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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Layla tul Qadr – The Night of Power

 
Sura Qadr in Farsi

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

Philosophical Significance of the Imam in Ismailism

Prophet Muhammad on his prayer rug Persian Amaana.org

By Sami N. Makarem

 

While the Sunnis believe in five pillars in Islam, the Isma’ilis raise them to seven. Al-Qadi an-Nu’man devoted the first volume of his famous book Da’a’im al-Islam to the description of these pillars and an elaboration of them. The first of these seven pillars, as al-Qadi an-Nu’man mentions, is Faith (Iman). He also calls it walaya, which means allegiance or devotion. The other six are successively Ritual Purification (tahara), prayer (salat), Alms Tax (zakat), Fasting (sawm), Pilgrimage (hajj), and Holy War (jihad).

 

The association of faith (iman) with allegiance (walaya) is very fundamental in Ismailism. It illustrates the importance of the Isma’ilis attachment to their Imams. This is shown in the following passage by al-Qadi an-Nu’man in his aforementioned book.1 He says: “Iman… Continue reading

Tajdin Abdullah Allarakhia, in Memory

Tajdin Abdullah Allarakhia, age 96 taken at Torrance JKInna 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

Imamat Day July 11, 2013 – Mashallah! 56 Years!

Mowlana Hazar Imam’s 56th Anniversary of the Ascent to the Imamat – July 11, 2013

Mowlana Hazar Imam’s GJ 2007 Amaana.org Aga Khan

Spiritual Leader and Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims – His Highness the Aga Khan at the 50th Imamat Day Golden Jubilee Celebrations amongst a gathering of his followers – Imam of the Time, Lamb of the Ages! To the right is the Alaam – the Standard, used in processions and official events of the Imams. This one dates back to the Fatimid period and has the Arabic calligraphy depicting the names of Allah, Muhammad and Ali, a theme running in the Shia Ismaili tradition that God did not leave mankind without a Living Guide! Our Zikr Tasbi (remembrance chant) calls these three names Allah, Muhammad and Ali. Mashallah! These three names can be seen in… Continue reading

Ali is the Lord of those whose Lord I am! — Man Kunto Mowla

 Ali is the Lord of those whose Lord I am Ghadir-e Khomm Gadhir KhummAli is the Lord of those whose Lord I am!

The first Imam Hazrat Ali was appointed as as his successor by Prophet Muhammad at Ghadir e Khumm when he declared: He of whomever I am the Master, Lord – Mowla, Ali is his Master, Lord – Mowla! Imam Ali plays a pivotal role in the spiritual lives of his followers as do his successors and we are blessed to be led by the 49th Imam! Alhamdulillah!

“Man Kunto Mowla”, a part of a famous statement of the Seal of Prophet, upon him be peace, which is, “Man kunto Mowla, fa Ali-yun Mowla” – meaning ‘Whoever accepts me as master, Ali is his master’.

Amir Khusru is one of the iconic figures in the cultural history of the Indian… Continue reading

Love for Imam Ali in the Quran and Sunnah

Imam Ali Haider

Love for Imam Ali in the Quran and Sunnah

By Reza Shah-Kazemi

Chapter 10:

What we have said so far has shed light on the value and influence of love, and it has incidentally become clear that love for the pure ones is a means for the reform and refinement of the soul, not that it is an end in itself. Now we must see whether Islam and the Qur’an have chosen someone we should love or not. When the Quran relates what the previous prophets have said, it points out that they have all said: “we do not ask a wage from people, our only reward is from God. “However it addresses the Seal of the Prophets thus:

Say: “I do not ask of you a wage for this,… Continue reading

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Aga Khan’s 76th Birthday — December 13, 2012

Mowlana Hazar Imam’s 76th Birthday – Khushiali Mubarak! Salgirah Mubarak! (Birthday Blessings!) — December 13, 2012

His Highness the Aga Khan Mowlana Hazar Imam
His Highness the Aga Khan Mowlana Hazar Imam – Spiritual Leader of Shia Ismaili Muslims
Ali Ali Ali Ali Ali!
Ali Ali Ali Ali Ali!
Ali Ali Ali Ali Ali!
Ali Ali Ali Ali Ali!
Ali Ali Ali Ali Ali!
The first Imam Hazrat Ali was appointed as as his successor by Prophet Muhammad at Ghadir e Khumm when he declared:
He of whomever I am the Master-Lord Mowla, Ali is his Master-Lord Mowla! Imam Ali plays a pivotal role in the spiritual lives of his followers as do his successors and we are blessed to be led by the 49th Imam!
Video and Audio Files of this declaration: Haq Ali Mowla Ali Ali Manaqib by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Man kunto Mowla Ali Mowla Manaqib by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan – my favorite – First ever Qawwali composed by… 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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