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.

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Moments with Shams Tabriz

Divan-e Shamse Tabrizi depicting Shamse Tabrizi playing chess with a young Persian prince 5th-16th century - Amaana.org

Moments with Shams – Words of Wisdom from Rumi’s Teacher

 — Selections from the Maqalat of Shams-i Tabriz, Translated and edited by Refik Algan and Camille Helminski

Intensifying One’s Search

One’s longing, one’s search for the beneficence of God, must be so strong and intense that like the longing of Moses it allows no obstacle to stand in the way. When the Prophet Moses asked: “Who is more knowledgeable in the universe than I am?” his friend Joshua answered: “There is one person more knowledgeable than you are.” Moses didn’t get angry, he didn’t get offended; he didn’t say, “What kind of a thing to say is that!” But instead, “Oh, what was it you said?” he asked for information, because he was searching. Joshua was also a prophet, but… Continue reading

40 Rules of Love — Shams Tabriz, Rumi’s Teacher

Meeting of Jalaledin Rumi and Shams al-Din Tabriz - Amaana.orgShams-i-Tabrīzī (Persian: شمس تبریزی‎) or ‘Shams al-Din Mohammad’ (1185–1248) was a Persian Muslim, who is credited as the spiritual instructor of Mewlānā Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Balkhi, also known as Rumi and is referenced with great reverence in Rumi’s poetic collection, in particular Diwan-i Shams-i Tabrīzī (The Works of Shams of Tabriz). Tradition holds that Shams taught Rumi in seclusion in Konya for a period of forty days, before fleeing for Damascus. The tomb of Shams-i Tabrīzī was recently nominated to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

According to Sipah Salar, a devotee and intimate friend of Rumi who spent forty days with him, Shams was the son of the [Ismaili] ‘Imam Ala al-Din’. In a work entitled Manāqib al-‘arifīn (Eulogies of the Gnostics),… Continue reading

Esoteric Meaning of Little Angels — Noor-e-Rahim

Coronation of King Hussain Mirza Bayqra Persian Miniature تاجگذاری سلطان حسین میرزا بایقرا - Amaana.orgEsoteric Meaning of Little Angels (Shining Stars) in Ismailia

by Noor-e-Rahim

Noor Maulana Shah Karim Al Hussaini Hazir Imam our beloved Hazir wa Maujood Imam is the 49th Imam in succession to the Imamat entrusted by Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) to Maula Ali. As Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims it is our belief that Imam of the time is the Nur (light) of Allah sent to us to enlighten our souls spiritually as well as our physical lives.

As Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims when we say Nur (light) is from Imam-e-Zaman (A.S.) then we must understand and believe in it too. Just like the Light in its physical form enlightens the surroundings. It ensures that darkness is removed to ensure things can be seen in its physical… Continue reading

The Holy Quran in the Ginanic Literature – Rashida Noormohamed-Hunzai

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The Holy Qur’an in the Ginanic Literature – An Initial Exploration

By Rashida Noormohamed-Hunzai

This paper seeks to demonstrate the underlying teachings of the holy Qur’an in the Ginanic Literature, therefore it is essential, first of all to describe the nature of the Qur’an, as well as that of the Ginans in order to understand better the relationship between them.

The holy Qur’an is the Divine revelation to the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.s.) and unites the entire Muslim ummah. In its own words in Surah 26, verses 192 to 195:

“It is a revelation of the Lord of the worlds, which the True Spirit has brought down upon your (i.e. Prophet Muhammad’s) heart that you may be of the warners in plain Arabic speech.” — Quran 26:192-195

We further learn from… Continue reading

Imam and Imamat — Allama Hunzai

Ayatul Kursi - Throne Verse, Quran 2:255 - Amaana.org

Imam and Imamat

By Prof. Dr. Allama Nasir al Din Nasir Hunzai

In his firman to Surat Jamat on 12th October, 1903, NOOR Mowlânâ Sultân Muhammad Shâh (a.s.) said “If you always read religious books, you will come to know that the throne of Imamat is continuous, perpetual and everlasting.” Therefore, the subjects of Imam and Imamat are of paramount importance for all believers of God.

The verse (36:12) reveals that God has encompassed everything – intellectual, spiritual and physical – in the light of the most noble Imam. Therefore, according to the principles of Qur’anic wisdom, it is clear that all subjects are contained in the subject of Imâmat and all words in the word Imâm. [Source: Recognition of Imam (Imâm – Shinâsi) Part I & II]

Ta’wil of… Continue reading

Lady Fatima Zahra, Prophet Muhammad’s Daughter

Prophet Muhammad giving Fatima in marriage to Ali - Siyer-Nabi, Amaana.orgFatima Az-Zahra (a.s.)

By Syed H. Akhtar

When writing about the greatness of a personality, one needs a gold standard with which to compare the strengths and weaknesses of that individual. However, if that person is herself the gold standard, then it makes it impossible to adequately describe her greatness. Hazrat Fatima az-Zahra (A) was such a personality. Her merits are unmatched by any woman known in history and Allah swt himself testifies in the Qur’an about her purity and piety.

It is related that Imam Jafar As-Sadiq (A) said: “Fatima has nine names near (to) Allah swt, they are: Fatima, As-Siddiqa (the honest), Al-Mubarakah (the blessed one), At- Tahirah (virtuous), Az-Zakiyah (the chaste), Ar-Radhiyatul-… Continue reading

Ta’wil of the Tragedy of Karbala — Ashura and Arbaeen, Symbols for Upholding the Truth

Arbaeen, 20 Million Pilgrims Walk to Karbala in Unison and Peace Today — December 13, 2014

World’s Biggest Pilgrimage Now Underway, And Why You’ve Never Heard of it!

By Sayed Mahdi al-Modarresi, Huffington Post UK

It’s not the Muslim Hajj, or the Hindu Kumbh Mela. Known as Arbaeen, it is the world’s most populous gathering and you’ve probably never heard of it! Not only does the congregation exceed the number of visitors to Mecca (by a factor of five, in fact), it is more significant than Kumbh Mela, since the latter is only held every third year. In short, Arbaeen dwarfs every other rally on the planet, reaching twenty million last year. That is a staggering 60% of Iraq’s entire population, and it is growing year after year.

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Above all, Arbaeen is unique because it takes place against the backdrop of chaotic and dangerous… Continue reading

Aga Khan’s 78th Birthday – December 13, 2014

Aga Khan walks under Quran, Birjand, Iran 1957 - Amaana.orgMowlana Hazar Imam’s 78th Birthday – Khushiali Mubarak! Salgirah Mubarak! (Birthday Blessings!) – December 13, 2014

“The existence of a spiritual guide is like a ladder leading towards God and how can an arrow fly in speed towards its destination without the bow? — Rumi


Event

The Shia Imam’s Birthday – Descendant of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)
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 of the Shia Ismaili Muslims is celebrated to honor his service to God in spreading peace and understanding amongst his community and the peoples of the world. This tradition has continued for over 1400 years since the time of Hazrat Ali (a.s. on whom be peace) the… Continue reading

A Bridge Between Two Epochs — Aga Khan III, by Rashida Noormohamed Hunzai

Aga Khan III and His Begum - Amaana.orgA Bridge Between Two Epochs —  Aga Khan III, by Rashida Noormohamed Hunzai

Brave indeed would be a person to undertake a book on Hazrat Mawlana Sultan Muhammad Shah al-Husayni, `alayhi’s-salam! It would take much more than an ordinary literary talent to do justice to a life crammed with so many unprecedented events and achievements, a life which he himself describes as being so full that he was never for an instant bored!

This publication therefore has very different objectives. It attempts to focus on selected aspects of Hazrat Mawlana Sultan Muhammad Shah’s life and times in order to motivate the readers to reflect on the reasons for what happened during his long Imamat. The first two sections on his titles and decorations and a calendar of the main events… Continue reading

Social Responsibility as Explained in the Quran — Ali Asani

Quran 2.1-5 Surat Al-Baqara Alif, Lam, Meem - Amaana.orgSocial Responsibility as Explained in the Quran

by Dr. Ali S. Asani

Ali Asani (AKH 73-84) was the recipient of one of His Highness the Aga Khan’s personal scholarships while studying at Harvard. Since finishing his doctorate in 1984, he has pursued an academic career at his alma mater where he is currently Professor of the Practice of Indo-Muslim Languages & Cultures. Ali chose to speak about Islam and Social Responsibility at the Boston alumni dinner in November 1999.

It is not righteousness that you turn your faces towards the East and the West, but righteous is the one who believes in Allah, and the Last Day, and the angels and the Book and the prophets and gives away wealth out of love for Him (God) to the near of… Continue reading

Imam Hazrat Ali’s Letter to Malik Ashtar Governor of Egypt

Bayah of Imam Ali - Muslims Swearing Allegiance to Hazrat Ali as ordained in the Quran 48.10 - Amaana.org

Imam and Caliph Hazrat Ali’s Letter

– Note by Translator Rasheed Turabi

Hazrat Ali, the Great Khalif of Islam, and the first in the line of the Imamat, apart from his abiding contribution to spiritual thought, is known to the Arabic world as a great jurist and man of letters. According to the historian Masudi (Murooj-uz-Zahab Masudi Vol. II, p. 33. Egypt), Hazarat Ali is credited with not less than 480 treaties, lectures and epistles on a variety of subjects dealing with philosophy, religion, law and politics, as collected by Zaid Ibn Wahab in the Imam’s own life time. So highly valued are these contributions both for their contents and their intrinsic literary worth that some of his masterpieces have formed throughout the course of Islamic history subjects of… Continue reading

Faith and Intellect — Diana Steigerwald

A folio from the Akhlaq-i Nasiri, a philosophical treatise written by the famous scholar Nasir al-Din Tusi - Amaana.org

Faith (Îmân) and Intellect (‘Aql)

In Shî’ite Tradition*

 

By Diana Steigerwald

California State University (Long Beach)

Summary: Faith in Islâm bears witness to the divine Unicity (Tawhîd) and to the Prophecy (Nubuwwa) of Muhammad, at the same time it is deeply rooted in knowledge (‘ilm). It is based on arguments and proofs, since there is no significant distinction between science and faith. This article examines the importance of faith and intellect for some great Shî’ite thinkers: Muhammad Ibn Babawayh (d. 381/991-992), Shaykh Muhammad al-Mufîd (d. 413/1022), Nâsir-i Khusraw (d. after 465/1072), Abû al-Fath al-Shahrastânî (d. 548/1153), Nasîr al-dîn Tûsî (d. 672/1273), Haydar Âmulî (VII/XIVth century), and Mullâ Sadrâ (d. 1050/1640). It also highlights the meanings of these two technical terms for… Continue reading

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 jokes

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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