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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Aga Khan, speaking at Brown, sees virtue in social media, Internet — Providence Journal

 

The Aga Khan and Brown University President Christina Paxson in Conversation

March 10, 2014 11:20 PM

The Aga Khan answers questions from Brown University President Christina Paxson after addressing a full house at the Salomon Center at Brown as part of the Stephen A. Ogden Jr., Memorial Lecture on International Affairs program.
Kris Craig/The Providence Journal
The Aga Khan answers questions from Brown University President Christina Paxson after addressing a full house at the Salomon Center at Brown as part of the Stephen A. Ogden Jr., Memorial Lecture on International Affairs program.
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PROVIDENCE — Speaking at Brown University on Monday, the Aga Khan — the spiritual leader for some 15 million Shia Ismaili Muslims worldwide — focused on the potential of social media and Internet-based technology to bridge cultural divisions.

 

But the 77-year-old Harvard graduate, whose appearance was part of the university’s… Continue reading

Aga Khan stresses importance of pluralism – Ogden Lecture at Brown University

Aga Khan emphasizes collective responsibility, cracks jokes in talk on tradition and technology

By Caroline Kelly
Christina Paxson President converses with His Highness the Aga Khan after Ogden Speech at Brown University - Amaana.org

Photo  – Brittany Comunale / Herald

 

There was room for both social media jokes and a thoughtful discussion of modern communication in Prince Karim Aga Khan IV’s lecture yesterday.

 

Prince Karim Aga Khan IV ’96 hon. P’95 said during a lecture Monday that the hardest part of speaking at Brown again since delivering the baccalaureate address in 1996 was “that you have to explain what you got wrong the first time.” It was hard to imagine that the thorough, well-spoken 49th hereditary imam of Nizari Ismailism would be prone to carelessness.

 

But he insisted. “I think I actually underestimated what happened in the 18 years ahead,” he said, acknowledging that back… Continue reading

Aga Khan Delivers Ogden Lecture at Brown University

 

Aga Khan Delivers Ogden Address Brown University - Amaana.org

The 88th Stephen Ogden Lecture delivered by His Highness the Aga Khan at Brown University

 

View Video with Captions below, courtesy Brown University via Nanowisdoms.org

 

10 March 2014

Bismillah-ir-Rahman-ir-Rahim
President Paxson,
Ogden Family representatives,
Brown University Faculty, Students and Alumni,
Distinguished Guests,
Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

Thank you very much, Madame President, for your very kind introduction. It is a great honour for me to give the Ogden Lecture, to be included in the distinguished company of past Ogden Lecturers, and to pay tribute to the memory of Stephen Ogden.

 

I am also delighted to be present for the opening weekend of Brown’s 250th Anniversary, or one might say, the happy conclusion of Brown’s first quarter of a millennium!!

 

Christina Paxson, President, Brown UniversityI have long felt a close sense of belonging… Continue reading

Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Aga Khan University Convocation

Aga Khan delivers Convocation address AKU 2013Karachi, 19 December 2013

 

His Excellency, Dr Ishrat Ul Ebad Khan, the Governor of Sindh;

His Excellency, Qaim Ali Shah, the Chief Minister of Sindh;

Acting Chairman, Dr Robert Buchanan and Members of the Board of Trustees;

President Firoz Rasul;

Provost, Deans, Faculty and Staff of the University;

Members of the Diplomatic Corps;

Members of the National and Provincial Assemblies;

Parents, supporters and distinguished guests;

and Graduands:

 

As Salaam–o Alaikum

 

It is truly a great pleasure for me to celebrate this milestone moment with all of you today. It is a significant time for our University and for this country.

 

As Chancellor, I am delighted, first of all, to extend my warmest congratulations to our graduands and to your families. Bravo! We wish you enormous success… Continue reading

Universality of the Quranic Message – Reza Shah-Kazemi

Infinite is the Grace of Allah towards you. - Quran 4:113

 

They are not all alike. Of the People of the Scripture there is a staunch community who recite the revelations of God in the watches of the night, falling prostrate.

 

They believe in God and the Last Day, and enjoin right conduct and forbid indecency, and vie with one another in good works. These are of the righteous.

And whatever good they do, they will not be denied it; and God knows the pious. (Quran 3: 113-114)

Thou wilt find the nearest of them [the People of the Scripture] in affection to those who believe to be those who say: Verily, we are Christians. That is because there are among them priests and monks, and they are not proud. (5: 82)

I believe in whatever scripture God hath… 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

Nasir Khusraw Collection at Ismaili Web

Khusraw and the Lion Persian 1632

 

Prophet Muhammad – The Most Influential Man in History

Prophet Muhammad Visited by Angel Gabriel Siyer-Nebi-Alam Amaana.orgBy Michael Hart

 

The following is from Michael Hart’s book and lists Prophet Muhammad as the most influential man in History. A Citadel Press Book, published by Carol Publishing Group
Ranking of the twenty from the list of 100:

  1. Prophet Muhammad
  2. Isaac Newton
  3. Jesus Christ
  4. Buddha
  5. Confucius
  6. St. Paul
  7. Ts’ai Lun
  8. Johann Gutenberg
  9. Christopher Columbus
  10. Albert Einstein
  11. Karl Marx
  12. Louis Pasteur
  13. Galileo Galilei
  14. Aristotle
  15. Lenin
  16. Moses
  17. Charles Darwin
  18. Shih Huang Ti
  19. Augustus Caesar
  20. Mao Tse-tung

Muhammad Mirror CalligraphyMUHAMMAD, No. 1
The 100, a Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History
by Michael H. Hart

My choice of Muhammad to lead the list of the world’s most influential persons may surprise some readers and may be questioned by others, but he was the only man in history who was supremely successful… Continue reading

Mohammad Prophet of Islam

Quran Verse 9-128
Now hath come unto you An Apostle from amongst Yourselves; it grieves him that you should perish; Ardently anxious is he over you: to the believers is he the most kind and merciful. Sura 9-128

 


By Prof. K. S. Ramakrishna Rao

 

Head of the Department of Philosophy,
Government College for Women University of Mysore, Mandya-571401 (Karnatika).

 

Re-printed from “Islam and Modern age”, Hydrabad, March 1978

 

Editor’s note: Author of this article is a non-Muslim. Enjoy!

 


In the desert of Arabia was Mohammad born, according to Muslim historians, on April 20, 571. The name means highly praised. He is to me the greatest mind among all the sons of Arabia. He means so much more than all the poets and kings that preceded him… Continue reading

His Highness the Aga Khan’s Speech ‘Word of God, Art of Man: The Qur’an and its Creative Expressions’

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Audio of speech at Nanowisdoms

His Highness the Aga Khan October 19, 2003 IIS Speech

Aga Khan : ‘The Qur’an and its Creative Expressions’

His Highness the Aga Khan The Ismaili Centre, London October 19, 2003

Your Excellencies,
Your Worship,
Distinguished Scholars and Guests,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

An assembly of the wise and learned is a privileged occasion. I am, therefore, immensely happy to be with you this morning as you begin your deliberations on a theme which, though of perennial interest, holds a special significance at a time that calls for enlightened encounters among faiths and cultures. Whatever its vernacular forms, the language of art, more so when it is spiritually inspired, can be a positive barrier-transcending medium of discourse, manifesting the depths of the human spirit.

The venue for… Continue reading

Abraham and Ishmael – Eid ul Adha – Festival of Offering

Ibrahim and Ismail – Eid Mubarak! Celebration of the Submission to the Will of God!

Prophet Ibrahim sacrifies his son Ismail
“Ibrahim was of the self-same faith (as Noah) and came to his Lord with a pure heart. He said to his father and to his people, ‘What are these that you worship? Would you serve false gods instead of Allah? What do you think of the Lord of the Creation?’

He lifted up his eyes to the stars and said, ‘I am sick!’ Then, his people turned their backs and went off.

He stole away to their idols and said to them, ‘Will you not eat your offerings? Why do you not speak?’ With that, he fell upon them, striking them down with his right hand.

The people came running to the scene. ‘Would you… Continue reading

Nasir Khusraw – By Alice C. Hunsberger

 

Khusraw and the Lion Persian 1632
Amir Khusraw coaching students Nasir Khusraw Collection

 

Abu Mo’in Hamid al-Din Nasir ibn Khusraw is an important figure in the development of Ismaili philosophy. Much of his biography and philosophical ideology has been obtained through fragmented texts, both in poetry and prose.  Born into a politically connected family, Khusraw was well-educated in the sciences and humanities.  Having spent most of his life occupying prestigious positions within the Saljuq court, Khusraw converted to the Ismaili faith at the age of forty after careful study.  He spent the rest of his life writing and advocating for the Ismaili faith, and eventually was forced into exile by Sunni authorities.

 

Consistent with other Ismaili philosophers, Khusraw’s cosmology is heavily inspired by Neoplatonism.  His metaphysics describes a God from which… 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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99 Beautiful Names

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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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