Life – An Exalted Destiny – Aga Khan III

Life - An Exalted Destiny - Aga Khan III Life is a great and noble calling; not a mean and grovelling thing to be shuffled through as best as we can, but a lofty and exalted destiny.

Nowruz, Navroz Mubarak!

Shahnama Banquet - Shiraz, 1444 - Amaana.orgNawruz Mubarak Everyone! Rejoice!

March 21st is Imam Hazrat Ali‘s solar birthday anniversary! Please read on the following pages to see how important this New Year celebration is for the Ismailis and the whole Universe, especially since this year it falls on the New Moon and Total Solar Eclipse on this Equinox day! How Divine!

I am especially happy as this Navroz will be the 21st anniversary of on March 21st 2015!

If Nawruz is a festival of joy and delight,
it is through your light that it has come to be so.

— Prince Amir Tamim al-Fatimi, son of Imam al-Muiz

“Factually the number of months in the eyes of God, in the Book of God from the day He created the earth and the heaven, are twelve.” The Quran – 9:36

Here are the events that took place on this amazing day as enumerated by Imam Jafar as Sadiq, Hazrat Ali’s great grandson, in the summary below, source – Muhammad Bakir Majlisi in his Bihar al-Anwar:

God made a covenant with the souls before creation
Nowruz marks the first day when the universe started its motion
Adam was created on this day
Prophet Abraham destroyed the pagan idols that were being worshiped by his father and others
The Quran was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (s.a.s.), the night of Layla tul Qadr – Night of Power
Prophet Muhammad took Hazrat Ali on his shoulders to bring down the 360 idols in Mecca
Prophet Muhammad declared Ali as his legitimate successor at Gadhir-e Khumm
Hazrat Ali was born on Navroz (on the solar calendar, the lunar Muslim calendar had not yet been established until the Hijra, the migration of Prophet Muhammad from Makkah to Medina) in the Kaaba that was built by Prophet Abraham and Prophet Ismael (Ibrahim and Ismail)
Hazrat Salman Farsi, Al-Fars (Salman the Persian) converted to Islam on Navroz and used to prepare special sufro (offering of food and sweets) on the day of Navroz for Prophet Muhammad and Hazrat Ali.

“O you who believe! When you consult the Apostle, then offer something in offering (mehmani, sufro) before your consultation; that is better for you and purer; but if you do not find (the means), then surely Allah is Forgiving, Merciful” – Quran 58:12

The famous poet, Ibn Hani (d. 362/973) has composed many verses glorifying Imam al-Muizz. As we celebrate Navroz, this year I would like to dedicate the following verses to Mowlana Hazar Imam:

“You are Ma’ad, the heir of all the world, and this destiny is finally declared.”

“God’s knowledge is not veiled from you, whereas it is screened from all people.”

“He who named you the best Caliph, is subjecting fate to your desire.”

“O Fatimids, you are the friends of God and you are His kin. In His world you are His righteous agents.”

“He inherited the world from two fathers: Muhammad and Ali.”
    – Source of above – “Diwan”, Cairo, 1271 A.H.

“You are the Spirit because
your image is shaped from
the spiritual world of your Lord
and supported by knowledge.“I swear that if the world did
not call you a caliph,
they would certainly have
called you a second Messiah.”
 – Proof of God

“He is the intercessor for
the community which follows him,
just as his forefathers
were for their forefathers.

“He is the trusted of God
among His servants on earth,
if at all the trusted can
be counted in His country.”
 – Heaven on Earth

The soul of the universe
is the sovereign of time,
for God has raised up
the body through the soul.
When the auspicious Jupiter
saw his face, it became
the source of munificence,
the mine of good fortune.
As long as the clouds
of Navroz wash all quarters
of the garden with
showers of lustrous pearls;
and the nightingale laments
the rose at the break of dawn,
like a grieving soul
separated from its lover:
may the authority of
the sovereign of time
prevail over space and time
and the denizens of the world!
 –Nasir Khusraw
– Translated by Faquir Hunzai
(Source:  Shimmering Light)
Haft Sin Table Nowruz Persian New Year – Eid Mubarak! Navroz page from 2013

FathAliShahKajar - Navroz Page from 2012 Navroz page from 2012

Nowruz Greetings from The Nawruz Festival

arabisq2_5 Navroz Mubarak Navroz page from 1999

navroz4_34 Eid-e Navroz Navroz page from 1998


norouz1.gif_36Eid e Navroz – Persian New Year

His Highness the Aga Khan 2007 - An ode for Imam-e-Zaman — Nadim Pabani

Imam Hazrat Ali ibn Abu Talib Imam Hazrat Ali | Ismaili Web Amaana

Eid Mubarak Eid Mubarak!

Navroz Pages

Navroz Page from 2013

Nawruz Festival
Navroz Page from 2011
Navroz Page from 2008
Navroz Page from 1998

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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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