, for it is a unique occasion full of symbolism wherein the continuance of God’s covenant is celebrated. This tradition has continued for over 1400 years since the time of Hazrat Ali (a.s. on whom be peace) the first Imam who was appointed by Prophet Muhammad (s.a.s. – peace be upon him).
When Falls on July 11th every year for the current Imam. Since the time of our holy Prophet Muhammad, this tradition has continued as the Prophet’s grand children pass on the Imamat to their heirs who bear the Noor (Light) of God and the blood of the Prophet as the Intercessor between God and man, to maintain this divinely ordained hereditary office. This year marks the 56th anniversary of when at the age of 20, the Imam inherited the office from the previous Imam, his grand father, Mowlana Sultan Mahomed Shah, Aga Khan III.
Where The first Imam Hazrat Ali was appointed as as his successor by Prophet Muhammad at Ghadir e Khumm when he declared: Ali is the Lord of those whose Lord I am! – Man kunto Mowla, fa Ali yun Mowla! Imam Ali as all Imams in his line, play a pivotal role in the spiritual lives of his followers, as the Qutb, the Pole, around which the faithful gravitate to receive his guidance directly from God, and the Imam looks to God as an Intercessor for his community. Allah says that each nation will come with its Imam on Judgment Day. As the community of faithful, we are blessed to be led by the 49th Imam of the age, our beloved Mowlana Hazar Imam! Celebrations take place in over 50 countries around the world where Ismailis live to remind us of this blessing from God and to aspire to live a godly life as we see the example of the Imam. (See his activity reports below and see if you are amazed).
History This occasion is very solemn as many events point to the importance of the hereditary family tree. For example, Prophet Muhammad’s birthday was also his death anniversary. For Shia Muslims, this was a further endorsement of the divinely ordained appointment of Hazrat Ali at Gadhir-e Khumm where Prophet Muhammad declared him as his successor who was to assume these duties upon the Prophet’s death. Before the Prophet Muhammad, this chain was from his ancestors as Muhammad was descended from Abraham, fulfilling God’s decree to Prophet Abraham – Surely I will make you an Imam of men. – Quran 2:124. Prophet Muhammad is the descendent of Abraham through his elder son Ishmael, Ismail in Arabic. No wonder we are also Ismailis! Prophet Abraham has been called the Father of Nations and is the founder of the three great monotheistic faiths. He has been given high regard in the Genesis 12:2, 3, and 7, also 17:20 and Deuteronomy 18:18. After Prophet Muhammad who received the Quran from God, wherein Allah said that he would be the last prophet and there would be no more revelation in the form of scripture but the faith had to continue. This was implemented by establishing the Office of the Imamat so that the covenant would continue by blood lines. And if we look back in history, 49 direct descendents of the Prophet have continued this chain and as we know from the Prophet that this chain will continue until the end of time on earth, until we meet at the pool in paradise. See Hadiths highlighted below.
More Info Please visit past Imamat Day celebrations pages every year listed on page links below. I have talked about other verses from the Quran and discussed the edicts of our Imams who have been luminaries through the ages, mandated with God’s message as in Shia doctrine of the Imam’s knowledge, the Imam is the Quran Natiq – the Speaking Quran, while the Quran is the Silent Imam – Imam Samit. The Imam is the true interpreter of the Book and guides according to the age and keeps alive the Quran which God says is designed to be interpreted by the Ulul-Amr (Interpreters of the Divine Command) and the Rasikhoon fil-ilm (Those vested in Divine Knowledge), again both pointing to the Rightful Imams.

“He has ordained for men the faith He has revealed to you and formerly enjoined on Noah and Abraham, on Moses and Jesus, saying: “Observe this Faith and be united in it” Quran 42:13 (The Faith is Islam! – Submission to the Will of God).

The Holy Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan’s Imamat Day Celebrations – Khushiali Mubarak!

Each year, Ismailis all over the world–from the concentrated populations in areas of the United States and Canada, all throughout Europe and Asia, from China and Russia to India, and Africa and even in countries including Australia, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand–celebrate the tradition of Imamat Day. Ismaili Shia Muslims, on the anniversary of the day that the Imamat transfers from the past Imam (Mowlana Shah Sultan Mahomed Shah) to our Present Living Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan Shah Karim Al-Hussaini Hazar Imam – Lord of the Age. Inherited in a continuous chain since Prophet Muhammad, we commemorate the declaration of Hazrat Ali as his successor and that their progeny would succeed until they return to al-hawd, the pool in paradise. (See sayings of Prophet Muhammad below). The current Imam is the direct descendent and the 48th generation grandson of the Prophet. This chain of 49 Imams flows from the day when Imam Hazrat Ali was appointed as Prophet Muhammad’s successor. This anniversary is celebrated with great rejoicing by the followers of the Imam, for it is a unique occasion full of symbolism wherein the continuance of God’s covenant is celebrated. This tradition has continued for over 1400 years since the time of Hazrat Ali (a.s. – on whom be peace) the first Imam who was appointed by Prophet Muhammad (s.a.s. – peace be upon him).

Imamat Day falls on July 11th every year for the current Imam. Since the time of our holy Prophet Muhammad, this tradition has continued as the Prophet’s grand children pass on the Imamat to their heirs who bear the Noor (Light) of God and the blood of the Prophet as the Intercessor between God and man, to maintain this divinely ordained hereditary office as God’s vicegerent on earth has been ordained for every age. This year marks the 58th anniversary of when at the age of 20, the current Imam inherited the office from the previous Imam, his grandfather, Mowlana Sultan Mahomed Shah, Aga Khan III.

The history of the rope of Imamat begins with Hazrat Ali. The first Imam, Hazrat Ali was appointed as the successor by Prophet Muhammad at Ghadir e Khumm when he declared: Ali is the Lord of those whose Lord I am! – Man kunto Mowla, fa Ali yun Mowla! Imam Ali, as all Imams in his line, plays a pivotal role in the spiritual lives of his followers, as the Qutb, the Pole, around which the faithful gravitate to receive his guidance directly from God, and the Imam looks to God as an Intercessor for his community. Allah says that each nation will come with its Imam on Judgment Day. As the community of faithful, we are blessed to be led by the 49th Imam of the age, our beloved Mowlana Hazar Imam! Celebrations take place in over 50 countries around the world where Ismailis live to remind us of this blessing from God and to aspire to live a godly life as we see and follow the example of the Imam in our time.

This occasion is very solemn as many events point to the importance of the hereditary family tree. For example, Prophet Muhammad’s birthday was also his death anniversary. For Shia Muslims, this was a further endorsement of the divinely ordained appointment of Imam Hazrat Ali at Gadhir-e Khumm where Prophet Muhammad declared him as his successor who was to assume these duties upon the Prophet’s death. Before the Prophet Muhammad, this chain was from his ancestors as Muhammad was descended from Abraham, fulfilling God’s decree to Prophet Abraham – Surely I will make you an Imam of men. – Quran 2:124. Prophet Muhammad is the descendent of Abraham through his elder son Ishmael, Ismail in Arabic. No wonder we are also Ismailis! Prophet Abraham has been called the Father of Nations and is the founder of the three great monotheistic faiths, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. He has been given high regard in the Genesis 12:2, 3, and 7, also 17:20 and Deuteronomy 18:18. After Prophet Muhammad who received the Quran from God, wherein Allah said that Muhammad would be the last prophet and there would be no more revelation in the form of scripture but the faith had to continue. This was implemented by establishing the Office of the Imamat so that the covenant would continue by blood lines. And if we look back in history, 49 direct descendents of the Prophet have continued this chain and as we know from the Prophet that this chain will continue until the end of time on earth, until we meet at the pool in paradise.

All over the world, Ismaili Muslims celebrate Imamat Day with extra prayers and blessings in Jamat Khana, followed by traditional Dandia Raas dancing to gather together as a Jamat and celebrate the gift of present-day spiritual guidance from Mowlana Shah Karim Al-Hussaini, His Highness the Aga Khan. Imamat Day Mubarak!

On my Layla tul Qadr page from last year, I highlighted what Imam Hazrat Ali said in his sermon which I repeat here after the verse of the Holy Quran:

Sunnata man qad arsalna qablaka minrusulina wala tajidu lisunnatina tahweela

(This was Our) way with the messengers We sent before thee: thou wilt find no change in Our ways. — Quran 17:77

Audio Quran 17:77

 The above Ayat is retold by Imam Hazrat Ali in his Khutbat Iftikhar so beautifully and powerfully!

I am the meaning of Ramadan and the night of Qadr (Quran 97:1-3) mentioned in the Mother Book. My utterance is decisive, for I am the Surah of Praise (Hamd). I am the purpose of prayer itself, whether at home or when travelling. I am the purpose of fasting, and the sacred anniversaries in the months of the year. I am the Lord of Resurrection and Judgement, the One who can remove the yoke that lies heavy on the people of Muhammad. I am the Gate through which all shall pass who worship God; I am His worshipper, and one created by Him. I am both the witness and the One witnessed to, the possessor of the green canopy, He Whose name is mentioned in the heavens and the earth, Who is the travelling companion of the Messenger of God throughout the heavens, for with Me is the Book and the sacred Arc.

Our Beloved Prophet (peace be upon him) said:

‘You will see your Lord as you see the moon on the night when it is full.’

‘You are from me and I am from you (anta minni wa ana minka).’

‘Truly, ‘Ali is from me and I am from him (inna ‘Ali minni wa ana minhu), and he is the wali (patron/spiritual master) of every believer after me.’

‘Ali is with the Qur’an and the Qur’an is with ‘Ali. They will not separate from each other until they return to me at the [paradisal pool] (al-hawd).’

‘O ‘Ali, you are a leader (sayyid) in the world and the Hereafter. Your beloved is my beloved, and my beloved is the beloved of God; your enemy is my enemy, and my enemy is the enemy of God. Woe be to those who hate you after me [after I have passed away].’

More of the above wonderful sayings by Prophet Muhammad can be accessed here.

Faces on that day will be resplendent,
wujuhun yawma’idhin nadira:

looking toward their Lord. – Quran 75:22
ila Rabbi-ha nazira.

So whoever hopes for the meeting with his Lord,
Fa-man kana yarju liqa’a Rabbi-hi

let him do righteous work,
fa-l’-ya’mal ‘amalan salihan

and let him give no one any share at all
wa la yushrik

in the worship due unto his Lord. – Quran 18:110
bi-’ibadati Rabbi-hi ahada.

And We supported him [Jesus] with the holy spirit. – Quran 2:87
Wa ayyadna-hu bi-Ruhi ‘l-Qudus.

Indeed! Verily, the friends of God have no fear, neither shall they grieve. – Quran 10:62
Ala inna awliyaa Allahi la khawfun AAalayhim wala hum

You may also find this of importance,  an excerpt from Diana Steigerwald‘s new book Imāmology in Ismaili Gnosis:

Every human has the opportunity to know the Imām, as explained by Nasīr al‑dīn Tūsī in Tasawwurāt: “If one says that the Imām in no way resembles the ordinary mortal, this would constitute a denial of what the senses perceive. If he says that the Imām in every respect is like an ordinary man, this would constitute a denial of the powers of our reason and its judgement. If one says that the knowledge of the Imām is inaccessible to any one, this really implies the futility of the well-known hadīth ‘Knowledge of God is the recognition by the people of every epoch of their Imām whom they necessarily have to obey’“. The beauty of Ismailism relies on the fact that each Ismaili can develop a personal relationship with the Imām that gives him/her the freedom to interpret and understand the Imām according to his/her own level of understanding. (For more Information, read Dr. Diana Steigerwald’s book Imāmology in Ismaili Gnosis, New Delhi: Manohar, 2015 http://www.manoharbooks.com/)

Imamat day dushanbe Amaana.orgEvery Imamat Day I have been posting my thoughts on the importance of our Imam of the Time and the Constitution of the Imamat and I pray that everyone makes their own connection with the Imam and be rightly guided, Ameen! Rejoice!

Imamat Day and Imam’s Birthday Pages

His Highness the Aga Khan Activities

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Quran, 13:28

ألا بِذِكْرِ اللهِ تَطمَئِنُّ الْقُلُوبُ

“Verily! In the remembrance of Allah do hearts find contentment.” - Quran, 13:28

Prophet Muhammad

Prophet Muhammad:

‘Ali is ‘as my own soul’ (ka-nafsi).

He said to ‘Ali, ‘You are from me and I am from you (anta minni wa ana minka).’

‘Truly, ‘Ali is from me and I am from him (inna ‘Ali minni wa ana minhu), and he is the wali (patron/spiritual master) of every believer after me.’

Hazrat Ali

12. When some blessings come to you, do not drive them away through thanklessness.

13. He who is deserted by friends and relatives will often find help and sympathy from strangers.

Imam Ali Sayings

Imam Jaffer Sadiq

لاَ يَكُونُ شَيْءٌ فِي اْلاَرْضِ وَلا فِي السَّمَاءِ إِلاَّ بِهذِهِ الْخِصَالِ السَّبْعِ: بِمَشيئَةٍ وَ إِرادَةٍ وَقَدَرٍ وَقَضَاءٍ وَ إِذْنٍ وَكِتابٍ وَأَجَلٍ. فَمَنْ زَعَمَ أَنَّهُ يَقْدِرُ عَلى نَقْضٍ وَاحِدَةٍ، فَقَدْ كَفَرَ.

“Nothing occurs in this earth and in the heaven except with the following seven stages: Will, intention, destiny, decree, permission, book and implementation. Then whoever thinks that he can reduce any of these stages, then indeed he has disbelieved.”

- Imam Jaffer Sadiq, Usul al Kafi, vol. 1, p. 149

Rumi on Ramadan

The month of fasting has come, the emperor’s banner has arrived; withhold your hand from food, the spirit’s table has arrived. The soul has escaped from separation and bound nature’s hands; the heart of error is defeated, the army of faith has arrived. Fasting is our sacrifice, it is the life of our soul; let us sacrifice all our body, since the soul has arrived as guest. Fortitude is as a sweet cloud, wisdom rains from it, because it was in such a month of fortitude that the Koran arrived. …Wash your hands and your mouth, neither eat nor speak; seek that speech and that morsel which has come to the silent ones.

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Aga Khan Speech Brown University May 1996:

"Looking around this colorful gathering, I recall helping in the choice of the Aga Khan University's regalia. Our research into Islamic traditions of academic dress revealed that an academic's rank determined the height of his hat. The higher the rank, the taller the hat. The senior most professors therefore appeared taller than their students even when sitting down. I have just learnt that my friend Neil Rudenstein, the President of Harvard has given instructions that all Harvard hats are to be heightened by at least a foot. This has caused havoc in the Ivy League which is now debating resolution MAHH96, standing for Maximum Allowable Hat Height. My academic standing and that of President Gregorian, should be evident from the hats that we are presently wearing!"

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