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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Yaum-e Ali — Imam Hazrat Ali’s Birthday Anniversary

 Ghadir-e Khomm Gadhir KhummYaum-e Ali Mubarak! Imam Hazrat Ali’s Birthday Anniversary!

“And peace on him on the day he was born, and on the day he dies, and on the day he is raised to life” Holy Quran 19:15

Did you know that Father’s day in Iran is celebrated on the 13th of Rajab, which is Imam Ali’s birthday. (This year 2015 is year 1436 in the Hijri Islamic calendar.) Imam Ali is the first Imam for Shia Muslims through whom descended all the Imams and also the lineal descents of all the Sufi orders originated in Imam Ali’s spiritual tradition.

Did you also know that Imam Ali was born on Navroz, March 21, 600 A.D., his solar birthday anniversary? Navroz falls on the first day of the month of Farvardin, the… Continue reading

Imam Ali Bin Abu Talib — 1st Imam

oposal from Prophet Muhammad to marry his daughter Fatima Fatemeh c. 1568 - Amaana.orgAli Bin Abu Talib (11-40/632-661), 1st Imam

“Ali, the son of Abu Talib and the cousin of the Prophet was born on Friday, the 13th Rajab in the 28th year of A’am al-fil (the year of elephants) or 600 A.D. inside Kaba in Mecca. He was brought up under the subtle care and affection of the Prophet. Ali himself cherished the memory of his childhood by saying: “The Prophet brought me up in his own arms and fed me with his own morsel. I followed him, wherever he went, like a baby-camel which follows its mother. Each day a new aspect of his character would beam out of his noble person and I would accept it and follow it as commanded.” Ibn Abid Hadid (d. 655/1257) quotes Ibn Abbas as… Continue reading

The Middle East — Prince Aly Khan

H. R. H. Prince Aly Khan - Amaana.org

Speech by Prince Aly Khan in 1951

Lecture by His Serene Highness Prince Aly Khan under the chairmanship of His Worship the Major, councillor Abdulkarim M.L.C., Vice – President of the Dar es Salaam Cultural Society.

30 January 1951

It is indeed ironical that here, in Dar es Salaam, “Haven of peace,” I must speak of war.

That I may speak of war and yet hold bright hopes for peace is due to my strong conviction that growing strength of the Mohamedan world, is staunchly united with Christianity in defence of freedom, may yet prevent, or if not prevent, bring to a victorious conclusion, any war which might be imposed upon us.

The Mohamedan world, the Middle East and Pakistan, is, I submit the hub of the free world’s… Continue reading

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 Amaana.org 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… Continue reading

Hamid al-Din Kirmani by Farhad Daftary

Muslim Scholars in deep discussion, Persian Miniature Painting - Amaana.orgHamid al-Din al-Kirmani (d. 1020)

ḤAMID-AL-DIN KERMĀNI, ABU’L-ḤASAN AḤMAD b. ʿAbd-Allāh b. Moḥammad (d. after 411/1020-21), a prominent Ismaʿili dāʿi (q.v.) and one of the most accomplished Ismaʿili theologians and philosophers of the Fatimid period of Persian origin and was probably born in the province of Kirman. As in the case of other prominent dāʿis, who observed strict secrecy in their activities while living in hostile milieus, few biographical details are available about him, although it is known that he flourished during the reign of the Fatimid Caliph-Imam al-Ḥākem be-Amr-Allāh (q.v.; 386-411/996-1021). Kermāni is not mentioned in any contemporary Muslim historical sources, but highlights of his life and career can be gathered from his own numerous extant works as well as the writings of the later Mostaʿli-Ṭayyebi Ismaʿili authors of… Continue reading

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

Ismaili Theology: The Prophetic Chain and the God Beyond Being — Wilferd Madelung

Prophet Muhammad Designating Imam Ali His First Successor at Ghadir Khumm - Amaana.orgAspects of Ismaili Theology: The Prophetic Chain and the God Beyond Being by Wilferd Madelung

This is an edited version of an article that was originally published in Ismaili Contributions to Islamic Culture, eds. Seyyed Hossein Nasr (1977), Imperial Iranian, Academy of Philosophy, Tehran, pp: 53-65.

The Ismailis appeared first on the stage of the history of Islam in the second half of the third century AH /ninth century CE and spread with astonishing rapidity. Centred originally in Khuzistan in south-western Iran, its missionaries carried its message throughout the Islamic world from Transoxania and the Indus valley to the Maghrib. In eastern Arabia, the Yaman and in the eastern Maghrib, its converts became numerous enough to set up their own political communities under the sovereignty of the Expected… Continue reading

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

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

An ode for Imam-e-Zaman — Nadim Pabani

His Highness the Aga Khan 2007 - Amaana.org

An ode for

Imam-e-Zaman

By Nadim Pabani – Inspired by the Navroz Spring.

 

An ode for Imam-e-Zaman we sing.
Seeing the birds outside take flight,
Line by line we begin to write.

So now we wish to begin this rhyme,
For the Master of the Age and Time
To glorify your Light that shines,
We are moved to write each line.

But how can human language
Begin to describe, begin to capture, begin to give justice to your greatness,
To quote the words of the Prophet, a Muslim void of love for Ali is faithless.

But this Murid will try his very best,
To help others realise that you are the Light of the East and West,
You refrain from seeking worldly might,
Even though, this is your… Continue reading

Recognition of the Imam — Persian Manuscript translated by Ivanow

THE ISMAILI SOCIETY

ISMAILI TEXTS AND TRANSLATIONS SERIES, NO. 4

ON THE

RECOGNITION OF THE IMAM

 

(Fasl dar Bayan-I Shinakht-i Imam)

 

Translated from Persian by

W. IVANOW

 


TABLE OF THE CONTENTS OF THE TEXT

1. The manifestation of the Imam and his Hujjat……1v.-2v.
2. The necessity of the propaganda (da’wat) in the time when the Imam is
hidden ….. 2v.-3
3. The fourfold knowledge about the Imam …..3-3v.
4. The Hujjat’s and da’i’s knowledge of the Imam …..3v.-4
5. The relations between the Imam and the Hujjat …..4-4v.
6. The manifestation of the Imam is essential to the existence of the world
…..4v.-6
7. Definition of the degree of the Hujjat …..6-6v.
8. The logical proofs of the necessity of the Hujjat …..6v.
9. The traditional proofs… Continue reading

Nasir-i Khusraw Poetry — Nasir Khusraw Shia Ismaili Muslim Dai and Poet

 

Nasir-i Khusraw Poetry

Nasir Khusraw is acknowledged as one of the foremost poets of the Persian language. Born in the Balkh district of Central Asia in 394/1004, Nasir was inspired from an early age by a tremendous thirst for knowledge. His intellectual abilities brought him much fame, a promising career in government service, and a life of ease and pleasure. But he was always dissatisfied by a lack of meaning and purpose in his life until one day, at the age of 42, he was dramatically transformed by a visionary dream. He converted to Ismailism, renounced his worldly life and embarked on his famous seven-year journey to Egypt. Nasir arrived in Cairo in 439/1047, where he stayed for three years and became acquainted with Ismaili dignitaries such as Al… Continue reading

The Mystical Visions of Ibn Arabi – Diana Steigerwald

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The Mystical Visions of Ibn al-‘Arabî (d. 1240)

– Dr. Diana Steigerwald
California State University (Long Beach)
“Whatever may be the philosophical doctrine to which we adhere, we observe, as soon as we speculate on the origin and the cause, the anteriority and the presence of the Feminine.”

– Excerpt from the Fusûs al-hikam of Ibn al-‘Arabî

The 13th century, even though politically overshadowed by the invasion of the Mongols and the end of the ‘Abbâsid caliphate, was also the golden age of Sufism. Known as Shaykh al-Akbar (the Greatest Shaykh), Muhyî al-Dîn Ibn al-‘Arabî was one of the most famous representatives of esoteric mysticism at the beginning of the 13th century. He was born in Murcia (city in Spain) in 1165 and at the age… 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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